The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night as five key rotation players sat out with injuries. Luka Doncic should be back in the team’s next game, and Josh Green is nearing a return after missing more than a month with an elbow injury. Still, Dallas looks like they will be down multiple players for the foreseeable future.
The Mavericks waived Kemba Walker on Jan. 6 to avoid his contract full guaranteeing. That move opened up a roster spot, and the front office has not filled it. Dallas only has 14 players under contract plus two two-way talents, and they are free to sign a player at any point.
Teams are allowed to start using ten-day contracts in early January, and the Mavericks could use some depth. They had just 11 healthy players on Sunday night in Portland, and McKinley Wright IV suffered a leg injury in the final moments. Dallas needs reinforcements, and Jeremy Lamb is the perfect target for a ten-day contract.
Jeremy Lamb is a veteran wing and the Dallas Mavericks need help there
Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Green, and Maxi Kleber have all been out since Dec. 21. There is some optimism that Green will be able to return on Wednesday night as the Mavericks host the Hawks, but Tim Hardaway Jr. injured his ankle in Portland and could miss additional time. Dallas needs someone to give them quality minutes on the wing until they get healthy.
The 30-year-old struggled last season, but it was his tenth straight year with a positive value over replacement player (VORP). Lamb is a career 34.2 percent 3-point shooter that is 6’4 and has shown flashes as a tertiary creator. He is just what the Mavericks need as they navigate with depleted wing depth.