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Shaq: European Prospects "More Fundamentally Sound" Than American Counterparts

Feb 16, 2019 6:21 PM

Luka Doncic's success has many current and former players weighing in on whether young European prospects are more prepared to play in the NBA than their American counterparts.

“One thing about the European prospects: They are a little bit more fundamentally sound, better than we are. Over there, they practice the basics. Over here, we rely a lot on our talents: jumping, shooting, running. Europeans have always been like that, and Doncic looks pretty good," said Shaquille O'Neal.

Wes Matthews pointed to the differences between a professional European setting and college basketball.

“A lot of rookies in the States right now, they’re young...they’re not quite as seasoned as far as practice times and film sessions and all that kind of stuff. If you would’ve drafted me after my freshman year in college, all I would’ve known is high school, where I could’ve essentially done whatever I wanted to do because I was the best player,” said Matthews.

The debate comes on top of Mark Cuban's comments comparing AAU basketball to Slovenia's basketball system, although Jaren Jackson Jr. defended AAU basketball. 

"I had fun playing AAU. I don’t really look at it like it’s a negative...I would just say, ‘Play more AAU games.’ They’re fun. I like them," said Jackson. 

Candace Buckner/The Washington Post

Tags: Wesley Matthews, Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, International, NBA B-Ball IQ, International B-Ball IQ

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Dwyane Wade: Luka Doncic's Passing Ability Is 'Lebron James-like'

Feb 14, 2019 2:11 AM

Dwyane Wade said that Luka Doncic's accuracy in passing under pressure was "LeBron-like" following the Miami Heat's 112-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

"Quote me right where I say this – it’s LeBron James-like from the standpoint of how he’s able to rope that pass to shooters in corners, getting blitzed. There’s not many guys who can do that and put it right there. He does an amazing job of it," said Wade following the game.

Wade also exchanged jerseys with Dirk Nowitzki after the final whistle. 

Robby Kalland/Dime Magazine

Tags: Dwyane Wade, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors On Trade Wish List

Feb 13, 2019 9:33 AM

Kristaps Porzingis had a wish list of four teams for a potential trade with the Dallas Mavericks omitted. 

Porzingis had the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors on his list, according to two people with knowledge of the list.

The initial reporting following the trade indicated that Porzingis planned to sign the qualifying offer with the Mavericks as a restricted free agent. Comments made since then have suggested a long-term deal between the Mavericks and Porzingis now has a better probability. 

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Also Pursued Marvin Bagley In Kristaps Porzingis Trade

Feb 13, 2019 9:28 AM

The New York Knicks attempted to engage the Sacramento Kings on a trade for Marvin Bagley III in addition to De'Aaron Fox as they gauged the market for Kristaps Porzingis.

The Kings were not interested in discussing a deal involving Bagley for Porzingis.

The Knicks ultimately traded Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks in a package that included Dennis Smith Jr.

Bagley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, selected ahead of Luka Doncic.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Luka Doncic Says It's Easier To Score In NBA Than In Europe

Feb 10, 2019 11:57 AM

Luka Doncic said that a bigger court is one reason why it's easier to score in the NBA than in Europe.

“Here [in the NBA] it's easier to score compared to Europe, of course. In Europe, the court is smaller and here there is the three seconds rule. I think it’s easier to score here," said Doncic.

Doncic is averaging 20.6 points in his rookie season.

Doncic then reiterated his excitement to play with Kristaps Porzingis.

“It’s something special what we’re going to have here with Porzingis. He is a great player and we can do many good things. We already knew each other, we played many times against and now, finally, we play together. We can do great things.”

Alex Madrid/Euro Hoops

Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

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Hornets Had Interest In Harrison Barnes

Feb 8, 2019 4:22 PM

The Charlotte Hornets had interest in trading for Harrison Barnes ahead of the deadline.

Charlotte was only offering its own first round pick if the Dallas Mavericks took on money they didn't want.

Barnes was eventually traded to the Sacramento Kings.

Barnes has a $25 million option for next season.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Trade Deadline Special

Feb 7, 2019 11:58 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down a wild trade deadline with Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA), Tim Cato (@tim_cato) and Fred Katz (@FredKatz) of The Athletic.

They discuss how Philadelphia acquiring Tobias Harris affects their long-term future, Dallas’ huge move for Kristaps Porzingis, Washington becoming a seller and much more.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia Sixers, Washington Wizards, NBA, RealGM Radio

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LeBron James Sounds Off On Instagram After Harrison Barnes Traded Mid-Game

Feb 7, 2019 2:35 AM

LeBron James highlighted the hypocrisy between a team trading a player and a player asking for a trade in an Instagram post about Harrison Barnes getting traded to the Sacramento Kings. 

The trade was announced as Barnes sat on the bench in the fourth quarter of the Mavs' win over the Hornets. Barnes had 10 points in the game.

"So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right??? Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I'm not knocking who traded him because it's a business and you have to do what you feel what's best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he's a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it's best for them! I'm ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!", wrote James on Instagram.

James' post was liked by Anthony Davis.

Barnes knew before the game that a trade to the Kings was imminent but still wanted to play.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Harrison Barnes, LeBron James, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Official Trade, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kings Acquire Harrison Barnes From Mavericks

Feb 6, 2019 10:17 PM

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to acquire Harrison Barnes from the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph.

The Kings will no longer have max cap space this offseason assuming he exercises his $25 million player option for 19-20. Sacramento wants to keep Barnes long-term. Dallas, meanwhile, will be able to reenter the 2019 offseason with cap space after taking on the contracts of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee last week.

Barnes was sitting on the bench with the Mavericks when news of the trade broke.

Barnes signed a four-year, $94 million deal with the Mavericks in the 2016 offseason after the Golden State Warriors agreed to sign Kevin Durant.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers On Trade List But Not Mavericks

Feb 5, 2019 3:24 PM

The New York Knicks were provided a list of four teams Kristaps Porzingis deemed acceptable as trade partners. The list was provided by Porzingis' agent and brother, Janis Porzingis.

The Dallas Mavericks weren't on the list, though the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers were included.

The Knicks called the Mavericks shortly after receiving the list that they were prepared to do the deal.

Porzingis said on Monday that “there might be a time when I go into more detail” about the depths of his discontent as a Knick and the reasons that led him to push for his departure. 

The Knicks were convinced no team beyond the Mavericks was willing to offer cap space, a young player with upside and future first round picks. The Knicks also were concerned that letting the offer from the Mavericks linger would have enabled Porzingis to scare them off.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Sought De'Aaron Fox, Donovan Mitchell In Kristaps Porzingis Trade Talks
The Knicks spent much of January looking for Kristaps Porzingis trade scenarios.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Kristaps Porzingis Planned To Sit Out Entire 2018-19 Season
Porzingis said he planned on taking 20 months off to rehab his ACL injury,

Marc Berman/NY Post

Mark Cuban Answers For Kristaps Porzingis When Asked About Long-Term Plans
Kristaps Porzingis was asked whether he plans to sign a long-term deal with the Mavs in restricted free agency.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Mavs Had Interest In Aaron Gordon Before Kristaps Porzingis Trade
Aaron Gordon re-signed with the Magic in 2018 and is on a descending contract.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Jazz, Blazers, Mavericks Interested In Otto Porter Jr.
Otto Porter has a player option for the 20-21 season.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Unnamed Mavs' Employee: We Didn't Even Use Gun And Mask To Acquire Kristaps Porzingis
The Mavericks gambled big on Kristaps Porzingis.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Times

Kristaps Porzingis Tells Knicks' Fans To 'Stay Woke'
Kristaps Porzingis had a message for fans of the Knicks days after his trade to the Mavericks.

Ian Begley/ESPN

Kristaps Porzingis Will 'Probably' Not Play For Mavs This Season
Porzingis will be introduced to the Mavs in a press conference on Monday.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Rick Carlisle: Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis Are New Version Of Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki added that Porzingis is a franchise-player built for the modern NBA.

Dan Murphy/ESPN

Kristaps Porzingis Plans To Sign Qualifying Offer With Mavs This Summer
Porzingis would become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 if he were to sign the qualifying offer this summer.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Trae Young Says He'll Be Better Than Luka Doncic In 5-10 Years
Young added that the draft day trade worked out for both the Mavs and the Hawks.

ESPN

Luka Doncic Becomes First Teenager With 30-Point Triple-Double
Doncic had 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists against the Raptors.

ESPN

Dennis Smith Jr. To Compete In Dunk Contest
Smith felt that there were too many props and gimmicks in the dunk contest.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Knicks, Lakers, Magic Discussed Dennis Smith Jr. Trade With Mavs
Dennis Smith has since returned to the Mavericks.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Rick Carlisle On Dennis Smith Jr. Return: 'Everything We Needed'
Smith finished with 17 points in his return after missing 6 games.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Luka Doncic Fined $10,000 For Kicking Ball Into Stands
Luka Doncic was assessed his second technical foul and ejected.

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Rick Carlisle: Dennis Smith Jr. Will Rejoin Mavs On Tuesday
Smith has missed the previous five games amid trade rumors.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

NBA Awards Mavs Disabled Player Exception Worth $1.85 Million
The Mavs have until March 11th to take advantage of the exception.

Adrian Wojnarwoski/ESPN

Rick Carlisle Tries To Reach Out To Dennis Smith Jr.
Rick Carlisle would like Dennis Smith Jr. to return to the Mavs.

ESPN

Dennis Smith Jr. Will Not Join Mavs On Upcoming Road Trip
The Mavs have recently been attempting to repair their relationship with Smith.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN