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Dallas Mavericks waive Fab Melo, Renaldo Balkman

Oct 22, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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They were long shots when they walked in the door — Dallas had 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster already — and on Tuesday the ax fell.

The Dallas Mavericks waived Fab Melo and Renaldo Balkman, the team announced Tuesday.

In the case of Melo his possible return to the NBA some day will be dictated by his willingness to develop his game. There have been rumors questioning his maturity and desire to work at his game since he entered the league. The fact Memphis was willing to eat his $1.3 million salary this year to let him go before camp even started should speak to that.

Drafted No. 22 by the Celtics as a project, he never got close to what the Celtics envisioned. Despite his athletic gifts and being a legit 7’0”, he got in just six games for Boston last season and spent most of the season in the D-League developing his game (he was named to the D-League All-Defensive First Team and D-League All-Rookie First Team). The most notable thing he did as a rookie was get a concussion walking into a doorway. Boston traded him to Memphis. When Memphis waived him he took a camp invite from Dallas, but that was never the long term answer.

Dallas also cut Balkman, who looked good for Puerto Rico in the FIBA America’s tournament, likely now returns to Europe for the season.

Dallas also waived former Laker Devin Ebanks as well as D.J. Kennedy.

  1. edwardemanuelson - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    Spurs, come on!

    • borisalessandri - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the Spurs try out Renaldo Balkman or Devin Ebanks. The Spurs have a hole behind Kawhi Leonard and Pop will try to use some kind of patchwork rotation to fill that void. They’re both 6’8″ wing players who are athletic and won’t require that much cap space, which, the Spurs have very little of anyways.

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Apparently Fab was just too Melo about making the NBA.

  3. genericcommenter - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Seems pretty rare for a 1st round pick to not even make it to season 2.

  4. kujo37daggs - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Fab should sign with the Spurs, Bulls, or Pelicans. If one of those 3 coaches can’t get him right, he’s screwed.

    C’mon to New Orleans Fab!

    • edwardemanuelson - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      That’s what I was saying – get Melo to the Spurs. Not Balkman or Ebanks. Forget those two!

  5. scbaby2013 - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:36 AM

    Balkman is a loser and a waste of space. He has no talent and his behavior during his time in the PBA of hitting other players should be a warning to other gms that he’s bad news

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