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Pelicans Main Competition For DeMarcus Cousins Expected To Be Mavs, Lakers

Jan 16, 2018 2:26 PM

The free agency of DeMarcus Cousins is one of the NBA's most intriguing storylines of 2018 as the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to do whatever they can to re-sign him.

"I think most teams around the league believe that the Pelicans will re-sign Cousins unless he doesn't want to stay there," said Marc Stein on the Dunc'd On Podcast. "I think the Pelicans are the clear favorites. Now, I would say there's an expectation and maybe even speculation on the part of rival teams, but I've heard Dallas and the Lakers mentioned most frequently that those are teams that expected, whatever expected means, to make a run at him.

"Now for the Lakers, they have other targets. I would think Cousins is lower on their list than certainly LeBron or Paul George, but Dallas going after Cousins would be a very Mark Cuban move. I obviously live in Dallas. There's been talk about Cousins here for awhile, certainly around town people expect the Mavs to go after him. Can they convince him to leave New Orleans if the Pels put that max deal on the table?"

Cousins is likely to have a limited market of teams that can offer a max contract.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Mavericks Claim Jalen Jones, Waive Kyle Collingsworth

Jan 10, 2018 5:17 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have claimed Jalen Jones off waivers and will waive Kyle Collinsworth.

Jones was recently waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Both players have been on two-way contracts.

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Tags: Kyle Collinsworth, Jalen Jones, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, NBA Waiver

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Mavs Sign Kyle Collinsworth To Two-Way Deal, Waive Antonius Cleveland, Jeff Withey

Dec 19, 2017 12:56 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on guard-forward Antonius Cleveland and center Jeff Withey.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) has spent the past two seasons with the Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. He holds averages of 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 30.1 minutes per game in 54 career G League games (34 starts). In 18 games (all starts) for the Legends in 2017-18, he averaged 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes per game.

After going undrafted in 2016 out of BYU, Collinsworth competed for Dallas at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He spent the 2016 preseason with the Mavericks before being waived by the team on Oct. 22, 2016.

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Tags: Kyle Collinsworth, Jeff Withey, Antonius Cleveland, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Legends, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Dirk Nowitzki Encouraged By Health, Expects To Play Next Season

Dec 14, 2017 5:59 PM

Dirk Nowitzki hasn't reached a final decision yet, but he is leaning towards continuing his playing career in 18-19.

“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said on Thursday. “I feel fine so far. I’ve played every game. I’d love to play all 82. That would be amazing at [age] 39. We’ll see how the body feels. But so far, it’s been fine.”

Nowitzki has been reluctant to speculate on his playing status beyond this season. 

Nowitzki signed a two-year contract in July for $5 million per season, with the 2018-19 season at the team’s option.

Nowitzki knew the Mavericks would be rebuilding this season.

“We drafted an unbelievable prospect this summer [Dennis Smith Jr.],” he said. “I figured we’re going to be a team that’s rebuilding a little bit and trying to get better and trying to get back to winning ways.

“I signed up for, obviously, two years to help the franchise push through that and get better. I didn’t think we would be sitting here 10 [games] over .500. I mean, I wasn’t delusional. We felt like we might have a shot at sneaking into the playoffs. And we still do. We’ve played the toughest schedule in basketball to this point.

“As long as my body feels fine like it has so far, with no setbacks like last year when I missed two months, I’m looking forward to hopefully fulfilling my contract.”

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

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

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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."

Yaron Weitzman/Bleacher Report

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

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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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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

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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

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

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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

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LeBron James: 'No Shade' Intended Towards Frank Ntilikina
LeBron James clarified his comments about how the New York Knicks made a mistake in drafting Frank Ntilikina instead of Dennis Smith Jr.

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Rick Carlisle On Nerlens Noel DNP: Minutes Have To Be Earned
Rick Carlisle said Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Nerlens Noel at this point.

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LeBron James: Knicks Made Mistake Passing On Dennis Smith Jr.
The Knicks selected Frank Ntilikina eighth overall in front of the Mavericks at No. 9.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Draymond Green Declines To Respond To Mark Cuban's Comments
Draymond Green decided not to reply to Mark Cuban's response.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

Matthew Choi/Texas Tribune

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.

Nick Angstadt/Mavs Moneyball

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

Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

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.

Dalton Trigg/Mavs Moneyball

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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.

Tim MacMahon, Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

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

Michael Scotto/Basketball Insiders

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.

Newy Scruggs/NBC 5

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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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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