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Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

Petteri Koponen hopes to be playing in the NBA by the 2015-16 season. 

Koponen said he intends to make the jump to the NBA after completing the final season on his contract with BC Khimki in Russia. 

"I always said my dream is to play in the NBA," Koponen said. "Every summer we talk a little bit with Dallas to see what the situation is and what they think. I've got one more year left on my contract in Russia and then of course I would like to come over. I hope I get some options to go there and show I can play at that level."

The Dallas Mavericks acquired Koponen's NBA rights in 2011 in a draft-night trade trade with Portland. He was selected by Philadelphia on behalf of the Blazers with the last pick of the first round in 2007.

Team sources say that the Mavs have not ruled out importing Koponen themselves in the future, but there was no discussion of doing so for this season with four point guards already on the roster.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

RealGM Radio: On The Southwest Division With Maisonet, Tjarks

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) works through the Southwest Division with Ed Maisonet of The Sports Fan Journal and SBNation (@edthesportsfan) and Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks).  

They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5 and predicting how many teams will make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavs, Bernard James Finalizing One-Year Contract

The Dallas Mavericks and Bernard James are finalizing a one-year deal.

James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.

James played collegiately at Florida State after serving six years in the United States Air Force.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Raymond Felton Suspended Four Game By NBA For Weapon Charges

Raymond Felton has been suspended four games by the NBA for pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, the league announced on Thursday.

Felton's suspension will start in the 2014-15 season.

Felton was traded by the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Shawn Marion Leaning Toward Signing With Cavaliers

Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers over Indiana Pacers.

The Pacers could offer Marion more than the Cavaliers, but the club is already looking for other options with the expectations that he will eventually sign with Cleveland.

David Aldridge reports that the Pacers will apply for a Disabled Player Exception that would allow the team to sign a free agent to a one-year, $5.3 million deal.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Shawn Marion Taking Patient Approach In Free Agency

Shawn Marion has taken a patient approach in unrestricted free agency.

When asked about his free agent status, Marion said: "I'm just chilling. I ain't talked to anybody. I ain't got nothing going on right now.''

Marion and the Dallas Mavericks have admitted his return is unlikely.

Via Dwain Price/Dallas Star-Telegram

Ivan Johnson Signs Two-Year Deal With Mavericks

Ivan Johnson’s contract with the Dallas Mavericks will be for two seasons, with partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.

The Mavericks announced the signing on Tuesday.

Johnson played for the Mavericks’ summer league entry in Las Vegas, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, one steal and 20.8 minutes per game.

Johnson spent the 2013-14 season with the Zhejiang in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Johnson, 30, had two productive seasons with the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12 and 2012-13 – scoring 6.5 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per contest in 125 total NBA games. The 6-foot-8 forward worked himself back into the league through workouts late last season and into the summer.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Shawn Marion Unlikely To Re-Sign With Mavs

Shawn Marion almost certainly will not re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.

Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.

“It was memorable, baby,” Marion said. “It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”

Marion would like another shot at winning a title.

“If I see something really comfortable, then I’ll do it,” Marion said. “Right now, I’m just staying with my [newborn] son and relaxing. It’s only July, man. We got two more months. We’ll just wait and see how it works out.”

Marion plans on planting roots in Dallas even though he'll play elsewhere.

“It was an amazing run in Dallas,” he said. “Who knows what the future holds? But I definitely will be retiring in Dallas. I love living there. I’m building my dream home there, and that’s where I’ll spend most of my time.”

 

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Parsons Left Rockets In Part For Bigger Role

Chandler Parsons may have been motivated to leave the Houston Rockets for a bigger role.

James Harden believes the Rockets won't take a step back despite losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.

"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.

"I think we'll be fine next season."

Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.

"That's a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that," Parsons said. "That's part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I'm ready for that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role, and I'm ready for more leadership.

"If anybody should understand that, it's James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I'm not real sure what that means."

Via Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Jameer Nelson Finalizes Two-Year, $5.6M Deal With Mavericks

Free agent guard Jameer Nelson has finalized the paperwork on his two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, a league source told RealGM.

Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2, which will be a player option.

Well over 10 NBA teams – including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls – pursued Nelson in unrestricted free agency and remained interested as he neared an agreement with the Mavericks.

Nelson’s former star teammate, Dwight Howard, made multiple recruiting calls to Nelson about joining the Rockets, sources told RealGM. Howard and Nelson led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009.

Despite designs on his potential role with various franchises, Nelson balanced finances and a winning situation and decided upon Dallas earlier in the week. He’s expected to receive strong consideration for the Mavericks’ starting point guard position.

After six straight playoff appearances with the Magic, Nelson underwent two losing seasons in which the organization went 43-121. He averaged 12.1 points, seven assists and 3.4 rebounds in 68 games last season.

Nelson, 32, was the 20th overall draft pick in 2004 out of St. Joseph’s Univeristy. In 10 years with the Magic, Nelson averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.

ESPN first reported Nelson’s deal with the Mavericks.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Dallas Mavericks Archives

Jameer Nelson To Sign $2.7M Deal With Mavericks

The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Jameer Nelson.

Al-Farouq Aminu Agrees To Two-Year, $2.1M Deal With Mavericks

Al-Farouq Aminu will have a player option on the second season of his deal.

Mavericks Void One-Year Deal Of Rashard Lewis

Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.

Jameer Nelson To Meet With Mavs

The Mavericks still have their $2.7 million room exception to offer to Jameer Nelson.

Eric Griffin Signs Three-Year Deal With Mavs

Eric Griffinís contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.

Rashard Lewis Agrees Upon One-Year Minimum Deal With Mavericks

Rashard Lewis started eight games in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Nowitzki Rejected Max Offers From Lakers, Rockets To Re-Sign With Mavs For $25M Over Three

Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Mavericks.

Rockets May Have Accelerated Parsons' Payday As Unofficial Part Of Dwight's Deal

Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.

Parsons 'Offended' By Treatment From Rockets In Free Agency

The Rockets gave Parsons an opportunity to explore free agency as a restricted free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal that would've paid him $964,750.

Mavericks, Rockets Also Trying to Sign Mike Miller

The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.

Rockets Decline To Match Chandler Parsons' $46M Offer Sheet With Mavs

The Rockets declined their team option on Chandler Parsons to help their chances of signing a major free agent while keeping him from unrestricted free agency next summer.

Mavericks Reached Out To Dwyane Wade

The Mavericks reached out to Dwyane Wade on Friday, according to a report.

Mavs Expect Parsons' Offer Sheet To Be Matched, Engaging Deng, Ariza

The Mavericks have moved on to engage Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in free agency talks.

Mavs Submit Chandler Parsons Offer Sheet To Rockets

The Rockets and Mavericks discussed sign-and-trade discussions briefly before the offer sheet was submitted.

Mavs Waiting To Submit Chandler Parsons Offer Sheet, Exploring Options

Donnie Nelson said that the Mavericks are still exploring options and that the offer sheet won't be submitted until Thursday night.

Chris Bosh To Sign With Rockets If LeBron Leaves

The Rockets would need to sign Chris Bosh before matching Chandler Parsons' offer sheet with the Mavericks.

Chandler Parsons, Mavs Agree Upon $46M Offer Sheet

Chandler Parsons is a restricted free agent, which will give the Rockets three days to match.

Artem Klimenko, Mavs Partnering As Center Plans To Develop In Russia Next Season

Artem Klimenko is expected to head to the United States to visit the Mavericks and their staff at some point in the summer, sources said.

Lance Stephenson Receiving Interest From Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics

The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Lance Stephenson.

Devin Harris Agrees To Re-Sign With Mavs On Three-Year, $9M Deal

Devin Harris rejoined the Mavericks last offseason.
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