Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Maverick sign F Charlie Villanueva.

After getting a ridiculous contract from Joe Dumars in Detroit, Charlie V will now sit on the bench for the Mavericks this season, assuming he makes the team. The Mavs have 15 guaranteed contracts, so it's possible that he may not be on the opening night roster. If he does make the team, he could have a handful of interesting games in Dallas, but it's hard to imagine him getting more than 10 minutes a game. Forget about him, regardless of where he lands.
Sep 23 - 8:28 PM

Jae Crowder expressed his excitement to hone his defense alongside Tyson Chandler.

He hasn't played a real game with his new teammates yet, but Chandler is already bringing a defensive presence to the Mavericks. "I’ve been playing pickup with Chandler for two weeks and he’s one of the best defensive guys I’ve ever played with," Crowder said. "I love defense myself, and to play with another guy who loves defense as much as you do is something special. The 31-year-old saw his number dip a bit with the Knicks last season, but fantasy owners can still count on Chandler for a nightly threat of delivering a double-double to go along with at least one block.
Sep 23 - 1:04 PM

Mavericks sign G Doron Lamb.

The deal is just a training camp invite, and there's no guarantee Lamb makes the team. Lamb boasts career averages of 3.5 points, 1.0 rebound, and 0.5 three-pointers per game, so even if he does make the Mavs roster, he's unlikely to be an impact player from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 22 - 2:59 PM

Tyson Chandler said the Mavericks will be a great defensive team.

"You can score as many points as you want, but at the end of the day, defense wins championships and that’s what we’re going to do," Chandler said. The Mavericks ranked 22nd in defensive efficiency last season and ranked 27th in field goal percentage allowed at the rim. The former Defensive Player of the Year should definitely help and is worth a look in the early-late rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 22 - 12:39 PM

Dirk Nowitzki is working on making his shot release quicker.

The old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" saying comes to mind here. Nowitzki added the naked eye won't notice much of a difference on the surface for his new tweaked jumper. He produced first-round value in fantasy leagues last season, but he's more of a pick at the turn of the second and third rounds this upcoming season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Sep 22 - 10:37 AM

Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

"I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 6:14 PM

According to rocketsclutchfans.net, Chandler Parsons was let out of his $964K team option with the Rockets because of a previous agreement between agent Dan Fegan and the Houston front office.

Fegan represents both Parsons and Howard. According to the report Fegan wanted to steer Howard towards Dallas, but because Howard preferred to play in Houston, Fegan used the opportunity to make a few demands before promising Howard would indeed become a Rocket. "As I’ve been told, Howard’s agent Dan Fegan did not want Dwight in Houston, preferring instead to steer him to another team... To seal the deal for the premier free agent, Fegan provided the Rockets a list of needs/demands to bring him here and one of them was to let Chandler Parsons, who also was represented by Fegan, out of his contract this summer rather than wait until 2015." Whether these "demands" were the reason Parsons was let out of his contract are, the fact remains Houston has moved on, and Parsons cashed in on a huge pay day this summer.
Sep 18 - 2:56 PM

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey during a ceremony in December.

Stojakovic is a former EuroBasket MVP who made three All-Star teams during his 13-year NBA career. He still holds the Kings' franchise records for 3-pointers made (1,070) and FT percentage (89.3). He also made 11 postseason appearances, seven of which came with the exciting Kings team which battled the Lakers throughout the early 2000s. Peja is fondly remembered as one of the NBA's premier marksmen, and he's still No. 9 on the all-time list for 3-pointers made (1,760).
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 10:28 AM

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.
Source: Mavs.com
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.
Source: NBA.com
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


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