September 21, 2018, 4:22 pmDirk Nowitzki - C/F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki mentioned that he had a "little setback" with his ankle tendons post-surgery.
Dirk had surgery on his left ankle in April and it appears the tendons are still a little bit tight as he enters training camp. It doesn't seem too serious and Nowitzki will come off the bench this season and is looking at reduced playing time, but we'll have to see how he progresses as we get closer to the start of the season.
Source: Dwain Price on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 3:59 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
Coach Rick Carlisle said that Dennis Smith Jr. "2 or 3 or 4 times better” in strength and conditioning than this time last year.
Carlisle added: “I don’t think there’s anyone faster of the dribble in the NBA.” Carlisle said the obvious, and it's not Smith's lack of speed that's holding him back. He did appear worn down at times during his rookie season so we're hoping the improved conditioning will translate to improved efficiency with his shooting and turnovers.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 3:32 pmDirk Nowitzki - C/F - Dallas Mavericks
According to Mavs insider Tim MacMahon, rookie Luka Doncic will be starting this season at power forward.
How do you say 'poor guy' in Slovenian? It's a little curious to see Doncic start over Harry Barnes at the 4, but Rick Carlisle probably wants him to be able to stay in front of his man on defense and they'll give him help for the times he'll have to face a physical bruiser. With DeAndre Jordan in town, Dirk Nowitzki will be coming off the bench.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
September 21, 2018, 1:50 pmDirk Nowitzki - C/F - Dallas Mavericks
According to Rick Carlisle on Friday, Dirk Nowitzki will likely come off the bench this season.
With DeAndre Jordan newly in the fold and Nowitzki's best years behind him, he will likely move to the bench. This means that Harrison Barnes probably slides down to PF to accommodate the arrival of Luka Doncic. Nowitzki isn't a high-end asset at this stage of his career but can sneak in some late-round value with fresher minutes.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
September 15, 2018, 2:47 pmDirk Nowitzki - C/F - Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki doesn't mind coming off the bench with the arrival of DeAndre Jordan and said that he should be 100% healthy by training camp.
Nowitzki had ankle surgery this offseason to remove two bone spurs but has already begun scrimmaging and playing 5-on-5. As far as coming off the bench he says, "Hey, if that's the role, and we play great with it, then I'm all for it, but that's what camp is for — to see what works, who works best with each other. " Either way, he still put up fantasy value last year as a center eligible player that drained 1.8 triples per game in 24.2 minutes At 40 years old, the future Hall of Famer should continue to see a 20-24 minute role this season and maintain top-100 value in standard leagues.
Source: Dallas Morning News
September 15, 2018, 2:04 pmJ.J. Barea - G - Dallas Mavericks
J.J. Barea put up 18 points, seven assists and one triple to go with five turnovers in Puerto Rico's 82-73 win over Panama on Friday.
Barea is healthy and ready for another fantasy relevant season for the Mavs at 34 years old. He averaged 11.6 points and 6.3 assists in only 23.2 minutes last season and 7.1 assists over the last two months. The departure of Yogi Ferrell and arrival of Luka Doncic projects Barea to continue a 20-minute per game role for deep-league, last-round value.
September 12, 2018, 8:23 amLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Joining the Ben and Skin Show on Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki said that Luka Doncic’s court vision for his size at his age is something he has never seen before.
“I’m really liking what I’m seeing. He’s incredible with the ball and in pick-and-roll situations. His court vision is already unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I saw from a 19/20-year-old” said Dirk. It’s very exciting to see the German forward giving his vote of confidence for the rookie and Luka is undoubtedly going to be fun to watch with bigs like DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Powell rolling to the rim. It’s still unclear whether Doncic will get a starting gig though and we should have a better idea about his minutes and his role once training camp begins.
Source: 105 The Fan Radio
September 3, 2018, 8:31 amChinanu Onuaku - C - Dallas Mavericks
Chinanu Onuaku, Cam Oliver and Gary Payton II have agreed to training camp deals with the Blazers.
All three are unlikely to make the final roster but Portland is a little thin at center and point guard, so it's not the worst spot for them to try and climb up the ranks.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 24, 2018, 8:35 amWesley Matthews - SG/SF - Dallas Mavericks
Wesley Matthews said on Sunday that he plans to pick up the player-option year on his contract for next season.
It’s a no-brainer as the option stands for $18.62 million. Matthews recently had an MRI after sustaining a fracture to his right proximal fibula and he said that he is cleared to resume regular basketball activities without any restrictions. His injury forced him to miss the final 16 games of the season. In all, the nine-year veteran played 63 games this season, which is the fewest in his career besides the 60 games he played during the 2014-’15 campaign when he torn his left Achilles as a member of the Blazers. He led the Mavs in steals (1.21) this year and was second in minutes played (33.8), third in scoring (12.7) and third in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) returning top-100 value for his owners.
April 11, 2018, 1:17 amJohnathan Motley - PF/C - Dallas Mavericks
Johnathan Motley wrapped up his season with another productive game, scoring 21 points (9-of-19 shooting) with six rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes during Tuesday's 97-124 loss to the Suns.
Motley's final week was good for a top-140 ranking but he obviously didn't do enough in his 11 games to really make any headway in fantasy leagues. Even then, the big man only produced anything of worth when he got minutes in the high-twenties or above. Perhaps he put enough on tape in Dallas' garbage time games that he'll get a real shot next season.
April 11, 2018, 1:11 amDwight Powell - PF/C - Dallas Mavericks
Dwight Powell was able to start on Tuesday but played only 21 minutes in the season finale, scoring eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Powell got solid playing time this season (21.2 mpg) after showing flashes of productivity last year and broke out in his 78 games, finishing as a top-130/100 option in terms of total value. His per-game output landed him in the top-175/140 range but DP had a nice second half and was able to go on a nice tear once he joined the starting lineup. Powell proved to be a nice asset in rebounding (5.6 per game) and field goal percentage (59.4 percent) while delivering a combined 1.6 cash counters in his limited workload. The Mavs had a bit of a frontcourt logjam but Powell was still able to carve out standard league value for sizable chunks of the year.