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Brad Stevens 'Little Bit Surprised' By Rajon Rondo Situation With Dallas

Apr 23, 2015 8:01 PM

Brad Stevens, who coached Rajon Rondo for 52 games from last season until the Boston Celtics traded him in December, was surprised to see things end poorly for him with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks announced on Wednesday that Rondo was “out indefinitely” with a back injury suffered in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. 

"Yes, I am [surprised]. I haven’t paid as much attention or read every article, or even really watched anything on it. Obviously, I’m aware of it. I’ve said many times I felt like Rajon had played really well at the start of the year,” Stevens said before the Celtics took on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of their first-round series.  

"I coached him during a really tough time for him, simply because last he was never, he was just overcoming and coming back from that ACL tear. Not having any practice, which is really unique. It was just a matter of getting him to feel a bit better."

The Mavericks insist that Rondo’s back injury is completely separate from his issues with coach Rick Carlisle, who has openly feuded with the guard. Rondo was suspended by the Mavericks in late February after a verbal altercation with Carlisle in the second half of a game against the Toronto Raptors. Carlisle did nothing to downplay speculation of a rift with Rondo when asked if the free-agent-to-be would ever play for Dallas again, the coach said: “No, I don’t.” 

In 46 games with the Mavericks, Rondo averaged 9.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds on 43.6% shooting. Those numbers dipped significantly in his two playoff games.

"I was around him a lot this summer, around him a lot this fall,” Stevens continued. "He had the unfortunate hand break at the start of the season and that put him behind again, although I thought he played pretty well here. So, yes, I was a little bit surprised."

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Tags: Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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LaMarcus Aldridge Expected To Be Pursued By Spurs, Mavs, Knicks, Lakers

Apr 23, 2015 11:19 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be pursued by the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent in July.

The Spurs and Mavericks reportedly believe they have a shot to sign Aldridge.

Aldridge is a four-time All-Star having played his entire career with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers can offer Aldridge more money and an extra guaranteed season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Chandler Parsons Out For Season With Knee Injury

Apr 22, 2015 4:34 PM

Chandler Parsons will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury.

Parsons could also need surgery to repair the knee.

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Rajon Rondo Out Indefinitely With Injured Back

Apr 22, 2015 3:59 PM

Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely after picking up a back injury in Game 2.

Rondo played just 10 minutes in the Dallas Mavericks' loss against the Houston Rockets. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports that Rondo's back has been hurt for about a week and that he took a charge/block early in Game 2 that aggravated the injury.

Rondo has struggled to adapt since coming to the Mavericks in a trade in December.

Rondo will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

Rick Carlisle later was asked if he expects Rondo to put on a Mavericks' uniform again.

"No, I don't," said Carlisle.

Carlisle was asked if he believes he could coexist with Rondo.

“Absolutely. I like Rondo. My relationship with him was professional."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

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Chandler Parsons Likely Out For Series Against Rockets

Apr 22, 2015 11:19 AM

Chandler Parsons' knee injury is expected to keep him out of the Dallas Mavericks' first round series against the Houston Rockets entirely. Sources said that Parsons returning for this series is "impossible."

Parsons' sore right knee hasn't responded to treatment since he left a game on April 2.

Parsons had to miss the final six games of the regular season before returning for Game 1.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade

Apr 22, 2015 11:13 AM

Rajon Rondo had planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the summer when it became clear that he no longer had a future with the Boston Celtics, according to sources.

Rondo expected a maximum contract to be signed.

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rondo, he was open to re-signing with the franchise. Rondo reportedly hasn't given up on that possibility despite the issues that have arisen, but sources say he won't return if Rick Carlisle is retained as head coach.

With how poorly Rondo has played since going to the Mavericks and since his ACL injury, a maximum contract is almost uncertain to be offered to him. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Pacers, Mavs, Grizzlies, Lakers Win Draft Tiebreakers

Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM

The Indiana Pacers won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz to get the No. 11 seed in the lottery. The Jazz will get the No. 12 pick if they don't move up in the draft.

In other tiebreakers, the Dallas Mavericks will drafted 21st ahead of the Chicago Bulls at 22nd.

The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 25th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at 26.

The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 27th with the Houston Rockets' pick acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade, while the Boston Celtics will select 28th with the pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Doc Rivers' deal.

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Mark Cuban Irked About Officiating Treatment Of Monta Ellis

Mar 28, 2015 2:38 PM

Mark Cuban publicly stated he is irked about the officiating treatment of Monta Ellis, who is doubtful for the Dallas Mavericks' game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday due to a calf injury.

"I'm not allowed to say how many and what, but we literally have a play list of all the calls of Monta getting smacked and no call," Cuban said. "It's crazy. It's crazy. It's always the same: 'Oh, it's incidental,' or 'It's not this, it's not that.' We tried. We tried to play the game.

"Maybe it will all change next year. I'm not even expecting the league to change anything. I'm hoping fans, every time that happens, fans post a video of it so everybody can see it."

"It's just some of the most ridiculous feedback we get. You turn it in, and it's like, 'That's incidental.' He got hit in the face. Incidental. Knocked the ball loose. Incidental. You know, it's crazy. The guy [is] one of the leading guys in driving, attacking the basket, went to the line zero times tonight."

According to NBA.com's player-tracking data, Ellis ranks 10th in the league with 609 drives this season. He ranks 35th in the league in free throws attempted with 277.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Amar'e Stoudemire Expects To Play Several More Seasons

Mar 26, 2015 1:58 PM

Amar'e Stoudemire believes he has several seasons left in him at the age of 32.

Stoudemire's Phoenix Suns' teammates, Steve Nash and Shawn Marion, are in their final NBA seasons.

“I’m the last man standing,” Stoudemire said with a smile. “I plan on standing for a while, by the way.

“No, no, there’s no way. There’s a lot of youth in these legs. I have a lot of competitive juices still flowing in me. There’s no way I’m ready to be the next man."

The Dallas Mavericks would like to re-sign Stoudemire in the offseason.

Stoudemire has averaged 9.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game with the Mavericks.

“I love Amar’e -- love, love, love the guy,” Mark Cuban said. “There’s not enough superlatives. He’s just a great guy on the court and off. I just love his physicality. He just wants to win and is a great guy.”

The Mavs will probably offer Stoudemire a significant piece of their midlevel exception. Stoudemire, who says he can “compete at a high level for years to come,” will likely request a multiyear deal.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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