Player News - Mavericks

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The Mavericks were encouraged by Dwight Powell's strong finish to the 2016-17 season.

Dallas envisioned Powell making major progress when they signed him to a four-year, $37 million contract last summer. Powell was solid for most of the season, posting career-highs across the board (6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes), but saved his best for last. Over Dallas' final four games, he averaged 13.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 28.3 minutes. Powell plans to focus on improving his long-range shooting this summer. "I thought Powell continues to really do well with his three-point shooting, which is a really encouraging sign," coach Rick Carlisle said following the season.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 25 - 11:07 AM

J.J. Barea said he was happy to finish the regular season healthy.

Barea played in just 35 games in 2016-17 due to a nagging calf injury. "Personally, it was tough. I’ve never went through what I went through this year," Barea said. "But I was able to finish healthy. I’m going to be able to have a good summer, and I’m going to really work more on my body than basketball." The Mavs have a crowded backcourt, but Barea should be able to carve out a consistent role in 2017-18 if he can stay healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Apr 22 - 11:38 AM

Seth Curry (shoulder) said he is still hoping to avoid surgery on his shoulder.

"The doctors and the trainers test it out, and I’ll go hard throughout the summer and over the next month to see how it feels when it’s getting banged on and stuff like that," Curry said. I’m not too worried about it. I’m confident that we’ll figure out what the problem is and get it right going into next season." The Mavs want to get a look at Curry as a point guard, but he should get playing time regardless.
Source: Mavs.com
Apr 20 - 5:09 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle hinted that he's not ready to commit to Yogi Ferrell as his starting point guard for next season.

"Time will tell," Carlisle said. "I do like Yogi in our franchise, on our roster. He certainly has proven that he can be a rotation player in this league. We didn't have a good record. At this point in time, projecting exactly where he's going to be is not really fair. I love him as a competitor. He's grown each and every day, each and every game. I'm just really thrilled we have him here." Ferrell said he believes he's a starting point guard, but added that he will accept any role he is given. It's too early to project his role for 2017-18, but Ferrell likely earned a spot in the rotation after averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.7 triples.
Apr 17 - 11:22 AM

Devin Harris said that he wants to continue playing in the NBA and that he is not retiring.

The Mavs have a $4.4 million team option on Harris for the 2017-18 season and have not yet informed him if they will exercise the option. The Mavs have Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry and J.J. Barea under contract for next season, so they do have some depth at point guard. Harris, who turned 34 back in February, averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 assists while shooting a career-low 39.9 percent from the floor last season.
Apr 15 - 10:14 AM

Nerlens Noel said he hopes to add 15-20 pounds of muscle this offseason.

Expect to hear similar sentiments expressed by many players in their exit interviews, as adding muscle is a popular offseason refrain. Noel weighed in at 220 pounds last season, so he could put on some weight, but he's also been injury prone so would need to be careful not to bulk up too much. Noel will be a restricted free agent this summer, and the Mavs plan on bringing him back; it's just a question of what kind of deal he can fetch on the open market, forcing Dallas to match.
Apr 15 - 9:59 AM

On Thursday, Dirk Nowitzki officially announced he would return for the 2017-18 season, and also said he may play even longer than that.

Nowitzki turns 39 in June, but apparently still feels he has plenty left in the tank. "I have to see how the body responds next year," Nowitzki said. "If I feel like this, like I did at the end [of this season], I think I can play another [season] after that, but I’ll just leave all that open." Dirk averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes this past season and is just 1,160 points from passing Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list.
Apr 14 - 9:36 AM

Dirk Nowitzki confirmed that he will return for his 20th NBA season.

Not only will he honor the final year of his contract, but he also left open the possibility of playing a couple more seasons. Nowitzki will be 39 years old this summer and played 26.4 minutes per game this season, his lightest workload since his rookie season. He's still a legend in every sense of the word, but he will be a risky fantasy target in 2017-18.
Apr 13 - 1:49 PM

Seth Curry said that he's hoping to avoid shoulder surgery.

"It's still a possibility, but I don't think it's necessary at this point," Curry added. The combo guard is expected to go through a full month of rehab and will then be re-evalauted at that point. His shoulder sidelined him for the final seven games of the season, but Curry showed a lot of promise all year with averages of 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.0 3-pointers. The Mavs were even looking at him as the starting PG right before he went down. We'll keep a close eye on his progress during the offseason.
Source: ESPN
Apr 13 - 1:31 PM

Nicolas Brussino scored a career-high 15 points during a 100-93 win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

Coach Rick Carlisle has talked him up a bunch this month and he really let him loose during this game. Carlisle has said he likes Brussino's ability to play so many different positions, so that may help him get minutes with the Mavs next season.
Apr 12 - 11:38 PM

Nerlens Noel scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one block and one steal in 23 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

It is fair to say Noel hasn't quite lived up to expectations as a Mav, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 turnovers in his previous 21 games. On the other hand, those defensive stats are gold, so fantasy owners should still be excited about the prospects of Noel likely returning to Big D next year.
Apr 12 - 11:33 PM

Yogi Ferrell, Nicolas Brussino, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell and Nerlens Noel will start against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

The Mavs are resting most of their veterans, so there should be some minutes available for this starting unit. All are interesting plays in DFS, especially Powell, Ferrell and maybe even Noel.
Apr 12 - 7:52 PM

J.J. Barea (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

Barea was surprisingly able to stay healthy since his last lower-leg injury in January.
Apr 12 - 6:54 PM

Harrison Barnes (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies.

The Mavs will rest their max guy on both ends of a back-to-back set. Barnes may have surpassed national expectations as the go-to scorer with some serious volume as an isolation guy. Dwight Powell, Nicolas Brussino and Dorian Finney-Smith figure to take on most of Harry B's minutes.
Apr 12 - 6:52 PM

Wes Matthews (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

The Mavs will be shutting down most of their veterans and get a look at some of their younger players. Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolas Brussino and Jarrod Uthoff figure to get good run today.
Apr 12 - 6:50 PM


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