Roderick Flemings is banking that his best shot at making the NBA as an undrafted free agent is with his hometown club.
Flemings, a former Hawaii swingman and a Dallas native, was named by ESPN and other news outlets yesterday as one of at least 12 players invited to the Dallas Mavericks’ two-day minicamp at the American Airlines Center.
The camp finishes today, with the Mavericks reportedly expected to select a couple of standouts to their NBA Summer League team, which starts July 9 in Las Vegas.
Including Flemings, eight of the 12 known players at the minicamp have a tie to Texas, either as a native of the state or by playing college basketball there. It’s a mix of undrafted players just out of college and second-tier pros looking for another chance.
Flemings and his agent, Michael Hart, were unavailable for comment yesterday.
Should he make the summer-league roster, the 6-foot-7 Flemings will have his work cut out to garner attention for his goal at making an NBA team.
The Mavericks are already said to have Saint Mary’s center Omar Samhan (a popular, vocal presence) and Harvard shooter Jeremy Lin (who is trying to become the first American-born Asian to make the NBA) on their summer-league roster. Then there’s 7-foot-4 Senegalese project Moussa Seck, who will also attract plenty of eyes.
Dallas’ flashy Rodrigue Beaubois, a rookie last year, and first-round draft pick Dominique Jones will be asked to carry the summer-league team.