Player News - Mavericks

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Rick Carlisle said that Dennis Smith Jr. is a guy he'll be "counting on" to step up this season.

"It’s a big year for him," said Carlisle of DSJ. "He had a very good statistical year last year and he’s a guy that we’re counting on." Smith Jr. put in averages of 15.2 points, 3.8 boards, 5.2 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest last season, but his 39.5% shooting mark really weighed down his value. If he could improve the efficiency, that would be a dramatic boon to his value. He's on the radar as a late-round, sleeper pick.
Sep 18 - 5:48 PM

ESPN's Tim MacMahon said the "word out of Dallas is that [Luka] Doncic has often been the best player on the court in pickup games at the Mavs' facility."

Some of the games included local products such as LaMarcus Aldridge, so it wasn't just with Mavs. Maybe it's just offseason talk, but we've already heard glowing reports from Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and head coach Rick Carlisle. MacMahon added that Doncic isn't in great shape by NBA standards yet, but that's obviously understandable considering he took a lot of time off after a grueling season in Europe.
Source: ESPN
Sep 17 - 1:28 PM

Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) said he expects to be 100 percent by the start of the regular season.

Nowitzki underwent surgery on his left ankle back in April. He has been making progress in rehab and has recently been scrimmaging with his teammates. "The ankle where I had the surgery is actually great," Dirk said. "There were two bone spurs that kind of blocked me from doing things. So they took those out and now there's a lot more movement in the ankle. But all the tendons aren't used to moving that much now. Every now and then, it's a little stiff. I scrimmaged a little last week and on Monday and it hasn't really reacted amazing to it. But we're positive that it'll be fine. By the time we get into camp and especially the regular season, I'll be 100 percent."
Sep 15 - 12:34 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said he would be willing to come off the bench for next season.

Dirk started at center last season. However, DeAndre Jordan will start at the five going forward, leaving Dirk's role unknown. Nowitzki said he is willing to do whatever is best for the team. "If that's the role, and we play great with it, then I'm all for it," Nowitzki said. "But that's what camp is for -- to see what works, who works best with each other. So I don't think we necessarily need to answer that question now. But it's definitely something to look at as we go deeper into camp."
Sep 14 - 9:40 AM

Dirk Nowitzki has been thoroughly impressed with Luka Doncic at recent workouts.

"He's scrimmaged every day and works hard. I'm really liking what I'm seeing," said Dirk of Doncic. "He's an incredible talent. His court vision and passing for his size at his age is something I've never seen in my 20 years." Rick Carlisle is going to make the No. 3 overall selection in the 2018 NBA draft earn his minutes, but he could have a very strong second half once he gets comfortable in the Mavericks' system.
Sep 12 - 12:19 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said that Dennis Smith Jr. has "looked more explosive than last year" at recent workouts.

Smith Jr. was plenty explosive last season, but that didn't quite translate to value in fantasy hoops. The key to his fantasy success will be improving his efficiency (39.5% from the field and 69.4% from the line) and earning the trust of his coach, both reasonable expectations from the second-year guard. He could be a nice value-pick towards the later rounds.
Sep 12 - 12:13 PM

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle is already gushing about No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic.

"Off of what I've seen over the last two days," Carlisle said last week, "anybody who doesn't jump on season tickets now is going to sorely regret it later, that's all I'll say." J.J. Barea also came away impressed, calling Doncic a pro rookie. "Overseas I saw him a little, and I played against him in some pickup games [last week]," Barea said. "He's bigger than I thought he was. He knows the game." Expect the Mavericks to put the ball in his hands early and often this season.
Sep 9 - 10:57 AM

If his outside shot gains consistency, Dorian Finney-Smith will see more playing time according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.

A knee injury sidelined Finney-Smith for most of the season, but he finished strong with 13.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the final four games. Sefko adds that the Mavericks "are hoping he can take a leap forward both in terms of health and production this season" and that they've been working "relentlessly on his 3-point shot." He's good enough to earn a rotation spot as a combo forward off the bench, but he won't have much fantasy appeal for now.
Sep 6 - 9:25 AM

Dirk Nowitzki scrimmaged with some of his teammates on Wednesday.

It's the first time since his April surgery, so this is a big step for the Hall of Fame German. This suggests that he'll be ready for camp, but it's possible he comes off the bench as a sixth man. Coach Rick Carlisle also confirmed that Dirk is "on track" for camp, and he compared him to "a vintage automobile that has to be cared for a certain way."
Sep 5 - 4:35 PM

Aaron Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with Galatasaray in Turkey.

The two sides have been negotiating for a few weeks, but it will be official soon. Unlike his brother Andrew, Aaron hasn't had much luck at the NBA level.
Source: Sportando
Sep 2 - 10:15 AM

Luka Doncic confirmed he won't play in the FIBA qualifier for Slovenia next month.

No surprise here. While it would've been a treat to watch Doncic electrify against formidable opponents, this is good news for Doncic's outlook because he'll have a lighter workload overall. He's fully expected to start on the wing with the Mavs, and he could see minutes at four positions. He'll be one of the toughest players to target because his draft range, but his upside is undeniable.
Source: Euro Hoops
Aug 31 - 5:35 PM

Eddie Sefko of SportsDay speculates that the Mavericks' makeup will keep Dwight Powell from becoming a regular starter in the coming season

Powell continues to increase his numbers, finishing last season by averaging 8.5 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.4 blocks, 0.8 steals, and shooting 59.3% from the field. The veteran has seen added minutes in each season, partly due to his ability to snag rebounds. Unfortunately, Powell is buried on the depth chart behind the likes of DeAndre Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki, hampering his ability to see extended play. We don't expect to see much movement on Powell's ceiling if his situation stays on its current course.
Aug 13 - 11:51 AM

The Mavericks have requested waivers on rookie forward Terry Larrier, who will miss the season after suffering a torn ACL during a recent workout.

Larrier was signed to a training camp deal in late July, and the move to request waivers gives the Mavericks a roster spot to use heading into training camp (teams have a max of 20). After undergoing surgery to repair the torn ACL Larrier will rehab with the Mavericks and Texas Legends, the Mavs' G-League affiliate.
Aug 9 - 5:30 PM

The Mavs are expected to sign Jalen Jones to a training camp deal, according to Dallas reporter Eddie Sefko.

Jones, who suffered a significant knee injury, was waived by the Mavs back in July. However, per Sefko, Jones' training camp guarantee will be paid and he will rehab in Dallas with the Mavs and their G-League affiliate. Even when healthy, Jones is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 9 - 11:57 AM

Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) said that he's "sort of running and sprinting" after undergoing surgery on his left ankle in April.

Dirk played in 77 games last season and in July he agreed to another one-year deal worth $5 million to stay with the Mavericks. He hasn't committed to retiring after his 21st season in the league, and expressed excitement regarding the Mavericks' offseason moves. In addition to acquiring DeAndre Jordan, the Mavs also pulled off a draft night trade for Luka Doncic, acquiring the Real Madrid star from the Hawks in exchange for Trae Young. All signs point to Dirk being ready for opening night.
Aug 8 - 7:54 PM

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