Wright, Singleton & McLeod sign
The Mavericks added to their depth Friday by signing Antoine Wright, James Singleton and Keith McLeod. The trio helps fill out the roster with youth, athleticism and NBA experience.
Wright spent half of last season with the Mavs, and the former first-round pick out of Texas A&M is part of a swingman rotation that also includes Josh Howard and newly-signed Gerald Green.
“We are excited that Antoine will be returning to Dallas next season,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “He is an emerging young prospect with tremendous promise. With his youth, athleticism and talent, he has a very bright future in Dallas.”
Wright isn’t wasting any time starting on that future, leaving Friday afternoon for Las Vegas to meet up with Rick Carlisle. The Mavs coach will conduct workouts with Wright and Gana Diop, who signed Wednesday. McLeod and Singleton are already there, as part of the summer league team.
Wright, a three-year veteran, spent two complete seasons with New Jersey before coming to Dallas as part of the Jason Kidd trade on Feb. 19. Wright (6-7, 215) averaged a career-high 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.0 minutes in 56 games last season.
Singleton (6-8, 230) played last season Spain and the two previous years were spent with the Los Angeles Clippers. He has career averages of 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.1 minutes in 112 career games. He sold the Mavs on his hustle and versatility, especially on the defensive end.
“I do the little things,” Singleton said. “If you need an extra possession or you need to guard a bigger 3 or a more agile 4 or if you need a guy to switch on a point guard on a pick-and-roll, I can do it. In the West we have some great guards in Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant – I’m able to switch out on those guys and give the team versatility in different areas.”
McLeod played for Carlisle two years ago in Indiana and joins J.J. Barea as true backup point guards behind Kidd. The four-year pro (6-2, 190) has played with four NBA teams, and holds career averages of 5.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 200 games with 88 starts.
“Right now I’m just taking it day by day and trying to better myself and help the team,” McLeod said. “Hopefully that will lead me into training camp and open other opportunities for me.”
The Mavs roster is now up to 14 with Dirk Nowitzki, Kidd, Jason Terry, Erick Dampier, Howard, Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Bass, Diop, Green, Barea, Eddie Jones, Wright, McLeod and Singleton. Teams are allowed to keep a maximum of 15.
Several summer leaguers, including NBA veteran Richie Frahm, are auditioning for spots that could still open up. Promising rookies, such as Shan Foster, Ronnie Seibutis, Reyshawn Terry and JaJuan Smith, are also in the mix.
“There’s a lot to be decided between now and October,” Carlisle said. “We’re looking at everything. We’ll look at trades, this, that and the other.”