Adrian Dantley was in Dallas after an eight-day holdout, vowing to give the Dallas Mavericks 100 percent and let "bygones be bygones" in his contract dispute with owner Donald Carter.
Dantley, acquired by Dallas on Feb. 15 along with a first-round draft choice in a trade with the Detroit Pistons for Mark Aguirre, arrived Thursday night and was given an enthusiastic welcome by a group of Mavericks fans at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.There were only a few boos and a few anti-Dantley signs, but they were in the minority.
The former Notre Dame star explained his holdout by saying "the circumstances of the trade were so unusual that I needed time to sort things out."
Dantley's contract, which calls for $1.2 million a year, was not renegoiated and the $45,000 that Dantley would have earned in the three games he missed still will be deducted from his pay, Carter said.
Asked if he thought it would be a goodwill gesture to pay Dantley, Carter said, "Good will has Industries after it."
Dantley promised to give the Mavericks 100 percent.
"I haven't talked to (John) MacLeod yet, but I plan to handle whatever role he has in mind for me," Dantley said. "I'm told this could be the team of the 1990s and if that's the case, I would like a contract to the year 2000."
"Adrian wants to outlive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar," Carter joked.
Dantley, the 10th leading scorer in NBA history, said, "Let's hope this is my last stop. I guess I will probably hear some boos Friday night, but I've heard them before."
Dantley, who averaged 18 points a game for the Pistons, was scheduled to play in tonight's game against Golden State.