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Dallas Mavericks to try out Rashad McCants

The Dallas Mavericks confirmed Tuesday that they are bringing former lottery pick Rashad McCants to Dallas for an audition that will include an opportunity to play in Friday's preseason finale against Houston. Sources close to the situation, however, told ESPNDallas.com on Tuesday night that there is a better chance McCants winds up playing for the Mavericks' D-League affiliate in nearby Frisco than with the parent club. (ESPN.com)

Vince Carter's defense excites teammates

Vince Carter is the Orlando Magic's leading scorer this preseason, averaging 16.6 points. These days, however, his teammates and coaches are talking more about his defense. Carter has taken a charge in each of Orlando's past two exhibitions. On Monday night in Atlanta, Carter drew a charge on the Hawks' Josh Smith. (Orlando Sentinel)

Jamison likely to play reserve role for Cavs

34-year-old Antawn Jamison, who is 5-of-26 from the field in the preseason and never really got a shot to compete for the starting small forward spot because of his knee issues, will come off the bench, a role he prospered in early in his career before set­tling in as a starter. “He’ll be fine either way,” Scott said when asked about Jamison. “He’s a professional.” (Elyria Chronicle-Telegram)

Rare Ellington start gives coach an eyeful

Blame the "dumb coach" for Wayne Ellington not playing more this preseason. And this is coming from Wolves coach Kurt Rambis. He was asked about Ellington, who took advantage of his start Sunday against Milwaukee by hitting eight of 11 shots and all three of his three-pointers, picking up four assists, two steals and a block in 25-plus minutes. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Michael Jordan's comments don't bother Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is pursuing his sixth NBA championship, a benchmark that would match Michael Jordan’s career total and immediately launch a debate about how the Los Angeles Lakers star measures up to the league’s greatest player ever. Jordan, however, doesn’t sound quite ready to allow Bryant to stand toe to toe with him. (Yahoo! Sports)

Pacers pick up options for Hansbrough, Collison

The Indiana Pacers say they’ve picked up the contract options for Darren Collison and Tyler Hansbrough. Team officials didn’t provide details of the contracts Monday. Hansbrough was Indiana’s first-round pick in 2009, No. 13 overall. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds but missed most of the season with an inner ear infection that caused dizziness and made him sensitive to light. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Danny Green may be out in Cleveland

Danny Green had the chance to throw the first punch. Manny Harris may have landed the knockout. With just two preseason games remaining, coach Byron Scott will start trimming the minutes of all the Cavaliers' fringe players as he sets his rotation for the regular season. As a result, Saturday night may have been the final opportunity for guys like Green and Harris to make an impression. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Danny Green battles for final roster spot

The roster is now down to 16 and only one more cut remains before the Cavs will have their roster set for the 2010-11 campaign. It appears that this final spot will be filled by either Danny Green or Manny Harris. Green has seen limited action this preseason while Harris has flourished under Byron Scott and his uptempo style. (Waiting For Next Year)

Hansbrough scores 19 to lift Pacers, 101-98

Tyler Hansbrough scored 19 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the New Orleans Hornets 101-98 in an NBA preseason game Friday night. Hansbrough, who missed all but 29 games as a rookie last season because of issues with his inner ear and vertigo, scored 11 points in the third quarter and showed much of the aggressiveness and physical inside play that made him the No. 13 overall selection by Indiana in the 2009 draft. (Washington Post)

Brandan Wright being eased back in

Brandan Wright was the only Warrior who didn't play in Tuesday's loss at Sacramento. The previous game, Sunday against the visiting Kings, he was yanked after 2 minutes, 23 seconds of action after making a bad pass, and he sat the rest of the game. No, he's not injured. Coach Keith Smart is just not impressed with Wright's play thus far. (San Jose Mercury News)

Michael Jordan thinks he could drop 100 on today's NBA

Michael Jordan is the man. Well he thinks he's the man, and that he still would be the man in today's NBA if he were playing in his prime. Jordan took some questions about the state of the current game the other day while promoting his new NBA 2K11 video game, and was quick to allude that his offensive numbers would have been that much better. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Jamison realizes his best shot at winning may be gone

Though the moments proved fleeting for Antawn Jamison, he did what few do when given the same chance. He relished. Today, he doesn't sound bitter or upset by what went down in Cleveland. If anything, he's grateful. Approaching each game with that ever-present grin on his grill, Jamison is one of those lucky guys who never seems to have a bad day. (NBA.com)

ECU’s Lebo makes good first impression

There is no telling how good or bad the Pirates basketball season will go, but if it’s anything like Jeff Lebo’s first media day at East Carolina than fans should expect to be pleased. Lebo, a former Tar Heel who played under Dean Smith, is entering his 13th season as a head coach and said all the right things leading into his first season with the Pirates. (Washington Daily News)

Danny Green's time could be limited

The writing could be on the wall for Danny Green. Green, the Cavaliers' second-round pick in 2009, has struggled mightily in the preseason. Rookie guard Manny Harris might have moved past him on the depth chart after back-to-back 14-point performances in the last two games. Another reason why Green could be in a precarious position, his $762,195 contract is not guaranteed. If he's on the opening-day roster, only $125,000 is guaranteed. (News-Herald)

Tyler Hansbrough gets a clean bill of health

Good news for all those who hated Tyler Hansbrough when he was playing at North Carolina. It is safe to hate him again and call him overrated without feeling you are piling on. The Pacers' forward is now healthy and healed from a case of vertigo during his rookie season. Not to take sides but Hansbrough is the NCAA all-time free throw leader, the ACC scoring leader and UNC's all-time rebounder. (USA Today)

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