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Barea to coach team in Puerto Rican League

3:12 PM ET

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has been hired as the head coach of Indios de Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican league for the remainder of the season, which runs through June 27.

“I didn’t know it was going to happen now, but I always wanted to coach later on when I finished playing,” Barea told ESPN. “This is my hometown team, where I played when I was getting started. I think it’s going to be a great experience for myself and see if I really like this and see what I learn and if it can help me out for the future.”

Barea replaces coach Bobby Porrata, who was fired with Indios de Mayaguez in last place with a 7-14 record. Barea will run one practice before making his coaching debut Thursday.

He said he received clearance from Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, head coach Rick Carlisle and the NBA office before accepting the job. Carlisle texted Barea his five favorite plays from the Mavs’ playbook.

“Great opportunity for J.J. and he will do a tremendous job,” Carlisle said via text message.

Barea, 32, a Puerto Rican national team star who played a key role on Dallas’ 2010-11 championship team, is under contract with the Mavs through 2018-19 and hopes to get at least one more NBA contract. He averaged 10.9 points and 5.5 assists for the Mavs last season but was limited to 35 games due to a series of calf injuries.

Barea has entertained the thought of trying to begin his coaching career as an NBA or college assistant once he retires as a player.

“I haven’t thought too much that far yet,” Barea said. “I still want to play four or five more years, and then we’ll go from there.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19498123/puerto-rican-team-hires-jj-barea-dallas-mavericks-coach-rest-season

Cuban: Mavs went full tank after elimination

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says Dallas looked to lose as much as it could once the team was out of postseason contention this season.

“Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games,” Cuban said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday.

Cuban said the primary way to ensure the Mavericks would lose was to play their young players, including Yogi Ferrell, Nerlens Noel and Dorian Finney-Smith — three players with less than three years of experience who averaged more than 20 minutes per game for Dallas this season.

The Mavericks owner acknowledged that it wasn’t the players who were throwing games.

“Once a guy walks on the court, they’re going to play their heart out,” Cuban said. “Particularly the young guys because they have something to prove.”

Dallas started an injury-marred season 3-15 and never got closer than eight games below .500.

The Mavericks were officially eliminated from the playoffs April 1. They went 2-5 after that to finish 33-49 on the season.

They weren’t able to cash in on their 6.1 percent odds of landing a top-three pick through the lottery and will select ninth overall in next month’s draft.

Cuban didn’t give a ringing endorsement to the lottery system in his comments to Patrick.

“It works well enough, I guess,” Cuban said of the lottery. “It obviously creates some misincentives toward the end of the season for teams that aren’t going to make the playoffs. Until you come up with a better solution, that’s what we’ve got.”

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19402712/owner-mark-cuban-says-dallas-mavericks-tried-lose-being-eliminated-playoffs

Rumor Central: Mavericks want Ding Yanyuhang on Summer League team

According to The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Mavericks are planning to sign Ding Yanyuhang in early July, so the swingman can play for their Summer League team.

Rumor CentralDing plays in the Chinese Basketball Association with the Shandong Golden Stars, and this season he won the MVP award for the league. In 39 CBA games, Ding averaged 23.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

The Mavericks had five rookies on the roster this season as they are looking to develop young players, so having Ding join them in July makes sense. According to Eddie Sefko, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks might sign Ding, 23, to the new “Two-Way” rule, which allows NBA teams to have up to two more players on the roster who can go back-and-forth between the NBA and D-League.

Should Ding sign with Dallas, he will be the second player from China to be on the roster. The first was Wang ZhiZhi, who the Mavericks selected with the No. 36 pick in the 1999 NBA draft.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/42657/rumor-central-mavericks-want-ding-yanyuhang-on-summer-league-team

Rumor Central: Mavericks expected to keep lottery pick

The Dallas Mavericks will know their position in the first round of the 2017 June draft when the NBA holds the lottery on Tuesday night. Whether the Mavericks move into the top three, stay put at No. 9, or move down, they are planning to keep their lottery pick instead of trading it for an established veteran, a source tells The Dallas Morning News.

Rumor CentralEddie Sefko writes: “The reasoning? They have begun the youth movement, and once you start, there’s no going back. Plus, assuming they remain at ninth, whatever player they might be able to acquire for that pick isn’t going to put them over the top this coming season.”

The young players on the roster include Nicolas Brussino, Yogi Ferrell, Dorian Finney-Smith, AJ Hammons, Salah Mejri and Jarrod Uthoff. Out of that group, Ferrell played the best, as he averaged 11.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 38 appearances with the Mavericks.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban mentioned the need to upgrade the backcourt when speaking to the media at the beginning of April.

“We have to get better at point, there’s no question,” Cuban said. “If we can’t do it in the draft, we’ll look at free agency and see what we can do. Yogi Ferrell is going to get better. Seth Curry will continue to get better. I’d love to see Nico Brussino play some point forward and see how that works. He’s probably one of our best passers.

“We’ll have depth, but we have to get that one pass-first point guard. That’s what we don’t have.”

The 2017 NBA draft will feature as many as five point guards selected in the top-10 picks, and the Mavericks could take one of them. ESPN’s Chad Ford has Dallas selecting French point guard Frank Ntilikina at No. 9 in his Mock Draft 4.1. Ford writes: “In a draft less loaded with point guards, he could be a top-five pick. He’s skilled, tough and a good shooter. He would have a great shot at being the Mavs’ point guard of the future to run with young players like Harrison Barnes and Nerlens Noel.”

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/42587/rumor-central-mavericks-expected-to-keep-lottery-pick

Rumor Central: Re-signing Nerlens Noel a top priority for Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said re-signing forward/center Nerlens Noel is a top priority for the team this offseason. Noel becomes a restricted free agent once the 2017-18 salary-cap year begins July 1.

Rumor Central“Noel is going to be a guy that we’ve got to get signed,” Carlisle told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’s an exciting young talent and I do think he can expand his game, but we’ve got to be careful about doing too much too soon.

“So much of the success in this league is really geared toward a group of guys being tied together in the locker room and having a set of definable skills. We want there to be an element of positive predictability within the team so that everybody knows what everybody can do.”

The Mavericks acquired Noel on Feb. 23 in a trade that sent Andrew Bogut and Justin Anderson to the Philadelphia 76ers. In 22 games, including 12 starts, with the Mavericks, Noel averaged 8.5 points (57.5 percent from the field) and 6.8 rebounds.

— Nick Silva

Article source: http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/rumors/post/_/id/42463/rumor-central-re-signing-nerlens-noel-is-a-top-priority-for-the-mavericks

Athletes put style on display at Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming’s victory was only part of the attraction at Churchill Downs on Saturday. As usual, this year’s Kentucky Derby overflowed with celebrities in pastels and bonnets donning their loudest spring fashions, including some of the nation’s most distinguished athletes.

Boston Sports legends Tom Brady and David Ortiz were among the most notable sightings at the track. Here’s our favorite athlete fashions from Saturday’s race:

Issa derby!

A post shared by Jacoby Brissett (@jbrissett7) on May 6, 2017 at 11:22am PDT

My guys from day one…. dream team 14…………

A post shared by DeMarco Murray (@demarcomurray) on May 6, 2017 at 12:34pm PDT

Riders Up!

A post shared by Jason Witten (@realjasonwitten82) on May 6, 2017 at 3:47pm PDT

The next leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place Saturday, May 20, in Baltimore. Who knows what high fashions will be seen at Pimlico.

— Brendan C. Hall

Article source: http://www.espn.com/sportsnation/story/_/id/19327128/athletes-put-style-display-kentucky-derby