The Dallas Mavericks on Monday waived undrafted forward, Maurice Ndour, to finalize their 15-man roster for the forthcoming NBA season.
Ndour, who played college basketball for the Ohio Bobcats and represented the Senegalese national team in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, was signed to the Mavericks preseason squad after averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in five summer league games for the New York Knicks.
“It was a really tough decision,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Yahoo.
Ndour suffered a stress fracture on his left leg during the preseason, an injury that has sidelined him indefinitely, and put his NBA career in doubt. The Senegalese forward plans to rehabilitate and explore his options – in the NBA and overseas – after he clears waivers on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the Mavs had cut Samuel Dalembert, Jamil Wilson, Tu Holloway and Brandon Ashley to trim their roster size to 16. They deliberated for two days about N’Dour’s worth before taking a final call. Dallas has retained 7-foot-2 center Salah Mejri, who was essentially battling N’Dour for the final roster spot.
The Mavericks begin the 2015-16 NBA season on Wednesday with a road game against Phoenix Suns. With injury-prone guards Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams forming a brand new backcourt, the Mavs begin a new season with mixed expectations. While some reckon they are guaranteed to miss the postseason, others feel Dirk Nowitzki’s side is capable of surprises.