Dallas Mavericks Wiretap

Mavericks Have Two-Year Window To Convince Luka Doncic They Can Contend For Title

Dec 9, 2022 10:38 AM

The Dallas Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals last season, but lost Jalen Brunson in the offseason and there have been critics wondering whether they have enough talent surrounding Luka Doncic to compete for a title.

Doncic signed a five-year, $207 million max contract with the Mavericks in 2019. Doncic has a player option ahead of 26-27 season. Critically to signal his feelings towards the Mavericks, Doncic will be eligible for a supermax extension in 2025.

"I think they have a two-year window," said Tim MacMahon on the Hoop Collective podcast. "This season and next season going into that [2024] summer. I think they have a two-year window where, you know, like Milwaukee did with Giannis [Antetokounmpo], I think in that window they really need to convince Luka that he has a chance to contend year in and year out right here in Dallas. If they can't get it done in that two-year window, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that he's going to force a trade or ask for a trade. I'm just saying at that point if he's not happy, he has all the leverage in the world if he would be looking to leave.

"I'm also not going to pretend I know his innermost thoughts, but obviously I'm around this team on a regular basis. I know people who do know Luka well. I don't think Luka will look for reasons to leave. I think he'd be perfectly happy spending his entire career in Dallas. But if he doesn't have to look for reasons and they're slamming him in the face, then that's a problem.

"He's also a guy who is a ruthless competitor, which means he loves winning. He's used to winning. He won championships with Real Madrid. He won a EuroBasket championship with the Slovenian national team. He also detests losing. Like can't handle it. Whether it's cards, ping pong, but especially NBA games."

The Mavericks are widely expected to be on the market for a significant trade to upgrade their roster next offseason, similar to the one Milwaukee made in 2020 for Jrue Holiday. The trade for Holiday led to Antetokounmpo signing his supermax with the Bucks.

"I would not hold your breath for them being able to solve their number one concern this year simply because of the pick they still owe on the [Kristaps Porzingis] thing," added MacMahon. "It's very hard to do."

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Mavs, Pistons Recently Touch Base Over Potential Nerlens Noel Trade

Dec 9, 2022 12:41 AM

The Dallas Mavericks and Detroit Pistons recently "touched base" over a potential deal involving Nerlens Noel, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Noel was traded to the Pistons last offseason from the Knicks.

Noel is averaging 1.8 points and 3.2 rebounds in 10.3 minutes for the Pistons this season. 

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor

Nico Harrison Admits Kemba Walker's Knee Is 'Not Good At All'

Dec 3, 2022 12:58 AM

Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison admitted that recent-signing Kemba Walker's knee was "not good at all" during a local radio appearance.

“It’s not good. It’s not good at all. But he’s rehabbed it and it’s the best he’s felt in the last two years so, we’ll see how long that lasts," said Harrison.

The Mavs signed Walker to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal earlier this week. 

Walker has had three different surgeries on his left knee since 2015. 

Harrison looked on the bright side of signing Walker.

“Well, it hasn’t been good for a few years ... the reality is, if you look at it, it’s not good, but that doesn’t mean he can’t play on it," added Harrison. 

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Tags: Kemba Walker, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Injury

Kemba Walker To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Mavericks

Nov 29, 2022 10:40 AM

Kemba Walker will sign a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

Walker is not expected to play immediately as he last played in an NBA game in February.

Walker was traded by the New York Knicks to the Detroit Pistons and subsequently waived.

The Mavericks waived Facudno Campazzo to create a roster spot for Walker. 

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Mavericks Waive Facundo Campazzo

Nov 28, 2022 2:47 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Facundo Campazzo.

Campazzo (5-11, 165) first joined the NBA by signing with the Denver Nuggets in November of 2020 after a decorated international career playing in Argentina and Spain. He signed with the Mavericks on Oct. 18, 2022, and played in eight games this season with 10 points, nine assists and six steals.

The Mavericks will incur a $464,299 cap hit on the waiver, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.

The Mavericks are waiving Campazzo to create a roster spot to sign Kemba Walker.

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Kemba Walker, Mavericks Nearing Deal

Nov 28, 2022 7:07 AM

The Dallas Mavericks are nearing a deal to sign guard Kemba Walker. The four-time All-Star Walker has been a free agent since the end of the preseason.

Dallas will have to make a roster move to sign Walker. The veteran guard will sign a prorated veteran minimum contract for the rest of the season with the Mavs.

Walker has not played this NBA season. He was traded from the New York Knicks to the Detroit Pistons in a salary-clearing move this summer. Walker was then waived by Detroit without the Pistons requiring him to report to the team. In 37 games with the Knicks last season, Walker averaged 11.7 points and 3.5 assists.

The 11-year veteran has said several times that he's had NBA offers since being waived by Detroit. Walker said he was waiting for the right opportunity, and that he feels great physically and has kept in great shape while waiting for his next team.

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Luka Doncic: I Don't Think Dallas Should Worry About Me Leaving

Nov 25, 2022 9:37 AM

As a perennial MVP candidate, the ability of the Dallas Mavericks to surround Luka Doncic with a roster capable of winning a championship will continue to be one of the NBA's most pressing storylines.

Doncic signed a five-year supermax contract during the 2021 offseason that begins this season. Doncic has a player option after Year 4.

"I don't think they [should] worry about it," Doncic said on WFAA about Mavericks' fan worried about him potentially leaving the team. "I have five years left here so I don't think they should be worried about it."

Doncic also said his goal is to help the Mavericks win a title.

"That's everything," Doncic said. "Everybody wants to win the championship. I want to win the championship here. It's our goal. It's the same every season. It's a lot of work to do. There are so many great teams in the league. Anybody can beat you at this point. You have to be really ready."


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Christian Wood: I Would Love To Play More

Nov 21, 2022 7:51 AM

Christian Wood spent the last two seasons as a starter for the Houston Rockets. Now, he's coming off the bench again and it's been an adjustment for Wood.

The biggest issue for Wood seems to be playing time. After topping 30 minutes per game the last two seasons, Wood is playing 24.6 minutes per game for the Dallas Mavericks. For his part, Wood would like to play more.

“I would love to play more. I’ve voiced that several times, but I just play my role," Wood said after playing a season-low 17 minutes on Sunday. The Mavs lost that contest to the shorthanded Denver Nuggets, with Wood taking just three shots in his 17 minutes off the Dallas bench.

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Luka Doncic Rookie Card Sells For $3.12M

Nov 18, 2022 1:48 PM

A Luka Doncic rookie card has sold for $3.12 million in a public auction.

This is the same Doncic Logoman that reportedly changed hands in a private sale in March 2021 for $4.6 million.

"This is the highest price ever realized for a basketball card sold in a verified public auction," said Jesse Craig, vice president of sales at PWCC. "This was an important moment for the market to decide on the value of Luka's best trading card. The card stood on its own merits [and] if you include private sales, Luka now sits between the high sales for LeBron and Jordan. The market confirmed Luka is in rare air in terms of collectability with this sale."

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Tags: Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, NBA

Spencer Dinwiddie Says Referee Tony Brothers Insulted Him To Teammate

Nov 5, 2022 9:34 AM

Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie opened his postgame press conference talking about NBA official Tony Brothers, instead of the Mavs win over the Toronto Raptors. Dinwiddie said Brothers called him a slur after giving the guard a technical foul.

According to Dinwiddie, a teammate told him that Brothers called the Mavs guard a "b*tch a** mother f***er".

Dinwiddie went on to explain that he did have an incident with Brothers during the game, but at no point did he make anything personal towards the referee. Dinwiddie requested that the NBA rescind his technical foul, and the ensuing fine, based on Brothers' insult towards him.

Media present asked to speak with Brothers following the game via a pool report. That request was denied, as pool reports are intended for rules clarifications only.

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Mavericks Assign Jaden Hardy To G League

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Luka Doncic First Player Since Michael Jordan In 1986 To Open With Six Games Of 30 Or More Points

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Christian Wood 'Focused On Trying To Win', Not Contract

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Facundo Campazzo's Mavericks Debut Delayed By Visa Issue

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Facundo Campazzo Signs With Mavericks

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Facundo Campazzo Set To Sign One-Year Contract With Mavs Pending Physical

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Mavericks Convert McKinley Wright IV To Two-Way Contract

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Mavs Set To Sign Facundo Campazzo Next Week, Nearing Two-Way Deal With McKinley Wright IV

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2022-23)

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Mavericks Waive Marcus Bingham Jr, Mouhamadou Gueye, Tyler Hall, DJ Stewart

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Mavs In 'Advanced Talks' To Sign Facundo Campazzo

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Mavericks Exercise 23-24 Option On Josh Green

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Mavericks Weighing Signing Facundo Campazzo

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RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney, Matt Moore On The Southwest Division (2022)

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Mark Cuban Isn't Against In-Season Tournament, Would Like To See NBA Draft Expanded

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Mavericks, Lakers, Knicks, Suns Have Trade Interest In Bojan Bogdanovic

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Maxi Kleber, Mavericks Agree To Three-Year, $33M Extension

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Mavericks Considering Adding Veteran Ballhandler To Roster

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Tyler Hall, Mavericks Sign Camp Deal

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NBA Christmas Day Games Set To Feature Eight 2022 Playoff Teams

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