Shawn Marion, Vince Carter stay home to rest

Veterans Shawn Marion and Vince Carter did not join the Mavericks on their trip to Wichita for Wednesday's preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There are no medical issues with Marion and Carter, both of whom have been praised by coach Rick Carlisle recently for their leadership. They stayed home to rest, according to a team spokesperson.

The roles of Marion and Carter are expected to increase during the time that Dirk Nowitzki is sidelined. The Mavs want to make sure that they are fresh for the beginning of the regular season next week.