Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

The Mavs let the deadline pass without guaranteeing the contract of Nicolas Brussino.

Now that he doesn't have guaranteed money, that means Brussino could look to go overseas. Brussino had a decent summer league as one of the floor-spacing forwards for their slashing guards, and he did score 9.6 points per game over his final seven games of the 2016-17 season.
Jul 20 - 4:46 PM

Nerlens Noel is "disappointed" with how contract negotiations have gone with the Mavericks.

"We're very disappointed with where things stand," Noel's agent, Happy Walters said. "Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we're still waiting on a serious offer." Noel is a restricted free agent, so Dallas will be able to match any offer he receives on the open market, but there are very few teams out there with both cap space and a need for a big man, so Dallas would be wise to wait this thing out. There likely won't be a resolution any time soon, but if an opposing offer doesn't come in and Noel doesn't like what Dallas offers, we could see him take the qualifying offer.
Source: Sports Day
Jul 18 - 3:06 PM

Dorian Finney-Smith had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer during Sunday's 108-98 defeat in Vegas.

The Mavs used a 19-2 run to erode a massive deficit and come within one point late, as guys like DFS, Yogi Ferrell and Corey Webster stepped up after halftime to help Dennis Smith Jr. Finney-Smith was as-advertised in most aspects this summer, playing solid defense and rebounding the ball, but he also shot abysmally -- he came in at 20.5 percent and was a mere 4-of-14 tonight.
Jul 16 - 10:13 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. finished the Mavs' loss on Sunday with 21 points on 7-of-13 FGs and 7-of-10 FTs, six assists, three rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes.

The fifth point guard selected in the 2017 draft put on a show in Vegas, and if you were watching Game of Thrones you missed another nasty dunk from Smith in the third quarter (linked below). Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is usually cagey when it comes to rookies, but he's been heaping praise on Smith Jr., declaring him a potential "franchise cornerstone." He's basically a lock to start opening night and his fantasy stock is increasing by the day.
Jul 16 - 10:12 PM

Yogi Ferrell led the Mavs with 20 points during a 91-74 win over the Celtics on Saturday, adding three rebounds, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers.

Nicolas Brussino also had a great game with 18 points and his hot third quarter helped the Mavs get this easy win. Ferrell has been overshadowed by Dennis Smith Jr., but he's had a strong summer league for the second year in a row. He's likely to come off the bench, but the Mavs are definitely open to running out two-PG lineups.
Jul 15 - 10:01 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. finally turned in a bad game with three points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 15 minutes against the Celtics on Saturday.

He made just 1-of-6 from the field and 1-of-3 from the line for a ugly shooting line. The Mavs crushed Boston in this game, so it allowed them to keep DSJ's minutes down and it should mean he'll be in the lineup for the semifinal on Sunday -- the final would be on Monday with a win. Smith Jr. still had that "wow" factor tonight and made a couple nice defensive plays, so he's still looking like the real deal.
Jul 15 - 9:54 PM

Pierre Jackson has signed a two-year contract to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Jackson signed a pair of 10-day contracts with the Mavericks last season, and was playing well, before being waived after he suffered a significant hamstring injury.
Jul 14 - 9:46 AM

Dennis Smith Jr.'s highlight reel got even longer during an 83-76 win over the Kings on Thursday, scoring 25 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, four turnovers an four 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

Next time someone tells you Summer League is boring, go tell them to go watch Dennis Smith Jr. He had about five hesitation highlights, had two flashy dimes in the second half, he had a couple heat-check threes, and he may have had the greatest missed dunk in Summer League history (video in link below). Vegas sports books had him at 16:1 for Rookie of the Year earlier this month, but those odds are probably closer to even money at this point. Expect him to have a lofty price tag on draft day, which looks like it'll be justified.
Jul 13 - 10:34 PM

Mavs sign F Maxi Kleber.

The 25-year-old power forward is from Dirk Nowitzki's hometown of Wurzburg, Germany, so Dirk may have had a say on this pickup. Kleber played for Bayern Munich last season, averaging 9.7 points per game. He'll likely be competing for a roster spot in October.
Jul 12 - 5:25 PM

Rick Carlisle believes that Dennis Smith Jr. can be a franchise player for the Mavericks.

"I think that he has amazing ability that needs to be brought along the right way," Carlisle said. "That's on all of us... You don't just declare a guy a franchise cornerstone player. You help put him in the position to get there. That's going to be our plan." Smith Jr. has arguably been the most impressive player at Summer League so far, pumping out averages of 19.5 points, 7.5 boards and 5.0 dimes per contest. DSJ has also stated on numerous occasions that he felt slighted when he dropped to No. 9 on draft day, and he's eager to prove to the league what a mistake that was.
Source: ESPN
Jul 12 - 10:50 AM

Nerlens Noel is reportedly "not close" to coming to terms on a deal with the Mavericks.

It sounds like the Mavs would like to sign Noel for less than the max, which is an understandable strategy considering not many teams out there have the cap space to offer Noel a max contract. Either way, the Mavs will be able to match any offer that Noel receives on the open market, so they'll probably wait for the market to dictate his price before offering him a big money deal.
Jul 12 - 9:37 AM

Yogi Ferrell started at SG and scored 23 points in Tuesday's 78-73 win over the Heat, improving the Mavericks to 3-0 in the Vegas Summer League.

Dennis Smith Jr. is going to be the starting PG in Dallas, but the Mavs are experimenting with Ferrell off the ball and it's working out pretty well. He shot 6-of-14 from the field with four boards, one assist, one steal and one trey, so it's easy to see why they picked up his $1.3 million option for next season. Even if the Mavs use a lot of two-PG lineups, Ferrell's minutes should take a hit with Smith Jr. in town and he's unlikely to help standard-league owners.
Jul 11 - 10:08 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. made everything look easy during Sunday's Summer League win over Phoenix, tallying 25 points, three triples, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and one block in 27 minutes.

DSJ also had an unfortunate five turnovers, but other than that, he was nearly flawless. Smith Jr. got into the lanes with ease, did an excellent job of dictating the pace of the game and put his bounciness on display more than a few times by seemingly trying to posterize the entire Suns' team. Mark Cuban heaped praise on Smith Jr. during a sideline interview and acknowledged that the Mavs are rebuilding, so DSJ looks primed for a monster rookie season in Dallas.
Jul 9 - 7:00 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. started his pro career off on the right foot during a win over the Bulls on Saturday, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

He was electric and only turning the ball over one time is a big bonus. Not even Kris Dunn could stay in front of DSJ and he was an aggressive defender on the other end. It's also worth a mention that he played next to Yogi Ferrell a lot in this game, so the Mavs could be open to having that combo in their rotation. Smith Jr. is going to be a very trendy fantasy target and it's for good reason.
Jul 8 - 6:35 PM

The Heat have traded Josh McRoberts, a 2023 second-round draft pick and cash considerations to the Mavericks in exchange for A.J. Hammons.

The Heat needed to clear McRoberts' $6 million salary off their books to create the cap space necessary to facilitate the signings of Kelly Olynyk, Dion Waiters, and James Johnson. McRoberts was simply unable to stay healthy during his three-season stint in Miami. He appeared in a total of just 81 out of a possible 246 games and averaged 4.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists in 15.7 minutes. McRoberts is not expected to make an impact in Dallas, as he first has to prove he can stay on the floor. Miami will likely waive Hammons.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 7 - 1:22 PM


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