Player News - Mavericks

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Updating a previous item, Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Mavericks.

Nowitzki did reiterate his plan to remain in Dallas, so this isn't about to be a free agent bidding war. What this does mean, however, is that the Mavs will now face some very real pressure to construct a winner around their most important player, and it's very possible that Dirk won't be as kind with a discount this time around after playing for far less than market value in each of the last two seasons. The third-year option Nowitzki is set to decline is worth approximately $8.7 million.
May 2 - 1:30 PM

Dirk Nowitzki plans to opt out of the final season of his contract, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Nowitzki has repeatedly said that he intends to honor the three-year contract he signed, so take this report with a large grain of salt. This story states Nowitzki's new deal would likely be a two-year contract with a player option in year two, but we're going to have to hear Nowitzki saying he's opting out from his own mouth before we're inclined to believe it.
May 2 - 11:52 AM

Chandler Parsons is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

Parsons has a $16M option, but it looks like it's just a matter of time until he officially declines it. CP's tenure (to date) has not gone according to plan in Dallas, and it's nowhere near certain that he'll return to the Mavs. Despite knee issues hampering his two-year run with the Mavs, Parsons figures to be a desired commodity on the open market and could command more money than Mark Cuban's team feels comfortable paying. In what has become an annual tradition, Dallas could be looking at some serious roster shuffling around Dirk Nowitzki this summer. We think Dirk deserves better for everything he's done and every sacrifice he's made for this franchise, but that's another story entirely. For what it's worth, President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson has been non-committal about a potential Parsons return.
May 2 - 10:14 AM

Bernard James has left Galatasaray to tend to his ailing father, according to international basketball scribe David Pick.

We wish James and his family the best in a trying situation. As for his NBA career, James is likely destined for international competition at this stage of the game.
May 2 - 9:00 AM

Deron Williams (hernia) intends to opt out of his contract with Dallas for the 2016-17 season.

He will look for a multi-year contract in free agency, but there is said to be mutual interest between Williams and Dallas for a return. "I would love to be back," Williams said during his exit interviews. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season and played well for the most part, but he struggled with injuries once again and a sports hernia ended his 2015-16 campaign. He will need surgery to correct the issue, but he's expected to be healthy by training camp.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 1:20 PM

Raymond Felton said that he's hopeful to return with the Mavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I'm pretty sure I put myself in a good situation," Felton said when asked if he felt he increased his earning potential after putting in averages of 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists through the first-round of the playoffs. "Hopefully, that situation is back here again next year and we can make that happen. I love Dallas." Felton's fantasy value will hinge upon what Dallas does with their point guard situation next season, but it's tough to see him establishing himself as a standard league asset.
Apr 26 - 3:05 PM

Chandler Parsons spoke like a man planning on returning to the Mavs next season when discussing his upcoming free agency.

"Dallas is home to me. I loved it here," said Parsons. "I came here to be a great player and to win a lot of games, and I've yet to do that here. So I feel that I have a lot of unfinished business here that I'd love to continue and grow into the player that I saw myself being when I signed here." Parsons added that he plans to recruit Dwight Howard to Dallas once his own contract situation is worked out, and with these quotes, it would be surprising to see Parsons go somewhere else.
Apr 26 - 2:55 PM

Deron Williams said that his sports hernia has gotten worse, and he will undergo surgery to correct the issue in about one month.

Williams is going to give his adductor a month of rest before going under the knife to correct the hernia, but his timetable is expected to be set at 6-weeks once he undergoes his procedure. Williams said that he hopes to return with the Mavs next season, but he hasn't officially decided whether or not to pick up his player option worth $5.6 million. After injuries again limited Williams to just 65 games played during the 2015-16 season, it's unlikely he could secure a better deal on the open market.
Apr 26 - 2:29 PM

J.J. Barea is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee later this week in order to clean up his meniscus.

Arthroscopic surgery is usually only a 4-6 week recovery period, and Barea said he's still hopeful to play for Puerto Rico at the Olympics this summer. He has plenty of time to rest up for the 2016-17 season, but it's unlikely he plays enough at the start of the year to warrant a draft selection in standard formats.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 2:13 PM

Dirk Nowitkzi isn't thinking about retiring and is planning to finish his career with the Mavericks.

While Dirk said he's not looking to be part of a rebuild, he made it clear he'd like to retire in Dallas. "I signed on for three years a couple years ago," Dirk said. "My intention was always to finish this contract. I always said I wanted to retire [with] the Mavs, especially after we won the championship a few years ago." Nowitzki isn't the player he once was, but he's still able to contribute to fantasy rosters and will be a solid mid-round pick in his 19th season.
Apr 26 - 9:22 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points during a season-ending 118-104 loss to the Thunder on Monday, adding three rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

There is a decent chance Nowitzki played in his final playoff game. Nowitzki moved past Scottie Pippen to No. 14 on the NBA's postseason scoring list during this game. His knee injury was an issue late in this series after only missing seven regular-season games. Coach Rick Carlisle ran Dirk into the ground during this season with 38 minutes in Game 2 and 40 in Game 4. Hopefully, he'll be suiting up for his 19th season next year.
Apr 25 - 11:27 PM

Zaza Pachulia scored 12 points with seven rebounds, nine assists and one block in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

Salah Mejri (hip) was out for this game to allow Pachulia to log 32 minutes. Due to his Achilles injury, the Mavs lost some trust in Pachulia after a surprisingly strong start to his season. Pachulia will be an unrestricted free agent and almost certainly won't wind up being a starter next season. He won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Apr 25 - 11:16 PM

Wesley Matthews made 3-of-13 from the field for 11 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

He looked gassed in this game and didn't have much lift. Matthews' Achilles held up for the most part and only missed four games all season. Now that he's going to have a full offseason to prepare without having to rehab, he might have a better year next season.
Apr 25 - 11:11 PM

Justin Anderson made his first postseason start against the Thunder on Monday, scoring 14 points with four rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He was awesome and will certainly leave the Mavs front office with something to think about heading into next season. Anderson was one of the most impressive players at 2015 Summer League and he'll likely have a chance to shine as the top offensive option in July. If Chandler Parsons (knee) winds up on another team, Anderson might be a fantasy sleeper next year.
Apr 25 - 11:09 PM

J.J. Barea scored eight points against the Thunder on Monday with two rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes.

He just wasn't healthy in this series with the slight tear in his groin hindering him. The Mavs signed Barea to a four-year deal last summer, so he'll be a part of their plans going forward. He is still not expected to play much to open the year, assuming the Mavs don't make any major changes at guard.
Apr 25 - 11:03 PM


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