Decisions Ahead for Dallas Mavericks

Greg AtkinsContributor IJuly 29, 2008

The summer leagues in 2008 have come and gone; now the Dallas Mavericks face some tough decisions.  Dallas currently has thirteen guaranteed contracts (Keith McLeod is under a non-guaranteed contract) which leaves two open roster spots. 

Some players from the summer leagues will be getting a serious look for these final two spots.  A few of the players that are being considered for these final two spots are, Reyshawn Terry, Shan Foster, Charles Rhodes, and JaJuan Smith.

Former second round picks Reyshawn Terry and Shan Foster are both expected to be in training camp this October.

Charles Rhodes, a 6' 8", 245 pound rookie forward from Mississippi State, is a very athletic forward and is already drawing comparisons to current Dallas Mavericks up-and-coming forward Brandon Bass. 

Rhodes performed well in the summer leagues, averaging ten points and five rebounds (all while shooting 62 percent from the field). According to the Mavericks website, he is not a training camp lock (he is weighing his European options and has not accepted an invitation to Mavericks training camp in October).

JaJuan Smith, a 6' 2" 195 pound rookie guard from Tennessee, is undersized to play shooting guard in the NBA, but showed promise with his three point shooting in summer league play.

A few NBA veterans were signed before summer league play began and proved that they deserve serious consideration for various roles on the team this upcoming season. Gerald Green and James Singleton.

Green was a veteran's minimum salary signing for the Mavericks this summer. After being released by Houston at the trade deadline last season, Green used the time off to get back to the basics, and seems to be showing promise with the Mavericks for this upcoming season.

Singleton is a versatile forward who recently has played overseas and for the Los Angeles Clippers.

There should be plenty of intense, healthy competition for the remaining roster spots in training camp this fall. Dallas is hoping to find another diamond-in-the-rough like they found Brandon Bass last year, while keeping a very close eye on the trade market as well.

While Dallas is watching the market, looking for a player that could possibly put them over the top, some are bringing up names like Sacramento's Ron Artest and Atlanta's Josh Smith. It has been reported that the Mavericks declined a counter-offer from the Kings that would send Ron Artest to Dallas in exchange for Josh Howard.

Dallas quickly declined the offer (Dallas preferred to send Jerry Stackhouse and Brandon Bass). Some are suggesting that Dallas should pursue disgruntled Hawks forward Josh Smith (it is rumored that a Western Conference power has offered them a sign-and-trade deal for Smith).

Josh Smith would not be a bad acquisition for the Mavericks. He is 22 years old, and has a tremendous defensive presence and can run the floor with the best of them. A trade such as this has potential to put Dallas over the top, however, at this point it's all speculation.