Player News - Mavericks

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Tyson Chandler is upset about insinuations that he was a problem in the Knicks' locker room last season.

"I did nothing but try to help the culture there the three years I was there," Chandler said Friday. "You can say I didn't live up to whatever or you didn't like the way I played or anything. But to ever question who I am and the type of leader I am in the locker room, I don't even know where that came from." Owner Mark Cuban, GM Donnie Nelson, and coach Rick Carlisle all cited Chandler's outstanding leadership as a reason as to why they brought him back to Dallas, and Chandler will look to put last year's disappointing season behind him. Chandler will make for a solid selection in the later rounds of drafts as a rebounding specialist, and field goal percentage booster.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 6:14 PM

According to rocketsclutchfans.net, Chandler Parsons was let out of his $964K team option with the Rockets because of a previous agreement between agent Dan Fegan and the Houston front office.

Fegan represents both Parsons and Howard. According to the report Fegan wanted to steer Howard towards Dallas, but because Howard preferred to play in Houston, Fegan used the opportunity to make a few demands before promising Howard would indeed become a Rocket. "As I’ve been told, Howard’s agent Dan Fegan did not want Dwight in Houston, preferring instead to steer him to another team... To seal the deal for the premier free agent, Fegan provided the Rockets a list of needs/demands to bring him here and one of them was to let Chandler Parsons, who also was represented by Fegan, out of his contract this summer rather than wait until 2015." Whether these "demands" were the reason Parsons was let out of his contract are, the fact remains Houston has moved on, and Parsons cashed in on a huge pay day this summer.
Sep 18 - 2:56 PM

The Kings will retire Peja Stojakovic's No. 16 jersey during a ceremony in December.

Stojakovic is a former EuroBasket MVP who made three All-Star teams during his 13-year NBA career. He still holds the Kings' franchise records for 3-pointers made (1,070) and FT percentage (89.3). He also made 11 postseason appearances, seven of which came with the exciting Kings team which battled the Lakers throughout the early 2000s. Peja is fondly remembered as one of the NBA's premier marksmen, and he's still No. 9 on the all-time list for 3-pointers made (1,760).
Source: NBA.com
Sep 17 - 10:28 AM

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has given Dirk Nowitzki the green light to play for Team Germany in the 2015 European Championships.

Cuban took a firm (and very public) stance about NBA stars playing internationally following Paul George's knee injury with Team USA, but it the German Newspaper SportBild is reporting that he's made an exception for his 36-year-old superstar. While Nowitzki returned first-round fantasy value in 2013-14, the Mavericks' addition of Chandler Parsons should take some numbers away from Nowitzki and make him more of a target in the second round of 2014-15 fantasy drafts.
Sep 16 - 10:13 AM

The Mavs are hopeful that Al-Farouq Aminu can help fill the void left by Shawn Marion as a defensive specialist and rebounder.

"He’s been the last two years the best rebounding small forward in the NBA. It’s not even close," said Mark Cuban of Aminu. Aminu is indeed a stellar rebounder, and perhaps coach Rick Carlisle will find a way to improve his offensive stats (during his best offensive season he averaged just 7.3 points per game). But as a reserve off the bench for the Mavericks, he's more of a deep league play for owners seeking some rebounding and a bit of defensive stats.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 15 - 2:24 PM

Several Mavericks players and front office staff will travel to Germany next week for the premiere of a movie featuring Dirk Nowitzki.

It's titled Nowitzki: Der Perfekte Wurf, which translate to Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot. It's a documentary of his career and also features owner Mark Cuban, President Barack Obama, comedian Conan O’Brien, ex-NBA commissioner David Stern, and Los Angeles Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Hopefully for Dirk, it isn't the German version of Thunderstruck.
Sep 13 - 9:27 AM

Tyson Chandler stated during a recent interview that he feels he is returning to Dallas a better player.

"I think I’m better in understanding the game mentally. Physically, I’m in an incredible place. I haven’t felt this good in a long time," said Chandler. Chandler struggled with injuries last season, only suiting up for 55 games, and that will again be a concern this season. However, he is a guy that can really gobble up the boards (he averaged 9.6 rebounds per game in a down year last season), and that will be his role with the Mavericks. Chandler's a rebounding specialist that shoots a high percentage from the field and chips in a few blocks, and he'll be a serviceable selection in the later rounds.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 12 - 2:42 PM

Delonte West reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks in China.

It's Yao Ming's team, and he probably won't be tolerating any Wet Willies. West was with the Clippers at Las Vegas Summer League, but he didn't play well. His NBA career is likely over.
Sep 12 - 1:53 PM

Chandler Parsons said he isn't feeling any extra pressure after signing a big free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks during the offseason.

Asked if he was feeling any added pressure to live up to his 3-year, $46 million contract, Parsons said, "Not at all. I was underpaid my first three years and that didn’t affect how I played. People are going to talk about my contract now just because it’s a huge raise, but it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m a basketball player and I’m going to continue to get better and do what I do regardless of how much money I’m making." Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 1.8 three-pointers, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.2 steals with the Rockets last season, and should have no problem returning value as a early-to-middle round fantasy selection in 2014-15.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 11 - 12:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said in a recent interview that he's been working with his personal shooting coach Holger Geschwidner to speed up his shot release.

"My coach ... has just invented a new shooting technique for me," Nowitzki said. "You can never shoot fast enough." It's amazing to hear the 36-year-old former MVP working on ways to improve his game, and it's a testament to the work ethic that made him an NBA champion and 12-time All-Star. Dirk returned first-round fantasy value last season, appearing in 80 games, but he's a better target in the 20-30 range this year.
Source: RP-Online
Sep 10 - 10:30 AM

Charlie Villanueva has reportedly agreed to sign with the Mavericks.

The deal is non-guaranteed, and with the Mavericks already with 15 guaranteed contracts, Villanueva will have to impress at training camp in order to actually make the team. The Mavs are very deep at the power forward position, so if he does make the cut, it'll be difficult for him to get meaningful minutes. He's been largely irrelevant ever since signing a five-year, $35 million deal with Detroit back in 2009, and averaged just 4.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.7 three-pointers on 38.0 percent shooting last season. Charlie is not a fantasy option in any league.
Sep 8 - 4:17 PM

Charlie Villanueva is close to making a decision on signing with the Mavericks or Clippers.

It's expected to be a one-year deal for the former Piston. Villanueva made it clear he's not going to be back with Detroit next season, which isn't a surprise after he didn't really crack the rotation. He'll have a tough time getting in the rotation in L.A. or Dallas.
Sep 8 - 9:21 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle may look to Devin Harris to provide a scoring punch off the bench as the team's sixth man this upcoming season.

"They haven’t really defined it as who’s going to start," Harris explained. "I know [Carlisle] wants to use a three-guard rotation to play a little (more) uptempo than we did last year. I think he likes me coming off the bench, which I’m fine with, and maybe closing out some games. But I think he’s going to use all three of us in different types of roles." Harris' knack for getting injured, partnered with the plethora of guards in the Mavs backcourt really limits his fantasy value. He shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 5 - 2:56 PM

Mavs sign C Bernard James.

Sarge has looked great in summer league and he's a fan favorite, but he's still not likely to be much of a factor while the Mavs are healthy. James isn't worth drafting in any format.
Sep 3 - 5:26 PM

Mark Cuban referred to SF Al-Farouq Aminu as "a young stud defensively," and said the Mavs' system should allow Aminu to "produce offensively much better."

Aminu is a stellar rebounder and he also defended pick-and-rolls well last season, but he struggled vs. isolations and spot-up shooters. The bigger concern for fantasy owners is his limited offensive game, but coach Rick Carlisle should enable him to exceed his previous career high of 7.3 points per game. Deep-league owners in need of rebounds and a trickle of defensive stats should keep Aminu in mind on draft day.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 2 - 3:34 PM


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