3 Mavs Kids Playing For Legends Tonight

FRISCO - Rookie point guard Shane Larkin, second-year forward Jae Crowder and second-year center Bernard James are coming to Frisco for a one-game assignment with the Texas Legends ... and DallasBasketball.com will be there with the telecast on Channel 47 and the reasoning why here:

The Dallas Mavericks rotation is tightening. The kids at the end of the bench need game time while the Mavericks are in town. And, hey, the are frankly in a place where they could use a little help.

Rookie point guard Shane Larkin, second-year forward Jae Crowder and second-year center Bernard James will all be in uniform tonight for the 7 p.m. tip at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, where they will join draft-eligible standout P.J. Hairston in coach Eddie Najera's rotation.

The Legends -- despite their talent -- have lost 10 straight games. This injection of talent should help them against the Los Angeles D-Fenders.

Larkin made a similar trip to Frisco earlier this season for a one-game cameo. James has essentially served as Dallas' fourth-string center and is not a rotation player. Crowder may be the most notable of the three as he's spent some time during his Dallas career as a starter and as of recently was an iron man, playing in every game this year. But he's been dropped from coach Rick Carlisle's rotation in favor of Wayne Ellington.

In an oddity, second-round rookie Ricky Ledo was called up from Frisco to Dallas as part of the transaction (the league max allowed a maximum of three contracted NBA players on a D-League roster at a time. There will be a flipflop tomorrow when the Mavs will likely make a recall to fill their roster for the Friday night visit from the Bulls.

And even then, Dallas' rotation-tightening starts to look like this: The five starters, Wright, Blair, Ellington, Carter and Harris in spots six through 10, and the developmental guys James, Crowder, Ledo, Mekel and Larkin.

Tickets to the game are available here, and again, R.J. Choppy and I will have the telecast on Channel 47 starting at 7.

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