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Cuban: Mavs would not be rebuilding in East

11:26 PM ET

LAS VEGAS — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban cited the dominance of the Golden State Warriors and depth of the Western Conference as reasons for the direction of his franchise.

“We’re rebuilding. Right?” Cuban said during the ESPN broadcast of the Mavs’ 88-77 win Sunday over the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League. “There’s no question about it. If we were in the East, we would not be rebuilding. We’d be handling things completely different. I think I’m going to kidnap [commissioner] Adam Silver and not let him out until he moves us to the Eastern Conference.

“Given where we are, given where the Warriors are and what’s happening in the Western Conference, it kind of sealed what we have to do.”

Dallas is coming off a 33-49 season, the franchise’s first losing campaign since 1999-2000, when Cuban purchased the team midseason. The Mavs missed the playoffs for only the second time in the past 17 seasons and used its lottery pick to select point guard Dennis Smith Jr., whom coach Rick Carlisle immediately projected to be the starter next season.

Cuban: Mavs went full tank after elimination

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says his team “did everything possible to lose games” once Dallas was out of postseason contention.

The Mavs’ had dual goals last summer: attempting to acquire players who can be part of the franchise’s foundation after Dirk Nowitzki‘s retirement but trying to build a team that gave Nowitzki a chance to compete in the playoffs during its golden years. A slow start, which occurred in part due to an Achilles tendon injury that sidelined Nowitzki for most of the first two months of the season, contributed to the Mavs’ midseason decision to emphasize the youth movement.

Dallas parted with two stopgap veterans at the trade deadline, waiving point guard Deron Williams and dumping center Andrew Bogut in the trade with the Philadelphia 76ers that sent center Nerlens Noel to Dallas.

The Mavs have been mostly spectators during this free-agency period, aside from re-signing the 39-year-old Nowitzki to a hometown-discount, two-year, $10 million deal and acquiring Josh McRoberts in a salary dump from the Miami Heat. They intend to re-sign Noel, a restricted free agent who hopes to drive up his price by receiving an offer sheet from another team.

The Mavs consider 25-year-old Harrison Barnes, 23-year-old Noel and 19-year-old Smith three potential cornerstones as they begin their rebuilding process.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19949153/mark-cuban-dallas-mavericks-not-rebuilding-eastern-conference

Sources: Dirk, Mavs reach 2-year, $10M deal

Jul 6, 2017

The Dallas Mavericks have finalized a new deal with Dirk Nowitzki, the team announced Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed but league sources told ESPN that it is a two-year, $10 million deal.

The second season of the deal will be a team option, source said.

The Mavs, in consultation with Nowitzki, declined a team option last month that would have paid Nowitzki a $25 million salary this season, $5 million of which was guaranteed. This marks the third time Nowitzki, the face of the franchise, has given the Mavs a significant hometown discount.

The Mavs have failed to win a playoff series since their 2011 championship run, even though Nowitzki — the 2006-07 MVP and 2011 Finals MVP — signed a hometown-discount deal to provide Dallas management with flexibility to pursue premier free agents. The Mavs finished with a losing record last season (33-49) for the first time since 1999-2000.

Nowitzki surpassing the 30,000-point milestone in a March 7 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers was the highlight of Dallas’ disappointing season. He became the sixth member of that club, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Nowitzki enters next season with 30,260 career points, putting him 1,159 behind Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time scoring list, a total potentially within Nowitzki’s reach in 2017-18 if he is able to avoid injury.

While Nowitzki has long stated 20 seasons as a significant milestone, he has given no indication that this will be his farewell season. He has repeatedly said he plans to play as long as the game remains fun for him, with his health and the Mavs’ competitiveness as factors that could weigh into his decision when to retire.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19867030/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-finalizing-2-year-10-million-deal

Vote: What should Dirk Nowitzki’s role be with the Mavericks next season?

The Dallas Mavericks are in the process of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer.

Currently No. 6 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 30,260 career points, the 39-year-old averaged 14.2 PPG in 54 games last season — his lowest output since his rookie season (8.2 PPG) in 1998-99.

Entering his 20th season with the Mavericks, Nowitzki hasn’t given any indication that this will be his farewell tour. But what do you think the future holds for the 13-time All-Star? Vote below!

Nowitzki is on the verge of joining Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA history to spend 20 years with one franchise.

— Paul Saldana

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/page/QTP_170706DirkNowitzkiSNPoll/sportsnation-dirk-nowitzki-role-dallas-mavericks-next-season

Trade grades: Who wins Mavs-Heat deal?

10:40 PM ET

The deal

Mavericks get: Forward Josh McRoberts, second-round pick

Heat get: Center AJ Hammons

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/insider/story/_/id/19876938/nba-trade-grades-dallas-mavericks-miami-heat-deal-nba

Sources: Dirk, Mavs nearing 2-year, $10M deal

2:37 PM ET

The Dallas Mavericks are in the process of finalizing a two-year, $10 million deal with Dirk Nowitzki, league sources told ESPN.

The second season of the deal will be a team option, source said.

The Mavs, in consultation with Nowitzki, declined a team option last month that would have paid Nowitzki a $25 million salary this season, $5 million of which was guaranteed. This marks the third time Nowitzki, the face of the franchise, has given the Mavs a significant hometown discount.

Nowitzki, a 13-time All-Star who ranks sixth on the league’s all-time scoring list, is on the verge of joining Kobe Bryant as the only players in NBA history to spend an entire 20-year career with one franchise. Nowitzki, who was acquired in a 1998 draft-night deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, has frequently cited the exclusive 20-year, one-franchise club as a meaningful distinction.

Nowitzki, 39, averaged 14.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting last season, his least-productive statistical campaign since his rookie year. He played in only 54 games, missing extended stretches due to soreness in his right Achilles tendon, and transitioned to playing primarily center after spending his career essentially introducing the concept of a stretch power forward to the NBA.

The Mavs have failed to win a playoff series since their 2011 championship run, even though Nowitzki — the 2006-07 MVP and 2011 Finals MVP — signed a hometown-discount deal to provide Dallas management with flexibility to pursue premier free agents. The Mavs finished with a losing record last season (33-49) for the first time since 1999-2000.

Nowitzki surpassing the 30,000-point milestone in a March 7 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers was the highlight of Dallas’ disappointing season. He became the sixth member of that club, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Bryant, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

Nowitzki enters next season with 30,260 career points, putting him 1,159 behind Chamberlain for fifth on the all-time scoring list, a total potentially within Nowitzki’s reach in 2017-18 if he is able to avoid injury.

While Nowitzki has long stated 20 seasons as a significant milestone, he has given no indication that this will be his farewell season. He has repeatedly said he plans to play as long as the game remains fun for him, with his health and the Mavs’ competitiveness as factors that could weigh into his decision when to retire.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19867030/dirk-nowitzki-dallas-mavericks-finalizing-2-year-10-million-deal

Mavs sign 1st-round pick Smith to rookie deal

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. to his rookie contract.

The deal announced Wednesday came as Smith prepared to join Dallas’ summer league team in Las Vegas.

The Mavericks drafted the NC State freshman at No. 9 overall, their highest choice going into the draft since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from the same spot in 1998. Dallas missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.

Smith was the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year before declaring for the draft. He reported to NC State early in January 2016 after tearing a knee ligament during his senior year in high school.

The 19-year-old Smith averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists at NC State.

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19845321/dallas-mavericks-sign-1st-round-pick-dennis-smith-jr-rookie-deal