Player News - Mavericks

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks plan to finalize a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

There has never been any doubt that Dirk would be back with Dallas next season, the only question was the value of the contract. Nowitzki has also stated that he is not sure if this will be his final NBA campaign. Dirk will be entering his age-40 season but was surprisingly durable in 2017-18, starting 77 of the Mavs first 78 games.
Jul 19 - 1:15 PM

Yogi Ferrell has agreed to a two-year, $5.3 million contract with the Mavs.

The second season of Ferrell's deal includes a trigger date on July 7. According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Yogi was promised the backup shooting guard position to start next season. However, Dallas drafted Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson back in June, so Ferrell may see fewer minutes in 2018-19. Last season, he appeared in all 82 games and averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.8 minutes, while shooting 42.6% from the floor.
Jul 19 - 12:49 PM

The Mavs are "on the verge" of re-signing Yogi Ferrell to a multi-year deal, according to Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko.

Sefko confirms Yahoo's report that Dallas rescinded Yogi's qualifying offer, but notes that is a mere formality. Per Sefko, the Mavs "have up to $4.4 million to spend, but it’s unknown how much of that they will use on the third-year guard." ESPN's Tim MacMahon also reported that Yogi and the Mavs are on the "one-yard line," so it seems this will get done sooner rather than later.
Jul 14 - 10:58 AM

The Mavericks have rescinded the qualifying offer on Yogi Ferrell, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

That'll make him an unrestricted free agent. The Mavs were expecting Ferrell to sign the offer and have him play on that for the upcoming season, but perhaps Ferrell wasn't interested in that offer. Additionally, Tim MacMahon of ESPN adds that the Mavs and Ferrell are on the "one-yard line" to get a deal done, so maybe he'll be staying beyond this season.
Jul 14 - 12:24 AM

The Mavs signed Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract.

He had a solid 10-point game on Friday, so the Mavs immediately rewarded him. Antetokounmpo is a pure project as the No. 60 pick, but obviously the allure is there from his brother, Giannis. Kostas likely needs at least one year in the G League before he's close to a rotation spot.
Jul 13 - 8:27 PM

Mavs waive F Jalen Jones.

His highlight from last year was the tank-tastic Mavs at Magic game on Apr. 4 with a career-high 16 points -- he closed that game with Aaron Harrison, Kyle Collinsworth, Dorian Finney-Smith and Johnathan Motley. Jones was on a two-way deal, and should get a camp invite unless he wants to go overseas.
Jul 13 - 5:17 PM

Kyle Collinsworth chipped in 14 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a 3-pointer in 21 minutes during Wednesday's loss in Vegas.

The Mavs released Collinsworth last week to avoid guaranteeing his contract, so it's interesting to see him playing a big role with their Summer League crew. Whether or not that results in a deal for training camp remains to be seen.
Jul 11 - 8:51 PM

Luka Doncic has left Las Vegas.

Coach Rick Carlisle is going to travel to Slovenia to get to know his prized rookie prospect. The Mavs did sign Doncic this week, but they didn't get him out there for action in Vegas. He's going to play up to four positions and is likely going to be one of the better bets for Rookie of the Year.
Jul 11 - 3:43 PM

Dorian Finney-Smith will not play for the rest of Las Vegas Summer League.

He doesn't need to play anymore after getting enough reps in. With the Mavs adding some talent in their frontcourt and drafting Luka Doncic, Finney-Smith's playing time is likely going to drop next season.
Jul 11 - 3:34 PM

Mavs owner Mark Cuban said the likelihood of Dirk Nowitzki playing beyond the 2018-19 season is "under 50 percent."

Dirk was effective and surprisingly durable last season, starting 77 of the Mavs first 78 games before being sidelined by an ankle injury. Cuban did acknowledge that if Dallas exceeds expectations and they are competitive, Nowitzki may decide to come back for one more season. "Dirk knows how to take care of his body. He is so precise and so meticulous about his diet and his exercise and his routine," said Cuban. "And he's not going to lose his shot. So, depending on what happens to our squad, he might play beyond this year."
Jul 10 - 9:25 AM

Dennis Smith Jr. won't play again this Summer League, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

DSJ didn't exactly dominate SL, but he played pretty well, despite a bad shooting night on July 8. He's healthy, but simply won't play anymore SL games for the Mavs. Sadly, we still haven't gotten to see any "DSJ-to-Doncic" plays yet, but they're coming once the preseason rolls around.
Jul 9 - 10:09 PM

The Mavericks signed Luka Doncic on Monday.

It took a lot longer than usual because the Mavericks had to finalize his buyout from Real Madrid. Doncic has played over 110 games in a 14-month span, so the Mavericks are expected to take it easy on the No. 3 pick and hold him out of Summer League. To be clear, coach Rick Carlisle hasn't ruled out Doncic making a brief appearance.
Jul 9 - 7:21 PM

Dorian Finney-Smith was everywhere on Sunday with 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

DFS is a two-year veteran with 48 starts in the NBA to his credit, so it's not surprising to see him tear up Vegas. He did his damage in just 24 minutes and this is a welcome turnaround after his 1-of-8 shooting debut on Friday -- he's a career 37.4% shooter, so we'll take what we can get.
Jul 8 - 8:53 PM

Dennis Smith Jr. racked up 10 points, seven assists, four steals and one rebound in just 20 minutes during Sunday's win vs. Milwaukee.

DSJ had some terrific plays throughout the game, including a one-handed dunk off a steal, and his defense was multiple notches above the competition. The bad news is that he shot just 4-of-14 from the field and 0-of-7 from downtown. He made a modest 31.3% of his triples last season, and we'll be looking for growth in that area all summer.
Jul 8 - 8:52 PM

Jalen Brunson finished Sunday's win in Vegas with six points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes of action.

Brunson started alongside Dennis Smith Jr. tonight, which will be interesting if it continues -- Luka Doncic isn't going to play in Summer League. He's a polished player with two NCAA championships under his belt, and projects as DSJ's primary backup this season -- the Mavs' only other option (currently) is J.J. Barea. Brunson is a combined 4-of-23 from the field in two games during Summer League, and has a lot to prove before earning fantasy owners' trust.
Jul 8 - 8:52 PM


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