Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "going to be a factor" for the Mavs this year.

He led the Mavs with 15 points during their scrimmage on Wednesday. Both coach Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban have really talked up Curry more than almost any new signing ever, so he's certainly going to get a chance. He will come off the bench and play both guard spots, so he can definitely get minutes in the upper 20s. Based on his finish late last year, he's a really nice pick in the last couple rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 3:28 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle expects Deron Williams (sports hernia) to practice "the majority of the time."

The Mavs are going to evaluate him as camp goes along. Williams had surgery this offseason and had previously said he expects to be a full go for camp, so that looks like it won't happen. The Mavs added Seth Curry to their second unit, which means they might be able to dial back Williams' playing time. At this point, it makes more sense to pick up Curry over Deron in the late rounds of standard drafts.
Sep 26 - 8:37 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said the Mavs would have a better defense when he's not on the court.

Give yourself some credit, Dirk. The Mavs' defensive rating was only 0.3 worse with Dirk on the floor last season compared to when he was off the court -- they were 7.1 better on offense with him. Nowitzki has been a little like Tim Duncan as a guy who just keeps putting up numbers, so he's a fine pick in the middle of drafts. He should slide, too.
Sep 26 - 6:02 PM

Harrison Barnes said he anticipates playing a lot of power forward this season.

He added he expects those minutes to come next to Dirk Nowitzki and Dwight Powell. Anyone who followed the Warriors knows about Barnes playing the stretch four in the vaunted Death Lineup, so this isn't uncharted waters. On the other hand, Barnes had just a 13.2 usage rate in that five-man lineup, so that number should definitely rise as a stretch four in Dallas. The Mavs are saying all the right things to put Harry B in a good spot, but he still has to show he can produce consistently. Barnes is a decent pick in the later middle rounds of standard drafts.
Sep 26 - 4:01 PM

Wesley Matthews said he's dropped about eight pounds this summer.

"You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around," Matthews said. The story of his increased athleticism has been an underlying theme here. Matthews has always been a minutes monster and not even an Achilles rehab last summer could keep him below 33 minutes per game last year -- he played 35.4 after the break. Matthews also added he's excited to play more shooting guard. He's a really nice pick in the early late rounds.
Sep 26 - 3:34 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Andrew Bogut is expected to play more than 20 minutes per game.

Obviously, the Australian big man will have to stay healthy to improve on his 20.7 per game last year. The 31-year-old big man said he's never been hurt from playing too many minutes. Of course, the more a guy plays, the more chances he has to get hurt. Bogut does sound like he's in a better spot for fantasy production, but there is a lot of risk here.
Sep 26 - 3:16 PM

The Mavericks have signed C.J. Williams to a training camp deal.

The former N.C. State guard went undrafted in 2012 and played in France last season. Williams will be the 20th and final player on the Mavs' training camp roster, but he's not expected to make the team.
Sep 19 - 11:51 AM

In an interview with The Ben and Skin Show on 105.3-FM, Justin Anderson said he focused on becoming a more "well-rounded" player this offseason.

"I came back, they were really impressed with the work that I put in this summer," Anderson said. "I got much slimmer. I feel good, my body feels good. So hopefully heading into training camp I can show what I got and we can get the ball rolling." Anderson earned more playing time down the stretch last season and saw 26.3 minutes per game in April, but despite his upside, his fantasy value could be limited by the presence of both Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes. To be clear, he's still on the standard-league radar and is an interesting flier in the later rounds.
Source: Sportsday
Sep 19 - 9:54 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said he will take his retirement decision "year-by-year."

"Signing a two-year deal doesn’t mean I necessarily have to play those two years," Nowitzki said. "I think we’ll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we’ll make that decision again next year," Nowitzki said. "But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes." He turned 38 in June, but signed a two-year deal worth $50 million over the summer. It would be very surprising if Nowitzki matched the 31.5 minutes per game he played last season, but he's still worth a mid-round pick.
Source: ESPN
Sep 16 - 9:16 AM

Dirk Nowitzki said that Harrison Barnes has the work ethic to develop into a great "all-around player."

"I already heard all summer long whenever he was here, he's in the gym all the time," said Nowitzki. "A lot of guys come here, sign here or get traded here and they're telling me they're gym rats, but I haven't really seen many in my 18 years, but he's the one guy that walks the walk. He's there in the morning, we're working out with the guys, he goes back at night and he wants to get better." Barnes may be able to put up mid-round value as one of the main guys in Dallas, but we wouldn't recommend rolling the dice on Team USA's equipment manager until the later rounds.
Source: ESPN
Sep 15 - 3:06 PM

Dirk Nowitzki heard that Wesley Matthews was "a beast" in the gym all summer, and that he's currently in "unbelievable shape."

Matthews was rehabbing from the Achilles tear last offseason, and while he did make it through 78 games, he struggled with efficiency, connecting on a career-low 38.8 percent of his shot attempts. That being said, Matthews is just 29 years old, so he should be able to regain his form after dedicating himself to the gym this offseason. Target him towards the end of the middle rounds.
Sep 15 - 2:54 PM

Rick Carlisle said that he's "excited" to see what Harrison Barnes can do in Dallas.

"We’re excited to have him," Carlisle said. "He’s a 24-year old player with four years of NBA experience that we think has a chance to get a lot better, and that’s exciting." Carlisle added that he's looking for ways to establish Barnes as a "primary producer" for the Mavericks, although he acknowledged that getting to that point will "be a process." Barnes is going to see a ton of opportunity with the Mavericks, so he's on the radar as a potential late-round selection.
Sep 14 - 10:59 AM

Samuel Dalembert is facing battery charges after authorities say he hit his girlfriend and her cousin.

According to the report, "a Boca Raton police report says police responded to Dalembert's home Sunday evening after a 911 hang-up. The woman and her cousin initially told officers nothing was wrong but eventually said the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children."
Source: AP
Sep 12 - 6:46 PM

Devin Harris (toe) said he expects to be limited during the first week of training camp.

He's still recovering from offseason toe surgery and doesn't want to rush his return. He started running in late August and should be ready for the season opener, but the Mavs can ease him back into action because they have plenty of depth in their backcourt. Seth Curry is a threat to Harris' workload this season, so he's not worth targeting in most fantasy leagues.
Source: ESPN
Sep 11 - 9:48 AM

Deron Williams (sports hernia) has been cleared for the start of Mavs training camp.

D-Will had anticipated being a "full go" for training camp, but now we have official word. The veteran point guard took three months of from basketball, but he's now back to full strength. Given his durability concerns and the lack of upside, you should be aiming higher when putting your fantasy team(s) together. The Mavs have plenty of options at the point with J.J. Barea, Devin Harris and Seth Curry all on the roster.
Sep 10 - 4:20 PM


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