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SportsNation — #NBACereals incites Twitter Photoshop war between teams

The NBA offseason has brought about some surprises — including a Twitter war over Photoshopped cereal boxes?

Yep, you read that right.

The #NBACereals Twitter thread began Thursday morning, when the Cleveland Cavaliers got things started with this tweet:

Then the Atlanta Hawks chimed in, followed by the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks.

The Denver Nuggets had a bit of a different take.

The Miami Heat joined the conversation and the Hornets struck again. The Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers jumped in, too.

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley shared his twist on Cap’n Crunch.

Take it from these NBA teams (and Conley): Eat your breakfast.

— Alex Tekip

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/page/QTP_180810nbacereals/sportsnation-nbacereals-incites-twitter-photoshop-war-teams

Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. joins Currys on Under Armour team

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The most marketable NBA players are typically guards. Players with the ball in their hands — explosive attackers with an endless flair to their game. As kids look up to and spend endless hours in front-yard hoops emulating their every move, brands are left constantly looking for the next great athletes who can translate into equally great endorsers.

Dennis Smith Jr. checks all of those boxes, leading Under Armour to sign the Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard and No. 9 overall 2017 draft pick to a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives, according to sources. The brand plans to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate.

“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen [Curry] and Seth [Curry] and the team at UA in making our mark together.”

Unlike most incoming rookies this summer, Smith decided to wait until well after the NBA draft to sign his sneaker deal. The majority of the players selected among the top 10 picks — save for Lonzo Ball‘s unique Big Baller Brand venture — each signed their endorsement deals during the month of June.

As often happens throughout the industry, given that there are millions of dollars potentially on the line and marketing commitments to be made, brands will do their research on not just a player’s ability on the floor, but his or her character, demeanor and personality off it. In Smith’s case, one of his new teammates, Under Armour endorser Seth Curry, vouched for him after they got to know each other at the Mavericks practice facility earlier in the summer.

“Seth was able to spend some time with him, and Seth was telling me how good of a person he is,” Stone said. “Coming from Seth, and understanding what the Curry family is all about, that really resonated with us.”

As Dennis Smith Jr. prepares to embark on his rookie season, he’ll be among a few select players leading the new Drive 4 team shoe. During Summer League, Smith wore the sneaker in a custom-made edition inspired by some of his favorite TV shows of the ’90s. Under Armour just so happens to have one of their flagship “Brand House” stores in Dallas, where they’ll look to feature Smith in both in-store marketing, as well as launch exclusive products.

More than anything, the two are looking to build on their underdog mindset together as Under Armour continues to find its way in the footwear business and Smith looks to make his mark in the league.

“If you look at all the other brands we’re competing with, we’re not even a quarter of their size and we’re the underdog. Dennis was overlooked in the draft. We’re both still trying to climb a mountain,” Stone said. “He has a lot of hunger to be on top. Hopefully, we can really partner with him and not just have some transactional relationship. We’re looking to have a real partnership with him and help him get to those places that he wants to go.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20279612/nba-dallas-mavericks-rookie-dennis-smith-jr-signs-armour-deal

Mavs rookie Dennis Smith Jr. joins Currys on upstart Under Armour team

2:07 AM ET

The most marketable NBA players are typically guards. Players with the ball in their hands — explosive attackers with an endless flair to their game. As kids look up to and spend endless hours in front-yard hoops emulating their every move, brands are left constantly looking for the next great athletes who can translate into equally great endorsers.

Dennis Smith Jr. checks all of those boxes, leading Under Armour to sign the Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard and No. 9 overall 2017 draft pick to a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives, according to sources. The brand plans to incorporate him immediately as one of its key featured basketball players right out the gate.

“I am definitely excited to be a part of team Under Armour as I get ready to go into [training] camp for my rookie year,” Smith Jr. said. “Under Armour is an explosive brand in basketball right now, and I’m excited to join Stephen [Curry] and Seth [Curry] and the team at UA in making our mark together.”

Unlike most incoming rookies this summer, Smith decided to wait until well after the NBA draft to sign his sneaker deal. The majority of the players selected among the top 10 picks — save for Lonzo Ball‘s unique Big Baller Brand venture — each signed their endorsement deals during the month of June.

As often happens throughout the industry, given that there are millions of dollars potentially on the line and marketing commitments to be made, brands will do their research on not just a player’s ability on the floor, but his or her character, demeanor and personality off it. In Smith’s case, one of his new teammates, Under Armour endorser Seth Curry, vouched for him after they got to know each other at the Mavericks practice facility earlier in the summer.

“Seth was able to spend some time with him, and Seth was telling me how good of a person he is,” Stone said. “Coming from Seth, and understanding what the Curry family is all about, that really resonated with us.”

As Dennis Smith Jr. prepares to embark on his rookie season, he’ll be among a few select players leading the new Drive 4 team shoe. During Summer League, Smith wore the sneaker in a custom-made edition inspired by some of his favorite TV shows of the ’90s. Under Armour just so happens to have one of their flagship “Brand House” stores in Dallas, where they’ll look to feature Smith in both in-store marketing, as well as launch exclusive products.

More than anything, the two are looking to build on their underdog mindset together as Under Armour continues to find its way in the footwear business and Smith looks to make his mark in the league.

“If you look at all the other brands we’re competing with, we’re not even a quarter of their size and we’re the underdog. Dennis was overlooked in the draft. We’re both still trying to climb a mountain,” Stone said. “He has a lot of hunger to be on top. Hopefully, we can really partner with him and not just have some transactional relationship. We’re looking to have a real partnership with him and help him get to those places that he wants to go.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20279612/nba-dallas-mavericks-rookie-dennis-smith-jr-signs-armour-deal

Mavericks sign ex-Colorado State star Clavell

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Gian Clavell, an undrafted rookie who has played for Puerto Rico’s national team.

Clavell was the Mountain West Conference player of the year at Colorado State last season. He averaged a league-high 20.4 points with 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27 games for the Rams.

The 6-foot-4 Clavell is the second Puerto Rican native with the Mavs, joining guard J.J. Barea. His signing Tuesday came three weeks after Dallas signed 6-11 forward Maxi Kleber, who is from Dirk Nowitzki‘s hometown in Wurzburg, Germany.

In five games with the Miami Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas, Clavell averaged 12.4 points and 1.4 assists. He shot 41 percent from 3-point range and made 11 of 12 free throws.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20221269/dallas-mavericks-sign-ex-colorado-state-star-gian-clavell

West grades: Who did best, worst in NBA draft and free agency?

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With July and the bulk of free agency in the books, now is a good time to look back at the moves teams have made to try to improve for the upcoming 2017-18 season and beyond.

Here are my grades for Western Conference teams based on how well they took advantage of the opportunities they had to add to their roster via free agency, the draft and trades. Teams are graded on what’s in their control, not the decisions of free agents to go elsewhere.

So how did your favorite team grade out? Let’s take a look.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/20214945/nba-2017-western-conference-offseason-grades

Rumor Central: Lack of ‘serious offer’ from Mavericks disappoints Nerlens Noel

The Dallas Mavericks have said re-signing restricted free-agent center Nerlens Noel is a top priority, but so far a deal has yet to be finalized. Noel’s agent, Happy Walters, blames the Mavericks for the lack of progress.

Rumor Central“We’re very disappointed with where things stand,” Walters told The Dallas Morning News. “Nerlens loves Dallas and spent June there working out, but we’re still waiting on a serious offer.”

If the Mavericks and Noel can’t find common ground on a new contract, the four-year NBA veteran can accept the $4,187,599 qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted free-agent in 2018. With the free-agent market tough on centers in 2017 and most teams currently lacking a lot of salary-cap room, the standoff with Noel and the Mavericks may last for a while.

Noel joined Dallas on Feb. 23 as part of a multi-player trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. In 22 appearances with the Mavericks, 12 starts, Noel averaged 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/43983/rumor-central-lack-of-serious-offer-from-mavericks-disappoints-nerlens-noel