Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is juggling his big-man rotation on a game-by-game basis, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports. Dwight Powell, Zaza Pachulia, Salah Mejri and Dirk Nowitzki are taking turns at center, depending upon the opponent, though it’s tougher to play Nowitzki there in smaller lineups with forward Chandler Parsons out for the season, MacMahon adds. Pachulia and Mejri shared the load on Friday when the team faced Detroit and its All-Star center, Andre Drummond. “We need everybody,” Carlisle told MacMahon and other members of the gathered media. “Going forward, we’re a walking adjustment. We’re going to have to adjust to whatever situation we’re up against.”
In other news around the league:
- Michigan senior combo guard Caris LeVert has hired Roc Nation Sports as his representative, he revealed on his Twitter feed. Roc Nation, founded by rap star Jay Z, also represents Kevin Durant, Justise Winslow and Wilson Chandler. LeVert has dropped to No. 33 on ESPN Insider Chad Ford’s Big Board and No. 43 on Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress Top 100 prospect list after an injury-marred season.
- Knicks rookie power forward Kristaps Porzingis should be shut down the rest of the season, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News opines. Porzingis, who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, must be handled with care because he’s a franchise-altering talent, Isola continues. Selecting Porzingis in the lottery is the only home run that Phil Jackson has hit as team president, Isola adds.
- Spurs veteran power forward David West isn’t sure if he will exercise his $1.55MM player option for next season, according to Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News. West will not make a decision until after the season, Young adds. “I have no idea,” he told Young. “I really just want to see what my body tells me when it’s all said and done. I think that’s the best way to put it.”