Player News - Mavericks

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Jameer Nelson suffered an apparent ankle injury against the Magic on Friday and went to the locker room.

He had a warm ovation from the Magic fans, but he's likely done for the night. Nelson's ankle injury looked minor, so he is probably not going to miss much time. Stay tuned for an update after the game.
Oct 24 - 8:08 PM

Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection.
Oct 24 - 9:33 AM

Jae Crowder scored 14 points against the Pelicans on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

He shot just 6-of-15 from the field and will come off the bench for the Mavericks. He will need a lot of things to happen to have fantasy value this season.
Oct 24 - 12:08 AM

Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
Oct 24 - 12:06 AM

Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit.
Oct 23 - 8:49 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will likely sit out the Mavericks preseason game against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Dirk also acknowledged that the true dress rehearsal for the regular season will be the team's preseason game against the Magic on Friday. "This is my 17th year and usually the last game is the one you play almost regular minutes," he said. Dirk will be reliable fantasy option this upcoming season, but expectations should be tampered as the Mavs are hoping to implement a 'spread the wealth' approach.
Oct 23 - 5:17 PM

Raymond Felton (high ankle sprain) has progressed his rehab to the hydro pool, according to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

Felton is beyond his original timetable of 10 days and it's starting to look like he may not be available for the start of the regular season. With Jameer Nelson locked in as the Mavs' starting point guard, Felton's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury to Nelson.
Oct 23 - 1:54 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have requested waivers on G Yuki Togashi.

Mavericks' general manager and president Donnie Nelson had previously said that Togashi was a longshot to make the team's final roster, so this comes as no surprise. Any (minimal) fantasy value that Togashi may have had will now be rendered moot as he'll likely report to the Mavericks' D-League Affiliate, the Texas Legends.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Oct 21 - 12:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round.
Oct 21 - 12:20 PM

Mavericks waive F Eric Griffin.

Griffin had been competing for one of the Mavericks' final roster spots after a strong showing at Las Vegas Summer League, but it looks like he's reached the end of the line in Dallas. While the 24-year-old may hook on with another team, he won't provide much fantasy value to owners in standard leagues.
Oct 21 - 9:04 AM

Monta Ellis made two 3-pointers in Monday's 108-103 win over the Grizzlies, scoring a total of 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

Monta has been reliable for the past few seasons and the pick-and-roll game with Dirk Nowitzki should be in full effect again. Fantasy owners can target Ellis in the fourth round.
Oct 20 - 11:56 PM

Chandler Parsons was great for the Mavs on Monday with 11 points, four boards, five assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

The dimes have really been a big part of his game and he's averaged 4.3 per game over his last four. Of course, Parsons averaged 4.0 per game last year, so this isn't a surprise. His production on the stat sheet is basically made for fantasy, so he shouldn't slip beyond the fourth round.
Oct 20 - 11:54 PM

Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds.
Oct 20 - 11:49 PM

Ricky Ledo made 2-of-9 from the field during a 98-93 loss to Indiana on Saturday, scoring a total of four points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Jae Crowder was an option at point guard over Ledo today, so that's not good. He's been a bull in a china shop for much of his career and has a heck of a lot of work to do in order to live up to his potential.
Oct 18 - 10:04 PM

Richard Jefferson started on Saturday and scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, adding 5 rebounds, two assists, two 3-pointers, and two steals.

He got the start on Saturday because the first team had the night off, so nights like this won't happen often. Jefferson will have to fight for rotational minutes and is not on the fantasy radar.
Oct 18 - 9:53 PM

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