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Nerlens Noel Doesn't Regret Rejecting $70M Offer From Mavericks

Dec 13, 2017 4:20 PM

When Nerlens Noel fired Happy Walters in August and replaced him with Rich Paul, there were no new contract talks with the Dallas Mavericks.

Noel rejected a four-year deal with the Mavericks worth approximately $70 million.

Noel ultimately signed for the qualifying offer at $4.1 million for one season.

The Mavericks dropped Noel from the rotation and he underwent surgery on his left thumb.

"I have no idea," Noel told Bleacher Report when asked why he thinks he was removed from the rotation. "I know that I'm working hard and through it and making sure I'm going to always be ready when my number's called. Just make sure I'm on top of everything else, that I'm getting better, make sure I'm getting my extra work in so when that time comes to get back in the rotation, I'll be ready."

While Noel had an incident recently in which he grabbed a hot dog from the media room at halftime of a game, the Mavericks insist he's remained professional.

"He's been very professional, with the exception of the hot dog incident the other night, which we all had fun with," Carlisle told reporters last week. "That's over with now, and he realized that was a mistake. ... Our No. 1 thing as a team ... is just getting him 100 percent healthy."

"Nerlens has been great," Mark Cuban said. "He's been great in the locker room, a total professional."

"I most definitely don't regret anything. I'm not nervous because I know my abilities," Noel told Bleacher Report. "I know what I'm capable of. I know what I can get on the court any time, day or night, and do. It's simply getting the opportunity to show it."

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavericks Lead NBA In Home Attendance Rate, Last In Away Rate

Dec 12, 2017 10:19 AM

The Dallas Mavericks lead the NBA in home attendance rate at 102.8 percent of capacity, but have the league's worst road attendance rate.

The average attendance when Dallas plays on the road is just 86 percent of capacity. 

The Mavericks have sold out every home game since Dec. 15, 2001. One way the Mavericks have kept the streak going is by donating unsold tickets to charity.

“It’s far more important to me to build a fan base for the future,” Mark Cuban said in an email. “And the best way to do that is to get people to a game.”

Cuban said the sellout streak is not that important to him.

“For slow games, we will use our community service group to proactively invite groups to a game,” Cuban said. If a game doesn’t sell out on its own, the Mavs can donate the remaining tickets and still call it out a sellout. “Tickets are perishable,” Cuban said. “We feel like having a seat full with a young fan creates a Mavericks fan for life. It’s an investment in building our future fan base.”

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, NBA

Nerlens Noel Out 4-6 Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Dec 7, 2017 10:01 AM

Nerlens Noel will undergo surgery on a torn ligament near his left thumb.

Noel will likely be out between four and six weeks.

The Dallas Mavericks hope Noel returns before the trade deadline. Noel rejected a four-year, $72 million offer from Dallas this past offseason and signed for the qualifying offer.

"It's not anything crazy," Noel said. "It's a pretty common injury for a basketball player. I'm just going to get it taken care of. I showed it to the trainers and they said, that it's not right. They said I should probably get some surgery and get it fixed up now.

"I can play basketball with it. A couple guys in here have had it."

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Injury

Mark Cuban In Talks To Buy G League's Legends

Nov 17, 2017 6:37 PM

Mark Cuban is in talks to become the majority owner of the Texas Legends of the G League.

The Legends have been owned by an ownership group led by Donnie Nelson and Evan Wyly since they were founded in 2010.

The Mavericks would become the 23rd NBA team to own a majority stake in its G League affiliate. 

Marc Stein/New York Times

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

Mavericks To Sign Antonius Cleveland To Two-Way Deal, Release Gian Clavell

Nov 16, 2017 4:37 PM

The Mavericks will sign Antonius Cleveland to a two-way deal.

Cleveland had been playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

Dallas will release Gian Clavell to create a roster spot for Cleveland.

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Tags: Gian Clavell, Antonius Cleveland, Dallas Mavericks, Santa Cruz Warriors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

Dirk Nowitzki Will Make 18-19 Decision Based On Body, Not Mavs' Record

Nov 15, 2017 7:02 PM

Dirk Nowitzki will make his decision on whether to continue his playing career beyond the current season based on how his body feels not on the Dallas Mavericks' record.

Nowitzki has said he hopes to play at least one more season.

"It's how the body feels," Nowitzki told ESPN.

"I'd love to play every game. I'm not sure how realistic it is, but that's how I approached the season. I want to be out there, want to move and want to be out there with the guys. We'll just have to sit and relax [after] I play through the season and see how I feel. Probably that decision won't be made until the summer."

The Mavs hold a team option for the second season of the two-year, $10 million deal Nowitzki signed over the summer. 

"I hope so," Mark Cuban said when asked whether he believes Nowitzki will opt to play next season at age 40. "I think there's a really good chance he is [coming back], because he wants to break the record for years with one team and be that one guy. Not many people have that opportunity.

"He's still having fun," Cuban added.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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

LeBron James: 'No Shade' Intended Towards Frank Ntilikina

Nov 13, 2017 11:34 AM

LeBron James clarified his comments about how the New York Knicks made a mistake in drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.

“I wasn’t even thinking about (Ntilikina) when I was talking about Dennis Smith," said James. "I was thinking about just the Knicks organization and Phil Jackson at the time, and Dennis Smith’s talent and (his fit with Kristaps) Porzingis and that’s all I was thinking about.”

James also said he doesn't have any issues with the Knicks' organization.

"I'm a fan of the game as well. It's great when the Knicks, the Celtics and the Lakers are great all at the same time. It's the best for our league."

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Rick Carlisle On Nerlens Noel DNP: Minutes Have To Be Earned

Nov 12, 2017 9:35 AM

Nerlens Noel was a DNP-Coach's Decision in the Dallas Mavericks' 111-104 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rick Carlisle said Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel at this point.

"Look, minutes have to be earned," Carlisle said. "At this point, if it's between him and Salah, Salah has earned the minutes. There's no doghouse here. There just isn't. It's pretty simple: You compete, and if you earn minutes, you get minutes. And you've got to compete to keep them, because it's a competitive situation."

Noel said he wasn't bothered by sitting in the game and is trying to stay ready.

"I'm good, I'm good," Noel said. "I'm a very self-confident player. I know I can go in there and change games. When my number is called, I'll do just that and help some winning efforts. That's all my play style is about, is just winning. When I'm called on, I'll bring my winning effort."

Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million contract offer by the Mavericks this offseason.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

LeBron James: Knicks Made Mistake Passing On Dennis Smith Jr.

Nov 12, 2017 9:31 AM

LeBron James was impressed by Dennis Smith Jr. and believes the New York Knicks made a mistake passing on him to let him slide to the Dallas Mavericks.

The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina eighth overall in front of the Mavericks at No. 9.

"The Knicks passed on a really good one, and Dallas got the diamond in the rough," James said. "He should be a Knick. That's going to make some headlines, but he should be a Knick. Dallas is definitely, I know they're excited that he didn't go there."

The Cavs' next game is Monday night against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

Ntilikina was the final draft pick of Phil Jackson, who made insensitive comments about JAmes last November. Jackson characterized James' business associates as a "posse."

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Tags: Dennis Smith, LeBron James, Frank Ntilikina, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, NBA

Draymond Green Declines To Respond To Mark Cuban's Comments

Nov 5, 2017 8:51 AM

Draymond Green declined to comment further on remarks made by Mark Cuban. Cuban said Green owed the NBA an apology for suggesting the term "owner" has a bad connotation.

"Nobody can prep me," said Green. "I'm going to always say what I want. Ain't no prepping me. At all. Ever. Don't ever believe that. Can't prep me for nothing. Don't ever think that.

"I do live in America. However, you can't prep me for nothing. Don't ever think I've been prepped for an interview. Don't work like that."

"I understand both sides," Andre Iguodala, the vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, told ESPN. "I think Mark Cuban has the right to defend himself because he has a majority stake in an NBA team. But he's done a great job of carrying that position with integrity, with respect, with equality to everyone who's involved with his organization. So, I understand because he's removed himself so far from the other incident that owners have gotten themselves in trouble with references to American historical events. So, I understand that he has to defend himself, but at the same time, he's not able to understand what it's like to be an African-American and certain terms being thrown around and how we feel about them."

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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Mark Cuban Offended By Draymond Green Wanting To Stop Using 'Owner' Term
Mark Cuban says NBA owners own equity and not people.

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Gian Clavell Signs Two-Way Contract With Mavericks
Gian Clavell averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 18.7 minutes per game for the Mavericks in Summer League.

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Mark Cuban 'Considering' Run For President
Mark Cuban supported Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Mavericks Unlikely To Start Nerlens Noel
Dirk Nowitzki now plays almost exclusively at center and is unlikely to come off the bench.

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Dirk Nowitzki Will Make Retirement Decision Based On Health
Dirk Nowitzki can see himself playing for several more seasons if he can stay healthy.

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RealGM Radio: Southwest Division With Jonathan Tjarks, Rob Mahoney
Host Danny Leroux, Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer and Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated go in-depth on the NBA’s Southwest Division.

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Mark Cuban: Streaming Will Make Live Content Even More Valuable
Mark Cuban believes Tilman Feritta "got a bargain" in buying the Rockets for $2.2 billion.

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Lamar Odom: 2011 Trade From Lakers 'Basically Ended My Career, Purpose'
Lamar Odom is still haunted by the 2011 offseason when the Lakers traded him to the Mavs.

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Nerlens Noel Rejected Four-Year, $70M Deal From Mavs On July 1
Nerlens Noel, who was a restricted free agent, asked the Mavericks for a max contract.

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Nerlens Noel Agrees To Sign With Mavs On One-Year, $4.1M QO
Nerlens Noel will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Voted By Peers As Favorite To Win Rookie Of The Year
Dennis Smith received 25.7 percent of the vote, ahead of Lonzo Ball at 20 percent and Markelle Fultz at 17.1 percent.

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Nerlens Noel Hires Rich Paul As Agent
Klutch Sports has worked with a number of clients on lengthy restricted free agency periods.

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Nerlens Noel Fires Agent To Hire Dan Fegan
With Nerlens Noel a restricted free agent, the Dallas Mavericks are unwilling to sign him to a max contract.

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Jeff Withey Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Mavericks
Jeff Withey gives the Mavericks depth at center while they continue their restricted free agency stand-off with Nerlens Noel.

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Mavericks Sign P.J. Dozier
As a sophomore, P.J. Dozier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, a team-high 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 28.7 minutes per game in 36 games.

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Dennis Smith Jr. Signs Endorsement Deal With Under Armour
Dennis Smith's deal will be worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives.

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Mavericks Sign Brandon Ashley
Brandon Ashley played for the Mavericks' Summer League team this year.

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Mavericks Sign Gian Clavell
Gian Clavell averaged 12.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 24.6 minutes.

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Mavericks Waive Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino averaged 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 9.7 minutes in 54 games with Dallas as a rookie in 2016-17.

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