Player News - Mavericks

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Monta Ellis is engaged in serious talks on a possible three-year, $32 million-plus deal with the Pacers.

The Pacers are already missing a shooting guard to their arsenal. Monta is a far better fit next to Paul George than Lance Stephenson or Rodney Stuckey, so it makes sense for the team to sign him. The Mavs, Heat, Nuggets and Hawks could also get in the mix here. As for Monta's fantasy value, it would do quite well in Indiana.
Jul 1 - 5:02 AM

Free agent Monta Ellis and his family will reportedly travel to Indiana to meet with Pacers officials on Wednesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Pacers president Larry Bird is determined to sign Ellis, and the team is "pushing hard" to finish a deal. The Pacers ranked 19th in pace last season (95.5 possessions per game) and they're intent on playing faster in 2015-16, which helps account for their pursuit of Monta. If he does agree to terms with the Pacers, they may be less inclined to re-sign unrestricted free agents Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan.
Jul 1 - 2:28 AM

Free agent Monta Ellis "is gathering traction" in talks with the Pacers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pacers are dedicated to playing at a faster pace next season and Ellis would be a shot of adrenaline offensively, so this is an interesting match. He reportedly prefers East Coast teams and has been linked to the Hawks and Heat, but the Nuggets and Kings have also expressed interest.
Jul 1 - 1:32 AM

Tyson Chandler will draw "significant interest" from the Bucks as an unrestricted free agent.

If the Mavs are able to pry away DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers, that will likely signify the end of Chandler's time in Dallas. Jason Kidd won a championship playing alongside Chandler with the Mavs back in 2011, and he reportedly loves him, so Milwaukee could emerge as a legitimate landing spot for Chandler.
Jun 30 - 7:00 PM

Rudy Gay is reportedly among the "loudest voices" urging Rajon Rondo to come to Sacramento.

There's reportedly mutual interest between Rondo and the Kings, but wherever he lands, he's reportedly only going to sign a one-year deal in an attempt to reestablish his value after a rocky season in Dallas. Having Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins on the same team could make for some interesting headlines, but with the way things have been going in Sacramento, why not add Rondo to the mix?
Jun 30 - 4:33 PM

Monta Ellis will reportedly be pursued by the Hawks, Pacers, Kings and Heat as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Ellis is said to be interested in joining an East Coast team, so it seems like the Kings are at a disadvantage from that standpoint. The Heat will only be able to sign Ellis if they are unable to retain Dwyane Wade, but if that's the case, he'd have the most opportunity to produce in Miami. Atlanta seems like a very strange fit for Monta, as their team-first approach focused on ball movement doesn’t really match the way Ellis plays.
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 30 - 3:56 PM

The Kings are pushing hard for unrestricted free agent Rajon Rondo.

This has been the story for most of June and the Kings seem to be the most interested in Rondo. He had a disastrous season last year and it will certainly affect his earning potential next month. Expect the Kings to go after other guards before Rondo, but they probably have the best chance to land the ex-Maverick.
Jun 30 - 1:33 PM

The Kings are also interested in unrestricted free agent Monta Ellis.

The Kings are basically interested in everyone these days. Ellis has a ton of suitors, including the Heat, Hawks, Mavs and Pacers. Expect him to be a backup plan to the teams missing out on Dwyane Wade. If Miami can't bring Wade back, they're the favorites to land Monta.
Jun 30 - 1:27 PM

J.J. Barea is getting interest from the Heat, Bulls, Lakers and Mavs.

He's looking for a multiple-year deal for around $3 million per season. Barea isn't going to be a high priority for teams even though he played a surprising 30.8 minutes per game in the 2015 postseason, averaging 11.8 points, 4.8 boards, 7.4 assists and 0.8 treys.
Jun 29 - 5:22 PM

Rashard Lewis is hoping to return to the NBA next season.

He's famous for being one of the worst max-contract players in NBA history and has failed to score at least 8.0 points per game in any year since the 2010-11 season. Lewis did not play at all last season due to a knee injury.
Jun 29 - 5:06 PM

The Mavericks will try to re-sign Tyson Chandler if unable to sign DeAndre Jordan, sources told ESPN Dallas.

Chandler previously said that he understands he's a second-tier option for Dallas behind Jordan, but the veteran center is going to have a stronger than anticipated market with so many teams desperate for rim protection. Chandler could really benefit from taking a short-term contract so he could cash in again before his career concludes.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 29 - 9:02 AM

Monta Ellis plans on discussing a long-term contract with the Atlanta Hawks and Miami Heat in free agency this summer.

Ellis recently opted out his contract with the Mavericks and they don't seem to be too interested in bringing him back. The Hawks could have plenty of cap space if Paul Millsap or DeMarre Carroll leaves in free agency, while Ellis could be a backup plan for the Heat if Dwyane Wade decides to leave. The Pacers are also said to be interested, and Ellis would likely be a great fit alongside George Hill. Free agency is going to be a lot of fun this summer.
Source: Real GM
Jun 28 - 12:31 PM

Mark Cuban said that Justin Anderson is a "beast" and that he loves his mentality on the defensive end.

"Anderson is a beast," Cuban said. "For a guy who weighs 230 pounds and has a 43-inch vertical, he moves really well, is aggressive. He doesn't back down from anybody. He played in a system in Virginia that was aggressive defensively, so he's got that D-first mentality. We thought he might fall because he was hurt the second half of the year and that hurt people's impression of him. We were stunned and thrilled to get him." Anderson could work his way into the rotation right out of the gate, especially if Chandler Parsons (knee) isn't 100 percent. Anderson will definitely be a name to watch at summer league.
Jun 28 - 11:40 AM

Tyson Chandler understands that he is the second-choice center behind DeAndre Jordan in regards to Dallas' free agency plans, but he is not letting that bother him.

"No, because business is business," Chandler said when asked if he was bothered about being Dallas' second choice at center. "And at the end of the day, I get it. The franchise [has] to make the best decision for the franchise. Of course, I still feel like I can go, still have a lot to give. But at the end of the day, I feel like I’ll make the best decision for myself and my family and the Mavericks will make the best decision for the organization." The Mavericks will likely do everything they can to sign Jordan this summer, and Chandler would likely have to leave town if Jordan ends up going to Dallas.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 11:13 AM

Mark Cuban heaped praise on Satnam Singh Bhamara, saying that he was one of the best 3-point shooters that the Mavericks worked out.

"We wanted a big guy," Cuban said when asked why he drafted Bhamara. "We believe in creating legends down in Dallas. He's enormous. What we really liked about him he really could shoot the ball. He was one of the better 3-point shooters we brought through. It was shocking, but true. The guy is a knock down shooter. He's intense. He works hard. He's been at IMG academy working with them for several years. We're excited that he'll come and play on our summer league team. You guys will see what he's able to do." Bhamara is a 7'2 center weighing in at 290 pounds, so it's impressive that he is able to knock down 3-pointers consistently. The 19-year-old is still a huge project, so he won't make an immediate impact in Dallas.
Jun 28 - 10:53 AM

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