Rick Carlisle wasn’t trying to be insensitive.

But the Dallas Mavericks coach knows Brandan Wright’s injury which will keep him sidelined indefinitely means more opportunities for Samuel Dalembert Bernard James Fab Melo DeJuan Blair and Renaldo Balkman.

Wright suffered a small nondisplaced fracture to his left shoulder during Tuesday’s practice and will be evaluated weekly. There is no timetable set for Wright who doubles as a backup at center and power forward for the Mavericks.

“Now Blair becomes more at the forefront Sarge [James] has got to be ready Sammy has got to keep playing like he did the other night” Carlisle said after Friday practice. “And it gives guys like [Renaldo] Balkman and Melo a chance to get some more minutes in preseason.”

Wright made the trip to Memphis for Wednesday’s preseason game but sat out the Mavericks’ 95-90 victory over the Grizzlies. After the game Wright said he was only sidelined for “precautionary reasons” but an MRI on Thursday revealed the extent of the injury.

“He’s one of our best players” Carlisle said. “Look he’ll be back. This is a Mother Nature thing.

“He’s upbeat about it. Nobody knows exactly how long it’s going to be. If Mother Nature is kind it’ll resolve quicker.”

After Wright averaged 8.5 points 4.1 rebounds and 1.19 blocks per game last year he became a free agent in July and the Mavericks subsequently signed him to a two-year $10 million contract.