January 19, 2019, 10:47 pmDeAndre Jordan - C - Dallas Mavericks
DeAndre Jordan scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with 16 rebounds against the Pacers on Saturday.
Jordan was able to tally another double-double but the defensive stats were nonexistent in this loss against Indiana. In the past month, DJ has been posting top-100 value with his free throws (59% shooting) coming back down to earth during that stretch. He's still posting an average of 69% from the stripe this season and owners hope that last month was just a rough patch for him and not a sign of things to come.
January 19, 2019, 10:33 pmHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes posted 20 points with three rebounds and two assists on 6-of-15 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Pacers.
Barnes added three 3-pointers and was perfect from the line (5-of-5 FTs) but didn't have any defensive stats throughout the game. Even with that, the Black Falcon still gives owners a top-100 value production in points, rebounds, 3-pointers and a respectable free throw rate.
January 19, 2019, 10:20 pmLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic was ejected late in the third quarter after kicking the ball into the stands as a result of being frustrated on a foul called on him.
Doncic picked up his first technical in the first half and was ultimately shown the door after receiving his second in the third quarter. Even with this slight hiccup, he continues to post top-75 value in the past two months and thriving as the main ball-handler for the Mavs.
January 19, 2019, 7:00 pmWesley Matthews - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Wesley Matthews (sprained wrist) is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Pacers.
Matthews was listed as questionable for this one, but appears to be just fine. He's turned into a late-round specialist in fantasy leagues and will continue to do that as long as he's in Dallas. If he is moved at the deadline, the destination will have a major impact on his fantasy value.
Source: Brad Townsend on Twitter
January 18, 2019, 1:22 pmWesley Matthews - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Wesley Matthews (sprained wrist) questionable for Saturday's game.
There's been some detractors of Matthews over the last few seasons, but he's consistently been a late-round specialist play for fantasy. He's definitely a reliable source of 3-pointers and sometimes pitches in some steals and nice scoring nights. We'll see if he's ready to go for this one closer to game time.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 11:01 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
While the Mavs are believed to have had "productive communication" with Dennis Smith Jr., he is not expected to rejoin the team for their next two games.
So we can just drop the facade that he's sick, yes? Smith's been heavily mentioned in trade rumors of late and today it was reported that the Mavs would like to reconcile and would like to keep him around as plan A. That's not an obvious leverage play or anything. Smith's fit next to Luka Doncic is an issue and he's reportedly drawn the ire of Rick Carlisle, but for now it appears as though the Mavs are going to remain steadfast in their trade demands for last year's first-round pick. Smith is not an option in standard leagues, and it'd take the perfect landing spot for him to become one this year.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
January 17, 2019, 4:30 pmDennis Smith Jr. - G - Dallas Mavericks
According to a report from ESPN, the Mavs are optimistic that Dennis Smith Jr. can end the season with the team and that the relationship between player and organization can be reconciled.
Smith has grown frustrated with his role and butted heads with Rick Carlisle, though this report reeks of the Mavs trying to do some damage control amidst lots of trade rumors flying around. Obviously they won't swing a deal unless they feel they're getting good value back for a former lottery pick, but at the moment they're operating from a position of decreased leverage. For what it's worth, it's expected that Carlisle would have no issues continuing to coach Smith. His long-term fit beside Luka Doncic is a much larger factor than anything else.
January 17, 2019, 12:51 amMaxi Kleber - F - Dallas Mavericks
Maxi Kleber put up seven points with two 3-pointers, four steals and one block in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
He has stream potential while he is starting and could have an increase in value if Dennis Smith Jr. is ultimately traded. He has been a top-80 player over the past two weeks and worth an add if he is available in your league.
January 17, 2019, 12:47 amHarrison Barnes - F - Dallas Mavericks
Harrison Barnes put up 11 points with eight rebounds on 4-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.
Although he is putting up solid middle-round value on the season, he has clearly taken a backseat to Luka Doncic. A performance this bad from Barnes is a fluke so do not look too much into it and he should bounce back next game.
January 17, 2019, 12:42 amLuka Doncic - G/F - Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic tallied 25 points in a loss to the Spurs on Wednesday to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists.
He shot 10-of-21 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Over the past month, he has been the best player on the Mavs and is boasting top-60 value. He has been thriving as the primary ball-handler with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined and his value should go up if Smith is traded.
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