Player News - Mavericks

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The Mavericks are hoping that Yogi Ferrell is their starting point guard of the future.

"Continued improvement, continued aggression, continue to get integrated more and more into the mentality we like to play with,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said when asked what we wants to see from the 23-year-old PG going forward. "He’s going to have a lot of tough defensive assignments along the way." It sounds like Ferrell will be the starter even when J.J. Barea (leg) returns, and it helps that the Mavs don't have a great chance to reach the postseason. Ferrell is in a bit of a slump and has been held to single-digit points in his last three games on 7-of-26 shooting, but he will try to bounce back on Monday vs. the Heat.
Feb 27 - 10:34 AM

The Mavericks have signed Quinn Cook to a 10-day contract.

Cook will have a chance to back up Yogi Ferrell until J.J. Barea (leg) returns in the near future. He's safe to leave on the wire in most formats for now.
Feb 26 - 11:48 AM

Ben Bentil has signed a 10-day deal with the Mavericks.

The No. 51 pick in the 2016 Draft will provide some depth behind Dirk Nowitzki at the four, but he's not a lock to be in the rotation. He's not on the fantasy radar right now.
Feb 26 - 11:22 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points during a 96-83 win over the Pelicans Saturday, adding nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

It is likely going to be his last start at center with Nerlens Noel set to take over that spot, but coach Rick Carlisle suggested Dirk will be sliding to the four. "I don't see Dirk coming off the bench as a good option," Carlisle said. "I don't see it in my wheelhouse." Nowitzki has sneakily been a top-50 player in his last 20 active games, so his patient owners are seeing some nice dividends.
Feb 26 - 12:42 AM

Nerlens Noel looked good off the bench in his Mavs debut on Saturday, scoring nine points with 10 rebounds, one block and one steal in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

It's just the third time all season he's hit the 30-minute mark. Coach Rick Carlisle said the plan is to start Nerlens Noel very soon and brought him off the bench because he's new, so it looks like that playing time is on the rise, too. Noel himself sounded excited about his new opportunity as a chance to "open his wings" and obviously it's an encouraging start. Noel's fantasy owners have to be pleased with his landing spot and can hope he flirts with early-round value going forward.
Feb 26 - 12:37 AM

Seth Curry scored 13 points with seven rebounds, eight assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

After a career-high 31 points to go with only one rebound and one assists, Curry flipped the script as more of a stat-stuffer in this win. His role is likely going to change because the Mavs are expected to add size to their first unit with Nerlens Noel at the five, which bumps Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wes Matthews all down to a smaller position. Curry has played too well to lose minutes, so keep him rolling. He's been a top-50 player in his last 20 games.
Feb 26 - 12:31 AM

Harrison Barnes scored 19 points in a start at power forward against the Pelicans on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

Considering the Mavs do not want to bench Dirk Nowitzki and they do want to start Nerlens Noel, that means Harry B will go back to his more conventional small forward spot. Barnes does take a 7.1 usage rate hit when he's next to Dirk this season, but his efficiency is also a lot better. Expect Barnes to be a mid-round guy going forward.
Feb 26 - 12:23 AM

Dwight Powell was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

Nerlens Noel put the kibosh on Powell the rest of the way. He's a clear drop.
Feb 26 - 12:20 AM

Salah Mejri fouled out in six minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He's a good story and is fun to watch, but he's clearly trending down with Nerlens Noel in the mix. Mejri is a drop candidate everywhere.
Feb 26 - 12:20 AM

Nerlens Noel will come off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday.

He is going to start very soon, but the Mavs will go with Dirk Nowitzki at center for at least one more time. Noel isn't in a better system compared to Philly, but there's no doubt he'll be getting more playing time. He should be a mid-round guy going forward.
Feb 25 - 7:00 PM

Nerlens Noel is expected to make his Mavs debut Saturday night vs. the Pelicans.

It is unknown if Noel will start or how many minutes he'll play in his first game as a Maverick. However, Noel should begin seeing the lion's share of minutes at center once he gets acclimated in Dallas. The move to Big D was a boon for Noel's fantasy value. The Mavs traded for him with the intention of signing him to a long-term contract this summer, so we can expect them to lean on him heavily over the final seven weeks of the season.
Feb 25 - 1:12 PM

Wesley Matthews struggled vs. the Wolves on Friday, scoring seven points on 2-of-9 shooting.

He added five rebounds, three assists, one block and one triple despite playing 37 minutes on the night. Matthews was averaging 16.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 triples in February prior to tonight, so we'll cut him some slack. His owners should just be relieved that he wasn't traded to a contender at the deadline. As long as the Mavs are competitive, his value will be fine.
Feb 24 - 11:50 PM

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting vs. the Wolves on Friday.

Mark Cuban had high praise for Barnes over the break and indicated that he views him as the go-to player for the Mavericks on offense. "We always talk about when is Dirk going to be our second-best player," Cuban said. "I mean, I think we’re past that now. And no one’s happier about that than Dirk." Barnes added six rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes, and he will continue to be the focal point of the offense going forward. Nowitzki finished with eight points on 4-of-14 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Feb 24 - 11:44 PM

Yogi Ferrell moved back into the starting lineup vs. the Wolves on Friday, but shot 2-of-9 from the field and finished with five points.

The Mavericks bought out Deron Williams in order to hand the reins over to Ferrell, but this was a rough start to the unofficial second half of the season. Ferrell still logged 30 minutes and added four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple, so his workload should be safe at least until J.J. Barea (leg) returns. He gets a better mathcup on Saturday vs. the Pelicans, so it makes sense to give him another chance.
Feb 24 - 11:39 PM

Seth Curry scored a career-high 31 points in Friday's 97-84 loss to the Wolves.

Curry couldn't be stopped as he shot 12-of-16 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc with a pair of free throws, adding one assist, one rebound and one steal in 37 minutes. Curry's usage rate without Deron Williams rises from 15.2 to 21.4, so he's a huge winner from Dallas' decision to put Williams on waivers. Expect a strong finish to the season for Curry even with J.J. Barea (leg) nearing a return.
Feb 24 - 11:26 PM


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