Player News - Mavericks

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Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats.
Aug 20 - 5:07 PM

Monta Ellis said the Mavericks are still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

"I think him just being on the floor still makes us better, even when he’s not knocking shots down, ’cause teams still respect him," Ellis said. "He’s still a threat on the floor, so it really still opens up a lot." Ellis really came on strong in his first season with the Mavericks and was superb as a pick-and-roll ball handler thanks to Dirk. Nowitzki put up first-round value last season in standard fantasy leagues, but he'll have a tough time repeating that feat because he's a year older.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 20 - 3:27 PM

Dirk Nowitzki feels he can still play at a high level for a couple more years.

"I was excited [to be able to play] 80 games, which nobody really saw coming after last season," said Dirk. "I still think I can play a couple more years at a high level." Dirk had a bounce-back year last season, averaging a team-high 21.7 points a game, to go along with the standard highly efficient Dirk percentages of 49.7 percent shooting from the field, 39.8 percent from 3-point range, and 89.9 from the charity stripe. However, before last season's 80-game effort, Dirk was only able to suit up for 53 games in 2013, and 62 games in 2012, so the risk is still there for the 36-year-old veteran.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 18 - 2:45 PM

Ricky Ledo is heading into his sophomore season with confidence.

"I can be a valuable asset to the team. They made a good pick in me," said Ledo in a recent interview. "Just my overall game. I can pass the ball, I can play one through three and just keep pushing it, being a young person who just keeps working hard." The Mavs have a rather crowded backcourt this season with the additions of Jameer Nelson, and Raymond Felton, but Ledo could get some minutes backing up Monta Ellis at the shooting guard position. However, Ledo is unlikely to be a fantasy asset in standard leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 15 - 4:09 PM

Jae Crowder could fill in as the sixth man for the Mavericks, according to the team's website.

Crowder had some buzz coming into last season, and things didn't exactly work out for him. There are not going to be as many minutes available off the bench with the Mavericks adding depth and youth at the forward and point-guard spots. Crowder isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 11 - 10:42 AM

Former Nuggets F Renaldo Balkman said that his "ultimate goal" is to rejoin the NBA.

"All I need is one shot, one more chance," said Balkman, who damaged his reputation by head-butting Greivis Vasquez during FIBA competition in 2011, and was banned from the Philippine Basketball Association for choking a teammate in 2013. His most realistic options are to play in Spain or Puerto Rico next season.
Source: SoundCloud
Aug 10 - 2:57 PM

Raymond Felton has been suspended for the first four games of next season due to his guilty pleas to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

Felton was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and fined $5,000 as part of his plea agreement. He said recently that he wants to show everyone that he's "still got it" after a disappointing 2013-2014 season, but he will now have to wait four games to make his Dallas debut. He should remain off fantasy radars until the Mavericks' backcourt rotations take shape.
Aug 7 - 3:10 PM

Raymond Felton said he wants to show everyone he's "still got it" with the Mavericks this season.

"I still can play. I still can play this game at this level. I can still play this game as an elite point guard at this level, Felton said. "When you come off a season like I had last season, it’s always a point that you’ve got to prove to yourself coming back the next year. And trust me, I look forward to it." He's likely going to be starting with Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris expected to back him up. Felton's 2013-14 season was such a disaster that he's still not really worth drafting in standard leagues despite his likely starting distinction.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 4 - 11:07 AM

Mark Cuban would like the NBA to create its own World Cup of Basketball.

"The greatest trick ever played was the IOC (International Olympic Committee) convincing the world that the Olympics were about patriotism and national pride instead of money. The players and owners should get together and create our own World Cup of Basketball." Cuban has been a longtime critic of international competition such as the Olympics and FIBA World Cup, and while the unnecessary injury risk placed on the players is a concern to Cuban, he seems to be more upset about the missed opportunity for profits. The NBA receives very little profits from IOC-run events, and while the international competition allows the NBA to expand its brand, Cuban doesn't feel the advantages outweigh the potential devastating consequences.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 3 - 10:36 AM

Jameer Nelson said he joined the Mavericks because he wanted to win.

The Magic had the worst record in the NBA two seasons ago and were third-to-last in 2013-14. "I don’t want to sit back and develop anymore," Nelson said. "I tried that for two years. It was fun and it was tough. It was challenging. It was more challenging than people know." The Mavericks will likely use Nelson in combination with Devin Harris and Raymond Felton at point guard this season. His 3-point shooting could put him on the radar as a late-round pick.
Aug 2 - 4:50 PM

Fab Melo signed with Paulistano in Brazil.

He was a first-round pick back in 2012 and he even averaged 3.1 blocks per game in the D-League a couple seasons ago, but he just hasn't been able to put it all together. Melo is just 24 and could return to the NBA after a stay in his home country.
Source: Sportando
Aug 1 - 9:44 AM

Dirk Nowitzki will be the subject of a documentary set to come out in Germany on September 18, 2014.

The movie is titled 'Nowitzki: Der perfekte Wurf' which in English translates to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. The movie will detail Dirk's rise from a standout on the German national team to an NBA MVP and champion. It will also include commentary from Kobe Bryant, Mark Cuban, Steve Nash and even an appearance from president Barack Obama.
Jul 31 - 3:10 PM

Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said that Dallas may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery.

Lewis' one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Mavs was rescinded after a physical revealed the need for surgery. The severity of his injury is unclear, which may be part of the reason for Nelson's hesitation, so hopefully Lewis will receive an optimistic prognosis after he goes under the knife.
Jul 30 - 9:26 AM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle conceded that Al-Farouq Aminu needs to work on his shooting, but Carlisle intends to "put him in position to play to his strengths now."

"He’s still a young player. I feel like he’s got big upside and skill," Carlisle said. Aminu shot a combined 45-of-148 (30.4 percent) from beyond 16 feet last season, but his length, athleticism and rebounding make him a solid addition to the Mavs' bench. He led all small forwards in rebounding percentage for each of the past two seasons and should earn enough minutes at SF and PF to be worth monitoring in deep fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 29 - 6:49 PM

The Mavericks have signed PF/C Ivan Johnson, who spent the 2013-14 season playing in China.

It's a two-year deal with each year partially guaranteed. Johnson averaged 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 4.4 fouls while playing with the Mavs' Summer League team, but the 6'10" bruiser did enough to earn a shot at the regular season roster. He's buried behind Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Brandan Wright and Greg Smith on the depth chart, so it's extremely unlikely that he'll offer fantasy value if he even makes the team.
Jul 29 - 3:04 PM


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