Dallas Mavericks: Ben Wallace
Williams, the three-time All-Star who starred at The Colony High School, chose to remain with the Brooklyn Nets. Still, three other local lads also hit free agency on July 1, plus one former Mavs forward. All remain on the market.
Unfortunately for them, the Mavs have filled their 15-man roster.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle had dinner in New York on July 1 with Skyline High star and Utah Jazz shooting guard C.J. Miles, who is just 25 years old. Dallas showed initial interest in Minnesota Timberwolves big man and Woodrow Wilson product Anthony Randolph, just 23. And the elder statesman of the Dallas group, power forward and Bryan Adams product Kenyon Martin, is still looking for work at 34.
Josh Howard, drafted by the Mavs with the 29th pick in 2003, is also still without a team. He played last season with the Jazz.
Brandan Wright flushed a fully outstretched, one-handed, tomahawk alley-oop jam with such ferociousness Tuesday night that his teammates on the Dallas Mavericks' bench leaped in unison and broke out in near-hysterics.
The dunk came off a high lob pass from Jason Terry from near the baseline that forced the trailing Wright to reach back with his left arm and bring it down, which he did with authority. The play was of little consequence to the 100-86 outcome, but it was part of a nice showing for the 6-foot-10 forward-center, who made the most of his eight minutes.
Wright connected on 4-of-5 shots for nine points and had two rebounds.
Not long ago it had seemed that Sean Williams might have the inside track to being the depth forward-center, but after an intriguing start, Williams was soon inactive and then assigned to the Texas Legends of the D-League. Wright isn't going to get tons of minutes, but again, in this compacted season, minutes are valuable, whether for a brief stretch in the thick of a game or in garbage time.
Wright, a former lottery pick that just hasn't panned out, could see a little extra floor time coming his way as the Mavs head into the second game of four in five nights.
Backup center Ian Mahinmi also continues to make a case for additional minutes. He showed more intriguing, perhaps even some glamour offensive moves in Detroit, swishing a baseline jumper on one trip and another time catching a pass with his fingertips and then transferring the ball from his right hand to left hand and finishing with a swooping layup. The Frenchman finished with 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting and three boards in 22 minutes, three minutes more than starter Brendan Haywood logged.
As for Rodrigue Beaubois, his third season continues to be a difficult road. Coach Rick Carlisle called him out last week, seeking more disciplined defense from the 6-2 guard as he also continues to grasp the point guard position. On Tuesday, Beaubois was dealt a blow when Mahinmi failed to warn him of an oncoming truck and Ben Wallace leveled the 185-pound Beaubois with a legal screen near midcourt.
Beaubois limped off, but he did return. It wasn't a great night. In 18 minutes, he was 1-of-5 from the floor for two points with three assists and a couple steals.
The Roddy B experiment grinds on.
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