Player News - Mavericks

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Chandler Parsons thinks Mark Cuban is the best owner in sports.

Speaking about Cuban's impact on his free agency decision, Parson's didn't hold back his praise for the Mavericks' owner. "I've developed a relationship with him throughout the years. I truly think he's the best owner in sports...I just have a special relationship with him. I trust him." Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals in a breakout season with Houston last year and should provide solid mid-round fantasy value playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki.
Jul 24 - 9:28 AM

Jameer Nelson has committed to signing with the Mavericks, according to Yahoo! Sports.

It's been expected for a couple days now and Nelson will add some depth to the Mavs. They're expected to use Nelson, Devin Harris and Raymond Felton as a three-point guard rotation while they will also spell Monta Ellis. The Mavs are going to have one of the smallest backcourts in the NBA, so it'll be of the utmost importance that Tyson Chandler stays healthy. Nelson is only a late-round flier in standard leagues right now.
Jul 23 - 10:35 PM

The Mavericks have reached an agreement with Al-Farouq Aminu worth $2.1 million over two years, according to CSNNW.com.

They expressed interest in Aminu back on July 1 and they were finally able to get their man. The Mavs desperately need some size on the wings with their very small backcourt, so Aminu fits the bill at 6'9". This is also a big win for them after the debacle with Rashard Lewis' knee. Aminu will likely play both forward spots off the bench, but he's not going to get enough shots to matter in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 9:24 PM

The Mavericks are expected to rotate their three veteran point guards and have Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and Jameer Nelson spell Monta Ellis at shooting guard as well.

In other words, the Mavericks will have a lot of two-point guard lineups this season. That should help them run an uptempo pace. Yes, that means Raymond Felton will have to be in shape, which is a story we hear about like clockwork every offseason. Ellis is still set up for a big role with the Mavericks and should be one of the better shooting guards in fantasy hoops.
Jul 23 - 3:00 PM

Jameer Nelson is "on track" to sign with the Mavericks after his meeting on Thursday.

It's a great fit for both sides with the Mavericks having to deal with Raymond Felton while they could also use a guard who is a plus 3-point shooter. Nelson gets a chance to contribute for a contender and should be able to get plenty of chances to score in double figures. His usage rate isn't going to be too high and he's never really put up eye-popping assist totals, so he's more of a late-round pick in fantasy leagues.
Jul 23 - 2:39 PM

Raymond Felton was fined $5,000 and sentenced to 500 hours of community service on Wednesday, as part of his plea bargain involving weapons charges.

Felton pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, but he avoided jail time or probation. The NBA has not announced any punishment for Felton, who may face a short suspension to begin the season. Whether he'll start at PG for the Mavericks remains uncertain, as Dallas has shown interest in veteran free agents Mo Williams and Jameer Nelson.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 1:53 PM

Updating a previous report, the Mavericks have voided Rashard Lewis' contract after learning that he will require knee surgery.

"It came to our attention during Rashard Lewis' physical that he is in need of a medical procedure on his right knee," said Mavs president Donnie Nelson. Lewis' agent didn't give any details about the nature or severity of the injury, so it's unclear when he might be healthy enough to resume basketball activities. His departure will likely cause the Mavericks to look elsewhere for another forward with shooting range.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 12:52 PM

The Mavericks may nullify their recent contract agreement with Rashard Lewis after a physical revealed the need for knee surgery.

Lewis already signed his contract, according to Mavericks radio announcer Chuck Cooperstein, which seems odd if he didn't pass his team physical. It shouldn't take long for more details of the situation to emerge -- with luck the 34-year-old Lewis won't require major surgery, and will be ready to play for the Mavs (or another team) on opening night.
Jul 23 - 9:55 AM

The Mavericks will host a meeting for unrestricted free agent Jameer Nelson on Thursday

They're looking for a point guard and are currently expected to start Raymond Felton. If the Mavericks can land Nelson, he'd have a great chance to start and would be a nice guy to have off the ball with his career 37.4 percent from 3-point range. The Mavs have $2.7 million left in their exception and are hoping that'll be enough.
Jul 22 - 9:29 PM

Rashard Lewis will soon have knee surgery, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Lewis recently signed a one-year deal with the Mavericks in free agency. Devin Harris accepted a reduced contract last season under similar conditions (requiring toe surgery after agreeing to a contract) but it's futile to speculate without knowing more details about the nature of Lewis' injury and surgery. Stay tuned.
Jul 22 - 6:30 PM

The Hornets are not pursuing Shawn Marion.

The Mavericks are very unlikely to bring him back, so it's anyone's guess where he will wind up. Marion has hinted that he'd like to join a contender and now that it's already July 21 and he's without a team, money may be a lower priority.
Jul 21 - 8:48 PM

Mavericks sign F Richard Jefferson.

It's just a one-year, $1.4 million deal and won't affect their cap. Jefferson was a liability for the Jazz last season. Among small forwards playing in more than 15 games and 15 minutes per game, he ranked dead last in defensive efficiency. He won't be able to match his 27 minutes per game from last season.
Jul 21 - 1:08 PM

Dirk Nowitzki originally agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Mavericks, but when the Mavericks needed additional money to bring on Chandler Parsons, Dirk agreed to shave off an additional $5 million to help them complete the deal.

"He’s just such a unique bird," Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said. "In a lot of respects, where the common stance in today’s modern day game is guys are their own CEOs, and they’ve got a gazillion interests out there and endorsements, and they’re like their own companies, Dirk is a true old-school throwback in that his craft is the most important thing to him... He’s all about winning a championship." Dirk's pay cut from $22.7 million earned last season, to the $7.97 million he will earn next season, is one of the largest one-year reductions in salary in NBA history.
Jul 20 - 1:26 PM

Doc Rivers cited Delonte West's willingness to sacrifice his body on every play as a reason as to why he decided to give West a second chance, and Summer League invite.

"He’s just doing out there what he always does — he’s been one of the best players in the summer league," said Rivers. "I would rather have that guy who puts his body on the line every time... Maybe that’s why our relationship was so close. Fans love guys who give everything, and Delonte is one of those guys" Rivers has always been a fan of West, but he stopped short of guaranteeing West a training camp invite. "I have no idea [if Delonte will be given an invite to training camp]. Right now we have 1,000 guards. But if the situation fits, then we’ll see."
Jul 20 - 11:16 AM

Chandler Parsons was surprised when Houston did not match Dallas' offer.

"I definitely was a little surprised that they didn’t match," Parsons said. "I thought that was the plan going forward that they were going to [match]. But I think [agent] Dan Fegan and my agency ... did a great job with this contract and really put pressure on them. They decided what they thought was best for their future and they told me to go get my best individual contract, and we both did what we thought was best for ourselves." Rockets GM Daryl Morey stated that Parsons contract was "untradeable," which was his reasoning behind not matching Dallas' offer.
Jul 20 - 9:46 AM


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