Mike James Ready For Expected NBA Opportunity
After a resurgent campaign, free agent guard Mike James has been elevating his fitness and has received interest out of a few NBA teams, staying confident about signing with a franchise ahead of training camp for his 12th season.
“The expectation is he will sign, he deserves it and so we will see how it shakes out,” James’ agent, Bernie Lee, told RealGM. “Mike simply wants an opportunity like everyone else to prove his worth. One thing Mike has shown over the last few years is he has nothing to hide and he will play for opportunities.”
James averaged 6.1 points and 3.1 assists a season ago in 45 games for the Dallas Mavericks, showing remarkable resilience in prolonging a career born out of going undrafted in 1998. In each of the past two years, James hasn't signed with a team before the season – only to latch onto one and make a strong impact.
The Mavericks expressed interest in James on the first day of free agency and discussions with the organization are ongoing. Dallas went 16-7 in the games James started last season. Down to his weight as a rookie, James believes he can play a significant role or help mentor younger guards.
“Every time Mike has been asked to show something over the last two years, he’s stepped up,” Lee said. “When given the opportunity, he will do so again.”
James, 38, has averaged 10 points and 3.5 assists in his career, cementing himself early as a sharpshooter before sharpening his playmaking skills to become a more natural point guard.