DALLAS -- Jose Calderon likely will not play in Monday's preseason opener against the New Orleans Pelicans as the Dallas Mavericks remain cautious about when they'll put their new starting point guard on the court.
Signed to a four-year, $29 million free agent contract in July, Calderon started suffering from a sore left hamstring during Wednesday's practice and has been limited ever since. He didn't play in the Mavs' Blue-White scrimmage Friday, was limited in Sunday's practice and now won't play in the preseason opener against the Pelicans, which is Monday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.
"He was able to do some things live today, but he's going to be doubtful for tomorrow,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "I doubt he's going to play tomorrow.''
Calderon spent a large portion of this past summer playing for his native Spain in the Euro Basket League, which just concluded about two weeks ago. His body has hardly had ample time to heal, and that could have contributed to the hamstring issue he sustained last week.
"We've got to make sure that he's going at the right pace here,'' Carlisle said. "We've got to understand that he's been playing all summer -- he was playing up until two weeks ago -- wherever they were all over the world.
"There's some grind to that. There's some fatigue.''
Although the Mavs really need Caledron to be ready when they open the regular season at home on Oct. 30 against the Atlanta Hawks, they also must get him involved a few games in the preseason so he can start developing some chemistry with the other four starters.
"We'll need him on the 30th -- that's when we need him.,'' Carlisle said. "But we've got to get him involved, but not at any kind of risk level that doesn't make sense.
"He's probably not going to play tomorrow.''
-- Dwain Price
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