Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

J.J. Barea is hoping that he will be a member of the Dallas Mavericks next season.

"I want to," Barea said when asked if he wanted to return to Dallas. "I want to and hopefully this time we make it work. I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years." Barea wasn't a big part of the rotation this season and averaged just 17.7 minutes per game, so he won't be a target in fantasy leagues regardless of where he lands in free agency.
May 3 - 1:05 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning.

This is good news that he didn't have microfracture surgery. The Mavs did not give a timetable for his recovery, but generally knee scopes require 4-6 weeks off. That means he should be ready to roll in a couple months. Parsons should have more fantasy value with Rajon Rondo out of town, so keep an eye on him in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
May 1 - 3:31 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) had surgery on Friday morning.

We don't know what the details are just yet, but feel free to check out the image in the link below. "Thank you for all the support throughout this process," Parsons said on his Instagram page. "I will be back stronger and better than ever!!" It seems like it could be microfracture surgery and there should be an official update soon. If that's the case, he could miss the start of the 2015-16 season.
May 1 - 3:20 PM

The Celtics are reportedly likely to pursue Al-Farouq Aminu as a free agent this offseason if they are unable to re-sign Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko.

Aminu played well for the Mavericks this season, particularly during their postseason push in which he averaged 11.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 54.8 percent from the field. His value next year will be dependent upon where he lands, but he'll need at least 25 minutes per game to be able to put up any meaningful value in standard leagues. He'll be an intriguing free agent to watch this offseason.
Source: CSNNE.com
Apr 30 - 4:49 PM

Chandler Parsons said he's ready to take on a recruiting role to help attract free agents to Dallas.

While Parsons is likely to have knee surgery over the offseason, he's not letting that stop him from heading up the Mavs' recruiting efforts. "I’m officially shifting into GM mode," he said. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I’ll obviously do." We'll keep an eye on Parsons' recruitment and recovery efforts over the summer, but it sounds like he has a busy few months ahead of him.
Source: InsideHoops
Apr 30 - 1:04 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu will opt-out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and test free agency.

Aminu will decline the $1.1 million player option on his contract and is all but assured to get a larger offer in free agency. "I think it makes the most sense to me," he said. "You just look for a great fit. This year, I think I found one. Hopefully, I can do the same." Aminu is still just 24 and is coming off a solid season during which he averaged 5.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.9 steals, and 0.8 blocks in just 18.5 minutes per game. While he'll have plenty of suitors in free agency, Aminu will need to see upwards of 25 minutes per game to warrant a roster spot in standard fantasy leagues.
Apr 30 - 12:37 PM

The Mavs opted not to give Rajon Rondo a playoff share.

This story keeps getting more odd. According to the report, the other 14 players on the roster evenly divided $208,940. The players did not vote to exclude Rondo and were simply presented with a list that did not include him. He won't be back with the Mavs next season after one of the worst contract years in recent memory.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 29 - 4:55 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu said he will likely decline his player option and become a free agent.

He still wants to return to the Mavs and said he loves the team and city. Aminu is probably making the right call at age 24 and is coming off a solid season. The Mavs played him at small forward much more in the postseason and that may continue next year, assuming he's back.
Apr 29 - 2:29 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he would be willing to come off the bench next season.

"The problem is there's some stiffness involved with coming off the bench," Nowitzki joked. He would move to the bench if the Mavs are able to pick up a free agent. The first player to come to mind here would be LaMarcus Aldridge, but moving Dirk to the bench wouldn't be too wild for even a worse player. He played 29.3 minutes per game after the break last season and would he would likely be closer to 26 or so next year.
Apr 29 - 2:18 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) said that he expects to have a larger role next season.

Parsons had a decent year with the Mavericks, posting averages of 15.7 points, 4.9 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 3-pointers per game. However, his knee is still going to require surgery in the offseason, and if he missed the start of training camp or more it could really slow him down to start the season. Doctors won't know exactly what's wrong with his knee until he has the procedure, so we would expect a firm timetable after the surgery. As always, we will continue to track his progress closely. Parsons will also heavily recruit free agents to Dallas this summer, so it will be interesting to see if he can bring anyone notable in.
Apr 29 - 2:08 PM

Devin Harris said that his turf toe (left big toe) will only require rest in order to get better.

Harris' minutes decreased from 22.5 per game during the season to 18.5 in the playoffs, and it was obvious that he wasn't 100 percent. Harris is under contract for next season, and he should continue to be a key part of the Dallas rotation off the bench. He finished the regular season with averages of 8.8 points, 3.1 assists, 1.8 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.3 3-pointers.
Apr 29 - 1:42 PM

Rajon Rondo and the Mavericks mutually agreed to part ways after his disappointing performance in the first two games of the playoffs, and they used his "back injury" as an excuse to save face.

Rondo was dreadful in the postseason and head coach Rick Carlisle reportedly would have relegated him to the bench in Game 3 anyways. The Mavericks didn't want Rondo's attitude to rub off on their other players, so the decision was made to excuse him from the team. If it isn't already obvious, it's safe to say that Rondo won't be back in Dallas next season. The Lakers have expressed some interest in pursuing the free agent point guard, but they are only willing to sign him at a discount. On a side note, the Mavericks reportedly didn't give Rondo his playoff share, so it will be interesting to see if he has anything to say about all of this.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 12:44 PM

Tyson Chandler is set to become a free agent this summer, but he is hoping that the Mavericks decide to bring him back.

Chandler was fantastic this season and posted averages of 10.3 points, 11.5 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.2 blocks per game, so he will surely command a ton of interest on the open market. The Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan reportedly have a mutual interest, so it's certainly possible that Chandler could be in a new uniform for the 2015-16 season.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 10:18 AM

Richard Jefferson's strained lower back prevented him from playing in the Mavs' decisive Game 5 loss on Tuesday.

He played through a calf injury during Game 4 but tweaked his back during Tuesday's warmups, leaving the Mavericks to rely wholly upon Al-Farouq Aminu for SF production. The 34-year-old Jefferson averaged only 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in a reserve role this season, but his veteran presence and steady 3-point shooting (42.6 percent) should land him a spot on a championship contender's bench in 2015-16.
Apr 28 - 11:38 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu finished Tuesday's Game 5 loss with 14 points, one 3-pointer, nine rebounds and two assists, adding five steals before fouling out in 36 minutes.

Fittingly, Aminu's name translates to the phrase, "The chief has arrived." The Chief has been impressive in a bench role all season and he finally got a chance to shine as a starter in Games 4 and 5 with Chandler Parsons (knee) out of commission. Aminu will undoubtedly opt out of his contract to enter free agency this season and he's sure to be a hot commodity.
Apr 28 - 11:19 PM


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