Player News - Mavericks

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The Mavs and Dwight Buycks have reportedly agreed to a summer league deal.

Buycks will try to prove his worth during summer league in order to get a training camp deal, but there are no guarantees he'll wind up on Dallas regular-season roster.
Jun 25 - 3:05 PM

The Mavericks have officially declined Dirk Nowitzki's team option for next season and will begin negotiating a new deal.

There's no reason for Dallas fans to panic, as this was a mutual decision to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this summer. Nowitzki was originally going to be on the books for $25 million in 2017-18, but now one of the options being discussed is a new two-year contract. The Mavericks made it clear that their priority this summer was to re-sign Nerlens Noel and develop their young talent, but their ability to make a splash in free agency hinges on how much of a discount Nowitzki is willing to take.
Jun 25 - 1:35 PM

The Mavericks have agreed to sign Johnathan Motley to a two-way contract.

An undrafted center out of Baylor, Motley had a strong junior season with averages of 17.3 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks. He was projected to be a late-first-round or second-round draft pick, but he was medically red-flagged by several teams with a concerning knee issue -- he tore his MCL against South Carolina. The Mavericks are rebuilding, so Motley will be brought along slowly in the G-League and is an intriguing project for the future.
Source: SportsDay
Jun 25 - 9:51 AM

Seth Curry said he still wants to play both guard positions now that Dallas has Dennis Smith Jr.

He said DSJ can also score off the ball and added he'll do whatever coach Rick Carlisle wants him to do. Late in last season, the Mavs opted to give Curry a longer look at point guard and he did have some success in that role before his shoulder injury Although, his best stretch last year was as a shooting guard in February, averaging 16.7 points, 2.9 boards, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.4 treys on a tidy 66.1 true shooting percentage in those 11 games. Curry could be a sixth man for the Mavs, but he could still have value with minutes in the mid-20s.
Source: Dallas News
Jun 24 - 8:54 PM

The Mavericks are not expected to pick up DeAndre Liggins' option for next season.

The Mavericks claimed Liggins off waivers during the final week of the season and were expected to take a "long look" at him this summer, but they are now prepared to move in another direction. The 29-year-old defensive specialist has career averages of 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 steals.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

ESPN's Marc Stein said that the Mavericks are focused on "cementing and developing its young core."

Stein adds that this includes Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, Dennis Smith Jr. and Seth Curry. The Mavericks were originally expected to be major players in free agency and were heavily linked to Jrue Holiday, but now their offseason priority is to re-sign Noel as a restricted free agent and develop their young talent. As for Barnes, expect him to reprise his role as a go-to option on offense for the Mavericks in 2017-18, making him a safe pick in the middle rounds.
Jun 24 - 1:37 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, re-signing Nerlens Noel is Dallas' offseason priority.

This has been reported several teams this offseason and it helps Noel's case to stay in Dallas with the Mavericks selecting PG Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9. The Mavericks monitored Noel's minutes during his short time in Dallas and he was a mild disappointment, but assuming his knee is 100 percent, his role should grow in 2017-18. Dallas could offer him a five-year max deal worth roughly $146 million, or they could match an opposing max offer sheet of four years at $108 million.
Jun 24 - 12:39 PM

The Mavericks informed Yogi Ferrell that they will pick up his option for next season.

It was an easy decision for Dallas, as Ferrell will be on the books for just $1.3 million. The Mavericks selected Dennis Smith Jr. at No. 9 in the draft, so Ferrell will surely come off the bench next season and is off the standard league radar for now. With J.J. Barea and Seth Curry under contract, Ferrell will struggle to find minutes right out of the gate.
Source: ESPN
Jun 24 - 12:24 PM

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said "this is the beginning of the Dennis Smith era."

All aboard the hype train. The Mavs showed teams like the Bulls how to rebuild as they drafted one of the highest-upside players in the draft, and it looks like they'll be turning him loose right away. While Smith Jr. did tear his ACL in his final year of high school, he shined at NC State last year with averages of 18.1 points, 4.6 boards, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.7 treys on a 56.3 true shooting percentage. The Mavs have already said that they're not expecting to pursue another point guard, so DSJ looks to be in prime position to make a big impact during his rookie season.
Jun 23 - 4:03 PM

Seth Curry said that his shoulder is no longer an issue.

Curry missed eight of the final 10 games of the 2016-17 season and there was even some talk about a possible surgery, but it doesn't sound like that option is still on the table. Curry's value takes a hit with the Mavericks selecting Dennis Smith Jr. with the 9th pick, but he should still have a significant role as the team's sixth man. In 70 games, Curry posted averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.0 triples, returning top-80 value in standard leagues.
Jun 23 - 1:35 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said no decision has been made regarding his $25 million team option for next season.

"I'm sure there will be some communication before July 1 on how we can help this team," Nowitzki said. While he will be back with the Mavericks no matter what, there's a good chance that the Mavs will decline the option and offer him a new deal to give the franchise more flexibility in free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 12:25 PM

With the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Dallas Mavericks have selected G Dennis Smith, Jr.

If not for being 6’3", DSJ would have likely gone earlier higher on draft day. Even at that smaller stature, Smith was able to clean up in the paint with his 64.9 percent at the rim while getting to the line 6.3 times per game. Smith Jr. also averaged 6.2 assists, but turnovers were also a problem at 3.3 per game. He'll have to improve his shooting, but the Mavericks—a team expected to gamble on Smith if he was available—have to be thrilled to get their man, and Rick Carlisle is already penciling him in as the team's starting point guard and the Mavericks are beyond excited to have landed him. Go ahead and put him on your sleeper list and look for him to be in the Rookie of the Year chatter this season.
Jun 22 - 8:34 PM

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, general manager Danny Ainge "would love to find a way" to get Dennis Smith Jr. in the draft.

The guesses on Boston are all over the place, and it's possible they move down yet again. In fact, this report adds just how little we know what Boston is doing. "If you asked 10 different clubs what Ainge wanted, you’d get 10 different answers," the report says. While Smith Jr. is a freak athletically, he does have some concerns as a shooter and his short size are reasons some may knock on him. He'll be going in the lottery, though.
Jun 21 - 6:04 PM

The Celtics have scheduled a pre-draft meeting with Dennis Smith Jr.

He's been going through plenty of workouts, including sessions with the Knicks, Lakers, Magic and Wolves. The Celtics almost certainly won't be taking Smith Jr. with their top pick, but it's interesting to see they're going to work him out. Smith Jr. is expected to go in the later part of the lottery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 3:32 PM

Ian Begley of ESPN is reporting that "some members" of the 76ers are big fans of Dennis Smith Jr.

The 76ers have the third overall pick in the draft and Smith is projected to be a top-10 pick, so Philly may be willing to trade down if the N.C. State product is their guy. Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said on Wednesday that he's hearing Smith could fall in the draft, but there have been plenty of reports that refute that as well. The hype around Smith Jr. ramped up a bit after he recorded an incredible 48-inch vertical during a Lakers workout, and he's scheduled to host a private workout in front of several teams on Thursday.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 11:50 AM


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