January 16, 2019, 7:00 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (illness) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
Smith is still under the weather and won't even be in the arena, per Rick Carlisle. Because nothing is ever drama-free in the NBA, Smith tweeted earlier this afternoon about meeting a fan while out for lunch. He must really be feeling it. The trade rumors will continue to swirl here until a move gets made.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 16, 2019, 1:27 pmDeAndre Jordan - C - Dallas Mavericks
It's believed that the Mavs will not offer DeAndre Jordan a multi-year deal this summer, according to Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The Mavs finally landed Jordan in free agency last year after his infamous flirtation with the team years ago that resulted in him re-signing with the Clippers. Dallas got their man last summer, but signed him to an expensive single-year contract. It was a good move for both, with Jordan getting big money and the Mavs getting a trial run with a player they've always felt would be a good fit. That's been the case so far but the team is understandably hesitant to offer up big money for a player who is on the wrong side of 30 that relies so heavily on sheer athleticism. Jordan's market should be quite interesting to track during the summer, but we wouldn't expect this to impact fantasy owners at all.
Source: Fort Worth Star Telegram
January 15, 2019, 1:38 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game but the listed reason is an illness, not the back tightness that's caused him to miss the last three games.
It's likely nothing but it is interesting timing considering it broke yesterday that the Mavs have increased their efforts to trade the sophomore guard. The Suns, Magic and Pistons have been rumored to be interested though reports out of Arizona have since refuted that claim. Smith has simply been overtaken by Luka Doncic as a primary ball-handler and the Mavs would like to get more assets for the future in exchange for a 20-year-old who's still loaded with upside. Smith isn't an option in 12-team fantasy leagues this year, but that could change with a trade. As for Wednesday, Maxi Kleber or Jalen Brunson will likely draw the start if Smith can't play.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
January 15, 2019, 10:51 amDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports is reporting that the Suns are not interested in Dennis Smith Jr. and that they didn’t have any conversations with the Mavs about him.
The story behind this report is how Gambadoro is close to owner Robert Sarver so we will take this with a grain of salt. It’s clear at this point that the Mavs are trying to drive DSJ’s price up so we wouldn’t expect a deal to happen soon.
Source: John Gambadoro on Twitter
January 15, 2019, 9:14 amDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Game notes have Dennis Smith Jr. (back tightness) listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Spurs.
DSJ has now missed the last three games while Woj reported that the Mavs continue to discuss potential deals in order to move him. Luka Doncic has been nothing short of spectacular and the franchise is making the call to move forward with him as the de facto point guard. Smith is worth holding or taking a flyer in deeper leagues, as a potential trade could open up more opporunitites for him, but he has struggled to remain healthy this season.
Source: Mavs Game Notes
January 14, 2019, 9:21 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
As per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavs are in advanced talks with both the Suns and Magic as potential trade partners for Dennis Smith Jr. (back).
It looks like the Mavs are ready to move on from their prized (on draft day) pick and go all-in on Luka Doncic as their do-it-all point guard. Stay tuned for updates.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
January 13, 2019, 10:17 pmJalen Brunson - G - Dallas Mavericks
Jalen Brunson scored 12 points with four rebounds in 30 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
He shot 3-of-10 from the field and added two 3-pointers and one block to the box score. He is worth a speculative add now that J.J. Barea is out for the season and he could potentially see minutes in the upper-20's for the rest of the year.
January 13, 2019, 10:12 pmHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes put up 22 points on 6-of-15 shooting and had the game-losing turnover in a loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
He dribbled the ball out of bounds with five seconds left down three and the Warriors were easily able to ice the game after that turnover. He is putting up similar value to Luka Doncic and is having almost an identical year to last season despite the addition of Doncic. Specifically, he is a great source of points, rebounds and 3-pointers.
January 13, 2019, 10:04 pmLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic dropped 26 points with six rebounds and five assists on 8-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Warriors on Sunday.
He made five 3-pointers, but also had five turnovers. He also only shot 5-of-8 from the line, so he hd a couple negatives to bring down his impressive line. Doncic has put up middle-round value this season and has been the Mavs’ go-to guy down the stretch.
January 13, 2019, 5:36 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (mid back tightness) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
DSJ will be missing his third straight game and should not be held onto. His play when healthy wasn't worth holding onto. With J.J. Barea (torn Achilles) out for the season, Jalen Brunson should get a lot of run going forward. Maxi Kleber may draw the start with Luka Doncic sliding down to guard. Devin Harris has some upside for assist-needy owners with DSJ and Barea out. The hope is for DSJ to practice Monday and play this week.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 5:49 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Dennis Smith Jr. (mid back tightness) is questionable ahead of Sunday's game.
Smith has missed the last two games because of the issue. His performance hasn't warranted ownership in 12-team leagues this year and J.J. Barea's season-ending injury probably isn't enough to push him over the top on that front, either. Jalen Brunson would likely be asked to start in Smith's place if he couldn't play, though the Mavs have alternated between Brunson and big man Maxi Kleber.
January 12, 2019, 2:44 pmJ.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks
The fears have been confirmed as J.J. Barea is done for the year with a torn right Achilles tendon.
They are currently evaluating the severity of Barea's tear and many are hoping this isn't the end of the 34-year old's career. Coach Rick Carlisle has been looking for a way to get Jalen Brunson more playing time and this will do it but it may not be enough to warrant standard league consideration as Dennis Smith is likely to return soon.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 12, 2019, 12:34 amJ.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs believe that J.J. Barea tore his right Achilles tendon in Friday's win over the Wolves, possibly ending his 2018-19 season.
This is an unfortunate twist of fate for the still-productive 34-year-old Barea, who had in recent games, been seeing more fantasy time on competitive teams in deep leagues over Dennis Smith Jr. for his solid assists production and reasonable peripherals. With him possibly out, we should the Mavs look to Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris to fill the void.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
January 11, 2019, 10:43 pmJ.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea (lower leg) left Friday’s game in the fourth quarter and finished the win over the Wolves with 16 points, seven assists and a three.
Coach Rick Carlisle said that Barea will get an MRI tomorrow so we’ll relay the results when they come in. Barea is constantly injured and if he has to miss time it could be Jalen Brunson and Devin Harris who benefit assuming Dennis Smith Jr. misses more time with back tightness.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 10, 2019, 6:38 pmDirk Nowitzki - F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is probable to play in Friday's game against the Timberwolves.
Dirk has not been able to string together consistent playing time or production and is not a fantasy option right now. If he can start playing consistently and get into a rhythm, he has late-round upside, but it's unlikely that happens.
Source: NBA Injury Report