Dallas Mavericks: Von Wafer

Wafer's officially a Maverick

February, 24, 2010
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As expected, Von Wafer signed a 10-day contract with the Mavs this morning.

Wafer, a five-year NBA veteran who averaged 9.7 points for the Houston Rockets last season, will be available for tonight's game agaisnt the Los Angeles Lakers. However, don't expect for him to get into the game unless it's garbage time.

The Mavs signed Wafer primarily because they need practice players. They had only nine available for Tuesday's practice.

That doesn't mean Wafer won't be able to work his way into the Mavs' future plans. But the Mavs certainly aren't counting on him to crack the rotation this season.

Difference between NBA, D-League stark

February, 23, 2010
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Apparently the gap between NBA talent and the NBADL is as wide as the Grand Canyon. Take 7-foot center Dwayne Jones of the Austin Toros. The Mavericks brought him in Tuesday to kick the tires and see if he was worthy of a 10-day contract, a stop-gap until injured center Erick Dampier returns.

For the Toros, Jones averaged 16.8 points and 15.4 rebounds in 32 games. A monster on the boards, he posted 26 points and 26 rebounds in a win Sunday night. It took the Mavs' braintrust one workout session to decide to send Jones, as ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports, back to Austin.

Stein also reports that the Mavs are on the verge of handing out a 10-day contract to long-distance shooter Von Wafer. Wafer averaged 9.7 points for the Rockets last season. He started this season in Greece, then failed a physical for the Rockets in December because of a bulging disk problem in his back.

Signing Wafer gives the Mavs depth, but at a position that would seem to be last on the priority list. Unless Wafer can handle the basketball, which is not his strength, he would seem to be backing up Jason Terry. Of course, the Mavs also have J.J. Barea and rookie Roddy Beaubois back there, not to mention Matt Carroll, a pretty good 3-point shooter once upon a time, who hasn't been able to get off the bench since he arrived from Charlotte last season.

The Mavs head into Wednesday's game against the Lakers with no backup center and Eduardo Najera as the lone reserve power forward/center. That's why Jones would have seemed to be a slam dunk as an extra body to at least participate in practice and grab a rebound or two in a couple of minutes during a game.

Instead, he'll go back to being a double-double machine for the Toros.

Mavs will work out Wafer again

February, 22, 2010
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DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks will put swingman Von Wafer through one more workout before deciding whether to give the swingman a 10-day contract.

The skills of Wafer, who averaged 9.7 points off the bench for the Houston Rockets last season, aren't the Mavs' concern. They want to evaluate his sore back again.

Wafer left Greece to re-sign with the Rockets earlier this season but he failed a physical because of a bulging disk.

"He can shoot it. We know that, and he’s athletic," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "When he’s healthy, he can defend. His athleticism is the thing that kind of separates him, but we want to see where he’s at physically and have a chance to work him out one more time."

Tweet, tweet: Von Wafer in town

February, 21, 2010
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Von Wafer, who tried out for the Mavericks last week with Rashad McCants, arrived in Dallas on Sunday night, using his Twitter account to announce his arrival. Wafer, a long-distance shooter who averaged 9.7 points off the bench for the Rockets last season but has been out of the league this season, is expected to take a physical Monday.

He has a bulging disk issue in his back and failed a physical with the Rockets in December. If he passes, Wafer could sign a 10-day contract. The Mavs have two roster spots open.

Wafer, an active tweeter, said he hopes he signs and thanked "Mr. Cuban" and "Mr. Nelson" for giving him a chance.

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