Today was the first day of the Dallas Mavericks training camp as they prepare for their first pre-season game next Saturday in Germany. Earlier today, Center Chris Kaman, sprained his lower back during their first practice. Coach Rick Carlisle said that it’s not a injury to consider serious.
Now Kaman has never had a history of back problems, but he has missed a significant amount of games in the past five years due to his injuries. This could be a problem for the Mavericks if they due intend to keep Kaman as their number one center, but with a history of injuries it may give the Mavericks a problem.
They may have to look in the free agency pool for a legitimate center if Kaman is not set to go for any of the 82 games and more this 2012-13 season.
There are still some names out there that may still be looking for a team. There are three guys I believe that the Mavericks need to at least go talk to and see if they would sign a one year deal with the Mavs and they are Eddy Curry, Troy Murphy and Brad Miller.
Miller may be the last choice for the Mavericks since he is 36 years old and could be decided to retire, but the Mavericks could persuade him to sign him to the lowest deal possible. Miller was undrafted and played his first professional career in Italy in 1998.
He signed with the Charlotte Hornets later that year. He has spent his 16 year career with six different teams including the Hornets.
If the Mavericks decide to persuade him to join them he may not be much of a factor since “Father Time” has caught up and could cause Miller to sit sideline for most of the season even though he would be an extra body if the Mavericks do indeed need one.
Another name I mentioned is Troy Murphy. At 32 years old he has spent his 13 year career with the Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and most recently the Los Angeles Lakers. He was selected 14th overall by the Warriors where he averaged almost 11 points a game during his six seasons with them. Throughout his career he has averaged nearly 11 points and 7.9 rebounds a game.
If the Mavericks decide to go the route of Murphy then it may be a better choice than going after Miller since Murphy is 32 compare to Miller who is 36. He could be an option for Dallas if Kaman is unable to go in any of the games throughout the season and post-season. He may not give much, but like Miller he would be the extra body that the Mavericks will need down the stretch and Murphy will be the perfect guy to fill that place.
Now the last person on my list is Eddy Curry and he is probably my favorite one out of the three that I believe the Mavericks should at least consider going after. He does have personal life problems, but with an organization like the Dallas Mavericks run it may be an opportunity for Curry to get his life in order.
He only played 14 games and it was his first time back in the NBA after a one year absent. At only 29 years old Curry could be a guy that the Mavericks might be able to depend on if Kaman does not work out. Curry has averaged 13 points and 5.2 rebounds a game during his time in the NBA. Joining the Dallas Mavericks could give him a second chance in the NBA and may be able to redeem himself if Curry does indeed want to play again in the league.
The Mavericks could use Curry as their backup center to Kaman and it could be their chance to have two legit big men in the same season for the first time in their franchise history.
Whatever happens one thing is for sure is that if Kaman is not able to perform like the Mavericks are hoping then they will once again go through a season with a question mark surrounding their center position.
If the Mavericks decide to keep Kaman as their main big man and it works out then the Mavericks will have no problem competing with other teams with big centers and if it does not work out the Mavs will most likely turn to free agency to look for a temporary big man.