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Monday, December 12, 2011
Mavs have 15, but is it the final 15?

By Jeff Caplan

Monday's interesting signing of Delonte West seems to have solidified the Dallas Mavericks' issue at backup point guard, but they might not be particularly thrilled heading into the season with a center tandem of Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi.

Before the Mavs scooped up Lamar Odom Saturday night from the smoldering ashes of the collapsed Lakers-Hornets-Rockets deal involving Chris Paul, Dallas was looking to use the trade exception acquired from the New York Knicks to get Sacramento Kings free agent center Samuel Dalembert.

The Mavs have assets that can potentially be moved. The wing positions are loaded: Vince Carter, Rudy Fernandez, Jason Terry, Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones, Shawn Marion, Odom and Corey Brewer.

That's more than half the roster.
A source with knowledge of the situation said that teams are calling Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson about Brewer, the lanky small forward that Dallas acquired last season after he was waived by the Knicks and then signed a three-year deal with the Mavs, as well as Fernandez, who is on the final year of his deal and, as of now, still stuck in Spain with visa problems.

The Mavs are said to be happy with their two young players on a roster that just added soon-to-be 35 Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, 32. However, as Nelson and owner Mark Cuban have displayed over the past 72 hours, they are ready to pounce when a deal presents itself.