Mavs Update: Villanueva Signs With Dallas

On Monday morning, sources told the Mavs were pursuing a non-guaranteed deal with free-agent Charlie Villanueva. It's now a done deal and there's a 'shooter's-chance' logic to the agreement.

Why have the Dallas Mavericks closed a deal with fallen-off-the-map free agent forward Charlie Villanueva?

"One thing never changes,'' a source tells, confirming the pursuit. "You're always looking for shooters.''

Villanueva qualifies as a fading shooting star, having received a five-year, $40 million contract from the Detroit Pistons and then declining steadily from there over the course of the half-decade.

The Dallas contract is non-guaranteed, so he will be yet another body in camp trying to pry a job from a full-up roster of guaranteed deals. So frankly, Villanueva, who is also being pursued by the Clippers, is a long shot.

He worked out really well for us,'' Mavs owner Mark Cuban tells today.

Villanueva's his "shot'' is based on his shooting -- or at least on what it used to be. In his nine-year NBA career he's averaged 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 34.3 percent from three. But he's been below the NBA average from the arc in the last three seasons, and last year played just nine minutes per game in Detroit, averaged just 4.6 points per while shooting 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from beyond the arc.

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