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.
The Mavericks will be among the teams looking for roster reinforcements Tuesday when the NBA's one-week transaction window opens after veteran swingman Courtney Lee suffered a calf injury during the shutdown that required surgery, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 22, 2020
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:
Only players that opt-out of Orlando, test positive for cornonavirus or are on the protected/excused list for health reasons as a result of COVID-19 can be replaced. Dallas is at the league maximum 15 players and 2 Two-Ways. https://t.co/TGFN1mWIH7— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 22, 2020
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?