Mavs waive four as roster takes shape

by Brandon Benson | Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

The Dallas Mavericks, according to a recent report, have waived four players to reduce their roster to 16, one above the league maximum. Those players are Renaldo Balkman, Devin Ebanks, D.J. Kennedy, and Fab Melo.

Mickey McConnell remains the only camp invite still on the roster. McConnell is a 24-year-old guard with no NBA experience, but seems to have made the strongest impression in camp, according to Chuck Myron of HoopsRumors.com.

Balkman, the 20th overall pick in the 2006 draft, played last season in the Philippines and in Puerto Rico, and had an eventful season.

The 6’8″ forward has appeared in over 200 NBA contests, averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds in those games, while shooting a solid 51%.

Ebanks, 23, spent three seasons with the Lakers, appearing in only 63 games, but somehow managing 15 starts, in those 3 seasons. The one-time West Virginia star will likely find himself on some team’s D-League roster in no time.

Kennedy, a 6’6″ guard, has spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past, but is mostly known for his success in the aforementioned NBA D-League, in which he has been an All-Star in.

And then we have Fab Melo. Melo has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and more, and all of which just raved about the Brazilian center.

After an up-and-down journey at Syracuse, which included a stint in which Melo was academically ineligible, the Celtics drafted him in the late first-round in 2012.

He spent the majority of his poor rookie campaign in Maine with the NBADL’s Red Claws, and was traded to Memphis this summer. Memphis didn’t want him either, and ended up waiving him shortly after they acquired him.

Dallas gave him a chance, and apparently did not like what they saw, and the one-time highly-rated prospect will once again find himself in the Development League until he learn’s to match his skill with his height, and potential.

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