Veteran guard Mike James will join the D-League's Texas Legends in an attempt to earn a roster spot on the Mavericks, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. According to Stein, James has cleared the D-League waiver process and is free to sign with the Legends as a free agent.
James, who used the D-League as a way of making his way on to an NBA team last season, has received no guarantees from the Mavericks. Because he isn't a member of the Mavs, James will still essentially be an NBA free agent, able to sign with any team. However, Dallas will get a first-hand look at James on the Legends, whose sole affiliation is with the Mavs.
The 37-year-old James has appeared in 539 NBA games since making his debut back in 2001. Most recently, he earned a pair of 10-day contracts from the Bulls in 2012 before signing with Chicago for the remainder of the season. James could make his way back to the NBA that way again, as teams are eligible to sign 10-day deals beginning this coming Monday.