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Mavs' backcourt depth takes two big hits

7/12/2013

So much for the Mavericks’ glut of guards.

On the day Dallas reached a deal Monta Ellis, the Mavs lost two of their other offseason backcourt additions.

Rookie first-round pick Shane Larkin suffered a broken ankle during a summer league practice and could be sidelined into training camp. The three-year, $9 million deal with Devin Harris is off due to a dislocated toe that requires surgery, a development unexpectedly revealed during Harris’ physical, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported.

It turns out that Ellis fills a glaring need.

Harris, who might be able to play by the beginning of the regular season, might still sign for the Mavs. However, the cap space that was committed to his contract is now earmarked for a starting center with Samuel Dalembert the top target considering the price range.