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Kemp to audition today for Mavs supporting role

By ART GARCIA

Star-Telegram Staff Writer


DALLAS -- Don't rule out Shawn Kemp just yet.

The Mavericks' interest is such that coach Avery Johnson is personally working out the former All-Star power forward today in Houston. An impressive audition is the first step in Kemp joining the Mavs in time for the playoffs.

With the loss of Keith Van Horn to a broken hand, the Mavs are in the market for a backup to Dirk Nowitzki.

Kemp, 36, has been working out in Houston in an attempt to make a comeback. He retired after the 2002-03 season with Orlando, citing weight issues. He's reportedly lost about 50 pounds from his high of 320 pounds.

Even if the Mavs aren't granted the hardship exception to sign a 16th player, Kemp could still be in the plans. Waiving one of the 15 on the roster -- rookie Rawle Marshall is the probable candidate -- would free up a spot.

Kemp, 6-foot-10, averaged 14.6 points and 8.4 rebounds over 14 seasons and has the playoff experience (88 games) the Mavs are looking for.
 

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Even if the Mavs aren't granted the hardship exception to sign a 16th player, Kemp could still be in the plans. Waiving one of the 15 on the roster -- rookie Rawle Marshall is the probable candidate -- would free up a spot.
Im not quite sure on the rules, but couldnt the Mavs just send Marshall to the D-League to free up a spot? IMO if signing Kemp requires waiving Marshall, then I say don't do it.

Edit: Nevermind. I see that a player sent to the D-League is listed as one of the 3 players on the inactive roster.
 

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If we sign Kemp we are royaly screwed...why?

I know hes lost wieght but he is not in playing shape or up to NBA speed...there is no time for him to work back into playing shape...besides Marshall looks like hell give us some great physical D and 6 fouls in the playofss...Kemp is still a score minded player and thats where hell spend his energy during the game, on the offensive end...
 

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Is his contract up on a see date or after the last agme of the finals?

if its a set date then hes still tradable as a expiring contract...if its the last game then its cause Cuban would still have to buy him out for the rest of the contract...why pay now whaen you can pay later?
 

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DALLAS - Shawn Kemp was unable to travel to Houston to work out for Mavericks coach Avery Johnson on Wednesday.

But that doesn't mean the Mavs have given up on signing the 14-year veteran.

"I'm not disappointed, but it just didn't work," Johnson said of the missed opportunity. "We'll hopefully do it in the next day or two, so it still may happen."

A spokesman for Kemp's agent, Houston-based Tony Dutt, said Dutt was out of the country and wouldn't be back in Houston until Monday.

Because of season-ending surgery to Keith Van Horn, the Mavs are hoping to receive a medical exception from the NBA to sign a 16th player to their roster, conceivably Kemp or someone else.

But Johnson isn't optimistic the league will grant that exception.

"It's becoming more and more gloomy," Johnson said. "It was sunny, but now it's partly cloudy and it's going to start raining soon if we don't get that [medical] exception."

If the Mavs aren't granted an exception, they could still sign a player but would have to waive one of their current 15 players.
 

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Briefly: The Mavericks were denied a roster exception by the league. The team was seeking one because multiple players have been injured. A roster exception would have allowed the Mavericks to add a 16th player
 
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