Player News - Mavericks

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Perry Ellis will join the Mavs for Summer League.

He is more known for how old he looks than how he plays, but Ellis turned in a decent year for the Jayhawks. In his senior year, he averaged 16.9 points, 5.8 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.7 treys on a 60.5 true shooting percentage. A big run at Summer League could help him get a camp invite.
Jun 24 - 10:13 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said that A.J. Hammons is a frist-round talent and believes he will contribute right away.

"He’s a skilled big man who can score in the post, who is a one rebound about every three minutes, which is a very good number," Carlisle said. "And he is an effective mid-range shooter, so he’s a big guy with soft hands that’s a good athlete, a four-year guy. And for those reasons I think there’s a good chance he can help us some right away." If the Mavs don't add a center in free agency, it sounds like Carlisle is open to giving Hammons some minutes right out of the gate.
Jun 24 - 11:51 AM

Jameel Warney will join the Mavs for summer league.

It's not going to be easy for Warney to get an NBA roster spot. He only had a 26-inch vertical, didn't take any 3-pointers, made just 61.4 percent at the line. On the positive side, he'll really have to hang his hat on shot blocking with 3.1 per game last year at Stony Brook last season.
Jun 24 - 1:32 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have selected A.J. Hammons with the No. 46 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

He’s humongous at 278 pounds and dominated on the low block at Purdue. Hammons made an incredible 87.0 percent of his shots at the rim with NCAA bigs unable to stop him. Away from the rim, he even made 40.7 percent of his two-point jumpers and added 0.2 treys per game. It's conceivable that Dallas views him as a long-term option as a backup with the potential to eventually become a starter. In his rookie season, his role will be dependent upon whatever Dallas does—or doesn't do—in free agency, though Rick Carlisle said he feels Hammons can help the team immediately. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports that a Mavericks team source views Hammons as a "lottery talent with a questionable motor."
Jun 23 - 11:46 PM

The Mavs are reportedly willing to take the risk of letting Chandler Parsons sign with another team while they pursue Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside during free agency.

If the Mavs are able to land both Conley and Whiteside during free agency, they won't have enough money to realistically re-sign Parsons, and that's apparently a risk they are willing to take. Parsons had a down year this past season as he recovered from modified micro-fracture knee surgery, and was then required to again go under the knife for arthroscopic surgery on the same knee later in the year, but he's still sure to command plenty of interest on the open market.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 6:45 PM

Deron Williams has declined to pick up his player option, and he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

With the salary cap set to skyrocket to $94 million, it will be surprising if any player picks up his player option this offseason. Williams recently underwent surgery to correct his sports hernia, but he's expected to be 100 percent when training camp opens up. However, after another injury riddled season, Williams won't make for a very attractive target in standard fantasy leagues, regardless of his jersey.
Jun 22 - 10:24 AM

Chandler Parsons will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

He would've made $16 million next season if he opted in, but his decision will make him an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Despite coming off knee surgery, Parsons is still going to get a ton of interest due to the rising salary cap and the Mavs will have to give him a significant raise in order to keep him.
Source: ESPN
Jun 21 - 9:31 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has officially opted out of his contract and he will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Warriors will reportedly go after Nowitzki, and while they would probably provide him with the most realistic shot of nabbing his second championship, it would be surprising to see the 18-year veteran and Mavs-lifer suddenly change jerseys.
Jun 21 - 5:02 PM

Devin Harris (toe surgery, thumb surgery) said that he expects to be good to go when the Mavs' training camp opens up.

Harris underwent surgery on his left big toe and left thumb back in May, but he has now shed his walking boot and he said that his thumb is healthy. Harris will still need to wear a brace on his thumb for another two weeks, but he has plenty of time to get himself right for the 2016-17 season. That being said, Harris is a constant injury risk and past his days of being able to offer squads in standard fantasy league with any real value.
Jun 21 - 2:42 PM

The Warriors are interested in signing Dirk Nowitzki.

This is just a trade rumor and it would be a major surprise to see Nowitzki leave Dallas. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and general manager Bob Meyers will be aggressive in free agency, so they might go after the 38-year-old future Hall of Fame power forward. Nowitzki has played in at least 75 games in each of the last three seasons.
Jun 20 - 9:28 PM

Dwight Powell is hoping to stay with the Mavericks as he enters restricted free agency this summer.

While Powell would have a tough time passing up a huge offer elsewhere, the 24-year-old is hoping he'll still be with the Mavericks for the 2016-17 season and beyond. "I mean, for me, it’s business as usual. I show up to the gym and I work. That’s it," Powell said. "I have agents that are kind of trying to take care of that stuff for me, and my job is to be ready for whatever opportunity I find myself presented with and be ready to perform at the highest level. For me, it’s business as usual. Just in the gym grinding." Powell could see a bigger role next season if the Mavs don't make any big moves and would be worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues in that scenario.
Source: Mavs.com
Jun 16 - 9:09 AM

J.J. Barea (knee surgery) is planning on playing with Team Puerto Rico for the Summer Olympic qualifier in July.

Barea had arthroscopic surgery immediately after the 2015-16 season ended, but thinks he'll be ready to try and qualify for the Olympics in Serbia from July 4-9. "I just had one knee scope the day after the season, and it was awesome. It was real quick, and I’m good to go," Barea said. "I was going to play if I’m 100 percent. I feel pretty good, so yeah. I’m working out, and then we’ll go from there." Original projections had Barea ready to return for Mavs training camp, but it sounds like he'll be well ahead of schedule this summer.
Source: Mavs.com
Jun 14 - 10:59 AM

J.J. Barea had arthroscopic surgery on his right medial meniscus the day after the season ended.

Additionally, Barea took about a month off from basketball activities in order to heal his right groin which did not require surgery. The pint-sized point guard said that he's already feeling great and is fully expected to be ready to go well in advance of training camp.
Jun 13 - 12:26 PM

A.J. Hammons is expected to work out for the Pistons on Monday.

Hammons could be an option for Detroit at No. 49 overall.
Jun 13 - 11:24 AM

Raymond Felton said that he would like to re-sign with the Mavericks.

"Of course, this is where I want to be,’’ Felton said. "I would love to come back here, so hopefully we can make that happen.’’ Felton will turn 32 on June 26, but Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram believes that he could double his salary after making $4.54 million this season. Felton stepped up for the Mavs when Deron Williams went down and averaged 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in 34.4 minutes per game in the playoffs.
Jun 10 - 10:24 AM


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