DALLAS -– Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is thinking about changing his starting lineup, and also playing center Chris Kaman and power forward Elton Brand together more.
Brand and Kaman have rarely played together with the Mavs, but mainly started together with the Los Angeles Clippers from 2003-’08.
When the Clippers advanced to the playoffs in 2006, Brand averaged 24.7 points and 10 rebounds, and Kaman averaged 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds. That distant memory was a topic of conversation Tuesday for Carlisle, who could benefit from the duo’s past with the Clippers.
“Brand and Kaman proved that they can play together over a six-year period with the Clippers,’’ Carlisle said. “That was one of the most successful runs in their history.
“Those guys can play together, but to this point we haven’t really done it much in the regular season.’’
Is Carlisle ready to give the Brand-Kaman combination a try?
“I guess my answer is at this point I’ll look at anything as long as there are five guys out there busting their (butts),’’ Carlisle said. “And if they aren’t, they won’t be out there.
“Right now that’s how we’re going to do business with this thing.’’
If Kaman starts Wednesday against Washington, that means Brandan Wright will be coming off the bench.
-- Dwain Price
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