Player News - Mavericks

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J.J. Barea is expected to play more point guard this year.

About 75 percent of his minutes last year came at the point, so it's likely he'll be near 90-95 percent. The Mavs have some major issues at the one, but it's still not worth drafting Barea in most leagues.
Oct 3 - 4:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki implied that he plans on playing for two more seasons.

"Obviously it gets closer, but it's not like I'm thinking about the beach every day," Nowitzki said of his potential retirement. "I want to play two more years under contract here, hopefully at a high level, compete, hopefully be efficient when I'm out there. And then retirement obviously comes soon enough." Nowitzki's playing time could drop to around 26 minutes per game this season, so his fantasy value could take a hit. That being said, feel free to grab him in the middle rounds if he slides in drafts.
Source: ESPN
Oct 2 - 12:37 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Devin Harris came into camp in great shape, and his toe injuries from last year appear to be behind him.

It's nice to hear that the toe issues that plagued Harris for much of the 2014-15 season are behind him, but fighting for reserve minutes with Raymond Felton isn't a great situation for fantasy value. He could have a bit larger of a role in Dallas if Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and Chandler Parsons (knee) aren't 100 percent healthy when the regular-season tips, but at best, he's nothing more than a low-end asset in extremely deep leagues.
Oct 1 - 6:10 PM

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said the team is working on extending Jeremy Evans' range.

Carlisle said the team is attempting to extend Evans' range to the three-point line at SF, but added that Evans will play a lot of PF and C this season. Evans averaged just 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds in five seasons with the Jazz, so he can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 12:42 PM

Justin Anderson said that Chandler Parsons (knee) and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) have brought him under their wings.

The Mavs have very little depth on the wings, and with Matthews' official return date still up in the air, it's conceivable that Anderson could slot into the starting lineup while Matthews works himself into game shape. Anderson was phenomenal during Summer League, posting averages of 17.5 points, 4.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 three-pointers per game, so he's certainly someone to consider towards the end of drafts.
Sep 29 - 3:40 PM

JaVale McGee (leg) said that he's been cleared for everything except for jumping extremely high and cutting.

"The only thing they don’t let me do is cut and jump extremely high," said McGee. "That’s it. Everything else I can do." McGee isn't expected to be fully cleared for training camp, it's easy to picture a scenario in which Carlisle finds McGee an early seat on the bench after he adds some highlights to the Shaqtin' a Fool reel. McGee isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 29 - 2:47 PM

Rick Carlisle stated on Tuesday that he never said Wesley Matthews (Achilles) would be sidelined until Christmas.

"Some idiot today had some headline saying that Wes wasn’t going to be back until Christmas. I never said that," said Carlisle. Matthews' official return date remains up in the air, but it sounds like he should be ready before Christmas. However, that doesn't give prospective fantasy owners much to work with, and Matthews will remain an extremely risky selection on draft day coming off a serious injury.
Sep 29 - 2:43 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is a long shot for opening night.

While it's unclear if he was serious, Carlisle had previously said Matthews may be ready by Christmas, so fantasy owners should be prepared for a prolonged absence here. Matthews is worth a late-round pick based on his potential, but there's a chance we see more of rookie Justin Anderson for the early part of the NBA season.
Sep 29 - 1:44 PM

Deron Williams is dealing with a calf issue, according to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

Carlisle added the issue isn't thought to be serious, but this news is a tad worrisome for a player who has started more than 60 games just once in his last four seasons. We'll keep Williams' injury updated as more information becomes available, but this news shouldn't change his status as a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 29 - 1:36 PM

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said Samuel Dalembert needs to get in better shape.

Dalembert has a chance to compete with Zaza Pachulia for the Mavs starting center job, but Carlisle's statement doesn't exactly give him a leg up. We'll keep an eye on his status throughout the preseason, but the 34-year-old can be ignored by fantasy owners.
Sep 29 - 1:28 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are planning to lighten Dirk Nowitzki's load this season.

In an effort to keep the 37-year-old fresh, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said the team will limit his minutes this season. "We’ve got to try to notch it down a little bit. You know, I’d say mid-twenties," Carlisle said. "It would be good to get him to 26 [minutes per game]. You know, it’s tricky, because if you play him too few minutes, he’ll never get into the flow of the game. And he’s very much a rhythm and flow player, so I have no concerns that we won’t be able to continue the transition and just try to lighten the load a little bit, in terms of the minutes." While Dirk isn't a first-round fantasy player any more, he will be a solid value in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts if he slides due to his age.
Sep 29 - 11:13 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) said he's still friendly with DeAndre Jordan, but isn't happy with how Jordan's free agency decision went down.

Parsons said he has spoken to Jordan a couple times since the latter spurned the Mavericks for the Clippers, but added their relationship is different. "[DeAndre Jordan is] one of the best young centers in the NBA, and I wanted to play with him," Parsons said. "He could have made us great. But he screwed us over." Parsons is hoping to be ready for training camp and could end up being a draft day steal if he falls in fantasy drafts.
Source: GQ
Sep 29 - 10:02 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) could see some time at point guard this year.

The Mavs do have Devin Harris and Ray Felton while hopefully Deron Williams can stay healthy. Parsons is set for a lot of responsibility this year and he could put up some huge numbers as long as he stays healthy. He could be a steal in the middle rounds.
Sep 28 - 3:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki's playing time could drop to 26 minutes per game this season.

It makes sense. He saw a three-minute dip last season and a three-minute dip would put him around 26. Nowitzki's usage rate also dropped to just 24.9 last season, which is down from 26.9 in 2013-14. He won't be coveted in fantasy leagues, but could be a value late.
Sep 28 - 2:51 PM

Justin Anderson could get minutes until Wes Matthews is 100 percent, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

With Wes possibly out until Christmas, we might see Anderson get out there and possibly start. The Mavs are really thin on the wing and Anderson showed in Summer League he's more NBA ready than many thought. He could be a top-10 rookie in his first season and is worth a look late in drafts. His usage rate will likely be under 15, though.
Sep 28 - 2:48 PM

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