As the Dallas Mavericks await the start of training camp Friday, which is also the day free agents can sign contracts -- and that will be an interesting day for the defending champions -- the players under contract were at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday to take physicals.
Make that nine out of 10 reported to the AAC. Rudy Fernandez has not yet made his way to Mavs (also, Jason Terry is in New York for the players' vote on the collective bargaining agreement). Fernandez is being delayed because of visa issues. He has been playing for Real Madrid (until recently injuring his knee).
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who spoke with the media in a basketball setting Wednesday for the first time since the start of the lockout, couldn't offer many details on the 6-foot-6 shooting guard's expected arrival.
"I don't know the exact timetable," Carlisle said, "but he'll be here soon enough."
Fernandez's agent did not return a message. A week ago, source with knowledge of Fernandez's thinking rebuffed a report out of Spain that Fernandez planned to seek a buyout from the Mavs to return to Spain immediately.
The other nine players under contract were accounted for, including Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, who took in the Jay-Z concert at the AAC Tuesday night and is expected to talk to the media on Thursday.
In other news:
* Carlisle added Tony Brown as an assistant coach. Brown, 51, served under Carlisle with the Detroit Pistons and will replace Dwane Casey, who took over as the head coach for the Toronto Raptors. Brown played seven seasons in the NBA and has made several stops as an assistant coach.