Tim Thomas looking to tag along with Mavs again

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Crazy as it sounds, Tim Thomas was actually pretty good last season, before a knee injury and family illness put him down for the count. He shot 46% from the field and 37% from three, which was a central component of what the Mavericks needed last season, especially in the playoffs versus the Spurs.

But a series of unfortunate events occurred and the Mavericks were without the veteran shooter’s services down the stretch. With his wife suffering a severe illness, Thomas was granted time to take care of his family. With their situation eased, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports that Thomas is looking to rejoin the Mavs.

Thomas was playing for the veteran minimum last season, and with the Mavericks having two open roster spots remaining, adding Thomas might be a viable option. Thomas’ career has been a long series of ups and downs, mostly downs. He’s constantly either overrated or underrated. After being whipped out of Chicago as a failure, he caught fire with the Seven Seconds or Less Suns during the playoffs and parlayed that into a hefty contract with the Clippers. At which point he went back to sub-mediocrity.

But Thomas as a veteran shooter fits a need and can do it at a reasonable price. The Mavericks added size this summer, adding a perimeter shooter would help their overall plan.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.