Mavs Talk Bynum & Rookies
DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – The Dallas Mavericks’ introductory press conference on Wednesday was designed as a showcase for rookies Shane Larkin, Ricky Ledo and Gal Mekel. But when team officials finished showering them with praise, talk turned to an introduction that they can only hope will happen: The acquisition of oft-injured free-agent center Andrew Bynum.
Mavs GM Donnie Nelson confirmed our earlier story about Bynum being in town and said he and agent David Lee “had a nice visit with our doctors, we had a lunch. Beyond that, the negotiations are ongoing…. We’re in the process of gathering information.”
Bynum has knee problems that may preclude him from ever returning to All-Star form. Cleveland and Atlanta are also involved in the bidding.
“We’re having a medical discussion,’’ said Nelson, noting that Bynum did not work out for the team. “We’ll have an opportunity to get with him and his agent and better understand the risks involved and make a good decision for our franchise.”
Meanwhile, Nelson also termed the acquisition of free agent Monta Ellis a “longshot,’’ confirmed that the club is unlikely to bring back Roddy Beaubois, and joined coach Rick Carlisle is painting a positive picture of what the three rookie guards might add.
We think this rookie class is probably a little more ready to step into the jumpseat than others we’ve had,’’ Nelson said.
Said first-round pick Larkin: “I’m excited to be here and to work. I’ve just got to go out there and show everything I can do.’’
Said Gal Mekel, signed from Israel: “I’m a true point guard. I like to get everyone involved and make all my teammates better.
Larkin and Mekel are point guards. Ledo is a 2-guard. All three are projected to play behind probably starters Devin Harris and Jose Calderon.
As the Mavs continue to piece together a roster following the swing-and-a-miss bid on Dwight Howard, they are “in discussion,’’ Nelson said, with possible returnees Elton Brand and Brandan Wright.
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