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Mavs Moneyball Jun 29, 2016

The MMB Podcast: Wait, how good would Mike Conley and Hassan Whiteside actually be?

For the 17th episode of the Mavs Moneyball Podcast, Tim and Austin talk about the Mavericks' free agency plans and whether Dirk Nowitzki really might leave. On the 18th episode of the Mavs Moneyball Podcast, Austin Ngaruiya and I are back to talk about the Mavericks' free agency. The episode is available on all your usual podcast services like iTunes and Stitcher, and you can stream it below. We talk about Chandler Parsons' worth as a free agent and agree that the Mavericks are making a mistake by not trying to bring him back. We then go into Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley, trying to...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 25, 2016

Jeremy Lin could be a Deron Williams-level backup plan for the Mavericks

Although Dallas' top target is Mike Conley, and Williams has interest in return, perhaps a third point in Lin could be the one who ends up starting in Dallas next season. After the Mavericks secured verbal commitments from DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews last summer, point guard was the next order of business. I was convinced that hole would be filled by Jeremy Lin, and that the Mavs starting five would be Lin, Matthews, Jordan, Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki. It made sense. Lin is a bigger point guard and decent 3-point shooter that might have added some floor spacing in Rick...
Blog a Bull Jun 24, 2016

NBA Draft Bulls selection: It's Paul Zipser (!) in the second round

With their second-rounder, the #48 pick overall, the Bulls take 6'8" SF Paul Zipser of Bayern Muenchen. Bayern, sharing a name with world-famous soccer club, plays in Germany's top league as well as the Euroleague. Zipser also played alongside Dirk Nowitzki for team Germany in 2015 Eurobasket. Zipser is 22 years old, and played significant minutes in the second-best league in the world, so this could be potentially someone who can contribute soon. We'll have to learn of his contract status and the possibility of the Bulls actually bringing him over to the NBA. Jonathan Givony of Draft...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 21, 2016

Dirk Nowitzki opted out and he's still not signing with the Warriors, sorry!

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Dirk Nowitzki said at the start of May that he planned to opt out. His opt out date is June 22, which is tomorrow, so Nowitzki has officially opted out like he said he would two months ago on June 21, tonight. The reason he opted out is flexibility, and also because he plans to sign a two- or three-year deal. If the Mavericks have extra money after they make their free agent signings, he can make more. (He might ask for more anyway, which would be very deserved.) If they really need an extra million to bring in a competitive team, maybe Dirk would bless them with another...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 21, 2016

It doesn't matter if Dirk Nowitzki complicates the Mavericks' future

Maybe it would be easier for the Mavericks to win a championship if Dirk Nowitzki went to the Warriors, but that would be the worst possible idea. How do you measure 18 years of Dirk Nowitzki? By a dozen All-NBA team appearances and an MVP? By the 2011 championship, when he lifted Dallas to a height of basketball accomplishment they hadn’t ever achieved? By his day-in, day-out transformation he pioneered for the Mavericks? There’s no singular measure for how much Dirk has meant, other saying that he has meant nearly everything to the Mavericks. The Mavericks, in turn, owe him three more...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 20, 2016

The Warriors think Dirk Nowitzki might sign with them this summer

That seems ... unlikely. The Golden State Warriors are interested in offering Dirk Nowitzki a contract this summer, according to a report by Tim Kawakami of Mercury News. Kawakami states that the Warriors will be very aggressive in pursuing free agents this summer, their main target being Kevin Durant. Nowitzki, though, is also in their sights. Soon after the Mavericks' first round exit at the hands of Durant's Thunder, Nowitzki said that he would opt out of the final season of contract with Dallas. While Nowitzki will be a free agent this summer, he stated definitively that he planned to...
San Jose Mercury News Jun 20, 2016

Kawakami: Run for Nowitzki makes sense for Warriors

Nowitzki could be among second-tier free agents Golden State goes after if team can't lure Durant
Mavs Moneyball Jun 20, 2016

All 41 of Dirk Nowitzki's made shots from the 2006 Finals

Well actually, Dirk was good in the 2006 finals.
Posting and Toasting Jun 19, 2016

NBA Finals open thread: 06/19/16

Game. Seven. Included with each matchup is a list of each team's unrestricted (UFA) and restricted (RFA) free agents. I've added a few players who will probably opt out of their contracts this summer, ignoring the Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan types who certainly aren't going anywhere. Go future Knicks! 8:00 pm ET - Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors Cavs Free Agents: Timofey Mozgov (UFA), Richard Jefferson (UFA), Dahntay Jones (UFA), Mo Williams (player option), LeBron James (player option), J.R. Smith (player option) Warriors Free Agents: Harrison Barnes (RFA), Festus Ezili...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 18, 2016

If the Mavericks go small, Batum is the free agent forward they need

The Mavericks are potentially toying around with the idea of Dirk at center so they'll need to stock up on wings. Outside of LeBron and Durant, Batum is the best free agent wing on the market. Dirk Nowitzki playing center full-time has always been the worst idea in modern human history. It's such a terrible idea that playing Danny Fortson was considered a better alternative 12 years ago. So when the Mavericks started entertaining the idea of doing this as a way of perusing alternative options in free agency this summer, I was worried. Dirk couldn't play center outside of spot minutes in...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 17, 2016

Hassan Whiteside is the center you want next to Dirk Nowitzki

Whiteside is going to cost you the max, but he's the best young center available, even if there are some concerns about his off-court abilities. Hassan Whiteside blocked a million shots this season. Okay so that's hyperbole, but only a little. He actually blocked 269 shots. No biggie. The 27-year-old center is a strong approximation of everything the Mavs believed they were getting before DeAndre Jordan very publicly changed his dumb mind last offseason. Similar to another free agent we all want to see on the Mavs (*cough* Kent Bazemore *cough*), Whiteside is a guy who had an extremely...
Posting and Toasting Jun 16, 2016

NBA Finals open thread: 06/16/16

Two words: Craig Sager. Included with each matchup is a list of each team's unrestricted (UFA) and restricted (RFA) free agents. I've added a few players who will probably opt out of their contracts this summer, ignoring the Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan types who certainly aren't going anywhere. Go future Knicks! 9:00 pm ET - Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers Cavs Free Agents: Timofey Mozgov (UFA), Richard Jefferson(UFA), Dahntay Jones (UFA), Mo Williams (player option),LeBron James (player option), J.R. Smith (player option) Warriors Free Agents: Harrison Barnes...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 14, 2016

Reliving Dirk Nowitzki's fever game, the turning point of the 2011 NBA Finals

Dirk played awful, but his resilience in Game 4 was what willed the Mavericks to the title. He made his first three shots. He was locked in. Health-wise, though, he was far from it. It was a well-kept secret for about a quarter and a half. Then, coming out of a media timeout, Doris Burke said these frightening words. "Dirk Nowitzki is playing tonight's basketball game with a fever perhaps as high as 102 degrees." Oh, no. Not now. Not this game. Not this moment. It was the biggest game in the history of the franchise, and Dirk Nowitzki is on his death bed. Little would anyone think this...
Mavs Moneyball Jun 14, 2016

The Mavericks need to stay far, far away from Harrison Barnes

The current Warrior is not the player of the future for the Mavericks. Period. I'm writing this just after Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It's nearly 2 a.m. Lebron James and Kyrie Irving have each put on magnificent performances, scoring 41 each, the first time that's ever happened in a Finals game. The Warriors just lost a close out game at home, mainly due to the aforementioned Cavalier superstars, but also because their role players absolutely crapped the bed. The main culprit: Harrison Barnes. The 24-year-old free-agent-to-be Harrison Barnes is one player I am absolutely petrified of the...

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