Kelenna Azubuike penciled into 2012-13 rotation
If Azubuike isn’t in the rotation next season, the Mavs’ front office will be disappointed.
The Mavs signed Azubuike last week, a process that started when Mark Cuban saw the former Warrior’s name on a list and wondered what happened to him. The Mavs reached out to Azubuike’s agent, set up a workout and signed him shortly thereafter, sending him to the D-League Texas Legends to chip off the rust from a two-year layoff due to a patella tendon injury and complications from the surgery.
The minimum-salary deal includes a team option for next season, which the Mavs intend to pick up barring a setback for Azubuike. He has already agreed to play for the Mavs’ summer league team.
“We want to give him as much court time as possible,” Cuban said. “It’s a chance to get him back to where he was, which we easily think can happen.”
Azubuike was a starting small forward, averaging 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 44.8 percent from 3-point range the season before he suffered his knee injury.
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