DALLAS -- Mike James' veteran-minimum salary is guaranteed for the rest of the season.
The Mavericks had to make a decision on whether to commit to the 37-year-old reserve point guard or let him go after his second 10-day contract expired Sunday night.
“He’s done a really terrific, solid job since he’s been here,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “So it’s good news for us.”
James, a journeyman who played only 15 NBA games over the previous three seasons, earned a chance with the Mavs after a two-game audition with the D-League’s Texas Legends. He has averaged 2.6 points and 0.9 assists per game in 10 appearances with the Mavs, but Carlisle has opted to use James instead of starter Darren Collison to close out games on a few occasions.
The Mavs have outscored opponents by 30 points in 90 minutes with James on the floor.
“It’s always good that they see that I can still play this game at a high level,” said James, who isn’t assured of a spot in the rotation if Rodrigue Beaubois plays well. “They see that there’s something inside of me that’s going to be able to help them have success in the future. That’s just what it’s all about. It’s all about contributing, whether you’re playing on the court or off the court. And I’m going to continue doing those things.”