Dallas Mavericks Free Agency: Steve Novak The Latest Addition To Camp Roster

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Steve Novak Joins Mavs For Training Camp

Yesterday’s signing of Brian Cardinal did not signal the end of the Mavericks’ summer moves, it appears, as they have invited three-point specialist Steve Novak, a 6-foot-10 forward, to camp, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. Novak joined Cardinal and Bobby Simmons, another free agent, last week for workouts with the Mavs, who must have liked what they saw.

Sefko says Dallas likes Novak because he “plays a similar style” to Dirk Nowitzki, as a tall forward with range extending beyond the arc. Novak sure can shoot the three-ball, with a career mark of 40.3 percent, but he can’t do much else. As Tom Haberstroh of HoopData.com points out, via Twitter, Novak only attempted one layup last season, in 364 minutes.


Brian Cardinal's Deal With Dallas Is Non-Guaranteed

In veteran power forward Brian Cardinal, the Mavericks may have found their replacement for Tim Thomas. But Art Garcia reports that Cardinal will have to make the team the hard way: by battling through training camp and earning a roster spot.

Thomas left the team to tend to his ill wife. Cardinal, a ten-year veteran, could provide Dallas with intelligent passing and defense, but he does not have the shooting range Thomas does.

Last week, Garcia reported that Cardinal, Steve Novak, and Bobby Simmons all had workouts with the Mavericks. It appears as though Cardinal impressed them the most. He averaged 1.7 points and 1 rebound per game in 29 appearances for the Minnesota Timberwolves last season.


Dee Brown Joins Mavericks On Non-Guaranteed Deal

Free-agent point guard Dee Brown, who played last year for Maccabi Tel Aviv, accepted an invitation to the Dallas Mavericks’ training camp yesterday, announcing the news via his Twitter account:

Today was another great day of work at the gym I’m feeling pretty good rt now!today my agent confirmed vet camp with the dallas mavericks!!less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®


ESPN Dallas’ Jeff Caplan spoke to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, who confirmed to Caplan that Brown’s contract is non-guaranteed.

Brown, 26, has appeared in 68 games in two NBA seasons, getting his start in 2006/07 with the Utah Jazz. He split the 2008/09 season between the Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. The Illinois product owns career averages of 2.1 points and 1.8 assists on 34 percent shooting.


Tim Thomas Passes Physical; Is Ready To Sign With Mavericks

Tim Thomas and the Dallas Mavericks agreed to a one-year deal last week, and now after Thomas passed a physical, he’s expected to sign Tuesday.

Free-agent power forward Tim Thomas has passed his physical and should finalize a one-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, his agent Bob Myers said.

Thomas and the Mavs agreed to a deal last week that will pay him the veteran minimum of $1.35 million for the 2010-11 season.

Thomas began the season with Dallas last season before leaving to care for his wife.

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