Player News - Mavericks

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Richard Jefferson will return to the Mavs.

He'll likely just get a minimum deal and fit into the exceptions, so it won't affect the Mavs' salary cap situation. Jefferson played most of his minutes at small forward and could be a factor if Chandler Parsons (knee) has a setback.
Jul 3 - 5:27 PM

DeAndre Jordan was impressed that Dirk Nowitzki came from his family vacation to meet with him in Los Angeles.

None of the Clippers players were at the meeting with DJ, but that may have been by design. Nowitzki isn't a great defender and Jordan actually wasn't very good on the ball either, so that'll be something to watch with the Mavs next season.
Jul 3 - 4:56 PM

J.J. Barea is working on a deal with the Mavs.

This isn't a surprise now that the Mavericks have their center in place. Barea actually turned it on against the Rockets in the playoffs, averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 boards, 7.4 assists and 0.8 treys. His numbers won't be that good next year, but he'll be on the radar in standard leagues, especially if the Mavs can't add anyone else.
Jul 3 - 4:46 PM

DeAndre Jordan’s announcement that he is signing with the Mavericks is expected to be around 5 p.m. central time on Friday night, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

He is now ex-Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, which has to sting in Los Angeles. The Mavs still have to figure out what they're going to do at the point guard spot and their two wings are coming off serious leg surgeries, but this is big for them. The Mavs will use DJ in a ton of pick and rolls, so expect his scoring to be closer to 20 points per game even though he can't score off the dribble. He's also a good bet to repeat as the league's leading rebounder.
Jul 3 - 4:00 PM

DeAndre Jordan is on the verge of accepting the Mavs' four-year, $80 million-plus max offer.

The decision is likely to come today. This report comes from Marc Stein of ESPN, who always seems to have the scoop on the Mavs. The Mavs may have sold Jordan on being a bigger offensive player, which is certainly interesting. In fact, of his 523 field goal attempts last season, he used two-plus dribbles on just 13 of those. Regardless, the Clippers are in a really, really bad spot right now.
Jul 3 - 3:43 PM

DeAndre Jordan informed the Knicks he will not sign with them.

Robin Lopez is now the Knicks starting center. Jordan will choose the Mavs or Clippers soon. Perhaps ruling out the Knicks is a good sign that a decision is coming, but they never had a chance to begin with.
Jul 3 - 3:16 PM

DeAndre Jordan has not given a timetable for his decision, but he's expected to decide within 48 hours.

When it comes to his timetable, we've heard more than 24 hours, this weekend and "soon." Every indication has been that it'll come down to the Mavs or Clippers.
Jul 3 - 11:49 AM

Unrestricted free agent DeAndre Jordan will make a decision in the next few days.

Jordan is said to be debating between the Mavs and the Clippers, with no one team being a clear favorite right now. The Clippers have the ability to offer Jordan an extra year and about $28 million more than the Mavs can offer, and his close relationship with head coach Doc Rivers is a selling point. Jordan did however meet with the Mavs for 4.5 hours, so he was obviously interested in what they had to say and reportedly walked away "impressed" with the team's presentation. Wherever Jordan lands, he'll make for an excellent early-round selection due to his ability to rack up monster totals in the rebounding and shot blocking categories.
Jul 3 - 11:04 AM

Wesley Matthews has agreed to a four-year deal with the Mavericks.

The details have not been revealed yet, but it's likely less than the four-year, $64 million offer from the Kings. Matthews will step into Monta Ellis' role at shooting guard and should have plenty of chances to score, especially with the Mavs not having as much firepower as the Blazers last season. It's also worth mentioning that Wes wants to play with DeAndre Jordan, so this helps Dallas in that regard. As for the Kings, they might want to bring a Connect Four game to their meeting with Rajon Rondo.
Jul 3 - 12:50 AM

Wesley Matthews has said he's unlikely to take the Kings' offer of a four-year, $64 million deal, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

Yes, this is the same Wes Matthews who tore his Achilles last season. Wes and his agent may be bluffing here because they know the Kings absolutely need to make this deal, so maybe they're trying to get the deal up to around $18-20 million per season. Whatever the case, the Mavericks are the favorites to land Wes.
Jul 3 - 12:38 AM

The Clippers and Mavs are "truly 50-50" to sign DeAndre Jordan, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

He's not going to make a decision tonight and it could come during the weekend. Jordan is going to get a max deal after leading the NBA in rebounds and field goal percentage. Whoever misses out here is really going to have a tough time finding a capable center.
Jul 2 - 11:56 PM

DeAndre Jordan's decision is not going to be made in the next 24 hours, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

There are multiple reports saying something similar. Robin Lopez is waiting for DeAndre and DeAndre is waiting for LaMarcus Aldridge, so this could take a long time. Jordan met with the Clippers for about three hours, the Knicks for two hours and the Mavs for over four hours. We might have to wait until the holiday for some D.J. news.
Jul 2 - 11:40 PM

Updating a previous item, the Kings are offering Wesley Matthews a four-year, $64 million deal.

That buys a lot of bow and arrows. The Kings are as all in as they could possibly be and there's no way a team is going to outbid them. They made their bed last night by giving up a ton of assets to Sam Hinkie, so Matthews and his agent have all the leverage. They're using it and could make Matthews the highest paid player on the Kings.
Jul 2 - 10:40 PM

Roddy Beaubois (personal) will not play at summer league.

It would have been fun, but oh well. Beaubois is pure chaos when he's on the court, but he's fun to watch and can fill it up when he's on.
Jul 2 - 10:25 PM

The Kings have offered Wes Matthews a three-year deal in the $45 million range, but he prefers the Mavs, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Well, Wes got the $15 million per season offer he wanted. With this news coming out, expect the Mavs to make a similar offer and for this deal to possibly get done tonight. If you're into the Twitter follow game, Chandler Parsons just followed Matthews, so that's super important. Matthews is ahead of schedule from his Achilles surgery and he looks poised for his first big payday.
Jul 2 - 9:19 PM


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