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Mavs Moneyball Jul 31, 2015

Happy birthday, Mark Cuban, we got you presents

What do you get a billionaire owner who can literally buy anything? Mark Cuban, the Mavericks' outspoken owner and possible vice presidential candidate, turns 57 today. While it's difficult to think that we could offer Cuban anything for his birthday, other than free press, a few of us here at Mavs Moneyball have a few items that we feel he deserves. It turns out there are a few things that a billionaire doesn't already have. Tim Cato: With Cuban-American relations on the mend, the easy answer is a pack of cigars, but let's venture even further into the blue gulf waters: just buy Cuba...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 31, 2015

Poor drafting hasn't actually doomed the Mavericks (though it hasn't helped)

The Mavericks may not use the draft to develop talent, but it does use it well in free agency. This week at Sporting News, Scott Rafferty made an observation many Mavericks fans have come around to by this point in the offseason -- no, not "life comes at you fast," although that's an apt statement about this summer. Rafferty says Dallas is facing the prospect of missing the playoffs for the second time in a decade and a half because its front office has ignored the draft for years. It's a reasonable analysis but only partly gets at the real reasons the Mavericks have gone from title...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 30, 2015

Mavericks sign Tunisian center Salah Mejri

Mejri comes to the Mavs with a partially guaranteed contract. As our own Alan Smithee noted a couple weeks ago, the Mavericks have indeed taken their search for some center depth overseas, and signed one of the guys Alan mentioned to a deal. Earlier today, the team announced that they have signed  29 year old, 7'1 center Salah Mejri from Tunisia. Mejri will be the first Tunisian player in the NBA, as the Mavs continue their trend of trailblazing that started with drafting Satnam Singh (who would be the first Indian player in the NBA). Mejri most recently played for Real Madrid in the...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 29, 2015

Waiting for DeAndre: how the Mavericks still can't move on

Understanding the DeAndre situation through literary drama. [Ed. note: This is a contributed article from Aliyaho Pearce. You can follow him @Aliyaho.] DeAndre Jordan was a Dallas Maverick, unofficially, for a little less than a week. It was a thrill while it lasted, but it didn't last. The whole fiasco had the stink of the last four years on it. The unmistakable stench of coming up short once again. I couldn't help but draw some parallels between the experience of a Mavericks fan and the absurdist play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. In Waiting, the two characters Vladimir and...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 28, 2015

Explaining the Mavericks' salary cap and all these partially guaranteed deals

Here's a look at some of Dallas' most recent moves. Dallas has been busy in the final phase of their offseason, culminating in a handful of contracts being given out to players you mostly have never heard of before it's tweeted out. That's fine. That's how this part of free agency goes. It's a slow, crawling descent from the fireworks that take place earlier in the month, that, in Dallas' case, ended up being a bit more explosive than anticipated. But you move on and here they are. Let's explain exactly what they're doing with all their offseason moves from the past week or so. What does...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 27, 2015

Watch all 36 Dwight Powell field goals from summer league

See why Dwight Powell earned Second Team All-Summer League honors.
Mavs Moneyball Jul 26, 2015

Mavericks add 2 more forwards on partially guaranteed contracts, per reports

The Mavs add forwards Brandon Ashley and Jamil Wilson to partially guaranteed contracts. Over the weekend, the Dallas Mavericks added two more players to their eventual training camp roster. On Saturday, the team reached an agreement on a partially guaranteed multi-year deal with forward Brandon Ashley. Then, on Sunday, it was reported that forward Jamil Wilson also came to terms a partially guaranteed deal with Dallas. Both deals were first reported by RealGM's Shams Charania. Ashley declared for the NBA Draft this summer after completing his junior year at Arizona. After going...

Brandon Ashley agrees to multi-year deal with Dallas Mavericks, per report

Brandon Ashley has agreed to a partially guaranteed multi-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by Real GM. Another member of the Atlanta Hawks' summer league team has a new home. Former Arizona forward Brandon Ashley has agreed to a partially guaranteed multi-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by Real GM's Shams Charania. Dallas has reached agreement with undrafted Arizona PF Brandon Ashley on a partially guaranteed multi-year deal, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 25, 2015 Ashley put up a good showing...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 25, 2015

Samuel Dalembert signs a 1-year deal with the Mavericks, per report

Dallas has reacquired Dalembert after he played with the team in the 2013-14 season. Samuel Dalembert has agreed to a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, rejoining the team he played for two seasons ago. In the 2013-14 season, Dalembert was the starting center on a team that lost to the Spurs in the first round as an eighth seed. This year, Dalembert will be the backup to Zaza Pachulia, who the Mavericks nabbed in a salary dump after their plans with DeAndre Jordan ignominiously fell through. A little bit more analysis coming.
Mavs Moneyball Jul 23, 2015

Mavericks sign Summer League standout Maurice Ndour

Dallas signs another young big man after a solid performance in Las Vegas Former University of Ohio big man Maurice Ndour agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced on Thursday. We'll update this post when terms of the contract are available. Ndour had a solid Summer League stint with the New York Knicks, averaging 9.6 points and nearly five rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game with New York. ESPN New York's Ian Begley reported that the Knicks did not offer as much guaranteed money as Dallas did. Ndour scored 23 points in a win over the Philadelphia 76ers in Las Vegas. The...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 23, 2015

President Mark Cuban shoots down sharks in Sharknado 3

This movie happened, and Cubes stole the show. Sharknado, somehow, is a thing. No one knows why, no one knows how. I got tricked into watching the first two movies and regretted every minute of each of them. Let's face it: The only way Sharknado 3: Oh, Hell No! would be saved is if Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban put on a show for the ages, giving all of us hope that a ridiculous movie series would go from unsuccessful to marginally successful. In the first 15 minutes of Sharknado 3, Cubes showed us two things: He's not too shabby of an actor, and he'd make one bad-ass president. All you...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 22, 2015

Watch all 36 of Justin Anderson's field goals at Summer League

Anderson had a breakout Las Vegas performance, especially in his final two games.
Mavs Moneyball Jul 21, 2015

Richard Jefferson leaving Mavericks for Cavaliers, per report

Hey look, another free agent changed their mind about the Mavericks. The Richard Jefferson experience has come to a surprising end after the veteran swingman decided to take his talents to the shores of Lake Erie. Jefferson will no longer have passes clank off his valiant hands in a Maverick uniform. Before the DeAndre detonation, it was believed that Jefferson would return to the Mavericks on another one-year deal, but Marc Stein indicates that that is no longer the case. Another curveball in Mavs' offseason: Hearing that vet swingman Richard Jefferson, thought to be staying in...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 21, 2015

Dallas is getting a WNBA franchise. Everyone get excited!

More basketball means more fun, and the Shock are a promising young team to root for. As reported on Monday, the owner of the Tulsa Shock intends to move the franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, pending the approval of the WNBA Board of Governors. As a general fan of basketball -- and a passing fan of the WNBA specifically -- I am thrilled about this decision. While not everyone who visits Mavs Moneyball is likely to be a huge WNBA fan, this is news that we can all get excited about. We're all here because we're fans of basketball. And the Shock have the potential to be a really fun...

John Jenkins agrees to deal with the Dallas Mavericks

John Jenkins has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Former Atlanta Hawks first round pick John Jenkins has agreed to a multi year deal with the Dallas Mavericks according to a report by RealGM's Shams Charania. Free agent forward John Jenkins has reached agreement on a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell RealGM. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 20, 2015 Terms of the deal weren't released, but its not likely that the entire deal is fully guaranteed. Jenkins is 24 years old and doesn't have a lot of NBA mileage on him at this...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 20, 2015

John Jenkins signs with Mavericks on a 3-year deal, per report

Dallas grabs the former Atlanta first round pick to add depth to their bench. The Mavericks have signed free agent forward John Jenkins on a three-year deal, according to RealGM's Shams Charania. Jenkins was drafted by the Hawks with the 23rd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He's a shooter who had a solid rookie year, playing about 15 minutes in 61 games while shooting 45 percent from the field and 38 percent on three-pointers. However, injuries derailed his sophomore campaign and he hardly ever got on the floor last year as the Hawks blasted to 60 wins. He nearly shot 50/40/90 but only played...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 20, 2015

Mavericks sign center Jarrid Famous to partially guaranteed deal

Jarrid Famous, a center known for rebounding, will be joining the Mavs on a partially guaranteed contract. Jarrid Famous isn't as well known as his last name suggests. Nonetheless, Mavericks fans should become at least familiar with the undrafted 27-year-old big man. Dallas reached a one-year partially guaranteed deal with the free agent center according to RealGM's Shams Charania. Famous stood out on a bad Wizards Summer League Team in Las Vegas this summer. The 6'11" center averaged 12.8 points on 57.7 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds with Washington. During the 2014-15 season, Famous...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 18, 2015

4 takeaways from the Mavericks' final Summer League game

Justin Anderson continues to impress in his last game in Las Vegas. The Mavericks' Summer League season drew to a close Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Atlanta Hawks, 91-83. After losing their first three games, the Mavs entered the tournament portion of Summer League as the 22nd seed. However, they upset both the Lakers and the D-League Select Team to advance. Against Atlanta, the spark that helped them win two in a row faded to a glimmer. Dallas could not buy a stop in the game as the Hawks shot just over 48 percent and 38 percent from downtown. The Mavs head home after posting a...
Peachtree Hoops Jul 18, 2015

Atlanta Hawks advance with 91-83 win over Dallas Mavericks at Las Vegas Summer League

The Atlanta Hawks advanced to the Summer League semifinals with a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. The Atlanta Hawks will be involved in the "final four" for the 2015 Las Vegas Summer League. The Hawks outlasted the Dallas Mavericks by a final score of 91-83 on Saturday, and with the win, they are two victories away from a mythical championship. The first half featured staggeringly competent play on both sides when compared to other Summer League action, and that was especially true of the Hawks. Terran Petteway was the star of the show in the first 20 minutes, hitting all six of...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 18, 2015

Satnam Singh, the first draft pick from India, hopes his potential leads to NBA

Satnam Singh has a long road ahead of him, one he hopes ends with him in the NBA. With 3:20 left in the first quarter of a nondescript Summer League game, the Mavericks' second round draft pick checked in. A second round pick seeing his first action in Vegas usually goes unnoticed, as top prospects and lottery picks garner much of the attention. But this was the first Indian-born player ever selected in the draft. Satnam Singh is an imposing presence. Standing at 7'2, he towers over much of his competition in Las Vegas. Yet at just 19 years old, Singh is also an incredibly raw, albeit...

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