Bernard James will be a Maverick for the rest of the 2014-15 season, solidifying a definitive 15-man roster for Dallas in their final 20 games, Mavericks PR announced earlier on Tuesday.
James has averaged 4.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks since returning from China, and has filled in two games in the starting lineup in Tyson Chandler's absence.
This is a solid move and a well-deserved one for James. He's still only 30 and is a fantastic fit as a backup big for the Mavericks. Dwight Powell is raw and Greg Smith plays under the basket, but James can provide rebounding and shot blocking while moving well defensively. You have to wonder if he would have had a Tyson Chandler-esque future if he had come into the league immediately, given his size, build and athleticism, but that's a discussion for another time. Right now, let's all appreciate his work ethic that has brought him to this point.
After Monday's win against the Pelicans, Rick Carlisle singled him out as a guy who made a significant impact in the win. While Sarge will drop back to a situational bench player when Chandler returns from his injury, this is definitely not the last time we'll see the big man impact a game.