The Dallas Mavericks fully guaranteed the first-year of second-round pick Bernard James' contract on Wednesday, moving their roster total to the full complement of 15 players.
James and fellow second-round pick Jae Crowder did enough at the Las Vegas Summer League to convince the Mavericks front office to keep them around for a whole season, although high second-round picks almost always receive at least one year of contract guarantees.
James, an athletic 6'10 235 shot-blocker from Florida State, starts training camp behind Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Brandan Wright in Dallas' big man rotation.
He'll likely need to beat out Wright, a similarly long, athletic and lanky big man, to earn any minutes on the Mavericks next season. There's still a chance that James ends up making a few stints in the D-League with the Texas Legends this year.