DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks made it official Friday when they waived center Eddy Curry and signed power forward Troy Murphy to a one-year deal.
The Mavs also were hopeful that center Chris Kaman will be able to play for the first time this season in Saturday's home opener agianst the Charlotte Bobcats. Kaman has been sidelined with a strained right calf.
"We’ll see if he's going to be ready tommorow,'' power forward Elton Brand said. "Hopefully he’ll get some minutes.
"Playing in games is different than other types of conditioning. Hopefully he's in good condition so we can go out there and use him and use his 7-foot body because that’s why we have problems with
rebounding. We’re just missing two seven footers (in Dirk Nowitzki and Kaman).''
Murphy, 6-11, 245 pounds, averaged 3,2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game last season for the Los Angeles Lakers. He also has averaged double-doubles in four different seasons -- the last time during the 2009-'10 campaign when he averaged 14.6 points and 10.2 rebounds while playing for the Indiana Pacers.
Curry, who spent just eight days with the Mavs after he was claimed off waivers on Oct. 25, averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds in Dallas' first two games.
-- Dwain Price
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