Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Jeff Withey agreed to a one-year deal with the Mavs.

The Mavs still haven't brought back Nerlens Noel yet, but Withey should still have a tough time making the Mavs roster. Withey did get one start last season and played in 51 games, averaging 2.9 points per effort.
Aug 18 - 3:49 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle is expected to ask for much more production to come from his floor generals next season.

"Well, having a dynamic point guard that can get places, that can attack space, create help and kick to guys like Dirk, like Wes [Matthews] and like [Harrison] Barnes, guys that can shoot the ball, and be able to hit guys like Nerlens (Noel) on rolls can really be a game-changer," Carlisle said. The Dennis Smith Jr. hype train just won't stop as the Mavs look to increase their last-ranked offense in scoring, which was also due to their slow pace. DSJ is going to cost a pretty penny in drafts, but he could be worth it.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 10 - 8:35 PM

Johnathan Motley said his body "feels better day after day."

The undrafted center out of Baylor was medically red-flagged after he tore his MCL, but was signed by the Mavericks to a two-way deal in June. "It’s just a testament to what they’ve got me doing off the court, running and lifting some weights on my knee, hamstrings and glute stuff," Motley said. "My body is just feeling better and better, so that’s to credit for the success I’ve been having." The 6-foot-10 big man is a project, but could become relevant in fantasy down the line for his rim protection. During the Orlando Summer League, he posted averages of 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 17.5 minutes per game.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 10 - 12:39 PM

Mavs sign G Maalik Wayns.

After playing in Russia last year, he's likely just going to be a camp body. Wayns was also in Italy earlier in his career, but he did spend some time with the 76ers and Clippers.
Aug 9 - 3:35 PM

Owner Mark Cuban said Yogi Ferrell and Dennis Smith Jr. "are going to push each other" next season.

"Yogi is super competitive," Cuban said. "He started a lot of games as a D-League call-up and basically a 10-day [signee], and I know that he’s just as competitive as Dennis is." The Mavs did use a Yogi-DSJ backcourt in summer league, so it's an option for them in a matchup against a smaller team. On the other hand, Ferrell did slow down as the 2016-17 season went on and the Mavs drafted DSJ for a reason, so Ferrell will likely come off the bench and get almost all of his minutes as a backup PG.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 9 - 3:06 PM

President Donnie Nelson said Dennis Smith will have to prove he's ready to take the reins during training camp in order to win the starting point guard job.

"Those keys are earned. You know, it’s going to be an interesting training camp," Nelson said. "I think Dennis is going to play for one of the best coaches in the NBA. That being said, I think internally you can’t help but be excited by the potential, but he wouldn’t want it any other way." DSJ had a wow factor in Las Vegas and the Mavs are singing his praises at every opportunity, so he should be in a great position to win the job. He's a high-upside pick in the middle rounds.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 9 - 2:54 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said that he would "love" for the Mavericks to keep Nerlens Noel in Dallas.

There was a report last week that negations between the two sides are still ongoing, but there hasn't been much progress between Noel, who is a restricted free agent, and Dallas. "He’s so young and so athletic. I’d love to keep him," said Nowitzki in an interview over the weekend. "I’m sure that is what the Mavs are thinking. We obviously traded for him last year with the hope he will stay with this franchise for a long time." We'll have to wait to see which side blinks first.
Aug 8 - 12:48 PM

Dirk Nowitzki is hopeful that he can play out the final two years of his contract.

"I signed on for two more, so hopefully I can play those two," Nowitzki said. "Last year with the Achilles [injury], I missed almost two months. It was frustrating and disappointing. Hopefully, injury-wise it will be a lot better this season and maybe I’ll play another one. We will see how it goes this [season]. We will see how the body feels." On a per-game basis, Dirk finished with seventh-round value this past season, but it's worth noting he only made it through 54 games.
Aug 7 - 4:10 PM

Mavs sign C Brandon Ashley.

He's back with the team after the Mavs waived him following the preseason. Ashley has shown he can hit jumpers at times, but his 3-point shooting hasn't been consistent enough to be considered an asset yet.
Aug 3 - 7:18 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he gave owner Mark Cuban "a little bit of a deal" on his two-year contract.

"Since I think last year [Cuban] really, really took care of me as we all know," Nowitzki said. "That was well-documented. It was my time to show again that I love being here, and he did that last summer." Nowitzki said he'll see how next year goes in this new deal, but he wants to end his career in Dallas. Dirk would need about 14 points per game and play in 82 games for next season to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time list. Despite his 20 years of experience, he still has some value in fantasy leagues and he'll likely come at a steep discount.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 3 - 5:04 PM

Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko said that negotiations between the Mavericks and Nerlens Noel are still ongoing.

Neither side is budging for now, but Sefko does expect a deal to be reached before training camp in September. However, the qualifying offer doesn't expire until Oct. 16, so this "staredown" could potentially last for several more weeks. There aren't many teams with the necessary cap space to pry the restricted free agent away from Dallas, so the Mavs appear to be in the driver's seat.
Source: SportsDay
Aug 3 - 10:45 AM

Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko said the Mavericks "aren't expecting much" out of Josh McRoberts.

The oft-injured forward has played an average of 27 games over the last three campaigns and is entering his age-31 season, so the rebuilding Mavs likely won't have much use for him. The Mavs acquired McRoberts in a salary dump and are looking forward to next summer when his $6 million contract is off the books.
Source: SportsDay
Aug 3 - 10:34 AM

Yogi Ferrell believes he will play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. at times next season.

The Mavs backcourt will be crowded next season, with Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry, J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Ferrell all fighting for minutes. In addition, Smith looks ready to handle a heavy load based on his excellent performance at the Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals. Thus, Yogi will have a tough time carving out consistent playing time if everyone stays healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 1 - 10:41 AM

P.J. Dozier has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Mavericks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

The South Carolina product was with the Lakers in Las Vegas, but an ankle sprain cut his event short. Dozier was undrafted last month after he averaged 13.9 points per game in his junior season. He'll be on the roster bubble in October.
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM

Gian Clavell has agreed to a partially guaranteed minimum deal with the Mavericks.

This means he will get an invite to training camp, but he's not a lock to make the 15-man roster. It does help his case that the Mavs recently waived Nicolas Brussino, though. Clavell was the Mountain West Player of the Year at Colorado State last season, averaging 20.4 points, 6.3 boards, 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.9 treys. If he doesn't make the final roster, he will be a candidate for a two-way contract.
Jul 23 - 9:27 AM


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