Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said that he's "familiar with the [Mavs'] offensive system," and he intends to be more than a 'three and D' player in Dallas.

"There’s not a thing that I [can't] do on the court, and I’m excited for the opportunity," Matthews said. "You know, talking to coach Carlisle, I’m obviously familiar with the system, having ran it in Portland ... there's opportunities that he sees how I can help this team." We expect Matthews to pick things up quickly, but the Mavs will be extra cautious with him and his ongoing recovery from Achilles surgery makes him a risky pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 4 - 8:19 PM

Devin Harris said that he expects to play off the ball more next season.

Deron Williams and Chandler Parsons will spend a lot of time facilitating the offense in Dallas next season, and J.J. Barea is going to need the ball in his hands a lot as well with the second unit. Harris played 22.2 minutes per game last season and posted averages of 8.8 points, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.3 3-pointers, so his value will be limited to deeper leagues.
Aug 4 - 3:18 PM

The Mavericks will look to more than one player to fill in Monta Ellis' departed production.

While Wesley Matthews will be asked to replace most of Ellis' production, the Mavs will look to more than one player to replace Ellis now that he's playing for the Pacers. "It’s a big void," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, we’re talking about our leading scorer the last two years and a guy that really, to be totally truthful about it, got us back into the playoffs the last couple of years." John Jenkins and Justin Anderson will likely factor into the equation, but Matthews is still the player fantasy owners will want to target towards the later-middle rounds of drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 4 - 1:43 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs will be "erring on the side of caution" with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) this season.

"I think the most important thing is that he makes a full recovery, because we’re signing him to a four-year deal," Carlisle said. "The first year is more about making sure that he’s right and getting him out there on the right terms, and from there we want him to make a full recovery and continue to get better." Overcoming an Achilles tear is one of the toughest things to do as an NBA player and it almost always results in decreased production. Matthews' nickname is Iron Man, but his prospective owners should expect a decrease in output. Justin Anderson becomes more appealing here.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 3 - 9:24 PM

Mavs sign F Justin Anderson.

Perhaps no other non-lottery pick had a more eye-catching run at Las Vegas. Anderson put on a show with averages of 17.5 points, 4.2 boards, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 treys. If Wes Matthews (Achilles) or Chandler Parsons (knee) aren't ready to start the season, Anderson would already be on the radar in standard leagues. Even if those guys are ready, he should still be in the rotation.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 1 - 7:38 PM

Lionel Hollins said that he wishes Deron Williams nothing but the best in Dallas, but he refused to say why the Nets would be better off without him.

"You’d have to ask [general manager] Billy King about that," Hollins said. "The only thing I can say is this: Deron had not played as well as he would’ve liked to, and as well as we would’ve liked him to -- the expectations that were on him, the burden of being in New York as a franchise player and all that. I wish him the best in Dallas, and I’m sure that he’s going to bounce back and going to be very good for them, and I have nothing but best wishes for that to happen for him." Williams will get a fresh start in Dallas as their starting PG, but he is only worth a look after the middle rounds.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 11:53 AM

The Mavericks announced the signing of Jeremy Evans on Friday.

Evans averaged just 3.7 points and 2.7 boards in five seasons with the Jazz, so there isn't a lot to be excited about in terms of fantasy. Evans will be battling with Charlie Villanueva and Dwight Powell for minutes behind Dirk Nowitzki.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 1 - 11:21 AM

Bernard James will sign with the Shanghai Sharks.

Sarge was with the Mavericks last year and had hoped to return next year. James is probably not going to be back in the NBA in the near future.
Jul 31 - 7:50 PM

As part of Mark Cuban's pitch to Wesley Matthews during free agency, Cuban told Matthews that he wanted him to be a cornerstone piece for the franchise.

"One of the first things he said to me was he wanted me to be a cornerstone piece of that franchise moving forward," Matthews said. "I told Cuban this the other day: This is the first time, head-to-toe, that an organization has had faith and confidence in me. From coaches, to GM to owner — complete confidence. That's all I wanted. That's all I wanted." It's clear that the Mavericks view Matthews highly, and it definitely was interesting to learn that the Blazers never even attempted to re-sign him. Matthews is hoping to be ready for training camp, but his Achilles injury will make him a risky selection on draft day.
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM

Mark Cuban said that the decision to trade for Rajon Rondo last season basically came down to a coin flip.

"Everybody went back and forth 100 times," Cuban said regarding Dallas' decision to bring in Rondo. "There was no 100 percent, yeah, let’s all go do it. Everybody changed their mind 50 times. At the end, it really came down to a coin flip more than anything else. And the coin flip was as much about, is there going to be anything else that we could do? Because we knew we had to do something. But that’s the way it all worked out, and what’s done is done. No hard feelings. He has his approach to basketball." The Mavericks obviously didn't even consider re-signing Rondo this summer, and they will now move forward with Deron Williams running the point.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 5:24 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to sign Tunisian center Salah Mejri to a partially guaranteed three-year deal.

Mejri played with Real Madrid last season and averaged 4.3 points and 2.1 boards in 9.2 minutes per game, but the 7'1", 245 pound center does have good size and excels at the pick-and-roll, so it's a decent signing for Dallas. Zaza Pachulia is penciled in as the starting center, but Mejri could emerge as the primary backup because Satnam Singh and Jarrid Famous likely aren't ready to contribute.
Source: Mavs.com
Jul 30 - 4:58 PM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said the Blazers never made an offer to re-sign him.

"I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." The Blazers didn't call him, text him, or express any interest in bringing him back. Apparently, when word came out of Matthews wanting $15 million per season, they lost interest. Matthews picked up an extra $13 million to his contract with the DeAndre Jordan decision, so he got his money. Iron Man is targeting training camp.
Source: Oregon Live
Jul 29 - 3:19 PM

The Knicks reportedly tried to change Maurice Ndour's mind about signing with the Mavericks.

Well, this isn't another DeAndre Jordan saga by any means, but it just goes to show that verbal agreements clearly don't mean as much anymore. Ndour would not break his verbal agreement with the Mavericks, but he would welcome a return to New York if things don't work out with in Dallas during training camp.
Jul 29 - 10:29 AM

John Jenkins said he got some advice when he spoke to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last week.

Jenkins said he spoke to Cuban after signing with Dallas last week and got some advice from the Mavs owners. "He told me just to make buckets," said Jenkins. "That’s what I do best, and that’s what I’m going to do." Jenkins has the potential to earn a spot in the Mavs rotation, but he doesn't have much more fantasy potential outside of deeper leagues.
Jul 28 - 1:54 PM

The Kings have offered Peja Stojakovic a front office job, sources told ESPN.

Vlade Divac is bringing back all of the Kings' horses and all of the Kings' men. Get it? In all sincerity, the job would be to have Stojakovic move into a player personnel role where he'd be assisting Divac. It's always interesting in Sacramento.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 9:13 AM


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