Will Mavs fill out roster with 15th player?

December, 23, 2011
12/23/11
11:45
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DALLAS -- Unless the Dallas Mavericks add a player to the roster in the next two days, they'll start the season with 14 players, five of which were not on the title team.

Since winning the championship in June, the Mavs have seen Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, DeShawn Stevenson and Caron Butler leave via free agency. Peja Stojakovic retired and Dallas traded Corey Brewer (along with the Rudy Fernandez, who never showed up in Big D after being acquired in a draft-night trade in June).

New players include Lamar Odom, Vince Carter, Delonte West, Brandan Wright and Sean Williams.

Could there be one more coming?

"I have no idea," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "At this point there’s nothing imminent."

The one area of need remains at center where starter Brendan Haywood was not impressive in the two preseason games and none of his backups have extensive experience. Ian Mahinmi has never fulfilled a backup role and Wright and Williams have underachieved after being first-round draft picks.

The name that remains available is veteran center Joel Przybilla, who was injured last season and has at least entertained retirement. He has said that wants to get through the holidays before making a decision.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.7 4.6 1.7 34.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 8.8
StealsR. Rondo 1.8
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4