Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

The Mavericks have signed C.J. Williams to a training camp deal.

The former N.C. State guard went undrafted in 2012 and played in France last season. Williams will be the 20th and final player on the Mavs' training camp roster, but he's not expected to make the team.
Sep 19 - 11:51 AM

In an interview with The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3-FM, Justin Anderson said he focused on becoming a more "well-rounded" player this offseason.

"I came back, they were really impressed with the work that I put in this summer," Anderson said. "I got much slimmer. I feel good, my body feels good. So hopefully heading into training camp I can show what I got and we can get the ball rolling." Anderson earned more playing time down the stretch last season and saw 26.3 minutes per game in April, but despite his upside, his fantasy value could be limited by the presence of both Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes. To be clear, he's still on the standard-league radar and is an interesting flier in the later rounds.
Source: Sportsday
Sep 19 - 9:54 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he will take his retirement decision "year-by-year."

"Signing a two-year deal doesn’t mean I necessarily have to play those two years," Nowitzki said. "I think we’ll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we’ll make that decision again next year," Nowitzki said. "But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes." He turned 38 in June, but signed a two-year deal worth $50 million over the summer. It would be very surprising if Nowitzki matched the 31.5 minutes per game he played last season, but he's still worth a mid-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 9:16 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said that Harrison Barnes has the work ethic to develop into a great "all-around player."

"I already heard all summer long whenever he was here, he's in the gym all the time," said Nowitzki. "A lot of guys come here, sign here or get traded here and they're telling me they're gym rats, but I haven't really seen many in my 18 years, but he's the one guy that walks the walk. He's there in the morning, we're working out with the guys, he goes back at night and he wants to get better." Barnes may be able to put up mid-round value as one of the main guys in Dallas, but we wouldn't recommend rolling the dice on Team USA's equipment manager until the later rounds.
Source: ESPN
Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

Dirk Nowitzki heard that Wesley Matthews was "a beast" in the gym all summer, and that he's currently in "unbelievable shape."

Matthews was rehabbing from the Achilles tear last offseason, and while he did make it through 78 games, he struggled with efficiency, connecting on a career-low 38.8 percent of his shot attempts. That being said, Matthews is just 29 years old, so he should be able to regain his form after dedicating himself to the gym this offseason. Target him towards the end of the middle rounds.
Sep 15 - 2:54 PM

Rick Carlisle said that he's "excited" to see what Harrison Barnes can do in Dallas.

"We’re excited to have him," Carlisle said. "He’s a 24-year old player with four years of NBA experience that we think has a chance to get a lot better, and that’s exciting." Carlisle added that he's looking for ways to establish Barnes as a "primary producer" for the Mavericks, although he acknowledged that getting to that point will "be a process." Barnes is going to see a ton of opportunity with the Mavericks, so he's on the radar as a potential late-round selection.
Sep 14 - 10:59 AM

Samuel Dalembert is facing battery charges after authorities say he hit his girlfriend and her cousin.

According to the report, "a Boca Raton police report says police responded to Dalembert's home Sunday evening after a 911 hang-up. The woman and her cousin initially told officers nothing was wrong but eventually said the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children."
Source: AP
Sep 12 - 6:46 PM

Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to be limited during the first week of training camp.

He's still recovering from offseason toe surgery and doesn't want to rush his return. He started running in late August and should be ready for the season opener, but the Mavs can ease him back into action because they have plenty of depth in their backcourt. Seth Curry is a threat to Harris' workload this season, so he's not worth targeting in most fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN
Sep 11 - 9:48 AM

Deron Williams (sports hernia) has been cleared for the start of Mavs training camp.

D-Will had anticipated being a "full go" for training camp, but now we have official word. The veteran point guard took three months of from basketball, but he's now back to full strength. Given his durability concerns and the lack of upside, you should be aiming higher when putting your fantasy team(s) together. The Mavs have plenty of options at the point with J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Seth Curry all on the roster.
Sep 10 - 4:20 PM

Charlie Villanueva is exploring options in China according to David Pick.

The 32-year-old big man clearly hasn't generated much interest in free agency, and it doesn't help that he shot just 38.2 percent from the field last season and 27.3 percent from deep.
Sep 9 - 10:56 AM

Quincy Acy said that signing a two-year deal with the Mavericks this offseason was "a dream come true."

"It’s definitely a blessing, but it’s still kind of surreal," said the Texas native when discussing the contract he signed with Dallas this summer. "You know, my family, they’re all kind of more excited than I am right now, but it’s a dream come true." Acy will serve as an emergency depth kind of guy on the Dallas roster, so his fantasy value will be non-existent while the team is healthy.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 7 - 12:54 PM

Harrison Barnes said he's expecting to feel comfortable in the high-post during the season.

It's going to be a whole new world for Harry B in Dallas. Last regular season, he only had 12.5 percent of his shots come off more than two dribbles. Per Synergy, Barnes ended a possession on a post-up just 12.7 percent of the time, but he did have a solid efficiency at 70.4 percentile. Of course, it's a lot easier to get shots out of the post when two of the best shooters in NBA are creating space. Barnes is a very interesting late-round target with very nice upside.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 6 - 4:51 PM

Chris Wright has signed with Auxilium Cus Torino of Italy.

Wright hasn't played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season and can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Source: Sportando
Sep 1 - 10:20 AM

Harrison Barnes said coach Rick Carlisle wants him to score.

Barnes also said he's working on his scoring this summer, which is hardly a surprise. He'll be thrust into a featured role after being fifth or sixth banana in the Warriors offense last year. Despite really falling off as the year went on, Barnes was very good early in the season. In his first 17 games of the season, Barnes turned in a 60.4 true shooting percentage on a 17.6 usage rate. He has some potential, so he's an intriguing pick in the middle rounds.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 31 - 4:14 PM

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


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