DALLAS – The Mavericks plan to go with what they’ve got at guard despite losing Delonte West for an extended period of time due to a fractured and dislocated right ring finger.
The Mavs, who have a full roster of 15 players, don’t intend to seek veteran help at the position. They would have to release a player -- most likely D-League-assigned center/power forward Sean Williams, whose minimum-salaried contract recently became fully guaranteed -- if they signed a free-agent guard.
The Mavs will depend on their young prospects instead of signing an experienced guard such as Antonio Daniels, the 13-year NBA veteran who had 14 points and 11 assists for Donnie Nelson’s Texas Legends on Wednesday night, to a 10-day contract.
The Mavs were encouraged by Dominique Jones’ six-assist, one-turnover performance in Wednesday’s win over the Nuggets. They expect Rodrigue Beaubois, who has been up and down as a point guard this season, to return to the team relatively soon after grieving the unexpected death of his father.
“We’ll just have to make it work,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday. “With [Jason] Kidd, we’re going to have to keep his minutes reasonable. Dominique Jones is going to have to play some. Vince is going to have to get more minutes at the 2 position. We had Odom handling the ball a lot tonight. Look, we may have to be creative with our rotation.”