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Lee injury means Mavericks may look to add player before play resumes UPDATE Perhaps not

We’re getting a better idea of what the post-suspension Mavs will look like

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As the resumption of the NBA season nears with 22 teams set to meet in Orlando in July, we’re beginning to get some news about players across the league who will or won’t be in attendance.

Mavs fans who can remember all the way back to February will recall that Jalen Brunson and Dwight Powell were out with injuries. There’s no indication as of yet that they’ll be back for a post-season run, which is not a surprise. What is new, though, is a report Monday afternoon from Marc Stein that Courtney Lee suffered a calf injury during the shutdown which required surgery, and he seems to be unavailable.

This means the Mavericks will potentially be looking to add some new faces as play resumes, but it will require them to officially waive Lee, who had been playing well before the season suspension in reprieve of the injured Brunson.

Lee is on the last year of his contract, so waiving him, if he’s unable to play, would largely be a formality.

Prior to the injury, Bobby Marks of ESPN made the interpretation that the Mavericks would only be able to bring up their G-League players. There were early indications that teams may be allowed to bring 17 players to Orlando — two more than the traditional 15-man rosters. Those spots will be filled with 2-way players Josh Reaves and Antonius Cleveland, who we have not had a chance to see in NBA action yet this season.

Now, though, with the injury to Lee on top of those to Brunson and Powell, we could see new faces clapping on the bench as the Mavs return to the post-season for the first time since the 2015-16 season. So, if you have any deep bench favorites in need of a job and whose jersey you’ve always wanted to buy as a Maverick, now is the time to jump in to Donnie Nelson’s DMs and drop him some suggestions.


Bobby Marks chimes in:

The end result here is that the rule doesn’t make any sense. Dallas would go into Orlando with 12 healthy original roster players plus their two-way contract players. If that’s the intent of the rule, so be it, but why have a free agency period at all, then?