DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed Fab Melo, D.J. Kennedy and Richard McConnell to expand the current roster to 18 players. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Melo (7-0, 255) is a former Syracuse University standout and Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He was originally the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played only six games for the Celtics and spent a majority of the season assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League where was named NBA D-League All-Rookie First Team and All-Defensive First Team. On August 15, 2013, Melo was traded to Memphis in exchange for Donte Green. He was waived by Memphis on August 30.
Kennedy (6-6, 215) is a 2013 NBA D-League All-Star who helped the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win the D-League Championship in 2013. He played in two career games with Cleveland and scored a career-high 12 points for the Cavaliers in his NBA debut on April 25, 2012. The Pittsburgh native played his college ball at St. John’s University.
McConnell (6-0, 189) finished as one of the top all-around players in St. Mary’s history (2007-11). He ranks among the top 10 career leaders in 3-point field goals made (3rd) and attempted (6th), 3-point percentage (2nd), free throw percentage (5th), assists (2nd), assists average (7th), steals (tied for 6th) and games played (4th). As a senior, he was named WCC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press. Last season, he played for Tezenis VE in Italy and averaged 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 32 games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Honorable Mention.
I expect the signing of D.J. Kennedy was influenced by Gersson Rosas. D.J. played a key role in helping the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win the D-League championship last season.
I'm not sure if getting fab melo is a good or bad sign about this team. He doesn't have a spot on this team unless a guy like Dejuan gets hurt