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The Mavericks are reportedly "optimistic" that they can reconcile with Dennis Smith Jr., who has been away from the team recently while Dallas pursued trade talks.

Smith Jr. has not been banished from the Mavericks, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, but the timing of this report is curious. MacMahon said on a recent podcast that "everyone in the league knows [the Mavs] are desperately trying to move [DSJ]," which undermines their leverage, so it makes sense that they'd at least try to mend fences with the overall No. 9 pick in the 2017 draft. DSJ has been out with an "illness" recently and a change of scenery would likely be the best outcome for his fantasy value.
Jan 17 - 3:10 PM

Luka Doncic flirted with a triple-double again during a 105-101 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

He is just locked in as a scorer with 25-plus points in five straight, averaging 27.4 points, 7.0 boards, 6.4 dimes, 1.6 steals and 3.2 treys on a 47/37/67 shooting line. The Mavs are going to put the ball in his hands even more with J.J. Barea (Achilles) out for the season and Dennis Smith Jr. possibly headed out of town. He basically has Rookie of the Year locked up and he could start to creep into the early-round neighborhood as the season goes along.
Jan 17 - 12:35 AM

Wesley Matthews made 5-of-12 from the field for 13 points with three rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

He made his 600th trey as a Maverick to make him the sixth player in franchise history to get to that milestone. He did look to take a shot to his left knee and was limping, but Matthews stayed in the game. He is reportedly on the trade block, so his fantasy owners may want him to stay put with so many minutes available for the Mavs right now.
Jan 17 - 12:25 AM

Maxi Kleber played 28 minutes in the starting lineup with seven points, two rebounds, one assist, one block, two 3-pointers and a career-high four steals.

He did most of his damage in the first five minutes with two treys and three steals to kick this one off. Kleber is a strong shot blocker and he should get a few open attempts from deep, so he is going to have some sneaky value in 12-team leagues. In a small sample, he has been a top-50 player in nine-cat leagues over the last four since being unleashed, so he should be owned in standard leagues until the Dennis Smith Jr. stuff is figured out.
Jan 17 - 12:19 AM

Jalen Brunson played 20 minutes off the bench with six points, one rebound, three assists and two turnovers against the Spurs on Wednesday.

The Mavs want him to be their No. 2 point guard with the rumors of Dennis Smith Jr. being on the trade block. However, Brunson is not really a guy that will yield much fantasy value because he doesn't dish out too many dimes, he's not strong in steals, and the shots won't be there. He's more of a 16-team league or deeper guy.
Jan 17 - 12:14 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is out Wednesday against the Spurs.

He is not going to be at the arena for this game after a report came out that he was out at lunch earlier today. Coach Rick Carlisle declined to comment about the trade rumors or if he talked to DSJ, as well. Multiple reports have said that the Magic are the most interested team in DSJ, so that could be a great landing spot for him. Reports also say he's likely to be dealt, but nothing is imminent. Jalen Brunson and Maxi Kleber will benefit with more playing time with Kleber having more value as a pickup. Brunson is only worth a look in deeper leagues.
Jan 16 - 7:00 PM

The Mavericks reportedly will not look to re-sign DeAndre Jordan as a free agent this summer.

The uber-athletic Jordan will be 31 when he hits the open market this summer, and the Mavs don't want to commit massive money to a guy whose play could drop off precipitously as his athleticism declines. It sounds like the Mavs would like to add a big at the deadline to make this decision easier, with Dennis Smith Jr. being their primary trade chip.
Jan 16 - 10:46 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. has not formally requested to be traded from the Mavericks, but he is open to one.

"He likes the organization and he likes the players. I just don’t think it was probably a good [basketball] fit," said a source close to Smith Jr. DSJ has been linked to both Phoenix and Orlando, but there has been some pushback from reporters in Phoenix regarding whether or not they are interested. Either way, he'd see a major boost with either club, so if you can afford to stash him, we'd recommend doing so.
Jan 16 - 8:31 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Spurs.

DSJ has missed each of the Mavs previous three contests due to back soreness. However, according to the Mavs' latest injury report, he is questionable for Wednesday's game due to an illness, which means the back pain is apparently no longer an issue. With trade rumors heating up, nothing related to Smith seems certain at the moment. We should have an update on his status after Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Jan 15 - 1:26 PM

According to a report in ArizonaSports.com, the Suns have no interest in trading for Mavs PG Dennis Smith Jr.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted on Monday that the Mavericks "are escalating discussions to find a trade for Dennis Smith Jr" and that Phoenix and Orlando have been active in discussions. However, Arizona’s Sports Station’s John Gambadoro is the providing the info for this latest report, and he has plugged in sources within the Suns organization. Gambadoro states that the "Suns do not like Smith’s fit stylistically with so many scorers on the roster."
Jan 15 - 10:31 AM

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks "are escalating discussions to find a trade for Dennis Smith Jr."

The Suns and Magic have been active in discussions, both of which would be ideal landing spots in terms of opportunity for DSJ. He's been sidelined for three straight games with a back issue, but you have to wonder if the Mavs are holding him out with talks ongoing. No other players are mentioned in the report, but this is enough incentive to stash DSJ even though he's very underwhelming as a fantasy asset with a glaring lack of efficiency. The big takeaway here is that the Mavs are fully committed to putting the rock in Luka Doncic's hands as much as possible.
Jan 14 - 9:11 PM

J.J. Barea will undergo season-ending surgery on his torn right Achilles on Monday.

"It’s gut-wrenching for all of us," coach Rick Carlisle said. "Its gut-wrenching for the team, for the coaches, for the fans, and I do think that he will be back." Barea will be 35 when he hits free agency this summer, but hopefully we haven't seen the last of the pick-and-roll maestro.
Source: Mavs.com
Jan 14 - 11:13 AM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said that Dirk Nowitzki's role could be volatile going forward.

"There may be some games he doesn't play because of matchups that just don't look good," Carlisle said. "There may be instances where he plays in the first half but not in the second half if things aren't looking favorable for the second half." Nowitzki is on board with Carlisle's approach, and it's clear that any fantasy owners hoping he can turn things around should move on.
Source: Sports Day
Jan 14 - 10:17 AM

Devin Harris had nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, three assists, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 11 minutes off the Mavs' bench on Sunday.

J.J. Barea's season-ending Achilles injury leaves about 20 minutes per game available in the Mavs' second unit, and coach Rick Carlisle said that Harris can help fill the void. "It’s hard to replace a guy that’s been here for over a decade and set a great example," Carlisle said. "We’ve got [Jalen Brunson] ... [and] Devin’s going to have to chip in in a big way." Harris scored five points with two assists in a clutch two-minute span in the fourth quarter tonight, but he's still just a low-end fantasy option.
Jan 13 - 9:56 PM

Luka Doncic finished Sunday's 119-114 loss vs. Golden State with 26 points (8-of-18 FGs, 5-of-8 FTs), six boards, five assists, five 3-pointers and one steal in 32 minutes.

Over the weekend, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the 19-year-old Doncic "is already an All-Star." Fans obviously agree, with Doncic currently second in All-Star voting for Western Conference players -- only LeBron James has received more votes. Fantasy owners will also concur with the hype, though Doncic's overall value would spike if he boosted his percentages (43.5% FGs, 73.5% FTs) and reduced his turnovers (3.2 per game).
Jan 13 - 9:55 PM


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