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Dallas Mavericks: Rick Carlisle rules out Jalen Brunson for NBA Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Jalen Brunson (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle rules out Jalen Brunson for NBA Orlando

The Dallas Mavericks will be playing basketball again in July. There will be a training camp 2.0 before the team heads to Orlando for the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season.

The Mavs will be one of 22 teams in the hunt to win a title. Each organization will play eight regular season games before the playoffs begin. The Mavericks will be looking to climb in the standings. They currently sit seventh in the Western Conference but have considerable room to move up. Fans can read how far they could climb here.

The resumption of the season means playoff basketball for the Mavericks. The NBA suspended play on March 11. That means the hiatus will be over four months before basketball is back.

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The Mavs had ample time to heal up. Dwight Powell tore his Achilles in January. He is hoping to return for the start of the 2020-2021 season. There were questions about Jalen Brunson’s status, though.

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle rules out Jalen Brunson for rest of season

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle put an end to the speculation on Friday. See Chuck Cooperstein sharing the news below.

Fans may remember that Brunson injured his shoulder in the opening moments of the Feb. 22 game against the Atlanta Hawks. He had surgery just days after the NBA suspended play. There was hope he would be healthy enough to return, but that does not look likely at this point.

It will be interesting to see how the Mavericks adjust their rotation in Orlando. They have plenty of options at the backup point guard spot. Do they rely more on Seth Curry or Delon Wright? Does J.J. Barea find himself back in the nightly rotation? Coach Carlisle has options.

Barea could become a key force for the Mavs in the playoffs. Expect Wright and Curry to do the heavy lifting in the remaining regular season games.

Hopefully, Jalen Brunson makes a full recovery and is ready for the start of the 2020-2021 season in December. Stay tuned for more updates as they become available.

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