Player News - Mavericks

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Dwight Powell finally turned in a bad game during Canada's exhibition games against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, tallying just two points and five rebounds.

Powell had been rolling up to this point, building off of what was a very impressive Summer League performance. He'll look to bounce-back during Wednesday's exhibition against Puerto Rico, so we'll be waiting to see how he does in that one. Powell, in general, has looked good against inferior competition, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares during the preseason. For now, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in extremely deep leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 26 - 1:33 PM

The Spurs are reportedly set to workout Brazilian big man Rafael Hettsheimeir.

The Spurs liked what they saw of Hettsheimeir during the PanAm games, so they'll get him in for a closer look. Perhaps he lands a training camp deal with San Antonio so he can compete for a roster spot, but he has numerous obstacles ahead of him in order to earn any sort of relevancy in fantasy leagues.
Aug 26 - 1:15 PM

Dwight Powell has looked great playing on the Canadian National Team this summer, averaging a team-high 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in just over 17 minutes of action through Canada's first two exhibition games.

Powell was impressive for the Mavs' Summer League squad as well, compiling averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.2 three-pointers per game. While all these statistics have come going up against inferior opponents, it's worth noting that head coach Rick Carlisle has said that Powell could be looking at an increased role next season, so it'll be very interesting to see if he can continue his momentum over the course of the preseason. If he's able to land a steady role in Dallas' rotations, he'll be worth a late-round flier in deep leagues on draft day.
Source: TSN
Aug 25 - 4:53 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points in an exhibition game against Poland on Saturday.

Nowitzki also added seven rebounds in 23 minutes of action during Germany's 82-69 victory over Poland. We'll keep an eye on Dirk as he and the German National Team play in EuroBasket next month, but fantasy owners may want to take a younger option in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts as the 37-year-old has said he can't be the Mavericks' No. 1 option if they want to win a championship.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 25 - 11:46 AM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) said he'll be ready to play on opening night.

We'll keep an eye on Matthews' as he attempts to rehab the Achilles that he tore in March, but the 28-year-old thinks he'll be ready for opening night. "I’m gonna say I’ll be ready by opening night," Matthews said. "Anybody that knows me in this league knows that I’m going to give 150 percent. You’re going to have to kill me to stop me from going. Only thing that I can do is how I attack my rehab." Matthews makes for a risky mid-round fantasy pick, but he'll see all the minutes he can handle in Dallas and will end up being a solid selection if he can stay healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 25 - 11:19 AM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) is limited to dribbling and shooting, but he said on Sunday that he will be ready to play on opening night.

Matthews added that he'd write it in stone, so it sounds like he's very pleased with his rehabilitation. Confidence has never been lacking for Wes and we'll need to hear the Mavs' doctors weigh in on his health before assuming he'll be ready to play in Phoenix on Oct. 28. We'll have a much better feel for his status once training camp begins, and for now fantasy owners should plan to target him late in the middle rounds.
Aug 23 - 6:29 PM

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle hinted that rookie Justin Anderson will see time at the two and three this season.

"Justin is a unique kid," Carlisle said. "He’s a three-year guy. He’s gotten better each year. He’s very physically strong. We feel he’s a wing player that could play either the two or the three. We believe that he’s got an NBA body, and he was one of the strongest kids in the draft positionally. He’s in a good position coming here. You know, we have to fill roster spots, we need to get younger, and so he makes a lot of sense for us. And we need to improve our defense. He’s a solid defender, and he’s a guy whose shooting has gotten better the last three years." Anderson was a stud during the summer league, and he is already on the radar in deeper leagues because he should be the first wing off the bench behind Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 21 - 11:45 AM

Wesley Matthews (Achilles) believes he can have more success with the Mavs than he did with the Blazers.

Achilles issue aside, Wes could be right. Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge were two of nine players last season to average at least 35 minutes per game with a usage rate greater than 26.0. In other words, more shots are going his way once he's healthy. Plus, the Mavs were seventh in the NBA for 3-point attempts despite not a single Maverick ranking in the top 25 for made 3-pointers. Wes will be a risky pick in the middle rounds.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 19 - 2:16 PM

Chandler Parsons (knee) uploaded a video of himself getting up some shots on the practice court on Wednesday, and he was not sporting a knee brace.

While not official just yet, it seems likely that Parsons will be ready to go when Dallas opens up their training camp in late-September after undergoing knee surgery in May. He's going to have a much larger role in the offense next season with Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo no longer on the roster, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day.
Source: Instagram
Aug 19 - 11:25 AM

The Lakers reportedly tried to lure Chinese power forward Yi Jianlian back to the NBA.

It's unclear exactly how much money the Lakers were offering Jianlian, but given that the signing did not come to fruition, it would seem that he wasn't really that interested in what they were offering. The No. 6 overall pick from the 2007 draft has been playing overseas in China since 2013, and recently signed a five-year extension with Guangdong Hongyuan, so there’s a good chance he never returns stateside as he'll be 33 years old when his contract expires.
Aug 18 - 4:19 PM

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said he's still figuring out the backcourt roles of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris.

With Deron Williams in town, Carlisle will have the challenge of divvying up minutes between Barea and Harris. "Trying to keep it balanced out with him and Harris is a bit challenging," Carlisle said. "But both of them playing together has been good. And we can’t play them both 48 minutes." Barea and Harris would see an increase in fantasy value if Williams goes down with an injury, but neither should be targeted in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 18 - 1:19 PM

JaVale McGee is still recovering from his leg injury, but the Mavericks are confident that he will be completely healthy for training camp.

McGee hasn't played in an NBA game since March and has appeared in a total of 28 games in the past two seasons, so it's scary to think that he still hasn't fully recovered. McGee won't be able to log significant minutes if he does earn a spot in the rotation, but it sounds like he isn't even a lock to be ready in time for camp. We will monitor his progress closely, but fantasy owners would be wise to avoid him completely on draft day.
Aug 14 - 10:23 AM

JaVale McGee has signed with the Dallas Mavericks.

The deal is reportedly a two-year deal for the veteran's minimum, with a team option in Year 2. McGee's propensity to make bonehead decisions on the basketball court will find him spending plenty of time warming the Mavs' bench, and it's extremely unlikely he's able to emerge as a fantasy factor in most leagues playing for Rick Carlisle in Dallas. We would not recommend drafting McGee in any format.
Aug 13 - 2:40 PM

Jeremy Tyler worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to David Pick.

Tyler spent some time on the Mavericks' Summer League roster and will now try to hooked on with the Lakers. He was waived by L.A. before the 2014-15 season and finished the season in China. The 24-year-old is a longshot to make the Lakers final roster and can be ignored by fantasy owners.
Aug 13 - 10:25 AM

Charlie Villanueva anticipates being a "spark plug off the bench" for the Mavericks during the 2015-16 season.

Charlie V re-signed with the Mavs after a successful debut season in Dallas, and he'll be counted on to help backup an aging Dirk Nowitzki at the power forward position. While the club will have plenty of offense, it's the question of defense that will be the biggest in the Big D.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 10 - 12:08 PM


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