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Eddy Curry of the Dallas Mavericks posts up against Bismack Biyombo of the Charlotte Bobcats on October 26, 2012 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (credit: Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) - Not only has Eddy Curry landed a new NBA job, but it’s appearing to be a starting job. Ladies and gentleman, the state of your 2012-13 Dallas Mavericks!

With regular starter Chris Kaman sidelined for Tuesday night’s opening game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Eddy Curry will most likely get a start against Dwight Howard. The Mavs claimed Curry off waivers Thursday and started him at center Friday in their last preseason game, where he had 11 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 25 minutes.

Curry found himself with the Mavs after getting cut by the Spurs just a week ago. But with Delonte West cut after finding himself in hot water again, Curry has not only made the final 15-man roster, but a starting job.

Rick Carlisle wouldn’t confirm to reporters whether or not Curry would start, but without anyone else really available, it seems likely. “He’s learning a lot in a short period of time, on the one hand,” Carlisle said. “On the other hand, he’s a big guy who plays with a lot of force in the paint when he gets the ball. That’s something anybody can use. His opportunity is going to continue here.”

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