Mavericks forward Devin Ebanks may not even make the opening night roster for Dallas, but if he does, he won’t be available for the first two games of the season.
Mavs Devin Ebanks has been suspended for 2 games without pay for pleading nolo contendere to driving under the influence of alcohol in Cali.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 14, 2013
Ebanks’ arrest for DUI actually happened nearly 12 months ago (when he was a member of the Lakers), but the case finally made it to a judge, and Ebanks reportedly pled guilty, according to multiple outlets. It’s important to note that the suspension was issued by the league itself, and that it would apply to both the Mavericks and any other club that Ebanks were to suit up for, no matter when that takes place.
Frankly, it’s pretty unlikely that the 23-year-old forward will make the Dallas roster, simply because the team already has 15 players under guaranteed contracts. In order to bring him on for the regular season, Dallas would have to cut, and subsequently pay, a different player, and that seems unlikely for whatever marginal upgrade the former West Virginia forward would bring.
That said, Ebanks has shown the propensity to be an explosive player at times, and at 6-foot-9 with super athleticism, he’s likely to latch on somewhere in the not-so-distant future. At that time, however, he’ll be absent from the first two games for his new employer.