2006 second rounder and former Illinois standout Dee Brown will join the Mavs for training camp, as Brown announced on Twitter yesterday. It’s a news-worthy development, but only barely; Brown will come to camp with a fully non-guaranteed contract, and Dallas has but one roster spot remaining.
A few things:
- This isn’t the first time the Mavs have brought in another point guard for camp. Though the roster was a bit full last year (Dallas had 16 guaranteed contracts going into their ’09 camp, before trading away Nathan Jawai), the Mavs signed Keith McLeod to a similar non-guaranteed deal for ’08 camp. He did not make the final roster.
- For the past two seasons, Brown has played for the Italian Basketball Federation’s Air Avellino and also for Maccabi Tel Aviv, one of the top clubs in Europe. He averaged 17.2 points and 5.1 assists per game for Avellino last season.
- Brown’s inclusion is a bit interesting considering Rodrigue Beaubois’ injury status. If Beaubois is progressing on schedule, that would give the Mavs four point guards. Five if you count Dominique Jones. This is complete conjecture, but might it be the subtlest of hints that the Mavs are bringing in Brown in the first place? Either to indicate something about Beaubois, or possibly the team’s positional hope for Dominique Jones?
- The Mavs have opted to keep one roster spot open during previous seasons, even when they could have used some depth at one position or another. That trend could continue this season, especially if Brown doesn’t fill a particular need.