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Deron Williams Intends to Decline 2016-17 Player Option, Become Free Agent

Apr 29, 2016 1:30 PM

Deron Williams intends to decline the second-year player option on his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The option was worth approximately $5.6 million.

Williams agreed to a buyout of the final two seasons of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets last July and signed with the Mavericks, averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.9 rebounds per game this season. He turns 32 this offseason.

Tim McMahon / ESPN

Tags: Deron Williams, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

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Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely Won't Retire' This Season

Apr 26, 2016 2:34 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will play at least one more season for the Dallas Mavericks.

"I definitely won't retire. That's out of the question. I felt great this year," said Nowitzki

The 2016-17 season will be Nowitzki's 19th in the NBA. He is currently sixth all-time in points scored and 15th in made three pointers.

Tim McMahon/ESPN

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

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Parsons Remains Close To Dwight, Not At All With DeAndre

Apr 7, 2016 12:13 AM

Chandler Parsons has remained close to Dwight Howard after nearly two years of no longer being teammates.

Howard will be a free agent this offseason and the Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue him.

"We have ongoing talks and text messages still to this day. He's one of my good friends. It's cool that we could have the opportunity to go into free agency this summer together," said Parsons.

"I've expressed how I think he can be one of the dominant players in this league. I think he still has a lot left in the tank. He gets criticized a lot for whatever reason, but I still think he can be one of the best big men in the league and a game-changer. He's not that old [Howard is 30]. He still has a lot left in the tank."

Parsons became close to DeAndre Jordan during the Mavericks' courtship of him last offseason, but they have since drifted apart.

"Pretty nonexistent, honestly," said Parsons "Me and DJ obviously got super close during that time. It's kind of in the past now for both of us. He's made his decision and has had a decent year in L.A., so I'm happy for him. They're a team that's a contender this year. I've said many times I'm over it. He didn't do anything illegal.

I still think he would have been a much better player individually here in Dallas. You never know what's going to happen in the upcoming years. He's a good dude at heart.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Chandler Parsons, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James, J.J. Barea Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Apr 4, 2016 3:03 PM

LeBron James and J.J. Barea have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Barea led Dallas to a perfect 4-0 week with victories over Denver, New York, Detroit and Minnesota. He averaged 23.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists during that stretch while shooting 52.1 percent (38-of-73) from the field and 12-of-25 (.480) from 3-point range. Barea led Dallas outright in scoring in all four games during the week and led the team in assists in all four as well (including ties).

James played in three games this past week for Cleveland (all wins), averaging a near triple-double with 28.0 points on .576 shooting from the field, 9.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 38.7 minutes per contest. He led the Eastern Conference in points per game (28.0), while ranking second in assists per game (10.7), second in plus/minus (+44), tied for third in double-doubles (3), tied for seventh in steals per game (2.3) and ninth in rebounds per game (9.3). 

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Tags: LeBron James, J.J. Barea, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Award

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David Lee Received Interest From Knicks After Buyout

Mar 31, 2016 12:20 PM

David Lee received interest from the New York Knicks after he was waived by the Boston Celtics.

The Knicks had an open roster spot at the time, but he ended up signing with the Dallas Mavericks.

Lee would consider the Knicks in the offseason.

“It’s my favorite city in the world as far as spending time there in the offseason,’’ Lee said. “A great organization. I always look back with a positive memory.

“[It’s] something we even discussed in the buyout process – had a conversation with them,’’ Lee added. “These next eight games are most important and we’ll deal with that later. … I’ll have some good choices. I’m looking forward to playing three, four more years. I feel my body feels as healthy as ever.”

Marc Berman/New York Post

Tags: David Lee, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mark Cuban Criticizes Referees On Twitter During Middle Of Game

Mar 26, 2016 2:59 PM

Mark Cuban criticized NBA officials on Twitter during the middle of the Dallas Mavericks' 128-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday.

"Derrick Stafford has mailed it in. That travel was not a travel and the no calls. Rick needs to get a tech," wrote Cuban.

Cuban did not travel with the Mavericks on their four-game road trip.

Cuban then criticized the NBA's referee management team.

"I want a ref mgmt team that demands quality instead of brain scans and one that doesn't have politicians," said Cuban.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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Chandler Parsons Undergoes Knee Surgery, Out For Remainder Of Season

Mar 25, 2016 2:11 PM

Chandler Parsons underwent arthroscopic surgery to address an injury to his right medial meniscus. The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Daniel Worrel at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas. Parsons will miss the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Parsons (6-10, 230) finished the year with averages of 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 29.5 minutes in 61 games (51 starts). He shot 49.2 percent (320-of-651) from the field and 41.4 percent (104-of-251) from 3-point range.

Over his final 30 games of the season (since Jan. 12), Parsons averaged 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 34.3 minutes. He shot 52 percent (204-of-392) from the floor and 47.5 percent (75-of-158) from deep in his last 30 games.

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Dirk Nowitzki Will Revisit Situation If Mavs Shift To Rebuild In Summer

Mar 25, 2016 1:15 PM

Dirk Nowitzki was asked what he would do this offseason if the Dallas Mavericks decide to shift into a rebuilding mode.

The Mavericks are in danger of missing the playoffs.

Nowitzki could become a free agent if he doesn't exercise his player option with the Mavericks.

"You know, that's something I'll focus on this summer," said Nowitzki. "I'm in the midst of chasing the playoffs here and trying to play well and compete every night. That's something we'll revisit this summer. Obviously I still have a year on the contract, I could choose to opt out, I think that's in the contract, but honestly I haven't really spent a lot of thought on that at all. I really want to make the playoffs bad. I think our fanbase deserves that. It's always a fun part of the year when it's warm out, when the competition is high, so we'd love to be a part of that. Everything else we can come together and talk about after. There's just not enough thought put into that right now. Hopefully we can squeeze in and make the playoffs and we can talk about all that later."

Nowitzki was later asked about his plans by Tim MacMahon.

"I always said I wanted to play those three years to the end," said Nowitzki. "In my mind, after we won the championship, it was always clear I will retire a Mav."

105.3 The Fan (via Tim Cato/Mavs Moneyball)

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Mavs Believe Chandler Parsons Could Return This Season

Mar 22, 2016 7:41 PM

Chandler Parsons is undergoing surgery on his right knee for a meniscus tear but he could return this season.

Parsons left in the third quarter of Friday's loss to Golden State with what the team said was right hamstring soreness. 

The injury isn't considered as serious as the one that knocked Parsons out of the first round of the playoffs last season.

Parsons could resume basketball activities within six weeks, which means he could be available when the playoffs start in mid-April.

Schuyler Dixon/Associated Press

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

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Chandler Parsons Likely To Undergo Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Mar 22, 2016 10:51 AM

Chandler Parsons is likely to undergo season-ending surgery this week to address a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Parsons, who sources say will receive a second opinion before scheduling an operation, is expected to be fully recovered in time to resume his regular offseason basketball-workout routine.

This would be the second consecutive season that Parsons' season ends prematurely because of surgery on his right knee.

The injury is not nearly as severe as the cartilage damage he suffered last season that was repaired with a hybrid microfracture procedure on May 1.

 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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

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Jeremy Evans Out For Season With Surgery On Torn Labrum
Jeremy Evans averaged 2.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 8.4 minutes in 30 games (two starts) in his first season in Dallas.

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Dirk Nowitzki Comfortable With Full Time Move To Center
The Mavs have outscored their opponents by 69 points in 215 minutes with Dirk Nowitzki at center.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Wolves Agree To Buyout With Kevin Martin
The Spurs, Rockets, Mavericks and Hawks are expected to pursue Kevin Martin.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Mark Cuban In Favor Of Moving The Three-Point Line Back
Mark Cuban believes moving the line back would create more spacing of the game.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mavs, Cavs, Heat, Hawks Thunder Interested In Kevin Martin If Bought Out
Kevin Martin's destination could hinge on where Joe Johnson signs.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

David Lee To Sign With Mavericks For $2.1M Room Exception
David Lee was waived by the Celtics on Friday.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Mavs Emerge As Possible Spot For Ben McLemore
The Mavericks have emerged as a possible trading partner with the Kings for Ben McLemore.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Chandler Parsons Looking Forward To Recruiting Dwight Howard
Chandler Parsons and Dwight Howard have recently rekindled their friendship.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Mark Cuban Invests In Daily Fantasy Sports Analytics Platform
Terms of Mark Cuban's investment in Fantasy Labs were not disclosed.

Darren Heitner/Forbes

Mavericks Reassign Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri To Legends
Justin Anderson is averaging 25.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 37.1 minutes in four D-League games this year.

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Deron Williams Questioned Whether He Wanted To Keep Playing Basketball
Deron Williams' seasons with the Nets were frustrating, shattering his confidence after he was unable to carry the franchise.

Michael Lee/Yahoo! Sports

Cuban: Mavericks Would Have Traded Up For Porzingis In 'A Heartbeat'
Mark Cuban says the Mavericks would have traded up to select Kristaps Porzingis if possible.

Marc Berman/New York Post

Mavericks Assign Justin Anderson, Salah Mejri To D-League
The Mavericks selected Justin Anderson with the 21st overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Celtics, Mavs Interested In Hiring Kevin McHale As Consultant
Danny Ainge immediately reached out to Kevin McHale following his dismissal from the Rockets about a role with the Celtics.

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Parsons: DeAndre Jordan Not A Priority To Mavs Or Even Clippers
One of the reasons why DeAndre Jordan considered signing with the Mavericks was for a bigger role on offense.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

Dirk Nowitzki 'Definitely' Will Play Out Current Contract
Dirk Nowitzki is nearing the end of his career but he plans to play next season.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Cuban Saved DeAndre Jordan Text Messages, Might Reveal Them At Some Point
DeAndre Jordan agreed to sign with the Mavericks before reconsidering.

Ben Bolch/Los Angeles Times

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.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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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