Via Marc Stein
The Dallas Mavericks were forced to waive second-year center Bernard James on Friday, a move they were hoping to avoid, according to sources with knowledge of the decision.
Earlier in the week, Dallas convinced James to move the July 15 guarantee date in his contract to a later date in the summer, which team officials hoped would buy them the extra time needed to sort out the roster and still have room for his 2013-14 salary of $788,872. The Mavericks, though, reluctantly waived James on Friday when they needed to remove his salary-cap hold from their payroll to formally complete the signing of guard Monta Ellis.
James will stay on waivers for 48 hours, during which time other teams may claim him and assume his contract. If no team has claimed him before the end of the waiver period, James’ contract would be terminated and he would become a free agent.
The 6-foot-10 center was the 33rd overall pick out of Florida State and a former staff sergeant in the Air Force with three tours of duty overseas. James, 28, started 11 games for the Mavericks last season and averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks. His per-36 production as a rookie — 10.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocks per game — suggests his game has potential.
I was interested in Bernard James last year in the draft. Bernard has great character, as he served in the armed forces and completed 3 tours of duty in the middle east. He is a legit center at 6’10″ 240 pounds. He is a natural shot blocker with some upside. The reason I say some is because he is already 28 years of age. This age will turn off some teams in terms of growth, but for 799k he is a bargain. Most believe he will not fall to the Knicks, however if he does NY should be ready to scoop him up. NY has 4 spots left open on their roster. One of those positions will most likely go to a traditional center. Who that player is nobody is sure.
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