The best way to describe the situation with the reigning NBA Champions the Dallas Mavericks over the past week is to use the words of Lewis Carroll; “Things keep getting curiouser and curiouser.” Meet your new Dallas Mavericks; certainly not the same team that won their first NBA Title in the team’s history last June. “Dallas New.com” reported Monday evening that the Mavericks have filled out their roster by signing two veterans. Dallas has signed veteran shooting guard Vince Carter to a three-year contract, the former All-Star was waived by the Phoenix Suns last Friday via the “NBA Amnesty Clause” and cleared waivers on Monday. Reports are that the deal is worth $3 million for the upcoming season and the last two years of the pact are not fully guaranteed.
“Vinsanity” had by far his worst full season in the Association numbers wise as he averaged just 14.0 points and 2.0 assists per game. The former All-Star was traded by the Orlando Magic to Phoenix in February in a multi-player deal. Although he still has games where he can light it up like he did in days of old; the 35-year-old lacks the consistency he once had. Carter has played 13 seasons in the Association.
The other signing is the club inked guard Delonte West to a one-year deal. West has been hampered by off the court problems as well as injuries over the last couple of years, but if he can maintain his focus he could be a lot of help for Dallas. The guard can play either position in the back-court and was a key factor for a few years in the success of the Cleveland Cavaliers. West started 64 games for Cleveland during the 2008-2009 campaign and was the most consistent player for the team other than LeBron James that year in the Playoffs.