Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Deron Williams (sports hernia) said he expects to be a "full go" for training camp.

He said the same thing over a month ago, so his rehab must be going well. Williams had surgery over eight weeks ago and this means he should be in the starting lineup on opening night. His price will be low in fantasy drafts because of his durability issues, and he's coming off averages of 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers on 41.1 percent shooting.
Aug 29 - 11:26 AM

Despite signing a four-year, $94 million deal this summer, Harrison Barnes made it clear that Dallas is still Dirk Nowitzki's team.

"He's put in the years and won a championship," Barnes said. "But I have to go out and earn that. People assume that just because you get paid a lot of money and have a lot of attention that all of the sudden you're guaranteed this many shots. I have to prove that every day in practice." Barnes will have the ball in his hands a lot and coach Rick Carlisle believes he will develop into a playmaker, and we already know that he's going to be a primary scoring option. Barnes is an ideal situation, but it means nothing if he doesn't perform.
Source: Sportsday
Aug 28 - 10:14 AM

Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to start light running this week.

He added his thumb is completely healed. Harris had surgery on his toe in May and is fully expected to be ready for camp. The Mavs used Harris more at shooting guard last season, which figures to be the case next year, as well. He won't be a fantasy target in almost all leagues.
Aug 26 - 5:59 PM

Deron Williams admitted that he wanted to sign a longer deal in Dallas.

"We'll see how it goes. It is what it is," Williams said. "For sure, I wanted to be back. I felt like I had some unfinished business at the end of last year the way things ended and I wasn't able to be on the court. Hopefully I'll stay healthy because I'm excited about this team." He signed a one-year, $10 million deal to return as the starting PG, and he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp after recovering from a sports hernia. He averaged 14.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 treys, 0.9 steals and 2.4 turnovers last season, and with a similar role on the cards, he will be a late-round target in standard leagues.
Source: Sportsday
Aug 26 - 1:00 PM

J.J. Barea (knee surgery) posted a video of him getting in a work out on Instagram on Thursday.

Barea can be seen dribbling and taking jump shots at full speed sans a knee brace, so he should be just fine when training camp rolls around after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery back in mid-June. That being said, Barea won't have much fantasy value while Deron Williams is healthy, so he's not a great guy to target in standard settings.
Source: Instagram
Aug 25 - 4:29 PM

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is hoping Justin Anderson will take the next step during his second year in the NBA.

Anderson improved throughout his rookie season and his coach is hoping he can continue to develop in 2016-17. "He’s a hard worker," Carlisle said. "He loves to play, he loves to be a part of a team, and so he’s another important guy as we look towards the future." Anderson averaged just 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, but he should have some value in deeper fantasy leagues playing behind Wes Matthews and Harrison Barnes.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 25 - 11:20 AM

Dominique Jones has signed with the Qingdao Eagles of China.

The former Maverick has had a successful CBA career, but can be ignored in fantasy as he is extremely unlikely to return to the NBA.
Aug 25 - 9:55 AM

Wesley Matthews said that he will be a "whole different player" in 2016-17 because he's had the full offseason to prepare.

Matthews said that he really didn't get his legs back until the All-Star break last season after recovering from an Achilles issue, but added that he feels better now than before the injury. Matthews should log heavy minutes in his age-29 season and should be able to improve on his averages of 12.5 points, 3.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 treys on 38.8 percent shooting. He'll likely be available in the later rounds.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 22 - 12:26 PM

After fouling out of Sunday's bronze-medal game vs. Spain, Andrew Bogut lashed out at FIBA's referees.

"[Spanish players] fall over and get fouls and go to the free throw line the whole game. It's unbelievable," he said. "Questionable calls all game. That's FIBA basketball. Wouldn't expect anything less from the refs." Bogut's lamentations aren't likely to make any impact on FIBA or its referees, especially since Australia and Spain were both called for 22 personal fouls during Sunday's game.
Source: USA Today
Aug 21 - 8:14 PM

Andrew Bogut fouled out of Sunday's Bronze medal game, finishing with two points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes.

He fouled out in the third quarter which was huge down the stretch because they lost by just one point. Bogut looked healthy this summer and is projected to be the starting center in Dallas, but he's still not a great fantasy target due to a lengthy injury history and the fact that his minutes will likely be capped in the mid-20s.
Aug 21 - 12:42 PM

Andrew Bogut was ineffective in Team Australia's loss to Serbia on Friday night.

Bogut was minus-20 in the 22 minutes he played versus Serbia in the Olympic semifinals. He scored a total of four points and grabbed just one rebound in his 22 minutes of action. Nonetheless, Bogut has played well at times during the Aussie's run in Rio. Most importantly, Bogut showed he was healthy after an injury knocked him out of the NBA Finals back in June. Bogut will be an intriguing late-round flier in deep leagues next season (especially those that start multiple centers), as he has limited competition for minutes in Dallas.
Aug 19 - 8:30 PM

Wesley Matthews said he feels great physically and he can't wait for the 2016-17 season to start.

"I feel great. I want the season to start now," said Matthews. "I'm a whole different person. I'm a whole different player. And I'm really just excited to show it." Matthews went on to say that he likes what Dallas brought in with Seth Curry and Harrison Barnes and he "can't wait to see" what Rick Carlisle has in store for them. Matthews is a prime bounce-back candidate after making it through 78 games last season unscathed following the Achilles surgery, so he could make for a late-round steal on draft day.
Aug 19 - 6:15 PM

Justin Dentmon has signed a deal with Galatasaray in Turkey.

He put up video game numbers in China last season, averaging 24.7 points, 4.4 boards and 4.5 assists. Dentmon is 30 years old, so his NBA career is likely over.
Source: Sportando
Aug 19 - 9:47 AM

Andrew Bogut did a little bit of everything for Team Australia during Wednesday morning's 90-64 thrashing of Team Lithuania, tallying 10 points, seven boards, six assists and one turnover in 20 minutes.

Bogut can be a sneaky late-round producer with his ability to bring a bit of everything to the box score, but health is obviously a constant issue for the oft-injured big man. Rick Carlisle does tend to maximize the potential of his players, and Bogut should fit in nicely in his system, but the well documented health woes make Bogut worth little more than a late-round gamble on draft day.
Aug 17 - 12:05 PM

Rick Carlisle said that he sees Harrison Barnes developing into a playmaker for the Mavericks.

"I think Barnes can develop into a playmaker, but that has not been his DNA and that has not been what’s been asked of him in Golden State," said Carlisle. "What I found spending five days in the gym working out with him is that he’s a better ball-handler than most of us would expect, but we’re going to have to ease him into those situations." Barnes is going to be stepping into the largest role of his career as a max-player in Dallas, but given his skill set, it's tough to see him eclipsing mid-round value.
Aug 17 - 11:23 AM


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