As first reported by Eddie Sefko of Dallas Morning News, three key Maverick players will be missing for the beginning of their training camp which begins next week.
Chandler Parsons, Wesley Matthews and JaVale McGee will all be watching on from the sidelines when the camp begins. Team owner Mark Cuban stated in the interview "they are on track, but there's no reason to rush anyone," before adding "we have a full squad of 20 people precisely because we knew that our vets would see limited preseason action."
All three of these absentees are not good for different reasons ahead of what could be a testing 2015-16 season for Dallas.
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Chandler Parsons arrived in Dallas last season after leaving fellow Texans the Houston Rockets for the Mavericks through free agency.Although Parsons struggled occasionally last season in a Mavericks jersey it was still a strong season for the former second round pick.
However on April 22nd Parsons was ruled out for the season after reoccurring knee injuries resulted in surgery for the small forward.Parsons absence from camp will be a big miss for the Mavs. Parsons is a key leader for the team and his presence will be missed on the court as new players try to grasp a new system.
Wesley Matthews, on the other hand, is one of a few new faces in Dallas. Arriving in free agency over the summer after leaving the Portland Trailblazers, Matthews will be the Mavericks new starting shooting guard once healthy.
He is returning from a torn Achilles tendon for the new season as he looks to establish himself in the Mavericks franchise. Missing camp will not only mean that Matthews misses out on invaluable time on the court, but he also misses out on the opportunity to better understand a new system in Dallas, one that is different from the style of play in Portland.
Finally, backup centre JaVale McGee will also miss the start of camp. A lesser blow on the team as his role will be limited throughout the season unless he can really impress early on, McGee has been injury plagued for the last few seasons missing out on a plethora of games with the Denver Nuggets.
A slow start to the season
These injuries may not in fact define the Mavericks season, there is a high possibility that it won't. However, the Mavericks will suffer early due as players try to blend into the team on the fly. Whether or not too much damage will have been done by the time the three return will be interesting to see but it is important that Dallas get these three back, and soon.