October 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Eddy Curry (52) attempts to score during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

Report: Dallas Mavericks claim Eddy Curry off waivers

October 14, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Eddy Curry (52) attempts to score during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

According to Art Garcia of Fox Sports Southwest, the Dallas Mavericks have claimed Eddy Curry off waivers.

Curry was released, along with forward Derrick Brown, from the San Antonio Spurs training camp roster Tuesday. He appeared in five exhibition games, averaging 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Offensively, Curry is still a potent threat, having made 68 percent of his attempts in the preseason.

Defensively, the 29-year-old center, whose appeared in 24 games since the 2007-08 season, is a liability — especially in the pick-and-roll, where his limited mobility is highlighted.

The Mavericks have a frontcourt void that Curry could potentially fill in the interim. Dirk Nowitzki will miss approximately six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery. Chris Kaman has been hampered in training camp with injuries to his back and Achilles.

So, theoretically, Curry could earn playing time with the Mavericks this season. He isn’t a game-changer on either side of the floor but for a team struggling with injuries to their frontcourt, he makes a solid addition.

Just don’t expect Curry to make a dramatic, title-influencing impact this season (or ever).

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