Player News - Mavericks

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Seth Curry said that Rick Carlisle putting him on the floor for big minutes in meaningful games helped his confidence during his first year in Dallas.

"We obviously had a lot of injuries early on this season, so some of the young guys got an opportunity to play big minutes," said Curry. "A lot of time the young guys come in and play minutes, but it’s not really meaningful basketball. We had a lot of meaningful minutes to play trying to win games, and it helped me out to get my confidence going, playing every night and trying to play well." Curry put in career-highs across the board during his first year with the Mavs, and he'll make for a fine mid-round pick in next year's drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
May 24 - 11:56 AM

Harrison Barnes said it was "great" to be able to prove he could be a consistent scoring threat for the Mavs this past season.

"I can be consistent. That was the big knock on me when I first got here," said Barnes. "You know, I could be good for a night or maybe a couple of games, but over the course of 10-30 games that would be difficult. To finally be able to do that over the course of a season was great." Barnes scored a career-high 19.2 points per game during his first year in Dallas to go with averages of 5.0 boards, 1.5 dimes and 1.0 3-pointer per contest, which was good enough for seventh round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He'll make for a solid mid-round pick in next year's drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
May 24 - 11:15 AM

Mark Cuban hinted that Nerlens Noel will re-sign with Dallas this summer.

"I'm not allowed to talk about [negotiations] but all I can tell you is he's one of a bunch of guys who came in, they all got together and said 'Let's go down to the practice facility and start working out together,'" Cuban said of the restricted free agent. "So they're down there now and so that's exciting to see, and he's part of that group." Noel averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game during his time in Dallas, but his knee wasn't 100 percent and the Mavs limited his minutes while they tanked down the stretch. An elite source of rebounds, blocks, steals and FG percentage, the 23-year-old center will be poised for a career year if he can stay healthy.
Source: SportsDay
May 22 - 9:40 AM

Owner Mark Cuban said the Mavs were tanking at the end of this season.

"The Mavs, once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games," Cuban said. He talked about playing Dorian Finney-Smith and Yogi Ferrell late in the year, among others. The Mavs finished with the No. 9 spot in the draft and will likely be looking for a point guard.
Source: Dallas News
May 17 - 3:34 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that Nicolas Brussino’s development as a playmaker could be vital for Dallas in 2017-18.

"He really knows how to play, and we wanted to get him a stretch of minutes in real NBA games playing the point," Carlisle said of Brussino's play late in the season. "We’ve seen his ball skills, and we’ve seen his ability to read defenses." The 6'8" point forward was buried on the bench for most of the 2016-17 campaign, but took advantage of some increased minutes in the final seven games with averages of 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Brussino is still learning English and was slow to adapt to the NBA, but he's on the right path and the Mavs have been talking him up for the past couple months. He's someone to monitor during the offseason and it sounds like he could earn a significant role in 2017-18.
Source: Mavs.com
May 11 - 11:02 AM

Dallas beat reporter Eddie Sefko said the Mavericks have "little concern" that Nerlens Noel will end up elsewhere.

Noel only averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 22.0 minutes per game as a Maverick, but he shot 57.5 percent from the field and 70.8 percent from the line. The Mavericks limited Noel's minutes because he was battling soreness in his surgically-repaired knee for most of the season and Dallas didn't have much to play for down the stretch, so it's safe to expect a lot more out of Noel in 2017-18 if the restricted free agent remains in Dallas.
May 7 - 1:10 PM

Salah Mejri said he will work with Dirk Nowtizki's famed shooting coach, Holger Geschwinder this offseason.

"I have a clear role here: blocking shots, running, energy," said Mejri. "It's not about shooting because we have two players who can shoot the ball. When I played in Europe I was shooting a lot. But to be a more successful shooter, I have to work on it with one of the best coaches who made Dirk a legend." Mejri will be traveling to Germany, but he was non-committal on whether or not he'd be able to suit up for the AfroBasket tournament this summer, saying his surgically repaired knee might not be able to handle playing 35-40 minutes a night.
Source: ESPN
May 3 - 11:58 AM

The Mavericks were encouraged by Dwight Powell's strong finish to the 2016-17 season.

Dallas envisioned Powell making major progress when they signed him to a four-year, $37 million contract last summer. Powell was solid for most of the season, posting career-highs across the board (6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes), but saved his best for last. Over Dallas' final four games, he averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. Powell plans to focus on improving his long-range shooting this summer. "I thought Powell continues to really do well with his three-point shooting, which is a really encouraging sign," coach Rick Carlisle said following the season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 11:07 AM

J.J. Barea said he was happy to finish the regular season healthy.

Barea played in just 35 games in 2016-17 due to a nagging calf injury. "Personally, it was tough. I’ve never went through what I went through this year," Barea said. "But I was able to finish healthy. I’m going to be able to have a good summer, and I’m going to really work more on my body than basketball." The Mavs have a crowded backcourt, but Barea should be able to carve out a consistent role in 2017-18 if he can stay healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 22 - 11:38 AM

Seth Curry (shoulder) said he is still hoping to avoid surgery on his shoulder.

"The doctors and the trainers test it out, and I’ll go hard throughout the summer and over the next month to see how it feels when it’s getting banged on and stuff like that," Curry said. I’m not too worried about it. I’m confident that we’ll figure out what the problem is and get it right going into next season." The Mavs want to get a look at Curry as a point guard, but he should get playing time regardless.
Source: Mavs.com
Apr 20 - 5:09 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle hinted that he's not ready to commit to Yogi Ferrell as his starting point guard for next season.

"Time will tell," Carlisle said. "I do like Yogi in our franchise, on our roster. He certainly has proven that he can be a rotation player in this league. We didn't have a good record. At this point in time, projecting exactly where he's going to be is not really fair. I love him as a competitor. He's grown each and every day, each and every game. I'm just really thrilled we have him here." Ferrell said he believes he's a starting point guard, but added that he will accept any role he is given. It's too early to project his role for 2017-18, but Ferrell likely earned a spot in the rotation after averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.7 triples.
Apr 17 - 11:22 AM

Devin Harris said that he wants to continue playing in the NBA and that he is not retiring.

The Mavs have a $4.4 million team option on Harris for the 2017-18 season and have not yet informed him if they will exercise the option. The Mavs have Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea under contract for next season, so they do have some depth at point guard. Harris, who turned 34 back in February, averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists while shooting a career-low 39.9 percent from the floor last season.
Apr 15 - 10:14 AM

Nerlens Noel said he hopes to add 15-20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Expect to hear similar sentiments expressed by many players in their exit interviews, as adding muscle is a popular offseason refrain. Noel weighed in at 220 pounds last season, so he could put on some weight, but he's also been injury prone so would need to be careful not to bulk up too much. Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Mavs plan on bringing him back; it's just a question of what kind of deal he can fetch on the open market, forcing Dallas to match.
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

On Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced he would return for the 2017-18 season, and also said he may play even longer than that.

Nowitzki turns 39 in June, but apparently still feels he has plenty left in the tank. "I have to see how the body responds next year," Nowitzki said. "If I feel like this, like I did at the end [of this season], I think I can play another [season] after that, but I’ll just leave all that open." Dirk averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes this past season and is just 1,160 points from passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Apr 14 - 9:36 AM

Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will return for his 20th NBA season.

Not only will he honor the final year of his contract, but he also left open the possibility of playing a couple more seasons. Nowitzki will be 39 years old this summer and played 26.4 minutes per game this season, his lightest workload since his rookie season. He's still a legend in every sense of the word, but he will be a risky fantasy target in 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 1:49 PM


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