Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Wesley Matthews (leg) said he expects to be cleared for basketball-related activity this week.

He has an MRI scheduled on Thursday to determine if the stress fracture in his right fibula is healed, so we may get another update this evening. "By the end of the week, I should be good to go," Matthews said. The injury sidelined him for the final 16 games of the season and he finished with averages 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting. He hasn't decided if he will pick up his $18.6M player option for 2018-19, but it will be hard for him to leave that kind of money on the table.
Source: Sportsday
Apr 19 - 11:34 AM

Wesley Matthews (leg) said he hasn't decided if he will pick up his player option for 2018-19.

Matthews has a player option for $18.6M, so it's hard to imagine him walking away from that. Matthews will be heading into his age-32 season and is coming off a fracture to his right proximal fibula, but he should 100 percent for training camp. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting, finishing with top-100 value on a per-game basis.
Apr 12 - 10:24 AM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was frank in his assessment of the season.

"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Carlisle said Wednesday. "A 24-win season is a 24-win season." President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the fans deserved better than this, but they can turn things around quickly with a big offseason. Carlisle's job should be safe, Dirk Nowitzki will be back and the Mavericks will likely have a top-5 pick, but Dennis Smith Jr.'s growth this summer will arguably be the most important thing for this team. As for free agency, Nelson said he's planning to be "extremely active."
Source: Sportsday
Apr 12 - 10:17 AM

Johnathan Motley scored 21 points (9-of-19 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) in Tuesday's 124-97 loss to the Suns, adding six rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

Dirk Nowitzki will be back for one more season, but Nerlens Noel will likely bolt in free agency. Motley made the most of his audition in the final four games of the campaign, averaging 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. With a strong offseason, the 22-year-old big man could potentially be in the rotation in 2018-19. Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and a triple, while Kyle Collinsworth posted 10 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one steal.
Apr 10 - 10:45 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said that Yogi Ferrell will play sparingly Tuesday vs. the Suns.

Ferrell will finish the season tied for the league lead in games played, as he did not miss a single contest all season. Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game, which means Aaron Harrison, who did not play at all in Sunday's loss to the Sixers, will likely see significant minutes off the bench at point guard.
Apr 10 - 7:13 PM

Doug McDermott (elbow) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

He also had a knee issue last week, but he was able to play through it. This is the season finale and the Mavs would love to lose this game to improve their lottery position, so it's not a surprise that they are sitting most of their relevant players.
Apr 10 - 7:07 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

Smith Jr. was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's loss to the Sixers, but played and played very well, finishing with 20 points, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes. However, in one final act of tanking, the Mavs will hold DSJ out of the season finale. Dallas will be shorthanded on Tuesday, and coach Rick Carlisle said that Yogi Ferrell will play sparingly. Aaron Harrison, who was a DNP-CD on Sunday, will see a significant uptick in minutes off the bench.
Apr 10 - 7:05 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said that he is planning on returning for the 2018-19 season.

Dirk was surprisingly durable for the majority of the 2017-18 campaign, starting 77 of the Mavs first 78 games, before suffering an ankle injury, which required surgery. Interestingly, Dirk did not rule out playing beyond next season. "Hopefully I can play some decent basketball next season. If not, it’s time to go," he said.
Apr 10 - 6:35 PM

Harrison Barnes (rest) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

Barnes logged 43 minutes on Sunday, so it's not at all surprising to see him hit the sidelines for the final game of the season, a game that both teams will be trying to lose. Barnes will end his second year in Dallas with averages of 18.9 points, 6.1 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 triples and 1.5 turnovers per game on 44.5% shooting from the field and 82.7% from the stripe.
Apr 9 - 4:09 PM

Johnathan Motley's hot streak came to an end on Sunday, as he finished with just four points, five rebounds and one assist across 16 minutes.

Motley had played really well in his previous two outings, averaging 40 minutes per game, but he just never got things going today and finished just 2-of-6 from the field. Maybe he'll be able to bounce back in his final game of the year on Tuesday against the Suns, but with a floor this low, he's tough to trust in most 12-team leagues.
Apr 8 - 4:32 PM

Dwight Powell (thumb) posted a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double during Sunday's 109-97 loss to the 76ers.

Powell went 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe and also added two 3-pointers, four assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 35 minutes of floor time. This was his second solid outing in a row, and the thumb looked fine, so he should be ready to roll on Tuesday against the Suns. Maxi Kleber finished with 11 points, 10 boards, one 3-pointer, one assist, one block and two turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench.
Apr 8 - 4:28 PM

Harrison Barnes struggled with his shot on Sunday, going 9-of-25 from the field and 1-of-3 from the stripe on his way to 21 points in Sunday's loss blowout loss to the 76ers.

Barnes couldn't get anything to drop early on, missing his first seven attempts and not getting his first bucket until the second quarter of action. He also wasn't very effective in the other areas of the box score, finishing with just two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two turnovers and no defensive statistics, and after logging 43 minutes in this one, he might get rested on Tuesday.
Apr 8 - 4:23 PM

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes.

He's been playing relatively well over the past three games, owning averages of 13.0 points, 2.3 triples, 6.3 boards, 2.3 assists and 1.3 turnovers per game on 42.9% shooting. He could be a cheap source of triples in deep leagues.
Apr 8 - 4:19 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. came through with a 20-point, 11-assist double-double during Sunday's 109-97 loss to the 76ers.

This was a strong bounce-back performance following Friday's 2-of-12 shooting disaster, and DSJ also added one 3-pointer, five rebounds, three steals, two swats and three turnovers in the 40 minutes he was out there. However, with Smith Jr. logging massive minutes, and the Mavs scheduled for a matchup against the Suns on Tuesday for a battle to the bottom, it wouldn't be surprising to see DSJ sit out the final game of the season for Dallas.
Apr 8 - 4:15 PM

Dwight Powell (thumb) is starting on Sunday vs. the 76ers.

He's coming off a nice game on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes, but he's been a huge letdown since his strong February.
Apr 8 - 1:10 PM


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