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Chandler Parsons Looking Forward To Recruiting Dwight Howard

Feb 3, 2016 7:29 PM

Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard have recently rekindled their friendship.

Parsons played a big role in recruiting Howard to the Houston Rockets in 2013 before he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in 2014.

Parsons plans on helping the Mavericks with their recruiting efforts for Howard.

“For sure,” Parsons said. “I’m talking to him (routinely), obviously, and we share the same agent with Dan Fegan … Obviously I have a really close relationship with Dwight and one year wasn’t enough playing with him in Houston. I was a big reason why he went there, so I’ll have to revisit that when the time is appropriate. The relationship I had with him, and making him feel comfortable, that was big (in Houston).

“We still talk all the time … We’re friends, on and off the court. And I don’t just do it because he’s a free agent. It’s just a relationship we’ve built over the years. He still has a lot left in the tank. You look at the playoffs last year, and he was dominant … When he’s healthy he can go, and he’s one of the most dominant players in the league, so I’m a big fan of his game.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Dwight Howard, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mark Cuban Invests In Daily Fantasy Sports Analytics Platform

Jan 8, 2016 2:55 PM

Mark Cuban has become an investor in Fantasy Labs, a daily fantasy sports analytics platform.

Terms of Cuban’s investment in Fantasy Labs were not disclosed. Co-Founder Jonathan Bales says it is a “significant enough amount of money to bring on a bunch of talented people so we can really scale our product development to create new tools and expand to new verticals, as well as ramp up marketing efforts.”

Cuban is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association Winter Conference in Dallas on January 20, 2016.

Fantasy Labs, which was created within the past year, provides a platform of proprietary daily fantasy sports data, tools and analytics, allowing users to leverage its massive database of stats and information for a competitive advantage. It provides a “Lineup Optimizer” that automatically generates optimal lineups based on player projection models and a “Trends” feature, allowing users to determine what factors are priced into player salaries on DraftKings and FanDuel.

Mark Cuban, previously invested in eSports betting platform Unikrn.

In a recent interview with Fortune, Cuban said that he decided to invest in Unikrn because, “Gambling is available in more than 100 countries. Combine that with the explosive growth of eSports and I saw it as a great investment.”

Darren Heitner/Forbes

Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Mavericks Reassign Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri To Legends

Dec 26, 2015 1:10 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have reassigned guard Justin Anderson and center Salah Mejri to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Anderson (6-6, 228) is averaging 25.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 37.1 minutes in four D-League contests (four starts) this year.

Anderson is averaging 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 17 games (one start) for the Mavericks this season.

Mejri (7-2, 235) is averaging 8.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 23.8 minutes in five games (two starts) for the Legends this season.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Deron Williams Questioned Whether He Wanted To Keep Playing Basketball

Dec 21, 2015 1:06 PM

Deron Williams' seasons with the Brooklyn Nets were frustrating, shattering his confidence after he was unable to carry the franchise.

Williams agreed to a buyout this past offseason to sign with the Dallas Mavericks for a new start.

"It took a lot out of me, man, those three years. Some of the hardest in my life," Williams told Yahoo Sports of his time in Brooklyn. "Made me question if I even wanted to play basketball when I was done with that contract."

Williams will return to Brooklyn as a visitor for the first time on Wednesday.

"It’s cool. There’s a lot of people, I guess, who aren’t built for New York," Williams told Yahoo. "New York is not for everybody."

Williams has been productive with the Mavericks.

"It’s been great. To be a part of this organization. The team has been great. Being home in Dallas, it’s been great for myself and my family. I'm definitely enjoying it," Williams told Yahoo. "I enjoy playing with these guys. It’s a great group. It reminds me of my teams in Utah the first couple of years where we like being around each other. We do a lot of stuff off the court together. Like a college atmosphere. It’s loose. It’s fun. I have the ball in my hands a lot more. I have a better rhythm here. Those things all contribute to better confidence out there."

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cuban: Mavericks Would Have Traded Up For Porzingis In 'A Heartbeat'

Dec 8, 2015 2:31 PM

Mark Cuban says the Dallas Mavericks would have traded up to select Kristaps Porzingis if possible.

“We would have traded up in a heartbeat to get that kid,’’ Cuban said before the first Porzingis-Nowitzki showdown. “We loved him. Obviously, people are going to compare him to Dirk because that’s what people like to do. When you’re 7-foot-3, those three inches make a difference.

“I’m a Porzingis fan. I’ve got my Russian insults all packaged up to starting screaming at him with my high school Russian. Porzingis is the real deal. He’s got some s–t to him and that’s different.”

Porzingis actually barely speaks Russian as he's fluent in Latvian, English and Spanish.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA

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Mavericks Assign Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri To D-League

Nov 21, 2015 6:31 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned guard Justin Anderson and center Salah Mejri to the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

Anderson (6-6, 228) is averaging 3.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 7.4 minutes in 10 games (one start) for Dallas this season. The rookie guard scored a career-high 11 points (4-4 FGs, 1-1 3FGs, 2-2 FTs) in 15 minutes at New Orleans on Nov. 10.

The Mavericks selected Anderson with the 21st overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

Mejri (7-2, 235) has seen action in five games for the Mavericks this year and is averaging 1.0 rebound in 3.9 minutes per game.


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Tags: Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, D-League

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant

Nov 19, 2015 11:28 AM

Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Houston Rockets about a role with the Boston Celtics.

"I've always tried to get Kevin to come work with me and work with my big guys," Ainge told the Boston Herald. "I told Kevin that today. ... We've got a spot for him. I know we could figure something out for him in some capacity, but I think he's just in a wait-and-see mode.

"He appreciated me reaching out to him, but I think he's just going to lay low. He's probably got bigger and better things to do -- or more relaxing things to do."

The Dallas Mavericks also have interest in hiring McHale, who had him on payroll as a consultant in training camp in 2009.

"Maybe when the dust settles, I can get him out to teach the 'slippery eel' to Kelly [Olynyk] and Sully [Jared Sullinger] and Amir [Johnson]," Ainge told the Herald.

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Parsons: DeAndre Jordan Not A Priority To Mavs Or Even Clippers

Nov 12, 2015 7:27 PM

Chandler Parsons played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks' recruitment of DeAndre Jordan, but sat out the Los Angeles Clippers' visit on Wednesday.

Jordan had nine points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes.

One of the reasons why Jordan considered signing with the Mavericks was for a bigger role on offense.

"He's not a priority to us. And by the looks of their team, he's not to them, either," said Parsons.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Chandler Parsons, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely' Will Play Out Current Contract

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 PM

Dirk Nowitzki is nearing the end of his career but he plans to play next season, which will be the final season of his current contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

"I always said that when the body is hurting every day, and when you’ve got to do all this extra stuff to just play, I think that’s when it’s time to go," said Nowitzki "But I feel good. I feel good right now and I felt good this summer. I mean, we had a five-games-in-six-days for the (Eurobasket), and I got through that just fine. ... I felt good. I don’t need to pop a thousand pills to play or practice. So as long as that’s still good, and it’s still fun to go. I’m going to definitely ride this contract out (this season and next). I don’t know. We’ll see what happens after that."

Nowitzki talked about how difficult training is compared to the games.

"Once you play and you move and the competing is there, that will always be fun," Nowitzki said. "But the summers, man. The summers are a beast sometimes. I’m usually in Germany (training), so if I was (in Dallas) working out with four or five guys all summer, that’d probably be easier, but I’m by myself basically, so I’ve got to push myself every day. Get up in the morning, leave the kids (Dirk and his wife, Jessica Ollson, have a two-year-old daughter, Malaika, and a seven-month-old son, Max) and go work out like a maniac for a couple of hours. That’s hard. That’s hard. But the playing will always be fun."

Sam Amick/USA Today

Tags: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cuban Saved DeAndre Jordan Text Messages, Might Reveal Them At Some Point

Nov 10, 2015 10:40 PM

Mark Cuban said he saved all of his text messages from DeAndre Jordan and he might detail them at a later date.

Jordan agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks before reconsidering and eventually re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers.

"Look, this is not thermonuclear war," said Cuban. "This is a basketball game, and for fans, it’s supposed to be fun."

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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Rick Carlisle, Mavericks Agree Upon Five-Year, $35M Extension
Rick Carlisle's deal is the richest in the NBA for any coach without a dual executive role.

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Chandler Parsons Hopes To Make Season Debut Sunday
Chandler Parsons underwent knee surgery in the offseason.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Rick Carlisle, Mavs In Advanced Talks On Five-Year Extension
Donnie Nelson memorably announced in April that he and Mark Cuban regard Rick Carlisle as "our Jerry Sloan."

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Maurice Ndour Waived By Mavericks
Maurice Ndour is sidelined indefinitely because of a stress reaction in his left leg.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Mavericks Waive Sam Dalembert, Brandon Ashley, Tu Holloway, Jamil Wilson
Samuel Dalembert played in four games (one start) this preseason and averaged 4.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 12.8 minutes.

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Mavericks Waive Jarrid Famous, Sign Tu Holloway
Tu Holloway went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft and competed for a roster spot in the Mavericks 2012 training camp.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Dallas Mavericks Season Preview With Rob Mahoney
How much does Dirk Nowitzki have left, how soon can Wes Matthews and Chandler Parsons return to stabilize the wing positions, a grade for management and more.

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Maurice Ndour Out Indefinitely With Stress Reaction In Left Leg
Maurice Ndour has had a strong camp with the Mavericks.

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Chandler Parsons: No Way DeAndre Was Coming To Mavericks Unless I Presented
Chandler Parsons played a significant role in the Mavericks' initially successful, ultimately futile pursuit of DeAndre Jordan.

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Dirk Nowitzki Wants To Play At Least Two More Seasons
Dirk Nowitzki won't announce his retirement plans in advance.

Brad Townsend/Dallas Morning News

Wesley Matthews Could Be Out Until Christmas
Wesley Matthews will definitely not be ready for the Mavericks' regular season opener.

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Chandler Parsons Underwent 'Minor Hybrid' Microfracture Surgery
Chandler Parsons has not been fully cleared for the beginning of training camp with the Mavericks.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mark Cuban: Doc Rivers' Professional Life Was Over If He Didn't Get DeAndre Jordan
Mark Cuban was asked to respond to comments from Doc Rivers criticizing how he handled the DeAndre Jordan situation.

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Deron Williams' Struggles With Nets Both Physical, Mental
Deron Williams is getting a fresh start this season with the Mavericks.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Mavs Tried To Sign Steve Nash As Player In Offseason
The Mavericks hoped Steve Nash would be interested in reuniting with Dirk Nowitzki and playing backup point guard.

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Deron Williams Excited For Fresh Start With Mavs
Deron Williams had a difficult tenure with the Nets and is looking forward to a new beginning playing for his hometown Mavericks.

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Wesley Matthews Expects To Play Opening Night
Wesley Matthews is returning from a ruptured Achilles heel and signed with the Mavericks in free agency.

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Kings Hire Roland Beech To Run Analytics Department
The Kings parted ways with Dean Oliver this offseason.

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JaVale McGee Signs With Mavs
JaVale McGee has signed with the Mavericks.

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