Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Stephen Silas has agreed to a multi-year deal to join the Mavericks coaching staff as Rick Carlise's lead assistant.

Silas was in the running for the Hawks head coaching job, but with Lloyd Pierce getting hired he's decided to join the Mavs. He'll replace Melvin Hunt, who's leaving for Atlanta.
May 24 - 12:58 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) said he isn't sure if the 2018-19 season will be his last.

"I think I guess at this age you kind of take it one year at a time," Nowitzki said. "It sounds cliché, but that’s how it is — see how I come through [next year]. I came through pretty good this year. I could have probably almost played 82 [games] if I wanted to." Nowitzki underwent a surgical debridement of his left ankle on Apr. 5, and while there's no official timetable, he's out of his walking boot and should be good to go for camp.
Source: Mavs.com
May 14 - 9:41 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) is not wearing a walking boot anymore and does not have a noticeable limp.

"I’m just trying to get the motion back [in the left ankle], trying to get some movement in there, get some of the swelling out. I’ve been progressing right on schedule," Nowitzki said. He underwent surgical debridement of his left ankle on Apr. 5 and is fully expected to be ready for another season. Dirk did add his rehab "could take really all summer" and that he's not pushing it right now.
Source: Mavs.com
May 10 - 8:24 PM

The Hawks have narrowed their head coaching job search down to four candidates.

Hornets assistant Stephen Silas, Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce, Blazers assistant Nate Tibbetts and Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga are still in the running, but some of these guys have been linked to other teams as well. Lloyd Pierce is expected to interview for the job a second time and could be on the verge of an offer according to ESPN, so he's likely the favorite for now.
Source: AJC
May 7 - 12:21 PM

Dwight Powell said he needs to work on his shot, his body and his defense so he can spend time at power forward and center in 2018-19.

"I think going forward it’s my responsibility to be prepared to play both positions at a high level and bring something positive to the team that regardless of if I’m at (PF) or (C) for different lineups, different matchups, different situations, different periods of the game," Powell said. "Whatever our team needs I want to be able to kind of fill that spot." Powell made some noise over the final 16 games with 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists on 58.8% shooting, but player development was the focus down the stretch. With Dirk Nowitzki coming back, Powell's outlook hinges on what the Mavs do during the draft and free agency.
Source: Mavs.com
May 7 - 10:55 AM

Stephen Silas will interview for the Atlanta Hawks head coaching job on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski‏ of ESPN.

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk is in the market for a new head coach after parting ways with Mike Budenholzer last week. Silas and Schlenk previously worked together as members of the Golden State Warriors staff.
May 1 - 12:46 PM

Wesley Matthews has exercised his $18.6M player option for 2018-19.

Matthews will be 32 in October and is coming off a stress fracture in his right fibula, so he was never expected to leave that kind of money on the table. He missed the final 16 games of the season, but he said back on April 19th that he'd be cleared for basketball-related activity within a week. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting and will be nothing more than a late-round pick next season.
Apr 30 - 11:18 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) is progressing on schedule and has begun walking without a protective boot.

He's still expected to wear the boot for a few more weeks when he leaves his house, but it's encouraging that he's on pace in his recovery. "The foot is not great," Dirk said. "That's obvious after 20 years in the league. I got arthritis in every joint I have in the body ... But they corrected that one area that was bothering me all season and hopefully it'll be a lot better next season." The future Hall-of-Famer has never wavered in his commitment to play in 2018-19.
Apr 23 - 2:01 AM

Wesley Matthews (leg) said he expects to be cleared for basketball-related activity this week.

He has an MRI scheduled on Thursday to determine if the stress fracture in his right fibula is healed, so we may get another update this evening. "By the end of the week, I should be good to go," Matthews said. The injury sidelined him for the final 16 games of the season and he finished with averages 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting. He hasn't decided if he will pick up his $18.6M player option for 2018-19, but it will be hard for him to leave that kind of money on the table.
Source: Sportsday
Apr 19 - 11:34 AM

Wesley Matthews (leg) said he hasn't decided if he will pick up his player option for 2018-19.

Matthews has a player option for $18.6M, so it's hard to imagine him walking away from that. Matthews will be heading into his age-32 season and is coming off a fracture to his right proximal fibula, but he should 100 percent for training camp. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 40.6% shooting, finishing with top-100 value on a per-game basis.
Apr 12 - 10:24 AM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was frank in his assessment of the season.

"You can't put lipstick on a pig," Carlisle said Wednesday. "A 24-win season is a 24-win season." President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the fans deserved better than this, but they can turn things around quickly with a big offseason. Carlisle's job should be safe, Dirk Nowitzki will be back and the Mavericks will likely have a top-5 pick, but Dennis Smith Jr.'s growth this summer will arguably be the most important thing for this team. As for free agency, Nelson said he's planning to be "extremely active."
Source: Sportsday
Apr 12 - 10:17 AM

Johnathan Motley scored 21 points (9-of-19 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) in Tuesday's 124-97 loss to the Suns, adding six rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

Dirk Nowitzki will be back for one more season, but Nerlens Noel will likely bolt in free agency. Motley made the most of his audition in the final four games of the campaign, averaging 16.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists. With a strong offseason, the 22-year-old big man could potentially be in the rotation in 2018-19. Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and a triple, while Kyle Collinsworth posted 10 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and one steal.
Apr 10 - 10:45 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said that Yogi Ferrell will play sparingly Tuesday vs. the Suns.

Ferrell will finish the season tied for the league lead in games played, as he did not miss a single contest all season. Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game, which means Aaron Harrison, who did not play at all in Sunday's loss to the Sixers, will likely see significant minutes off the bench at point guard.
Apr 10 - 7:13 PM

Doug McDermott (elbow) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Suns.

He also had a knee issue last week, but he was able to play through it. This is the season finale and the Mavs would love to lose this game to improve their lottery position, so it's not a surprise that they are sitting most of their relevant players.
Apr 10 - 7:07 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

Smith Jr. was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's loss to the Sixers, but played and played very well, finishing with 20 points, 11 assists, three steals and two blocks in 40 minutes. However, in one final act of tanking, the Mavs will hold DSJ out of the season finale. Dallas will be shorthanded on Tuesday, and coach Rick Carlisle said that Yogi Ferrell will play sparingly. Aaron Harrison, who was a DNP-CD on Sunday, will see a significant uptick in minutes off the bench.
Apr 10 - 7:05 PM


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