Player News - Mavericks

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Dirk Nowitzki said on Thursday that it's "looking like" he'll return for another season in 2018-19.

"I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it," Nowitzki said. "I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels." His $5 million salary in 2018-19 is technically a team option, but Dallas would obviously pick it up if Dirk wants to keep playing. He's hovering around top-100 value this season, but jumps a few rounds when you factor in his zero DNPs.
Dec 14 - 6:42 PM

Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko said that the Mavericks might play Nerlens Noel (thumb) when he's healthy to see if he can develop any chemistry with Dennis Smith Jr.

The Mavs called Noel their center of the future after acquiring him from the 76ers, but he's been in the doghouse for most of the season while losing minutes to guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell. Giving Noel a chance to play could also increase his trade value if the Mavs don't intend to re-sign him this summer. He has some stash appeal, but only if you have an I.R. spot because he's out for "several weeks" after undergoing thumb surgery.
Source: SportsDay
Dec 14 - 9:42 AM

Seth Curry (leg) remains without an official timetable to return and acknowledged that surgery is an option that's still on the table.

"It's like a couple week by couple week situation. It's a tricky situation," said Curry. "There's a chance [I'll need surgery], yeah. The path I'm on right now, the MRI shows it's gotten a little better. But there's a chance (he could need a procedure). It's a tricky situation and hard for me to say. It's very frustrating. Recovery-wise, I get out there and work out and feel OK, and it'll bother me the next day." With no clear return date in sight, Curry belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Source: Sports Day
Dec 13 - 10:22 AM

J.J. Barea hit 6-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

He was instrumental in the win, scoring 14 of his 16 in the second half, and played very well. He just keeps chugging along, especially with Dennis Smith Jr. out until at least Monday, averaging 16 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last two games. He should continue to flourish, along with Yogi Ferrell, until Smith is back from his hip injury.
Dec 12 - 11:45 PM

Dwight Powell played just 17 minutes, but still hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, 12 rebounds and a steal in Tuesday's win.

Powell had zero points and six boards in 13 minutes on Sunday and this was his first double-double of the season, so there's no reason to think he'll start doing this regularly, especially in such limited run.
Dec 12 - 11:42 PM

Yogi Ferrell started in place of Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) and had 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 7-of-14 shooting in 35 minutes on Tuesday.

He had 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists on Sunday and should continue to be a DFS asset as long as DSJ is out. Smith has already been ruled out for Thursday at Golden State and Saturday at San Antonio, making Ferrell an interesting play in both of those games.
Dec 12 - 11:36 PM

Maxi Kleber hit 2-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, four rebounds and nothing else in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

Kleber scored 16, 7 and 13 points in his previous three games and appeared to be coming on, but was derailed a bit tonight. He still played 30 minutes and had to deal with Kawhi Leonard at times, so he's still someone owners in 12-team leagues should be keeping an eye on.
Dec 12 - 11:31 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) has been ruled out for the Mavs' upcoming two-game road trip at Golden State on Thursday and at San Antonio on Saturday.

In case you missed it, he also won't play Tuesday vs. the Spurs, so Yogi Ferrell figures to earn another start tonight with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris seeing some increased opportunity with the second unit. After the road trip, the Mavs come back home for a game against the Suns on Monday, and for now, we'll be considering DSJ questionable for that one.
Dec 12 - 7:03 PM

Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) has progressed to going through 5-on-0 drills.

This is a step in the right direction, but it's unlikely McRoberts will have a significant role with the Mavericks this season. Leave him on the wire.
Dec 11 - 3:22 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Seth Curry (leg) will remain on the sidelines until at least December 18.

This rules Curry out for this week as the Mavs continue to push back his timetable, and there's just no incentive for them to get him back on the court until he's clearly 100 percent. He'll likely be brought along slowly, so he's not the most appealing stash in most 12-team leagues.
Dec 11 - 3:13 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

This will be Smith Jr.'s third straight game on the sidelines, and he's currently without an official timetable to return. The Mavs have no incentive to rush him back to the court, with his long-term health being their primary concern, so for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game in Golden State, making him a risky guy to deploy in weekly leagues. J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris will all be splitting DSJ's minutes.
Dec 11 - 2:41 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) does not have a timetable to return, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

"[Smith Jr.] getting 100 percent healthy is our No. 1 priority," Carlisle said. He will meet with the team physician when the Mavs return home on Monday, so we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. San Antonio. Owners should await an update after the re-evaluation -- if DSJ does miss more time, Yogi Ferrell should continue to start alongside Wes Matthews, with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris picking up a few extra minutes off the bench.

Mavs SG Antonius Cleveland played a career-high 18 minutes on Sunday, posting two points, two rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

Cleveland has surfaced in the rotation with Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) out the past two games, and his defensive efforts tonight were noteworthy. DSJ is day-to-day, however, and there's no reason to touch Cleveland in any format.
Dec 10 - 10:12 PM

Dallas lost their third straight game on Sunday, despite Maxi Kleber's season-high-tying 16 points, three 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist and one block.

Kleber sank 6-of-9 shots in 26 minutes of action. His 3-of-5 mark from downtown gave him new career-highs in both makes and attempts, and coach Rick Carlisle continues to trust him as a starter -- he's averaging nearly 24 minutes per game in December. The Mavs going nowhere fast this season, and Kleber has intriguing potential for blocks, boards and FG%. If he can hit some 3-pointers, that's even better.
Dec 10 - 10:12 PM

J.J. Barea led the Mavs' bench on Sunday with 16 points, four assists and a pair of 3-pointers, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs in 22 minutes.

Barea has been playing minutes in the mid-20s all season, so he didn't really benefit with Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) out again tonight. Dallas won't risk wearing out their 33-year-old sparkplug, no matter who's available, which severely caps his fantasy upside.
Dec 10 - 10:11 PM


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