DALLAS – Three Mavericks reserves will make a cameo appearance in the D-League to get minutes Thursday night.
Rookie point guard Shane Larkin, second-year forward Jae Crowder and second-year center Bernard James have been assigned to the Texas Legends. They are expected to play in Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and return to the Mavs for Friday morning’s shootaround.
Larkin, the first-round pick who was replaced in the Mavs’ rotation when Devin Harris got healthy, had a similar D-League stint earlier this month. He scored nine points and dished out seven assists in 33 minutes during the Legends’ Feb. 1 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Crowder has fallen out of the Mavs’ rotation in favor of Wayne Ellington recently. James has played sparingly all season as the Mavs’ fourth-string center.
Rookie swingman Ricky Ledo was recalled from the Legends to make room for the other three Mavs on the D-League team’s roster. An NBA rule limits the number of players a team can assign to the D-League to three.