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Mavericks Assign Ricky Ledo To D-League

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Ricky Ledo to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Ledo (6-7, 200) has been inactive in each of the Mavericks’ 12 games this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Nowitzki Believes He Could Co-Exist With Aldridge

The Dallas Mavericks expect to have maximum or near-max cap space available next summer and LaMarcus Aldridge undoubtedly would be a top target.

Aldridge is in the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Aldridge rejected a three-year, $55 million extension this summer, just as other superstar players have done due to the financial benefit of waiting for free agency.

“It’s just financially smarter to wait,” said Aldridge at the time. “And I’m looking forward to signing the five-year deal when the chance comes.”

Aldridge was asked about free agency on Thursday.

“Ease up on that,” he said.

Aldridge is a native of the Dallas area.

“That’s hard to speculate,” Brandan Wright said. “He says he wants to be here (in Portland). I’m going to take his word for it, especially this early in the season.”

Dirk Nowitzki would be interested in having Aldridge join the Mavericks, even though they have similar games.

“I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …”

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Cuban: NFL Is Desperate For International Fans

Mark Cuban believes the NBA doesn't need to play regular season games in London the way the NFL is with three on the schedule this year. 

“The NFL is desperate,” Cuban said. “We’re not.”

Asked what the NFL is desperate for, Cuban said: “To build international fans. We’re not.

“I get why they’re doing it. But more power to them.”

The NBA has played games in London for several years, with the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks going this season.

Via Dwain Price/Star-Telegram

Exec: Meeting With Rich Paul On LeBron Was For Them To Publicize Their Business

LeBron James empowered his agent Rich Paul to meet with several teams to Klutch’s offices in Cleveland for free-agent presentations without him present.

Those meetings were leaked to the public and the perception was that they were conducted to garner attention to their agency.

The Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks met with Paul, in addition to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Just used as props to get attention and publicize their business,” one league executive told Yahoo Sports. “Maybe that’s smart to some people, but you have to deal with the same people again and again in this league. Those things can come back on you eventually.”

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Mavericks Open To Late Season Signing Of Ray Allen Or Rashard Lewis

The Dallas Mavericks would be open to signing Ray Allen or Rashard Lewis later in the regular season should either player be interested in a deal.

Both Allen and Lewis have been working out, and Lewis has worked out in Dallas sometimes.

"We haven’t talked to him, but I think he’s doing it the right way,” Mark Cuban said of Allen. “He’s waiting to see who’s doing well. If it comes down to it, we’d always consider it. We’re always open to improving the team. But you don’t want to mess up a good thing, either. That’s when Caron got hurt and Roddy got hurt. But Peja is a good example.

“Rashard Lewis is working out here. We’ve stayed in touch with him and worked with him.”

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Hornets Could Conceivably Be Interested In Kobe

The New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and possibly Charlotte Hornets are all teams that could be interested in Kobe Bryant, according to ESPN's Chad Ford.

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Julius Randle for the entire season on opening night and are expected to struggle to make the playoffs. The Lakers also get to keep their 2015 first round pick if it is in the top-5.

The Knicks are an especially interesting possibility due to his connection to Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher and Carmelo Anthony.

The Knicks could include young players like Iman Shumpert and/or Tim Hardaway Jr., along with a 2015 first rounder and they also have the expiring contracts of Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

"I don't think Mitch has much choice but to find ways to lose," one GM told ESPN. "They're going to be bad anyway. You don't want to be just good enough that you lose the pick and still miss the playoffs. I don't think they have the assets to get good enough to make the playoffs and I don't think they have the [expletive] to trade Kobe. It's paradoxical, but right now losing seems like the only way to really get better."

Bryant's contract expires after the 15-16 NBA season.

Via Chad Ford/ESPN

Mavs Release Gal Mekel To Create Roster Spot For Barea

The Dallas Mavericks have released Gal Mekel.

The move will create a roster spot for the Mavericks to sign J.J. Barea.

Via RealGM Staff Report

J.J. Barea Finalizing Buyout From Wolves, Hopes To Re-Sign With Mavs

J.J. Barea is finalizing a contract buyout with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, according to sources.

Barea is on course to be bought out as soon as Sunday and Monday at the latest.

Barea is hoping to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks after clearing waivers. The Mavericks would then have to create a roster spot for him.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Mavericks Waive Bernard James, Ivan Johnson, Doron Lamb

The Dallas Mavericks announced Saturday that they have waived Bernard James, Ivan Johnson and Doron Lamb.

The Mavericks' roster stands at 15, with Charlie Villanueva making the regular season roster out of training camp.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Monta Ellis Hopes To Spend Rest Of Career With Mavs

Monta Ellis has the ability to opt out of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks after this season, but he has become fond of the organization and discussed a desire to retire with the team.

“It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family, sit down with my wife, my kids and we’re going to go from there," Ellis said. "But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career."

“They love it here," Ellis said when asked how his family is doing in Dallas. "I would love to retire here. My wife loves it. It’s good because she’s trying to go back to law school and get into being a lawyer or whatever. So my life is great on the outside of basketball. I love the city of Dallas. I like how they embraced me. That’s the thing that was with me as well. My first two years at Golden State, the fans embraced me so much that it wanted me to give back to them. That’s why I worked so hard to be the type of player that I was because the fans were 100 percent behind me. And when I came here it was the same way. It got me back to want to give back to them because they give me so much.”

Via Ben & Skin/KRLD-FM Dallas

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Mavs Release Eric Griffin, Yuki Togashi

The Mavericks roster now stands at 18 players.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

Mavericks Trying To Trade Gal Mekel, Bernard James

The Mavericks would prefer to keep one or two of their 15 roster spots open entering this upcoming season.

Mavericks To Sign Yuki Togashi To Non-Guaranteed Deal

Yuki Togashi is most likely to end up with the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League.

Felton Out At Least 10 Days With High Ankle Sprain

Raymond Felton was expected to compete with Jameer Nelson as the Mavs’ starting point guard.

Carlisle Apologizes For Criticising Parsons' Weight, Conditioning

Rick Carlisle apologized to Chandler Parsons via a press release from the Mavericks for criticizing his weight and conditioning.

Rick Carlisle Asking Chandler Parsons To Lose Extra Weight

Chandler Parsons said he played between 220 and 225 pounds most of last season.

Chandler Never Thought Carmelo Would Leave Knicks

Tyson Chandler was recently asked if he tried to recruit Carmelo Anthony to the Mavericks.

Cuban Hopes To Honor Duncan, Nash, Terry If They Plan To Retire After Season

Mark Cuban said he hopes to honor Tim Duncan on March 24, the Spurs' last scheduled trip to Dallas in the regular season, if Duncan states he is retiring.

Mavs Were Fully Committed To Parsons Before Receiving Word From LeBron

The Mavericks were pursuing Chandler Parsons along with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Morey Responds To Criticism From Cuban

Mark Cuban recently criticized Daryl Morey and the Rockets for not caring about chemistry.

Victor Liz Working To Re-Sign Overseas; No NBA Camp Deal

Victor Liz is working to re-sign overseas, meaning no NBA deal with the Mavericks or another organization, sources told RealGM.

Doron Lamb Signs With Mavericks

Doron Lamb won an NCAA championship at Kentucky.

Zoran Dragic In Talks With Heat, Spurs, Mavericks, Magic

Zoran Dragic informed teams of the Oct. 5 buyout deadline in the language of his contract with Unicaja Malaga of the European League, a source told RealGM.

Grunwald: Raptors Never Had Serious Discussions With Mavs On Carter For Nash

Glen Grunwald was asked to explore a trade of Vince Carter to the Mavericks for Steve Nash.

Charlie Villanueva To Sign With Mavericks After Deciding Between Dallas, Clippers

Charlie Villanueva is nearing a decision on a veteran's minimum deal with either the Mavericks or Clippers, a league source tells RealGM.

Bernard James Re-Signs With Mavericks

Bernard James has re-signed with the Mavericks.

Petteri Koponen Hopes To Play In NBA By 15-16

The Mavericks own the draft rights to Petteri Koponen.

RealGM Radio: On The Southwest Division With Maisonet, Tjarks

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.

Mavs, Bernard James Finalizing One-Year Contract

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