Player News - Mavericks

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Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given Dirk Nowitzki the green light to play for Team Germany in the 2015 European Championships.

Cuban took a firm (and very public) stance about NBA stars playing internationally following Paul George's knee injury with Team USA, but it the German Newspaper SportBild is reporting that he's made an exception for his 36-year-old superstar. While Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value in 2013-14, the Mavericks' addition of Chandler Parsons should take some numbers away from Nowitzki and make him more of a target in the second round of 2014-15 fantasy drafts.
Sep 16 - 10:13 AM

The Mavs are hopeful that Al-Farouq Aminu can help fill the void left by Shawn Marion as a defensive specialist and rebounder.

"He’s been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It’s not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats.
Sep 15 - 2:24 PM

Several Mavericks players and front office staff will travel to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring Dirk Nowitzki.

It's titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf, which translate to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. It's a documentary of his career and also features owner Mark Cuban, President Barack Obama, comedian Conan O’Brien, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, and Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Hopefully for Dirk, it isn't the German version of Thunderstruck.
Sep 13 - 9:27 AM

Tyson Chandler stated during a recent interview that he feels he is returning to Dallas a better player.

"I think I’m better in understanding the game mentally. Physically, I’m in an incredible place. I haven’t felt this good in a long time," said Chandler. Chandler struggled with injuries last season, only suiting up for 55 games, and that will again be a concern this season. However, he is a guy that can really gobble up the boards (he averaged 9.6 rebounds per game in a down year last season), and that will be his role with the Mavericks. Chandler's a rebounding specialist that shoots a high percentage from the field and chips in a few blocks, and he'll be a serviceable selection in the later rounds.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 12 - 2:42 PM

Delonte West reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks in China.

It's Yao Ming's team, and he probably won't be tolerating any Wet Willies. West was with the Clippers at Las Vegas Summer League, but he didn't play well. His NBA career is likely over.
Sep 12 - 1:53 PM

Chandler Parsons said he isn't feeling any extra pressure after signing a big free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks during the offseason.

Asked if he was feeling any added pressure to live up to his 3-year, $46 million contract, Parsons said, "Not at all. I was underpaid my first three years and that didn’t affect how I played. People are going to talk about my contract now just because it’s a huge raise, but it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m a basketball player and I’m going to continue to get better and do what I do regardless of how much money I’m making." Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals with the Rockets last season, and should have no problem returning value as a early-to-middle round fantasy selection in 2014-15.
Sep 11 - 12:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he's been working with his personal shooting coach Holger Geschwidner to speed up his shot release.

"My coach ... has just invented a new shooting technique for me," Nowitzki said. "You can never shoot fast enough." It's amazing to hear the 36-year-old former MVP working on ways to improve his game, and it's a testament to the work ethic that made him an NBA champion and 12-time All-Star. Dirk returned first-round fantasy value last season, appearing in 80 games, but he's a better target in the 20-30 range this year.
Source: RP-Online
Sep 10 - 10:30 AM

Charlie Villanueva has reportedly agreed to sign with the Mavericks.

The deal is non-guaranteed, and with the Mavericks already with 15 guaranteed contracts, Villanueva will have to impress at training camp in order to actually make the team. The Mavs are very deep at the power forward position, so if he does make the cut, it'll be difficult for him to get meaningful minutes. He's been largely irrelevant ever since signing a five-year, $35 million deal with Detroit back in 2009, and averaged just 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.7 three-pointers on 38.0 percent shooting last season. Charlie is not a fantasy option in any league.
Sep 8 - 4:17 PM

Charlie Villanueva is close to making a decision on signing with the Mavericks or Clippers.

It's expected to be a one-year deal for the former Piston. Villanueva made it clear he's not going to be back with Detroit next season, which isn't a surprise after he didn't really crack the rotation. He'll have a tough time getting in the rotation in L.A. or Dallas.
Sep 8 - 9:21 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle may look to Devin Harris to provide a scoring punch off the bench as the team's sixth man this upcoming season.

"They haven’t really defined it as who’s going to start," Harris explained. "I know [Carlisle] wants to use a three-guard rotation to play a little (more) uptempo than we did last year. I think he likes me coming off the bench, which I’m fine with, and maybe closing out some games. But I think he’s going to use all three of us in different types of roles." Harris' knack for getting injured, partnered with the plethora of guards in the Mavs backcourt really limits his fantasy value. He shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier.
Sep 5 - 2:56 PM

Mavs sign C Bernard James.

Sarge has looked great in summer league and he's a fan favorite, but he's still not likely to be much of a factor while the Mavs are healthy. James isn't worth drafting in any format.
Sep 3 - 5:26 PM

Mark Cuban referred to SF Al-Farouq Aminu as "a young stud defensively," and said the Mavs' system should allow Aminu to "produce offensively much better."

Aminu is a stellar rebounder and he also defended pick-and-rolls well last season, but he struggled vs. isolations and spot-up shooters. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is his limited offensive game, but coach Rick Carlisle should enable him to exceed his previous career high of 7.3 points per game. Deep-league owners in need of rebounds and a trickle of defensive stats should keep Aminu in mind on draft day.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 3:34 PM

Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen hopes to make the jump to the NBA for the 2015-16 season.

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over." Dallas acquired Koponen's draft rights from Portland in a draft-night trade in 2011, but there's no guarantee he ever actually plays for an NBA team.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 6:24 PM

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.
Aug 25 - 2:35 PM

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