Player News - Mavericks

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Chandler Parsons (knee) would not commit to being ready for next year's training camp during a recent interview.

"I hope so," Parsons said regarding being ready for training camp. "Something like this, you never know. I think it’s very beneficial that I’m not going to be playing any games and practicing or anything like that. I’ll just be working out [with the Mavericks’ athletic training staff]. I think so." Parsons would also not say whether he had arthroscopic or microfracture surgery, and the recovery timetables on those two procedures are significantly different. While arthroscopic surgery typically takes around 4-6 weeks to get back to basketball activities, microfracture surgery involves an 8-month recovery process. If he did indeed undergo microfracture surgery, he'll lose some value heading into next year's drafts.
May 22 - 9:19 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) wouldn't reveal whether his surgery was of the micro fracture variety.

When asked about the surgery, Parsons said, ""I don't think they want me to answer whether it was or not." While still on crutches, Parsons is expected to make a full recovery for the start of training camp and should be ready for a productive season as the Mavericks try to take more weight off of Dirk Nowitzki's shoulders. As long as his recovery goes according to plan, fantasy owners should be looking to take Parsons in the middle rounds of 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
May 21 - 1:24 PM

Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said that they would like current head coach Rick Carisle to be their Jerry Sloan.

"Rick is our Jerry Sloan," Nelson proclaimed after the Mavs’ first-round playoff exit. "I think he’s one of the top coaches in the league, if not the top coach. We’re blessed and lucky to have him. He can be in Dallas as long as he wants to be." Carlisle is currently one of just four active head coaches in the NBA with a championship under his belt, and he's established himself as one of the NBA's top-tier head coaches. Expect Dallas' offense to run more efficiently next year sans Rajon Rondo.
May 15 - 11:52 AM

Dwight Powell said he is looking to earn a spot in the Mavericks' rotation next season.

A forgotten piece of the Rajon Rondo trade, Powell earned points within the Mavericks organization for taking his time in the D-League in stride and both team president Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle think he could work himself into the team's rotation in 2015-16. While Powell fared well in the D-League, he's unlikely to see enough minutes to make a difference outside of deep fantasy leagues next season.
May 14 - 1:01 PM

Dirk Nowitzki still hasn't decided if he will play in EuroBasket with the German national team this summer.

"I’ll see how I’m feeling and what my family thinks. I don’t make that decision by myself anymore," Nowitzki said. "I’ve got others to think about now. The tournament is in Germany, which means obviously a lot to basketball in our country. That obviously weighs a lot into that decision." Nowitzki will likely talk things over with Mavs owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle, but it sounds like he is leaning towards playing. Nowitzki is now 37 years old, but he still has plenty of gas left in the tank as evidenced by his averages of 21.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in the playoffs this season. We will let you know when he makes his final decision.
May 13 - 11:20 AM

Amare Stoudemire enjoyed his time with the Mavericks, but he's uncertain about re-signing in free agency.

"There were a lot of adjustments to be made. For the most part, we had it figured out and had a successful year. It was a positive," he said. Stoudemire added that he'll make his "rounds" in free agency before concluding with a "we'll see" about returning to Dallas. We wouldn't bet on reunion. This is purely speculative, but the Miami Heat make a lot of sense as a landing spot if the two sides can make it work.
May 11 - 10:58 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he intends to complete his current contract before retiring.

"I signed on for three years last summer and I’m not going to retire after the first year. If I commit to something, I commit to it fully. I’ve got two more years and hopefully make it count, make it good ones," he said. Nowitzki admitted that retirement has crossed his mind, but he's never given it serious thought. Fortunately for NBA fans, it sounds like we'll get at least two more seasons of Captain Swish.
May 11 - 9:13 AM

Former NBA player Keyon Dooling defended Rajon Rondo by calling him "one of the most unselfish players in the league."

"I think his future is bright, I think someone will be getting a hungry veteran who’s still in the prime of his career," Dooling said. "We’re talking about one of the most unselfish players in the league in his selfish ways. It’s like an anomaly. He’s the most unselfish player in the world on the court but for some reason he has a selfish image. I’m biased because that’s my friend, but I just don’t get it." Rondo is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but his value will inevitably take a hit after his disastrous showing in Dallas. Rondo looks like he has lost some explosiveness and his jumper is still a huge liability, so owners should temper their expectations regardless of where he lands next season.
May 10 - 10:46 AM

Raymond Felton will exercise his $3.9 million option for next season.

This was an obvious move for Felton. He'll probably only fetch the veteran minimum on the open market even though he was surprisingly effective down the stretch. Felton is still nowhere near being on the fantasy radar next season even with Rajon Rondo headed out of town.
Source: Real GM
May 8 - 2:42 PM

Charlie Villanueva said that he'd "love" to return to the Mavericks as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I would love to come back," Villanueva said. "It felt like this organization gave me an opportunity, gave me a chance and took a chance on me. I’m loyal, and I would love to be back." While Villanueva would love to return, the Mavs currently have much larger concerns in free agency, with Tyson Chandler and other big name free agents hitting the open market. Villanueva may be able to land another minimum level deal with the club, but with season averages of just 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, he's not going to have any real fantasy value in almost any league.
May 8 - 12:12 PM

The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to retain Al-Farouq Aminu with an enticing offer this summer.

Aminu is expected to opt-out of his current contract to pursue a bigger deal in free agency and will have no shortage of suitors. While his regular season numbers don't jump off the page, the 24-year-old stepped up his game in the postseason and averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.6 blocks in five games against the Rockets. If he's able to secure more minutes with another team (or an expanded role with the Mavericks), Aminu could end up being a late-round value in fantasy drafts next season.
May 7 - 1:05 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu would like to stay with the Dallas Mavericks when he becomes a free agent this summer.

While Aminu could elect to stay with the Mavericks by staying in his current contract, he'll have the opportunity to make quite a bit more money by opting out of his contract and signing with the Mavericks or elsewhere. "People are still playing now, so it’s hard to tell, but I really want to," Aminu said. "Nobody likes moving and different things like that. I’ve been in L.A. then I went to New Orleans and now here. It’s always better to stay where you’re at but things happen. But it would be nice." Aminu will have plenty of suitors this summer, so there's a very good chance we'll be writing about his fantasy potential on a new team once free agency hits.
May 7 - 9:30 AM

Mark Cuban took to Twitter to defend the increased practice of intentionally fouling bad free throw shooters in the playoffs.

In a series of tweets on Monday night, Cuban defended what he called the "Hack-A-Whoever" approach. After questioning if watching a player who gets to the line a lot make free throws is any more interesting than watching a bad free throw shooter miss free throws, Cuban responded to a question about a rule change with, "Teach the guy to make FTs. Problem solved. You don't need to change the rules." There will be plenty of offseason discussion about a potential rule change, but it's becoming pretty clear where the Mavericks' outspoken owner stands on this one.
May 5 - 11:17 AM

Chandler Parsons (knee) revealed parts of the recruiting pitch that he will use to attempt to lure fellow players to the Mavericks this offseason.

Parsons had previously said he wants to help attract free agents to Dallas and is "shifting into GM mode." Following arthroscopic knee surgery, Parsons revealed parts of his pitch. "We have a great organization," he said. "We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team." Whether Parsons is successful in his recruiting remains to be seen, but he'll have plenty of targets this summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol, and potentially Kevin Love.
May 5 - 10:33 AM

J.J. Barea is hoping to sign with the Mavs on a multi-year deal that pays $3 million annually, a source told ESPN Dallas.

Barea said it would be easier for the Mavs to keep him this time, and that translates to the fact that Dallas won't have to overpay him to keep him now that his free-agent stock is significantly lower. It would be a surprise if Barea got more than a two-year offer from any team, including Dallas, so he may have to be a little more realistic about his contract desires.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 4 - 1:18 PM

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