Player News - Mavericks

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Devin Ebanks has signed a one-year deal with Herzliya of the Ligat HaAl.

Ebanks has impressed during stints in the D-League, but his 63 NBA games over three seasons have only yielded averages of 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 11 minutes per game. The West Virginia alum is still just 24 years olds, but this move will take him a step further from the NBA and squash his already non-existent fantasy value.
Aug 28 - 1:39 PM

Mark Cuban said that Chandler Parsons told him that he wants to be a "cornerstone for the Dallas Mavericks."

"You know, what [Parsons] said to me is that he wants to come in and have a phenomenal season and prove to everybody that he’s worth every penny," Cuban said. "He wants to be a cornerstone for the Dallas Mavericks. That’s where his head’s at." Fresh off signing a three-year, $46 million deal with Dallas (a substantial increase from his previous contract of four-years, $3.6 million) Parsons will look to establish himself as a top-tier, big-money talent in the league. Parsons is a guy that can offer across-the-board production as he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers with the Rockets last season, and he figures to be an early-middle round selection going into this year's drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 25 - 2:35 PM

Marc Cuban said he'd sell the Mavericks for one trillion dollars.

Despite the Dr. Evil-type answer, Cuban has been very serious as an owner. The Mavericks have constantly been advertising Cuban's new app on their Twitter account, and he's now a reality TV star. Still, they've made some splashes this offseason with Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler, which makes them contenders for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Aug 25 - 11:06 AM

Mark Cuban is confident that Chandler Parsons won't slack off now that he's landed a three-year, $46 million contract.

"I think in Chandler’s case in talking to him, he wants to prove that he’s worth it," Cuban said. "He’s working his butt off to do it ... It’s not like he was only good for one or two years, he was good for three years [with the Rockets]." Parsons is in a great position as the Mavericks' starting SF, taking some scoring pressure off Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, and his reliable all-around game makes him a safe pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 24 - 5:39 PM

Mark Cuban stated in a recent interview that Dirk Nowitzki's pay cut wasn't contingent upon signing a particular player; it was about winning a championship.

"Dirk is the man," said Cuban. "It wasn’t that type of conversation at all. Dirk and I sit and talk about all of this stuff. He knows the strategy, what we’re trying to do, why we’re doing it. He realizes that if he didn’t do it the chances of him being in a championship position weren’t nearly as good... There’s no question he could have gotten paid more money, but he wants to win." Dirk will make less money than Jordan Hill this upcoming season, and his willingness to sacrifice for his team will never be questioned. Dirk was able to put up first-round value last season, making it through 80 games, but at 36-years-old a repeat of that effort isn't exactly likely.
Aug 24 - 10:14 AM

Owner Marc Cuban said things are personal with Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

""Oh, all good business is personal," Cuban said. "Trust me, there’s nobody more competitive than me. Every bit of me wanted to kick his ass and I would have felt bad." Cuban added he couldn't believe the Rockets even asked to trade for Dirk Nowitzki, which is pretty funny considering Dirk and Cubes are basically best buds. Cuban is a smart owner and he knows rivalries are good for business, so creating some attention with the Rockets is a wise move.
Aug 23 - 10:24 AM

Chandler Parsons did not make Team USA for the FIBA World Cup in Spain later this month.

While the team does need some wings, Parsons had one of the worst months of any player in scoring the ball and didn't really do anything to separate himself. This is probably good news for Mavericks fans because he'll have some extra time to build some rapport with his new team. His fantasy value may have taken a minor hit since he's not in the perfect system like he was in Houston, but he's still a player worth targeting in the early-middle rounds for standard leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:17 AM

Eric Griffin is ready to compete for a spot on the Mavericks' roster.

Griffin showcased himself with a variety of highlight reel dunks during Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 1.2 steals through 20 minutes of action. However, even if he is able to make the Mavericks' regular season roster, he’s unlikely to hold any fantasy value in standard leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 22 - 4:26 PM

The Mavericks are close to finalizing a one-year deal with Bernard James.

It's expected to be at the veteran minimum and it would be the 15th guaranteed deal on the Mavs' roster. The Sarge has been a fan favorite for his service in the military, but he only played 4.9 minutes per game last season. James is off the fantasy radar.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 22 - 9:42 AM

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


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