The Dallas Mavericks will be short-handed again when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. Friday at American Airlines Center.
After Friday morning’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle said forward Dirk Nowitzki (sore right Achilles) and point guard Deron Williams (strained left calf) will not play against Memphis or in Saturday’s game in Orlando. Guards Devin Harris (sprained great right toe) and J. J. Barea (strained left calf) also will miss the game against Memphis.
With no many guards injured, the Mavericks signed guard Jonathan Gibson and reluctantly waived forward Quincy Acy on Friday morning. One of the last players cut in the Mavericks’ training camp last month, Gibson had been working out on his own in Henderson, Nev., while waiting for his phone to ring so he could continue playing in the NBA.
Seth Curry and Gibson are the only true point guards on the roster, which is why the Mavericks made the move to sign the latter.
“We need another playmaker, simple as that,’’ Carlisle said. “Playmakers have been one of our strengths in recent years going back to years when we had Barea, (Raymond) Felton, Harris and D-Will.
“The last could of years we had (Chandler) Parsons as a wing guy who is a playmaker at the wing, and so now we were down one guy to start the season if you look at those numbers, and then the injuries have just made it tough.
“It was very difficult to let Acy go because he’s a warrior and he’s exactly the kind of guy that we want in our culture. He’s a guy who is a good NBA player and who is still young and who is still getting better.’’
Meanwhile, counting the next two contests, Nowitzki will have missed seven games in a row. But Carlisle said there is no concern on whether to shut down the 13-time All-Star for an even more extended period of time.
“He’s making progress, but we’re going to be cautious and we’re going to be smart about it,’’ Carlisle said. “He’s played hurt a lot in his career – this situation is different, though.
“We’re early in the year, there’s something that has hung around that needs to be addressed and be expunged, and so we’re working on it.’’