Willis becomes oldest player in Mavs' history

DALLAS -- The Mavericks signed 44-year-old center Kevin Willis to a 10-day contract Monday, making him the oldest active
player in the NBA.

Willis has played 20 seasons with seven teams, most recently
Atlanta for 29 games in 2004-05. He didn't play last season.

Willis, born Sept. 6, 1962, is the oldest player in team
history. He has career averages of 12.2 points and 8.4 rebounds and
is the active leader in games played at 1,419.

Willis practiced with the team Monday in Phoenix and will make
the trip to Sacramento for Tuesday's game.

Starting center Erick Dampier missed Sunday's game against
Phoenix after injuring his right shoulder while grabbing a rebound
Friday against New York. He is listed as questionable against
Sacramento. DeSagana Diop is the other center.