“I don’t know if it was a stress out (thing),” Uthoff said of wondering whether he would be retained beyond his 10 day deals. “I look at it as, my first goal is accomplished. It’s a huge steppingstone, but I’m looking forward to the future.”
In other words, he doesn’t plan on this being a short term association with the Mavericks.
The 6 9 forward got his first points when he grabbed his own missed shot for a putback in the second quarter against the Pelicans. Carlisle had said that the Mavericks are looking forward to seeing more of Uthoff, who played in just two games during his 10 day deals and logged just five minutes of playing time.
“He was playing extremely well in the D League,” Carlisle said. “And in individual workouts and in talking to him, he’s got a very good aptitude. During the last nine games, we have to get him out here and look at him a little bit.
“There aren’t a lot of high quality stretch fours in the draft. So this is an opportunity for us to take a close look. And we’ll have the option to look at him this summer and potentially make a further commitment. It’s a win win.
“There are a lot of things about his game that are very intriguing.”
Meanwhile, Manny Harris was not re signed after his second 10 day deal expired.
Carlisle said it was “possible” that the Mavericks will look to bring in another player now that they have an open roster spot. He said there simply wasn’t going to be enough playing time to keep Harris.
Mejri sits: Backup center Salah Mejri was sidelined for Wednesday’s game after twisting his right knee in Monday’s loss to Oklahoma City.
It’s the same knee that Mejri had surgery on last summer, but not the same injury.
“It’s not in the same spot,” he said. “It’s a little Wholesale Jerseys China
on the side. It’s not bad. We’re just taking it easy on it and not make it worse and hopefully be back for the next game. It was nothing bad. I could play with it, but Casey (Smith, the athletic trainer) and the coach don’t want to take the risk.”
Mejri has put together a solid season, averaging 4.3 rebounds, 2.6 points and nearly a block in limited time (12.6 minutes per game).
Briefly: Seth Curry returned after missing Monday’s game with a sore left shoulder . The Mavericks will make their first visit to Memphis jersey cheap this season on Friday. They also visit the Grizzlies in the final game of the season.