But those three Mavericks aren’t there yet and won’t be when training camp opens next week, either.
Three players who are anticipated to play key roles for the Dallas Mavericks will not be fully cleared to begin training camp next week, according to sources.
Shooting guard Wesley Matthews, small forward Chandler Parsons and center JaVale McGee are all expected to gradually work into full participation in practices as they continue to recover from major injuries.
Parsons and Matthews can afford to wait. They’re highly paid and have guaranteed deals.
Extended absences by either, let alone both, would significantly dampen Dallas’ playoff hopes. But the Mavericks aren’t in a great position, anyway. They shouldn’t risk the long-term health of these key players just to chase the postseason this year.
Of course, Parsons and Matthews are competitive and want to play. But the have the luxury of getting paid either way.
McGee is in a much tougher spot. His contract is just $250,000 guaranteed. Another $250,000 becomes guaranteed Sept. 29. So, if he doesn’t look healthy enough, the Mavericks might just waive him before training camp. The way the market has looked for him, they’d probably have a decent chance of re-signing him after not having to pay that extra $250,000.
Even if McGee makes it to camp, he’ll have to battle Samuel Dalembert, Salah Mejri and Jarrid Famous for regular-season roster spots behind Zaza Pachulia. McGee’s guarantee would increase to $750,000 if he makes the opening-night roster.
Obviously, impressing enough to get that far is much more difficult if McGee can’t get on the court.