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Pelicans Considered Pursuing Harrison Barnes In Free Agency

Jan 18, 2017 9:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans internally discussed using all of their 2016 cap space on Harrison Barnes before deciding to split it up among E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and others.

Barnes confirmed this week he would have considered the Pelicans had they pursued him.

Barnes instead signed a four-year, $95 million max contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Pelicans thought they needed to move on the available market and not wait on Kevin Durant to make his decision, which was tying up Barnes from moving forward.

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Tags: Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeJuan Blair Signs With Texas Legends

Jan 17, 2017 12:56 PM

DeJuan Blair has been acquired by the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Blair previously played this season in China, averaging 24.1 points and 13.6 rebounds.

Blair played for the Mavericks, the D-League affiliate of the Legends, during the 13-14 season.

Dallas recently signed Pierre Jackson from the D-League.

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Tags: DeJuan Blair, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Mavericks Sign Pierre Jackson To 10-Day Contrat

Jan 16, 2017 10:54 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Pierre Jackson to a 10-day contract. 

Jackson (5-11, 176) was originally signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, before being waived by the team on Jan. 6 after appearing in four games with the club. In those four contests, he averaged 3.0 points in 7.1 minutes per game. He had seven points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes in his NBA debut versus Houston on Dec. 27.

Jackson has appeared in 13 games (all starts) for the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, this season, averaging a league-high 29.6 points to go along with 4.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.8 steals in 37.4 minutes. He played in 10 games for the Legends before he was signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, but then returned to the D-League squad after being the waived by the Mavericks on Jan. 6.

RealgM Staff Report

Tags: Pierre Jackson, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Referees Claim Mark Cuban Pursuing Competitive Advantage 'Via Threats, Intimidations'

Jan 13, 2017 10:37 AM

The National Basketball Referees Association is aggressively asserting that the NBA is allowing Mark Cuban an outsize influence on how the game is officiated.

 

The NBRA is charging Cuban with pursuing a competitive advantage for his team “via threats and intimidation” toward game referees.

The Vertical obtained a series of memorandums distributed recently among the league’s 64 referees – including correspondences between the NBRA and NBA – that describe over a year of discord between the referees and league office, largely centered on Cuban.

In a recent letter to Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, NBRA general counsel Lee Seham outlined what the union considers to be a lengthy pattern of documented violations by Cuban of the NBA constitution and “undue influence of the league’s management of its officials.”

“We consider the threat to the integrity of NBA basketball presented by Mr. Cuban’s misconduct to be real and growing,” Seham wrote on Dec. 9.

In response to the league rejecting Seham’s premise that Cuban holds an “inappropriate influence” over referee employment decisions, the union’s general counsel responded: “No other owner has communicated to our members with such force that he exercises control over their careers. He has communicated that he played a pivotal role in the termination of Kevin Fehr, a referee who met league performance standards. He has communicated to an NBRA board member, during contract negotiations, that the referees would continue to be at-will employees. He has told a referee, during a game, that he follows that referee’s game reports.”

Cuban responded to the accusations. 

“To suggest I have influence is to suggest that the NBA officials can be influenced,” Cuban told The Vertical in an email. “If an official can be influenced by pressure from anyone, they should not be in the NBA. I don’t believe they can be influenced. As far as my influence on employment, several years ago I sent a list to the NBA of officials who had been NBA officials for more than a decade and never made the playoffs.

“I asked why we weren’t bringing in better officials than those who weren’t able to crack the top half of officials. [I think it’s 37 who get selected as playoff refs.] I also asked if being an NBA official was a lifetime job and at what point do we recognize that there is someone else out there who can do a better job? I did this knowing that any terminated refs could receive substantial pensions. As far as anything else, I’ve been the same way since I bought the team and have no reason to change.”

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Mavericks Assign A.J. Hammons, Nicolas Brussino To D-League

Jan 8, 2017 6:50 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned center A.J. Hammons and guard-forward Nicolas Brussino to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Hammons (7-0, 250) has appeared in 17 games for the Mavericks this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 4.5 minutes. He has made four of his first six career 3-point attempts (4-of-6, .667).

Hammons is averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 15.5 minutes in two games (both starts) for the Legends this year.

Brussino (6-8, 195) has played in 27 games for Dallas this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.8 minutes. This will mark his first career D-League assignment.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA, D-League

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Pierre Jackson Waived By Mavericks

Jan 6, 2017 5:14 PM

Pierre Jackson has been waived by the Dallas Mavericks.

Jackson was recently signed by Dallas to a two-year deal out of the D-League.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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Andrew Bogut Doesn't Expect To Remain With Mavs Long-Term

Jan 5, 2017 10:49 AM

Andrew Bogut has embraced the role of coming off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks but he doesn't foresee himself with the franchise in the long-term.

"Thankfully I'm a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on," Bogut said. "I don't see myself hanging around with everything that's gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead."

When asked if he expects to be moved prior to the February 23 trade deadline, he acknowledged that he was "a valuable commodity" but "you never know."

Dallas acquired the expiring contract of Bogut from the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 offseason.

 

Dallas Morning News

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Trevor Ariza Waits To Confront Salah Mejri Outside Mavs' Locker Room

Dec 28, 2016 11:02 AM

Trevor Ariza waited outside the Dallas Mavericks' locker room for Salah Mejri after the Houston Rockets' 123-107 win.

According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment to Ariza about Ariza's wife and children between the third and fourth quarters.

Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection.

Ariza was accompanied by two security guards as he walked toward the Dallas locker room. Patrick Beverley, James Harden and Eric Gordon accompanied Ariza to wait for Mejri. Dallas police officers already outside the locker room as part of their regular detail monitored the situation to make sure it did not escalate.

Deron Williams came out of the locker room to try to calm Ariza down.

Mejri denied saying anything about Ariza's family.

"He was swearing and bulls---," Mejri said. "Ask him. He's out there. Ask him."

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Trevor Ariza, Salah Mejri, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA

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Pierre Jackson Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Dec 27, 2016 10:47 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are signing Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed two-year deal.

Jackson had been averaging 29.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists in 35.7 minutes per game this season for the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Jackson was an early second round pick in 2013 out of Baylor by the Philadelphia 76ers with his draft rights going to the New Orleans Pelicans in the Jrue Holiday trade.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Pierre Jackson, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Dirk Nowitzki Acknowledges Injuries Could Force Him To Retire In 2017

Dec 14, 2016 10:58 AM

Dirk Nowitzki would like to continue his playing career next season to play 20 years with the Dallas Mavericks, but he's acknowledged that injuries could prevent that from happening.

Nowitzki is currently struggling with a persistent Achilles tendon problem and hasn't played since November 25th.

"If things don't go so well and it hurts everywhere, it could be that 2017 will be the end," Nowitzki told German magazine Sport Bild.

"Actually, my plan is to complete the 20 years and play for Dallas until 2018.

"But just because I have signed a two-year contract doesn't automatically mean that I will play for two years. It could happen next year."

AFP

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Mark Cuban Still Doesn't Put Russell Westbrook In 'Superstar' Category
Mark Cuban believes a true superstar can carry a mediocre roster to 50 wins and a postseason series win.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mavs Would Only Trade First Rounder For Top-5 Player In NBA
Mark Cuban referenced the Dallas Cowboys' historical trade of Herschel Walker that setup their success of the 1990s as what it would take to trade the pick.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Andrew Bogut Out Two Weeks With Bone Bruise In Knee
Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and will miss approximately two weeks.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavs May Trade Andrew Bogut Closer To Deadline If Out Of Playoff Hunt
Andrew Bogut could fetch a first round pick from a contender.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Dirk Nowitzki Wants To Play When Healthy Despite Mavs' Struggles
Dirk Nowitzki remains committed to salvaging the Mavericks' season as he continues to sit with lingering soreness in his right Achilles tendon.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mark Cuban Sees No Reason For Mavs To Tank
Mark Cuban didn't rule out making a trade for the future but isn't at that point yet.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Dirk Nowitzki Likely To Return For First Time Since Nov. 4th
Dirk Nowitzki is likely to return from his sore right Achilles' tendon.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mark Cuban: NBA Has To 'Keep On Grinding' Despite New TV Deal
Mark Cuban believes the NBA is heading in the right direction with their new television deal and the increased popularity of the sport but that more work can be done.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Chandler Parsons Would Have Accepted 'A Lot Less' Than $98M From Mavs
Chandler Parsons and Mark Cuban quickly became close and often discussed personnel decisions.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

J.J. Barea Out Six Weeks With Leg Injury
J.J. Barea is averaging 16.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.

ESPN

Mavs Release Quincy Acy To Sign Jonathan Gibson
Dallas was down to only Seth Curry as a healthy point guard on their roster.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bucks, Grizzlies, Mavs No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels
Seven other NBA teams are still currently scheduled to stay at Trump-branded properties this season.

Marc Stein, Zahc Lowe/ESPN

Mavericks Assign A.J. Hammons To D-League
A.J. Hammons has appeared in three games for Dallas this season.

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Dirk Nowitzki Resuming On-Court Drill Returning From Achilles Injury
Dirk Nowitzki will need to get through a full-speed practice or two this weekend with no setbacks before he's cleared to play.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Andrew Bogut: Thunder Exposed Warriors Little Bit With Their Big Lineup In WCF
Andrew Bogut spoke about his exit from the Warriors ahead of his first return to Oracle Arena as a member of the Mavericks.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Harrison Barnes Didn't Expect To Re-Sign With Warriors
Harrison Barnes knew after his exit interview with the Warriors that he had likely played his final game with the franchise.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mark Cuban Revoked ESPN Credentials Due To Concerns Of Automated Game Reports
Mark Cuban said he responded after learning that ESPN was relying on wire services for game coverage on 19 NBA teams.

AP

Mavericks Revoke Season Credentials For ESPN's MacMahon, Stein
Tim MacMahon covers the NBA on a more general level this season after serving as a full-time Mavericks' beat writer.

Tim Cato/Mavs Moneyball

Dirk Nowitzki Out At Least One Week With Sore Right Achilles
Dirk Nowitzki said the Achilles has been bothering him since before the season opener.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Mavs Expected To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins In 2018
DeMarcus Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension in 2013 with the Kings.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN