Let's see which familiar faces may reemerge later in the year
July 12, 2020, 4:00 pmJohnathan MotleyPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Johnathan Motley averaged a career-low 3.2 mpg in 2019-20, playing in just 13 games with the Clippers.
Motley is on a two-way deal and was never expected to be an important part of the Clippers rotation, but this is the third straight season in which his playing time has decreased. To be fair, Motley's 16.0 mpg as a rookie was inflated by silly-season numbers in Dallas, including a season finale in which he played the entire game. Regardless, the big man was a top-450 fantasy play and isn't worth considering in next season's drafts.
July 24, 2019, 7:06 pmJohnathan MotleyPF, Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers have re-signed Johnathan Motley to another two-way contract.
We are one year and a day removed from Motley signing his first two-way deal with the Clippers. He will return to the club for this upcoming season and will look to build upon the 22 games that he played in last season. After playing in 33 games over the course of his first two seasons, Motley hasn't shown enough to enter the fantasy conversation but could be a candidate to eat up a handful of minutes when the Clippers rest their stars in the pursuit of winning games in the Playoffs.
Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter
June 28, 2019, 6:22 pmJohnathan MotleyPF, Los Angeles Clippers
Johnathan Motley did not receive a qualifying offer from the Clippers and will head to unrestricted free agency.
Motley only played in 11 games last season after making some noise in silly season with Dallas the year prior. Big men who can't shoot are all over the marketplace these days, so Motley might not garner a ton of interest.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
April 11, 2019, 3:37 amJohnathan MotleyF, Los Angeles Clippers
Johnathan Motley was not active for Wednesday’s win over the Jazz.
Motley had 21 points and six boards in his rookie season finale last year as a member of the Mavs but wasn’t even on an active roster to finish this season. This year, Motley, who is signed to a two-way deal, bounced back and forth between the Agua Caliente Clippers of the G-League and NBA and only played 7.1 minutes in 22 games for the home club where he had 9-cat value outside the top-450. Outside of being the only two-way player traded, there’s nothing else notable about Motley regarding fantasy hoops.
January 20, 2019, 9:41 pmJohnathan MotleyF, Los Angeles Clippers
Johnathan Motley set a season-high in points and minutes on Sunday in a win over the Spurs as he got 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.
He was a part of their rotation with both Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams out and played well in his minutes. This was only his seventh appearance of the season and his previous season-high in minutes was eight. He did shoot just 2-of-5 from the line and turn the ball over four times, but he added four rebounds and one steal to the stat sheet. He could be a speculative stream in deeper leagues while Gallinari is out and could provide value in points, rebounds and field goal percentage.
July 23, 2018, 8:17 pmJohnathan MotleyF, Los Angeles Clippers
According to the LA Times' Brad Turner, the Clippers are acquiring the rights to Johnathan Motley and Renaldas Seibutis for the rights to Maarty Leunen and $50,000.
Motley will join the Clippers on a two-way contract and play for the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario California. Motley had a few good games to end last season, scoring 26 with 12 boards against the Pistons on April 6th and 21 points against the Suns in the final game of the regular season. Unless Motley starts to rack up the blocks, threes and steals he won't have any value next season so feel free to stash this trade in the attic for now.
Source: Brad Turner on Twitter
July 8, 2018, 8:56 pmJohnathan MotleyF, Dallas Mavericks
Johnathan Motley had a solid game against the Bucks on Sunday, totaling 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.
Motley shot 8-of-10 from the field and 4-of-6 at the line. Some more solid outings at Summer League and Motley might be able to earn himself a spot in the regular season rotation.
April 11, 2018, 1:17 amJohnathan MotleyPF/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 6, 2018, 10:23 pmJohnathan MotleyPF, Dallas Mavericks
Johnathan Motley dropped 26 points (one 3), 12 boards, two assists and two steals in Friday’s road loss to the Pistons.
And this is why we call it the Silly Season. After playing in merely seven games the whole season, Motley started the last two and got over 40 minutes in each with averages of 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals. It’s such a small sample size that we’re hard pressed to say it will definitely continue, but 40 minutes a game is ample enough opportunity for deep leaguers or intrepid DFS players to give him a shot. Dorian Finney-Smith also double-doubled, getting 15 points (three 3s), 10 rebounds, four assists and a block and has also gotten heavy minutes the last two games.
April 5, 2018, 3:24 pmDennis Smith Jr.PG, Dallas Mavericks
Salah Mejri, Dwight Powell and Dennis Smith Jr. are all listed as questionable for Friday’s game vs. Detroit with various knee injuries.
We will need to update you more when we hear their statuses tomorrow as the Mavericks rotation could get very sloppy. Powell and Smith Jr. missed the Mavericks game versus Orlando and Mejri exited after only one minute played. Kyle Collinsworth flirted with a triple double off of the bench while Aaron Harrison and Johnathan Motley played 42 and 41 minutes respectively. If Smith Jr. is out again, Collinsworth may be worth a look as J.J. Barea is also out Friday. We will have a clearer breakdown of who will play tomorrow.
Source: Mavericks Game Notes
April 4, 2018, 10:31 pmJohnathan MotleyPF/C, Dallas Mavericks
Johnathan Motley started for the shorthanded Mavs on Wednesday night and set some career-highs with 14 points, eight rebounds and a steal in 41 minutes.
Motley will be on the deep league map if this type of workload continues, and Salah Mejri's continued injuries do leave that as a distinct possibility. He's not a very appealing option but if you need someone who can grab rebounds, Motley is at least a name worth knowing.
March 29, 2018, 1:35 amNerlens NoelPF/C, Dallas Mavericks
Nerlens Noel returned to action on Wednesday after sitting out on Tuesday against the Kings but was fairly nondescript with five points, six rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes.
Noel split time with Dwight Powell and Johnathan Motley picked up the leftover eight minutes (three points, four boards). That's a very distressing sign for his fantasy outlook, as the Mavs have already put him in a DNP rotation with Salah Mejri. If Noel is now sharing time with two other players on the nights he does suit up, he's pretty much only a streamer if your league has less than 16 teams. We may have already seen his finest lines of the stretch run.
March 17, 2018, 10:30 pmJohnathan MotleyPF/C, Dallas Mavericks
Johnathan Motley played a career-high 19 minutes on Saturday night and responded with a career-high eight points, adding six rebounds and an assist against the Nets.
This was only Motley’s fourth appearance of the season, and March is the first month where he’s made multiple appearances. The rookie saw so much run with Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri out tonight but will fall back out of the rotation when either returns.
March 1, 2018, 12:15 pmJohnathan MotleyC, Dallas Mavericks
When asked if two-way players Johnathan Motley and Jalen Jones would see more playing time down the stretch, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said “We’re going to look at a lot of different things.”
The Mavs have nothing to play for beyond ping pong balls so it wouldn’t hurt to get Motley and Jones some action over the season’s final month. They aren’t likely to get substantial playing time but it’s a good idea to at least stuff their names in the back of your head if you’re in a super-deep league.
Source: Dallas News SportsDay