Calathes visits Mavs, wants to begin NBA career

Nick Calathes, the Dallas Mavericks’ 2009 second-round pick who spent the last four seasons playing overseas, has made it clear that he wants to begin his NBA career.

Whether that happens in Dallas remains to be determined.

Calathes, 24, a 6-foot-6 point guard, visited the Mavs this week. He worked out with coach Rick Carlisle and met with team officials. According to a source, mutual interest was expressed in Calathes potentially playing for the Mavs’ summer league team and coming to training camp, but the franchise needs to see how the draft and free agency plays out before deciding whether Calathes is a fit for their roster.

If the Mavs don’t have room for Calathes, they’d be willing to trade him, likely getting a second-round pick in return.

There has been some interest in Calathes from other NBA teams since he averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 assists and 5.9 rebounds and earning MVP honors while leading Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban to its first EuroCup championship in April. (Guard Patrick Beverley, a quality role player for the Houston Rockets last season, was the 2012 EuroCup MVP.)

The former Florida guard is under contract with his Russian team for next season, but it can be bought out. If Calathes is on the Mavs’ roster next season, it would be in a reserve role.

As ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported, the Mavs also worked out point guard Gal Mekel, the Israel league MVP, this week.