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Mavs keep Charlie Villanueva, waive Bernard James, others

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks made room for veteran power forward Charlie Villanueva on their 15-man roster by waiving center Bernard James.

Villanueva, a nine-year veteran who signed a nonguaranteed contract to come to training camp with the Mavs, made the team primarily because of his perimeter-shooting ability. His presence gives the Mavs a power forward off the bench who can stretch the floor.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban was willing to eat a guaranteed contract to give Villanueva, 30, who has career averages of 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game but struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness the last three seasons with the Detroit Pistons, a roster spot. The Mavs will owe James, a 2012 second-round pick who re-signed with the team this summer, his full $915,243 salary.

The Mavs also waived power forward Ivan Johnson and shooting guard Doron Lamb to get to the 15-man limit.