Here’s a look at the latest from the Lone Star State..
- Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News isn’t impressed by the Mavericks‘ aging starting five of Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki, and new additions Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, and Monta Ellis. Four of the five are older than 32 and Ellis has seen his field goal percentage drop from inside the arc and from long range.
- Mavericks rookie Ricky Ledo is ready to prove himself in Dallas, writes ESPNDallas.com’s Bryan Gutierrez. The Mavs traded for the No. 43 pick to land Ledo, who techically came out of Providence but never suited up for a game due to academic issues. ”Ledo is a very good prospect at the guard position. He’s a very young kid and this is the beginning of a process for him,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We know he has NBA ability and we like him as a person. We’re going to work hard with him.“
- The Rockets are a leading candidate for center Marcus Camby, but they’ll need a better backup center option if they trade Omer Asik, opines Matt Moore of CBSSports.com. Camby is 39-years-old and even though he can rebound and defend a bit, they’ll need something more reliable given his age.