Posted September 10, 2013

Fab Melo to receive Mavericks’ training camp invitation

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Fab Melo, who spent part of last season with the Boston Celtics affiliate Maine Red Claws, will get an invitation to the Dallas Mavericks' training camp. (Otto Kitsinger/Getty Images)

Fab Melo, who spent part of last season with the Maine Red Claws, a Boston Celtics affiliate, will get an invitation to the Dallas Mavericks’ training camp. (Otto Kitsinger/Getty Images)

Fab Melo, who was released by the Memphis Grizzlies this summer almost immediately after the team acquired him in a trade with the Boston Celtics, is now expected to head to Dallas for training camp with the Mavericks.

According to a tweet Tuesday afternoon from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Mavs will extend an invitation to the former Syracuse standout to attend training camp, which officially begins Oct. 1.

It’s not clear how the team would add the seven-footer to the roster, as Dallas currently has the max of 15 players already signed to guaranteed contracts. The team bolstered its depleted frontcourt this summer with the addition of San Antonio Spurs forward-center DeJuan Blair and Milwaukee Bucks center Samuel Dalembert. The 23-year Melo has the potential to earn minutes in the NBA, as he showed promise by averaging 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks last season in the NBDL.

If nothing but an invitation for now, the move could be an investment in the future for an aging team that’s led by 35-year-old Dirk Nowitzki and is on the verge of entering into another rebuilding phase.

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3 comments
K.r.Qunynghamm
K.r.Qunynghamm

Another dud. Melo will be on that bench much more often then on the floor(if his chair holds up). Half the league of players from 9th on down to 12th on the bench couldn't make a team from the 1960's. Missed layups, clanked free throws, lousy shooting, too much dunking, poor shot selection, porous defense and lousy work ethic have taken the league down. The International players haven't so much caught up as the quality of play in the USA has fallen. Fundamentals aren't taught anymore, not even in high school. An athletic person is taken prior to somebody with real skills. Lastly, just because a guy is 7 feet tall doesn't mean he's any good.

Robert141
Robert141

Perhaps the least coordinated athlete in the history of professional sports.  Good luck on this one!

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@Robert141 

But look at the muscle tone on him!

He is like a Greek God!  Ok more like a tub of Greek Yogurt....