Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Andrew Bogut doesn't believe he will be moved prior to the NBA trade deadline.

Bogut played 18 minutes on Wednesday, his first appearance in February. When asked afterward about a potential trade, Bogut replied: "That's not a question for me to answer. But I don't think anything's going to happen." Bogut has been unable to stay healthy this season and has very limited fantasy value, whether he stays in Dallas or is traded elsewhere.
Feb 17 - 11:45 AM

Wesley Matthews was held to eight points on 4-of-13 shooting vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

The Pistons are a top-10 team in terms of fantasy points allowed to shooting guards, so that explains the tough night for Matthews. He logged 37 minutes and missed all seven of his 3-point attempts, adding two rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Mavs are still competitive in the West as we approach the trade deadline, so Matthews' outlook is pretty solid. He was on fire in his previous February games with averages of 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.3 triples, so cut him some slack for this dud.
Feb 15 - 10:45 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points on 9-of-19 shooting in Wednesday's 98-91 loss to the Pistons.

He's 38 years old but he's clearly still got it. Nowitzki grabbed 10 rebounds to give him his third double-double of the season, adding three assists, one block, one steal and four triples in 30 minutes. Mark Cuban has insisted that Dallas won't tank, so Nowitzki's owners will be hoping that they don't blow up their roster at the deadline and to continue fighting for the No. 8 seed out West. With that said, he's averaging 20.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 triples over his last five games, so he's an obvious sell-high candidate.
Feb 15 - 10:35 PM

Deron Williams scored 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

This was his first time eclipsing the 30-minute mark since Jan. 20, so it's a safe bet that he's over both his toe issue and illness. He really struggled tonight against a Detroit team that has been torched by opposing point guards all season, but he did salvage his poor shooting line by adding six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two triples. D-Will should be owned, but his owners will be hoping that he doesn't join a contender at the trade deadline.
Feb 15 - 10:24 PM

Andrew Bogut (hamstring) returned to action on Wednesday vs. the Pistons, scoring four points on 2-of-4 shooting with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 18 minutes.

He hasn't played since Jan. 30 and wasn't even expected to give it a go tonight, but the Mavs probably wanted to prove that he was healthy with the trade deadline looming -- Bogut's name has been in the rumor mill all season and his expiring contract makes him an obvious trade chip. Bogut is a nice per-minute guy, but the problem is that he can't really handle significant workloads at this point in his career. He would likely join a contender if he was moved, so there's not much stash appeal here.
Feb 15 - 10:20 PM

Updating a previous report, Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

Bogut was originally ruled out for Wednesday's game, but after going through shootaround the Mavs decided to let him take the court for Dallas' final game prior to the break. He's been on the sidelines since Jan. 30, so he may not be working with a full complement of minutes tonight. Leave him on the wire.
Feb 15 - 11:28 AM

J.J. Barea (left calf strain) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

He was never expected to return before the All-Star break so this won't surprise anyone. He will get plenty of rest during the All-Star break and there's a chance he could be ready to play on Feb. 24 against the Wolves.
Feb 14 - 9:20 PM

Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

He previously said he was going to play, while coach Rick Carlisle initially gave him a 25 percent chance of suiting up. His next chance to play will be on Feb. 24 against the Wolves, assuming the Mavs don't deal him before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.
Feb 14 - 9:11 PM

Dirk Nowitzki logged 29 minutes on Monday, making 7-of-17 shots to finish with 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

Dirk played only 18 minutes in an easy win vs. the Magic on Saturday, but his minutes were back up tonight -- excluding Saturday's blowout, he's averaging 32.0 minutes in the Mavs' past three games. The loss dropped Dallas 3.0 games behind the No. 8 seed Nuggets (who beat Golden State tonight), but as long as they're within reach Nowitzki should be safe from a shut down scenario.
Feb 13 - 11:08 PM

Yogi Ferrell didn't miss a beat in 32 bench minutes on Monday, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five assists, two rebounds and two 3-pointers vs. the Celtics.

Ferrell became the first Mavs' reserve to score 20+ points since Jonathan Gibson did it on Nov. 19, and he benefited from Deron Williams' early ejection tonight. The Mavs are stuck in the No. 11 seed out West and could potentially shut down some veterans if they fall out of contention, which is just one more reason to like Ferrell as a hold for fantasy playoff upside.
Feb 13 - 11:08 PM

Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) said that he expects to return vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

"I’d like to do something before the All-Star break," Bogut said. The veteran's desire to take the court might not correspond to the training staff's wishes, however, especially since we're so close to the lengthy All-Star break. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle gave him a 25 percent chance of playing Wednesday, for what it's worth. Even if he does return, he'd assuredly play just a handful of minutes to scrape off some rust. Check for updates after Tuesday's practice.
Feb 13 - 11:07 PM

Seth Curry was quiet offensively on Monday, scoring eight points on 3-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and five assists in a loss to the visiting Celtics.

Curry also had two 3-pointers and two steals in 33 minutes, however, and his supporting stats helped salvage the line for fantasy purposes. He's been a top-100 value on the season, and a few rounds higher in the past month, so his owners should exercise patience here. His rest-of-season outlook is particularly bright due to the injury concerns permeating the Mavs' veteran backcourt.
Feb 13 - 11:06 PM

Deron Williams (illness) was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Celtics after picking up two technical fouls.

He played 13 minutes and was ejected right before halftime, but there was a chance he wasn't going to play in the second half anyways because of his illness and toe injury. Yogi Ferrell will pick up the slack the rest of the night. D-Will finished with two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.
Feb 13 - 9:42 PM

Deron Williams (illness) is starting vs. the Celtics on Monday.

He's still under the weather and there's a strong possibility that the Mavs will monitor his minutes once again tonight -- he played just 16 minutes vs. the Magic on Saturday and didn't see the floor in the second half. We'll let you know how he fares after the game.
Feb 13 - 8:15 PM

Deron Williams (illness) will be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with Boston.

Williams wasn't able to go through shootaround, but Rick Carlisle is hopeful that Williams will be able to play on Monday. We likely won't get our next update until just prior to tip-off, but if Williams can't give it a go, Yogi Ferrell would more than likely slide back into the starting five and he'd be someone to consider throwing out there as a DFS punt play. Stay tuned.
Feb 13 - 7:08 PM


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