''There's going to be opportunity here,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. ''I think that's pretty obvious.''
Cunningham, the first-round pick, led the Pac-12 in steals the past two seasons. As a junior at Oregon State last season, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged 17.9 points (second in the conference) and had 91 steals.
''More and more now in the league, we're getting to guys that are playmakers. ... You've got to have guys that can make plays offensively and defensively,'' Carlisle said. ''We see him as a guy that's got some real dynamic athleticism. He's got a skill set that has a lot of upside, and we know he's a hard worker.''
He also plays a position where the Mavericks definitely have a need.
But Cunningham may not get to play in summer league games because of a hamstring issue. Carlisle said the goal is to make sure the guard is completely healthy and ready to go when veteran training camp opens in late September.