A tough injury for one Mavericks hopeful opens up a chance for another

In the sometimes-heartless business end of the NBA, a young player’s significant injury can turn him into a man without a team or financial security.

And open the door for another up-and-comer.

In the case of Mavericks rookie Terry Larrier, the slender 6-8 forward out of UConn, a torn ACL suffered in a workout in Houston will sideline him for the season. He had signed a make-good contract that was guaranteed only for training camp.

Because the Mavericks are limited to 20 players in training camp, they will waive Larrier, but they have agreed to pay his training camp salary and will treat him the same as any of their other players. Larrier will have the surgery in Dallas and rehab with the Mavericks and Texas Legends.

In need of a replacement, it was a bit of good fortune that Jalen Jones, who spent part of his rookie year with the Mavericks, had not signed with another team. The Mavericks came to an agreement in principle with Jones on Wednesday night.

The 6-7 Jones played 12 games with the Mavericks last season and averaged 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds. The signing is expected to be made official later Thursday or Friday.

The updated training camp roster: Harrison Barnes, DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dwight Powell, Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Smith Jr., J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, Salah Mejri, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, Jalen Brunson, Ryan Broekhoff, Ray Spalding, Ding Yanyuhang, Codi Miller-McIntyre, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Jalen Jones and Daryl Macon.