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Don't expect the constant trade speculation around Wesley Matthews to stop next season

Editor's note: This is the 11th in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Wesley MatthewsPosition: Guard/ForwardAge: 31Size: 6-5, 220 poundsExperience: 10th seasonContract: Entering the final season of a four-year deal he signed as a free agent in the summer of 2015. This season was at Matthews' discretion and he opted in, meaning he will earn $18.6 million and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.2017-18 recap: Though fans always seem to want more from Matthews, his 38.1 percent 3-point shooting was virtually identical to his career average. He scored 12.7 points...
Aug 14, 2018

Could Kostas Antetokounmpo be the Mavs' best second-round pick?

Editor's note: This article originally published on July 5.It's time for another edition of the Mavericks offseason roundtable, where our panel of experts break down some of the most intriguing Mavs topics of the week. The roundtable is made up of SportsDay's Mavs insiders Eddie Sefko and Brad Townsend as well as SportsDay columnists Kevin Sherrington and Tim Cowlishaw.Today, they discuss if the Mavs won the NBA draft and who the Mavs' best second-round pick might be. Which second round pick has the brightest future?Sefko: We'd like to say it's the Freakquel, but Kostas Antetokounmpo has a...
Aug 14, 2018
Is J.J. Barea one of the most underrated Mavericks of all time?

Is J.J. Barea one of the most underrated Mavericks of all time?

Editor's note: This is the ninth in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.J.J. BareaPosition: GuardAge: 34Size: 6-0, 185 poundsExperience: 12 seasonsContract: Expiring deal that will pay him $3.7 million in 2018-19. He will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.2017-18 recap: If there was a bright spot in the Mavericks' dreadful season, it was Barea's rock-solid play. His 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game were career-best marks and he did that damage in just 23 minutes per game. He had one of the healthiest seasons of his career and was just as special off the court...
Aug 13, 2018

Backup C Salah Mejri is back, but don't expect the Mavs to change his role

Editor's note: This is the eighth in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Salah MejriPosition: Center/ForwardAge: 32Size: 7-2, 245 poundsExperience: 4th seasonContract: Signed a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum of about $1.6 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent again next summer.2017-18 recap: The slender shot-blocker had some ups and downs last season. He played in 61 games, averaged 12 minutes and contributed 3.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He was one of the few Mavericks who had the ability to change momentum in a game with his defense....
Aug 12, 2018

This is the big question surrounding Mavs F/C Dwight Powell

Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Dwight PowellPosition: Center/ForwardAge: 27Size: 6-11, 240 poundsExperience: Fifth season Contract: He's entering the third season of a four-year deal and will earn $9.6 million. The 2019-20 season is at Powell's option and is worth $10.2 million.2017-18 recap: Powell continued his upward trend. He's increased his scoring and rebounding every season and averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds last season. He was particularly strong down the stretch, averaging 11.3 points and 7.1 rebounds in the last...
Aug 11, 2018

Will Jalen Brunson be a steal for the Mavs? Here's what needs to happen for him to see the court

Editor's note: This is the sixth in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Jalen BrunsonPosition: GuardAge: 21Size: 6-3, 190 poundsExperience: RookieContract: Signed a multiyear deal with what is believed to be three years guaranteed at more than $1 million per season.2017-18 recap: It's going to be hard for Brunson to have a better year than he did last season. All he did was win the national championship at Villanova (along with three other 'Nova players who were drafted in the first round), and take home the majority of college basketball's player of the year honors,...
Aug 10, 2018

Mavs rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo might have a future in the NBA, but can he be like his brother?

Editor's note: This is the fifth in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Kostas AntetokounmpoPosition: Center/forwardAge: 20Size: 6-11, 195 poundsExperience: RookieContract: Signed a two-way deal after being the 60th overall pick in the draft. He can spend a maximum of 45 days with the Mavericks and will spend the rest of the 2018-19 season with the Texas Legends in the development league.2017-18 recap: He played one season with the Dayton Flyers, averaging 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 15 minutes per game. He sat out the 2016-17 season as a partial...
Aug 9, 2018
A tough injury for one Maverick hopeful opens up a chance for another

A tough injury for one Maverick hopeful opens up a chance for another

In the sometimes-heartless business end of the NBA, a young player's significant injury can turn him into a man without a team or financial security.And open the door for another up-and-comer.In the case of Mavericks' rookie Terry Larrier, the slender 6-8 forward out of UConn, a torn ACL suffered in a workout in Houston will sideline him for the season. He had signed a make-good contract that was guaranteed only for training camp.Because the Mavericks are limited to 20 players in training camp, they will waive Larrier, but they have agreed to pay his training-camp salary and will treat him...
Aug 9, 2018
Rookie F Ray Spalding showed flashes in summer league, but will he actually become a contributor for the Mavs?

Rookie F Ray Spalding showed flashes in summer league, but will he actually become a contributor for the Mavs?

Editor's note: This is the fourth in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Ray SpaldingPosition: ForwardAge: 21Size: 6-10, 215 poundsExperience: RookieContract: He signed a four-year deal that is believed to be worth the rookie minimum of $838,000 in his first season.2017-18 recap: He averaged 12.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his junior season with Louisville. It was a rocky year with coach Rick Pitino departing because of the ongoing federal investigation into numerous NCAA schools. Spalding had one of his best games in a double-overtime victory at Notre Dame when he had...
Aug 8, 2018

It's official: Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks

Update, August 8, 9:15 a.m.: It's official. Fan favorite Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks. The team announced the signing, which SportsDay's Eddie Sefko reported last month is for one year at the veteran's minimum, in a news release Wednesday morning. ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWSDevin Harris is headed back to the Mavericks.The 14-year veteran on Thursday agreed to a one-year contract for the $2.4-million veteran's minimum, which two sources said Wednesday was the deal on the table.Harris, 35, has played nine of his 14 season with the Mavericks. He has been one of Dirk Nowitzki's...
Aug 8, 2018

Here's what Mavericks F Maxi Kleber has to do to earn minutes over Dwight Powell, Salah Mejri

Editor's note: This is the third in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Maxi KleberPosition: Forward/CenterAge: 26Size: 6-10, 220 poundsExperience: Second seasonContract: Signed through the 2018-19 season. This season will not be fully guaranteed until January and is worth almost $1.4 million.2017-18 recap: Not much was known about the German before his arrival, but he quickly showed that he's more than just somebody who shares the same hometown with Dirk Nowitzki. Kleber averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. He even threw in the occasional...
Aug 7, 2018
Why the 2018-19 season is a pivotal one for Mavs F Dorian Finney-Smith

Why the 2018-19 season is a pivotal one for Mavs F Dorian Finney-Smith

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster.Dorian Finney-SmithPosition: ForwardAge: 25Size: 6-8, 220 poundsExperience: Third seasonContract: In the final season of his contract that pays $1.5 million for 2018-19 and is fully guaranteed after January 10.2017-18 recap: It wasn't a lost season, but it wasn't far from it. Finney-Smith fought a knee injury for most of the season. He played only early in the year and then in the last month. He clearly wasn't himself when he returned from the injury, but four months idle will do that to a player....
Aug 6, 2018
Did the Mavericks find Doug McDermott's replacement in Ryan Broekhoff?

Did the Mavericks find Doug McDermott's replacement in Ryan Broekhoff?

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of Mavs player profiles about the 2018-19 roster. Ryan BroekhoffPosition: Guard/ForwardAge: 27Size: 6-7, 215 poundsExperience: RookieContract: Signed a multiyear deal with the first season guaranteed at the league minimum. It has been reported that the deal is worth $2.4 million. The minimum salary for a first-year player is $838,000.2017-18 recap: Broekhoff finished out his three-year contract with Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban and was part of a team that made the playoffs in the Russian top-tier league and also the EuroCup. He averaged 12.3 points...
Aug 5, 2018
Best of Eddie Sefko: Here's how likely it is DeAndre Jordan is a Maverick past this season

Best of Eddie Sefko: Here's how likely it is DeAndre Jordan is a Maverick past this season

SportsDay Mavericks insider Eddie Sefko writes columns, blog posts and responses to live chats with readers. Here are some of his best pieces since the draft:All things DeAndre JordanOn the Mavs signing DeAndre Jordan:Sefko: What the Mavericks know is they now have a center who has missed fewer than five games in each of the last eight seasons. He is a prolific rebounder and he will play hard-nosed defense on top of being a dunking beast when the defense falls asleep.Jordan is quite frankly the best center the Mavericks have ever had, at least based on what he's done in his career. The only...
Aug 3, 2018

Dallas Mavericks announce center Salah Mejri has re-signed

Update (August 3, 3:25 p.m.): The Dallas Mavericks made the re-signing of center Salah Mejri official on Friday afternoon.Original story (July 1, 3:41 p.m.): The Mavericks came to terms with backup center Salah Mejri on Sunday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him the veteran's minimum ($1.56 million), a source confirmed.Mejri will continue to be the Mavericks' change-of-pace big man off the bench. He averaged 3.5 points, 4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in just 12 minutes per game last season.Meanwhile, there has been no word yet about a new deal for guard Yogi Ferrell, who is a...

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