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Mavericks to release Ricky Ledo, making space for Amar'e Stoudemire

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Dallas had to clear a roster spot and chose to cut Ledo, their second round draft pick from 2013, according to Real GM.

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Ricky Ledo is the casualty of the Mavericks' signing of Amar'e Stoudemire, according to Shams Charania of Real GM. Ledo was drafted in 2013 in the second round and viewed as a long-term development project, spending almost the entirety of his two years with Dallas in the D-League or in a suit on the Mavericks' bench.

Even recently, head coach Rick Carlisle and others in the Mavericks organization had said kind words about the sophomore. Perhaps they were true and Ledo's release was necessary on a team with an aging superstar, looking to compete once more. More likely, Ledo's development just hadn't come along as quickly as Dallas had hoped, or perhaps they feared he would never figure it out.

We'll see in the coming days whether Ledo is snatched up by a lottery team around the league. If Jared Cunningham can make a few rosters and play a few games, surely someone will give Ledo a shot.

If there's little league interest, I'd expect Ledo sticks around Dallas and signs a D-League contract with the Texas Legends, hoping to prove his worth to someone before the end of the NBA season.

So long, Ricky Ledo, at least for now.