The Mavs signed the 7-foot Kaman to a one-year, $8 million deal this summer to be their starting center. I'm wanting to play," Kaman said. Kaman and the Mavs' medical staff want to see how his calf responds to a day of work before clearing him to play in the home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. "I'm hoping to play. Durability is the biggest concern about Kaman, who has averaged 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in nine NBA seasons. The Mavs waited to see how the calf responded to a day of work before declaring the 7-footer fit to play. I'm going to do what's best for the team and also what's best for myself long-term, because if I play now and set myself much farther back, that hurts the team and it also hurts me.