Just days after playing yo-yo with Spencer Hawes’ minutes and benching him on a whim, Paul Westphal will now be heavily dependent on Hawes to man the middle for the Kings. The team announced that Jason Thompson, Hawes’ replacement at center and the only player taller than 6’9” on Sacramento’s roster that isn’t Donte Greene, will miss two weeks with a back injury.
Sacramento should use some combination of Hawes, Carl Landry, Sean May, and possibly Joey Dorsey at center, unless Westphal decides to indulge his creative side and play Omri Casspi there…or indulge his obstinant side and keep Hawes in street clothes. Westphal claims to be unsure about Hawes’ status for tomorrow’s game against the Jazz, but the notion of not playing him at this point over a petty disagreement seems ridiculous.
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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.
Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.
Multiple Mavs sources say they have nothing brewing with Larry Sanders. But they'd be in front of line if he wanted to play ball again.