A Transaction Sure to Inject Optimism Into Your Mavericks Thinking

Take the White Out to yesterday's speculative depth chart and dust off Laura Miller's old parade plans, your Dallas Mavericks just signed ... drum roll ...

Quintin Ross!

Starred at Kimball High School. Starred at SMU. Starred at Bounced around the NBA. I'll let the Mavs trumpet his arrival:

Ross (6-6, 193) joins the Mavericks after spending the 2008-09 season with Memphis. He averaged 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 17.1 minutes in 68 games (seven starts) with the Grizzlies. The five-year NBA veteran, who began his career as a rookie free agent with the L.A. Clippers, owns career averages of 4.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 20.4 minutes in 370 games (158 starts).

"Quinton has been part of the Dallas basketball fabric for many years," President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson said. "He played his high school ball under Royce Johnson at Kimball before attending Southern Methodist University. We are happy and proud to bring him home. His athleticism, defensive versatility and experience will add depth to our backcourt."

A native of Dallas, Ross averaged 14.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 119 games at SMU. He finished his four-year career as the school's fourth all-time scoring leader (1,763 points).

Two questions ...

1. Isn't he a poor man's Antoine Wright?

2. Any way he makes the 2009-10 roster?

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