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Mavs Have Scouted Frank Ntilkina More Than Any Other Team

May 16, 2017 9:35 PM

The Dallas Mavericks will pick No. 9 in this year's draft, which could put them in position to select Frank Ntilkina.

Dallas has scouted Ntilkina more than any other team in the league.

The Mavericks have a long-term need at point guard.

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Mark Cuban To Represent Mavericks At Lottery

May 10, 2017 2:10 PM

Mark Cuban will represent the Dallas Mavericks at the lottery.

The Mavericks were last in the lottery in 2013 but not since 2000 before that.

Dallas ended up trading the draft rights to Kelly Olynyk to the Boston Celtics for Lucas Nogueira, who was flipped to the Atlanta Hawks for Jared Cunningham.

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Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008

Apr 22, 2017 1:30 PM

Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts each were fired as head coach of the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks around the same time in 2007.

The trio sat out the 07-08 season and interviewed with a number of teams as a package deal before settling on the Dallas Mavericks.

“Rick and I joked about this,” Casey says. “If he got a head coaching job, he would hire me as an assistant. And if I got a head coaching job, I was going to hire him as an assistant. We kind of bonded together on this. We got Terry with us and we kind of interviewed as a staff.

“We met with the Knicks. We interviewed in Chicago. We met with Donnie Nelson at Rick’s house. The next morning, Mark Cuban flew into Indy and we interviewed again. We were a package deal. Rick was the head coach. I was in charge of the defence. Terry was in charge of the offence.”

The Mavericks went on to win the title in 2011. Casey was then hired by the Toronto Raptors and Stotts went to the Portland Trail Blazers.

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Dirk Nowitzki Confirms He'll Return For 17-18

Apr 13, 2017 1:45 PM

Dirk Nowitzki has confirmed he will return next season for his 20th with the Dallas Mavericks.

Nowitzki said in early March that he planned to continue his career.

Nowitzki averaged 14.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season as his minutes dropped to 26.4 per game.

Nowitzki had a PER of 17.0, which is still above league average but was his lowest since his second NBA season.

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NBA Prohibited Mark Cuban From Letting Tony Romo Play In Game

Apr 12, 2017 12:41 AM

Mark Cuban wanted Tony Romo to actually play in Tuesday's game for the Dallas Mavericks.

Romo recently retired to join CBS as a game analyst.

"I told him what I was going to do and said, 'Fine me if you don't like it.'"

Silver told Cuban the contract would not be honored, which killed the idea but did not stop the Mavericks from honoring Romo.

Romo dressed for the game and warmed up with the Mavericks.

"Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons," Rick Carlisle said. "No. 1, he's a football athlete that's not ready to play in an NBA game. That's very risky. No. 2, to sign a guy with all of our requirements from a physical standpoint with the hours and hours of screening and all that kinds of other stuff, it just wasn't worth going there. And that's not really what this is about."

Romo was an excellent basketball player in high school.

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Mavericks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers

Apr 11, 2017 5:11 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers.

Liggins has a non-guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will save $2.5 million in luxury tax payments with the Mavericks claiming Liggins.

Dallas was the only team in the NBA with an available roster spot.

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff For Remainder Of Season

Mar 29, 2017 11:06 AM

The Dallas Mavericks plan to sign Jarrod Uthoff to a deal for the remainder of the current season.

Dallas will let Manny Harris return to the Texas Legends of the D-League.

Both players were on 10-day contracts with the Mavericks.

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Rick Carlisle: Rule Changes Changed Culture To Emphasize Skilled Players

Mar 28, 2017 1:30 PM

Rick Carlisle was asked to theorize why offense has been up around the NBA this season.

The NBA has reached a point where the game has evolved to include more perimeter shooters and a faster pace of play following rule changes.

"My belief is that we've entered a new era of high skill level Sixteen years ago, when I first came into the league, they had just changed the rules," said Carlisle. "You could have two guys guarding a guy that didn't have the ball. You could play zone defense as long as you stayed within the rules, stuff like that.

"And everybody was worried about what was gonna happen to scoring. And the group that put it together, led by Jerry Colangelo, really felt that these rules would increase ball movement and if there was a necessity to move the ball, it would become a greater necessity for all players on the floor to have skill. Otherwise, it would be difficult to hide guys that couldn't shoot. 

"And so, initially there were a lot of skeptics that believes, 'Hey, this is gonna bring the game to a screeching halt. There just aren't enough skill guys.'

"But the reason it was done was to change the culture of player development at the grassroots level. And so, the people coaching grade school, middle school, AAU would have to recognize the importance of being able to shoot, being able to get the ball in the basket. And again, there were a lot of people - there was a lot of eye rolling and 'Yea, right! That's gonna change!'

"Well, it's changed. It's taken time, but how many teams have got a guy at the 4 that can't make an outside shot? I'm not necessarily saying a 3, but an outside shot. You look at the teams that can play big. (derrick) Favors makes mid-range shots. Who else? These guys, (Taj) Gibson can shoot mid-range shots. He's taken a few 3s.

"You know, so anyway, I think that's your answer. If you have more skilled guys and there's a big emphasis on the analytics of pace, scoring's gonna go up. Scoring's gonna go up. So, I don't know what you're gonna hear people clamoring for next. But in the end, what you're gonna get, in my estimation - the Finals last year, the deciding game of the Finals was in the high 80s, low 90s. And so, when it counts, and you get in situations where you're at seven games, and there's familiarity, and you've got the best offensive and defensive teams out there, scoring's not gonna be going crazy."

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Mavericks Sign Manny Harris, Jarrod Uthoff To 2nd 10-Day Contracts

Mar 20, 2017 1:26 AM

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Manny Harris and forward Jarrod Uthoff to second 10-day contracts. 

Harris (6-5, 185) has appeared in three games for Dallas this season, averaging 2.0 points and 2.7 rebounds in 6.9 minutes per game.

Uthoff (6-9, 220) has seen action in two games for the Mavericks this year and has logged a total of 5 minutes.

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Mark Cuban: I Didn't Adapt To NBA, They Adapted to Me

Mar 10, 2017 1:08 PM

Mark Cuban is now a veteran NBA owner, purchasing the Dallas Mavericks 17 years ago. Since Cuban bought the Mavericks, 16 of the 30 teams have changed ownership hands.

When Cuban arrived in the NBA, he was a younger owner with a set of ideas that disturbed their status quo. Cuban frequently engaged in attention seeking behavior (Google: Ed Rush, Dairy Queen) while also helping to modernize their business such as making the conditions for players significantly improved.

"It was a whole lot more fun when I was the young guy screwing everything up," said Cuban. "But (the establishment) listened to me and I guess I molded them into what I wanted (laughs). So now that there’s nothing new to change and I don’t have any reason to complain, it’s all good. I didn’t adapt to them, they adapted to me. I was a bully, my way or the highway."

The Mavericks started the season slowly but have rebounded to compete for a playoff spot.

"We’ve basically gone through a rebuild in one season," said Cuban. "It’s a credit to Rick (Carlisle, the Mavericks coach) but also everyone on this team. There’s still a lot more to do. Nobody’s writing us in for The Finals this year. Our guys really worked hard, as hard or harder than any team in the league. Look at Miami. They’ve undergone a lot of changes too, much like we have, and they just play harder. I remember the Celtics after they traded off Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and they tried to find themselves and they did that by playing their asses off. That’s who we are now. Teams kind of look at our talent and don’t know what to expect but it’s hard to keep up with us when you go 15 deep with guys playing hard. It’s our calling card. I love it."

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Mavericks Plan On Signing Manny Harris To 10-Day Contract
Manny Harris last played in the NBA with the Lakers during the 13-14 season.

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Mavericks To Sign Jarrod Uthoff To 10-Day Contract
Jarrod Uthoff has been playing for Fort Wayne in the D-League.

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Dirk Nowitzki Joins NBA's 30,000 Point Club
Dirk Nowitzki joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain as the other members of the 30,000 club.

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Mark Cuban Doesn't Put Russell Westbrook In MVP Conversation
Mark Cuban believes the MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James.

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Dirk Nowitzki Intends To Play Next Season
Playing in 2017-18 would give Dirk Nowitzki an even 20 seasons in the league with the Mavericks.

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Dario Saric, Yogi Ferrell Named Rookies Of The Month For February
Dario Saric led all rookies in scoring (17.0 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (7.9 rpg) for the month.

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Mavs Made Moves At Deadline With Draft Pick In Mind
Mark Cuban acknowledged the Mavericks made a number of moves at the deadline with the future in mind.

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Deron Williams Commits To Signing With Cavaliers
Deron Williams also considered signing with the Jazz.

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Mavericks Sign Ben Bentil To 10-Day Contract
Dallas also considered Pierre Jackson and Manny Harris for their open roster spots.

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Mavericks To Sign Quinn Cook To 10-Day Contract
The Mavericks waived Deron Williams shortly after Thursday's trade deadline.

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Mavericks Waive Deron Williams, Expected To Sign With Cavaliers
The Mavericks have waived Deron Williams.

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Deron Williams Could Agree To Buyout With Mavs
The Mavericks would like to give Yogi Ferrell an extended look as their starting point guard.

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Mavs Acquire Nerlens Noel For 1st Rounder, Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut
Nerlens Noel will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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Jazz Reach Out To Mavs On Trading For Deron Williams
Deron Williams was traded by the Jazz in 2011 to the Nets.

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Mavs Willing To Take On Salary In Exchange For Draft Picks
With the Mavericks finally taking a longer term view, they are willing to take on contracts before Thursday's deadline if draft compensation is attached.

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Pistons Tried To Sign Yogi Ferrell
Yogi Ferrell has signed a multi-year contract with the Mavericks and is averaging 14.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

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Cavaliers Interested In Jose Calderon, Andrew Bogut
The Cavs know trading for Jose Calderon, Andrew Bogut or Deron Williams is highly unlikely given Cleveland's various salary-cap and asset limitations.

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Yogi Ferrell Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Mavericks
Yogi Ferrell is averaging 17.8 points, five assists and three rebounds while shooting 52 percent from 3-point range in 37.5 minutes per game for Dallas.

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Mavericks To Sign Yogi Ferrell To 10-Day Contract
Yogi Ferrell has averaged 18.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 35.7 minutes per game in 18 appearances with the Long Island Nets of the D-League.

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Mavericks Sign Pierre Jackson To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Pierre Jackson was originally signed by Dallas on Dec. 27, before being waived by the team on Jan. 6 after appearing in four games.

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