Friday, July 11, 2008

McLeod and Singleton also added

A pair of free-agent veterans, guard Keith McLeod and forward James Singleton, also inked deals today, bringing the roster up to 14. Both are currently on the Mavs summer league team, which begins play tonight (9 pm, KTXA-21) in Las Vegas.

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, who played for Carlisle two years ago in Indiana, joins J.J. Barea as true backup point guards behind Kidd. The four-year pro 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.”

Singleton (6-8, 230) spent the 2007-08 season with the Spanish National Champion TAU CerĂ¡mica. In eight games, he averaged 3.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists. In Euroleague action, he averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in seven games. After going undrafted in the 2003 NBA Draft, Singleton signed with Sicc Cucine Jesi and was named All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year.

McLeod (6-2, 190) was a member of Montepaschi Siena, the winner of the Italian National Championship in 2007-08. In four games, he averaged 4.5 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 14.4 minutes in Euroleague play. An Ohio native, McLeod played four years of college basketball at Bowling Green State University and finished as the school’s second-leading scorer (1,895 points). He went undrafted in the 2002 NBA Draft.

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