Western Notes: Mavs, Wembanyama, Hendricks, Rockets

Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison has expressed that he may be done with offseason moves, though The Dallas Morning News’ Brad Townsend has his doubts. Harrison feels “good” about how the roster looks now.

“I feel like we accomplished the goals that we set out to do, every step of the way,” he said. “So in that regard, on paper, it feels good. So we’ll see how it turns out.”

Townsend notes that JaVale McGee is still on the roster, though he doesn’t appear to be in the team’s plans. The Mavs are also in need of an upgrade at center and are only marginally improved at the forward spots compared to last offseason.

We have more from the Southwest Division:

  • The league’s broadcast partners are showcasing top pick Victor Wembanyama during the in-season tournament, ESPN’s Tim Bontemps notes. The Spurs will have three of their four group play contests shown by either TNT or ESPN. They are the only team that has more than two of its four group play games on ESPN and TNT.
  • Jazz lottery pick Taylor Hendricks, who sat out Summer League due to a right hamstring strain, has been cleared to participate in all on court activities, Eric Walden of the Salt Lake Tribune tweets. Another Jazz rookie, Brice Sensabaugh, continues to make progress after undergoing left knee surgery in March.
  • Forward Jae’Sean Tate believes the Rockets will be vastly improved defensively, he told Kelly Iko of The Athletic. “We can be very problematic for teams,” he said. “When you have guys with length, guys who can match the physicality of the opposing team, it’s hard for them to get an advantage. You have guys on the team who can guard multiple positions at once. It makes it hard for them to score.”
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