Source: Nick Calathes wants to start NBA career

Nick Calathes has had discussions with the Mavericks this week indicating that he wants to play in the NBA, a team source said.

Europehoops.net reported earlier this week that Calathes, a 2009 second-round pick, intended to report to the Mavs in time to play for their summer league team. However, the source said Wednesday that Calathes, whose three-year contract with the Greek team Panathinaikos has expired, continued to be heavily recruited by European teams.

Calathes, a 23-year-old combo guard the Mavs considered a first-round talent coming out of Florida, has since expressed a strong desire to begin his NBA career in conversations with Dallas front office officials.

The Mavs would sign Calathes to a nonguaranteed contract, so he would not impact their salary cap space this summer.