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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Mavs' Chris Kaman to make debut

By Tim MacMahon

Center Chris Kaman has been declared ready to make his Dallas Mavericks debut.

Kaman, who missed the first two games of the season due to a strained right calf, plans to play in Saturday night's home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Kaman, 30, was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since straining the calf on Oct. 17.

The Mavs waited to see how the calf responded to a day of work before declaring the 7-footer fit to play.

Durability is the biggest concern about Kaman, a skilled big man who signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Mavs this offseason. He missed a total of 152 games over the previous five seasons due to a variety of injuries.

Backup point guard Rodrigue Beaubois is a game-time decision after twisting his left ankle during Friday's practice. The oft-injured former first-round pick missed four preseason games after spraining that ankle.