Mavs extend Maxi Kleber

The Dallas Mavericks have extended the contract of forward Maxi Kleber, the team announced Thursday.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a three-year, $33 million contract extension. Kleber, who was entering the final year of his deal, is now under contract through 2025-26.

Last season, the 6-11 Kleber averaged 7..0 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

The Wurzburg, Germany native most recently helped lead the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals, playing in all 18 games and averaging 8.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 25.4 minutes per contest. His eight 3-pointers in Game 2 vs. Utah are tied for the second-most by a Maverick in a postseason game (Jason Terry, 9 3FGs, 5/8/11).   

Kleber, 30, was originally signed with Dallas on July 13, 2017, and in five seasons as a Maverick, he has averaged 7.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 22.7 minutes in 326 games (136 starts).

Prior to the NBA, Kleber spent eight seasons playing professionally in Germany and Spain.

Pistons, Suns, Mavs announce preseason schedules

The NBA season is almost upon us, but before we get to the regular season, teams must prepare during training camp and preseason.

The Mavericks, Pistons, and Suns announced their preseason schedules on Thursday.

The NBA regular season begins on October 18.

Dallas Mavericks:

The Dallas Mavericks  preseason schedule tips off on October 5 against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the BOK Center.

Following their matchup with the Thunder, the Mavericks will host No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Center on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. CT. Dallas will then conclude its exhibition season with a playoff rematch against the Jazz in Utah on Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. CT.

2022 DALLAS MAVERICKS PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

DATE

OPPONENT

TIME (CT)

LOCATION

VENUE

TV

Wed. Oct. 5

@ Oklahoma City

7:00 p.m.

Tulsa, OK

BOK Center

Mavs.com

Fri. Oct. 7

vs. Orlando

7:30 p.m.

Dallas

American Airlines Center

BSSW

Fri., Oct. 14

@ Utah

8:00 p.m.

Salt Lake City

Vivint Arena

BSSW

Detroit Pistons:

The Detroit Pistons preseason schedule features two home and two away games. Detroit will host the Oklahoma City Thunder (10/11) and the Memphis Grizzlies (10/13).

The Pistons will first travel to New York (10/4) to take on the Knicks and then to New Orleans (10/7) to face the Pelicans before returning to Detroit for the home slate. The Knicks game will be televised nationally on TNT.

Phoenix Suns:

The Phoenix Suns will play a four-game preseason schedule in preparation for the 2022-23 regular season, playing two home games at Footprint Center and two road games.

The Suns’ full 2022 preseason schedule is listed below.

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME (PT)

Sun., Oct. 2

Adelaide 36ers (NBL)

Footprint Center, Phoenix

7:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 5

Los Angeles Lakers

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas

7:00 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 10

Denver Nuggets

Ball Arena, Denver

6:00 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 12

Sacramento Kings

Footprint Center, Phoenix

7:00 p.m.

 

Mavs begin 2022-23 season in Phoenix against Suns

Last season, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks made it to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011. Next season, they hope to go even further. 

The Dallas Mavericks will begin the 2022-23 NBA season on the road with a Western Conference semifinals rematch against Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, Oct. 19.

After opening the year at Phoenix, the Mavericks will return to American Airlines Center to face Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies in their home opener on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Doncic is must-see TV, and Dallas is scheduled to play 30 nationally televised games next season.

Schedule notes:

Eleven of the Mavericks’ first 16 games will be played at home while 10 of the team’s final 16 games will occur on the road. Dallas is scheduled to play a season-high 17 games during the month of December.

The Mavericks will host Stephen Curry and the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors twice in 2022-23 (Nov. 29 and March 22). LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers will also make two trips to American Airlines Center (Dec. 25 and Feb. 26), both of which will be matinee games carried exclusively by ABC. The matchup with the Lakers on Dec. 25, which is set to tip off at 1:30 p.m. CT, will mark the franchise’s third consecutive Christmas Day contest.

Reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokić and the Denver Nuggets (Nov. 18 and 20), Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers (Nov. 15 and Jan. 22), and Booker and the Suns (Dec. 5 and March 5) are among the other teams set to visit Dallas twice this season.

Jayson Tatum and the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics will make their lone trip to Dallas on Jan. 5, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and the 2021 NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks will make their sole visit to American Airlines Center on Dec. 9.

For the second year in a row, the Mavericks will play three five-game road trips (Jan. 8 to 15; Feb. 4 to 11; March 26 to April 2). The club’s longest homestand of the season is a six-game stretch (Feb. 24 to March 7) immediately following the All-Star break.

Dallas is slated to play 13 back-to-backs. Of those back-to-backs, six begin and end on the road, five are home-to-road and two require no travel (begin and end at home).

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NBA unveils schedule for 2022-23 regular season

On Wednesday, the NBA released its complete game schedule for the 2022-23 regular season.  

The 77th NBA regular season will tip off on Oct. 18, 2022, and conclude on April 9, 2023. The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place from April 11-14, followed by the start of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 15.

Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals is scheduled to be played on June 1.

Opening Night

The regular season will begin on Oct. 18 with a doubleheader on TNT. In the first game, the Philadelphia 76ers will visit the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will receive their championship rings before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET).

Christmas Day

Five games will be played on Christmas Day for the 15th year in a row, with ESPN or ABC televising each matchup. 

NBA on Christmas Day will tip off on ESPN as the Knicks host the 76ers (noon ET).

The next three games will air on both ESPN and ABC, with the Lakers visiting the Mavericks (2:30 p.m. ET).

The Celtics will host the Bucks in a 2022 Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch (5 p.m. ET).

The Grizzlies make their Christmas Day debut when they visit the Warriors in a 2022 Western Conference Semifinals rematch (8 p.m. ET). 

The Christmas Day schedule will conclude with the Nuggets meeting the Suns in Denver on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

TNT will present a doubleheader as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16. In the first game, the Atlanta Hawks will host the Heat in a rematch of a 2022 Eastern Conference First Round series (3:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the teams with the two best records in the 2021-22 regular season will meet when the Suns (NBA-best 64-18 last season) visit the Grizzlies (56-26 last season) at 6 p.m. ET, marking Memphis’ 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game.

NBA TV will also televise two games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the Celtics visiting the Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m. ET) and the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets (10:30 p.m. ET).

Election Day

As Election Day approaches, the NBA and its teams will continue to encourage fans to make a plan to vote and participate in the civic process. New this season, all 30 teams will play on Monday, Nov. 7, on the day before Election Day, when the NBA will help promote voter participation.

NBA Rivals Week

Classic and budding rivalries between teams and players will take center stage for NBA Rivals Week during the week of Jan. 23. A new highlight of the regular-season schedule, NBA Rivals Week, will feature 11 nationally televised games across four networks over five days from Jan. 24–28. Rivalries will be the focus of all nine games across TNT, ESPN, and ABC that week, in addition to two games on NBA TV.

The complete game and broadcast schedule for NBA Rivals Week, which will include four rematches from the 2022 NBA Playoffs, is available here.

2022 NBA Finals Rematches

The Warriors and Celtics will meet for the first time since the 2022 NBA Finals on Dec. 10 in San Francisco on ABC (8:30 p.m. ET), the first of seven regular-season games on Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The second and final regular-season matchup between the two defending conference champions will occur on Jan. 19 in Boston on TNT (7:30 p.m. ET).

Final Day of Regular Season

All 30 teams will play on the final day of the regular season(April 9). The seven games between Eastern Conference teams and the one interconference game (Rockets at Washington Wizards) will begin at 1 p.m. ET, and the seven games between Western Conference teams will start at 3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise a doubleheader, with the matchups to be determined at a later date.

Schedule Highlights

All 30 teams are scheduled to make at least one appearance on TNT or ESPN in the 2022-23 regular season. The NBA on TNT, ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV will present flexible scheduling throughout the regular season to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience.

The 2023 NBA All-Star weekend will be Feb. 17-19 in Salt Lake City.

The complete schedule is available below:

2022-23-NBA-Schedule-By-Date-8-17-22

 

Mavs sign Tyler Dorsey to two-way contract

The Dallas Mavericks signed guard Tyler Dorsey to a two-way contract, the team announced Sunday.

Dorsey, 26,  joins Dallas after spending last season with the Greek club Olympiacos Piraeus. In 32 Greek League games for Olympiacos in 2021-22, he averaged 10.7 points (.477 FG%, .404 3FG%, .833 FT%), 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game while helping the club to the Greek League title and garnering Greek Cup MVP honors. In EuroLeague action, the 6-5 guard averaged 12.8 points (.517 FG%, .374 3FG%, .781 FT%), 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 38 games for an Olympiacos team that reached the EuroLeague Final Four.

The Pasadena, California, native was selected by Atlanta in the second round (41st overall pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft. After spending his rookie season with the Hawks, Dorsey was traded to Memphis in exchange for Shelvin Mack on Feb. 7, 2019. In 104 career NBA games (16 starts) with the Hawks and Grizzlies, he has averaged 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.1 minutes.

Following his stints with Atlanta and Memphis, Dorsey joined Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2019-20 and won two Israeli League championships with the club (2020, 2021).

Dorsey spent two seasons at the University of Oregon, where he was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in 2016 and helped the school reach the NCAA Final Four in 2017. He totaled 1,055 points in his two seasons for the Ducks, joining Dillon Brooks as the only players in school history to reach 1,000 career points as a sophomore.

The former Gatorade California Player of the Year holds dual citizenship and has represented the Greek national team in international competition.

Mavs officially sign Jaden Hardy, Pinson

The Dallas Mavericks announced Thursday that they have signed guard/forward Theo Pinson. 

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Pinson (6-5, 212) returns for his second season with Dallas after he joined the club midway through the 2021-22 campaign. In 19 games for the Mavericks last year, the 26-year-old averaged 2.5 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.8 minutes per game. The four-year veteran scored a season-high 16 points (5-5 FG, 4-4 3FG, 2-2 FT) in the team’s regular-season finale against San Antonio on April 10.

The Greensboro, North Carolina, native originally signed a pair of 10-day contracts with Dallas under the COVID-related hardship allowance (12/20/21 and 12/31/21) before signing a two-way contract with the club (1/10/22).

In 87 career games with Brooklyn, New York, and Dallas, Pinson has averaged 2.9 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 8.7 minutes.

In addition, the team announced that they have signed second-round pick Jaden Hardy. 

According to Marc Stein, it’s a three-year, $4.8 million deal that will make Hardy a restricted free agent after Year 3.

Dallas acquired the draft rights to Hardy, the 37th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, from Sacramento in exchange for 2024 and 2028 second-round picks.

The 20-year-old spent the 2021-22 season with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged a team-high 19.8 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 24 games.

Hardy, a former Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and Las Vegas Review-Journal Boys Athlete of the Year, will compete for the Mavericks’ Las Vegas summer league team that tips off against the Chicago Bulls on Friday.

The 6-6 guard will wear the number 3. 

Mavs’ Harrison on Hardy: ‘He’s a guy who can go get a bucket’

The Dallas Mavericks did not have draft picks for the second straight year, but this season, they found a way to get into the draft and grabbed G League Ignite guard Jaden Hardy after acquiring the 37th pick from Sacramento in exchange for 2024 and 2028 second-round picks Thursday night.

The 6-4 Hardy spent the 2021-22 season with the NBA G League Ignite and averaged a team-high 19.8 points to go along with 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 24 games. 

“He’s a guy who can go get a bucket,” Mavs GM Nico Harrison said Thursday night. “He’s strong. He’s athletic. He’s a scorer. I think his upside is [that] he’s played with mature guys and been successful with strong, mature guys. I think if you look at a guy doing that in college versus doing that in the G League Ignite, I think it’s closer to what the NBA game is… If you look at his teammates [where] some of them are veterans; he had the ball in his hand because they gave him.”

The 19-year-old Hardy dropped in the draft, surprising many, including Harrison.

“We had him higher than 37 [laughs],” Harrison said Thursday night. “Yeah, we were surprised. We were really shocked that he kept slipping…

“I have no idea. I can’t tell you what other teams are thinking or saying. I’m glad he did, and we are excited that he did. He’s excited to be here, so I’m happy he slipped.”

Hardy was ranked as ESPN’s top guard and the No. 2 player in the 2021 high school class. The Detroit native averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 8.4 assists as a junior at Coronado High School (Henderson, Nevada) en route to earning Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American, and USA Nike Hoops Summit in 2020-21.

Hardy got off to a slow start in the G League, but ultimately, he got acclimated and scored the ball at a high level, scoring over 20 points in the final five games of the season.

“He did struggle early on, but then he figured it out, Harrison said. “It’s kind of like, if you look at the G-League Ignite as an experiment, it shows that it works…

“He’s a young kid, played for the G League Ignite, and he can really score the ball. Super talented, he’s still raw – he’s young, so it’s going take a while. He was a second round draft pick, but he can really score the ball at a high level.”

Hardy can do it effectively off the bounce, is a solid shooter, and is a good addition for the Mavs. He may not contribute immediately, but he definitely has the talent to be a key piece in the future.

The 2021-22 Dallas Mavericks exceeded expectations, but there’s more work to do

After defeating the Utah Jazz in the first of the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks 2021-22 NBA season became a success, and anything after that was gravy. After defeating the Suns in seven in the second round, they kept adding gravy to this season, but it all ended in Game 5 at Chase Center against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals.

The Mavs got out of the first round for the first time since they won an NBA title in 2011 and had their highest win total(52) since the 2014-15 season.

With the addition of Jason Kidd as the head coach and 23-year-old Luka Doncic as their star, the future looks pretty bright for the Mavericks. 

“I’m really proud of this team, everybody, every player, every staff member,” Doncic said after their Game 5 loss to the Warriors. “Nobody had us here. But I promise we fought until the end.”

No one had the Mavs in the conference finals, especially after they were 16-18 on December 29 and down 2-0 to the Suns in the second round, but they never gave up.

“To be able to play into May and to make it to the Western Conference finals is a great accomplishment for this team and for everyone, coaching staff included,” Kidd said after the Game 5 loss to the Warriors. “We have to go back, we’ll review the last three series and see where we can get better as coaches, and then we’ll spend time with the players this summer to make sure that they’re working on the right thing.”

The Mavs became a one-star team after trading Kristaps Porzingis away to the Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans before the trade deadline.

It was Doncic and role players, and it worked.

Kidd acknowledged that the Mavs did not have a second star, and he feels if the Mavs don’t add a second star, things still will be good in Dallas next season.

“We didn’t, so-called, have a second star; we had a team,” Kidd said. “Luka got a lot of the attention, but I think when you look at what (Mark)Cuban and Nico(Harrison) will do this summer, and (Michael Finley)Fin, they’re going to look to improve the team. I think that’s just a natural thing in sports that you’re going to try to improve, and if you can, you will, but if you don’t, you have a core here that’s pretty good.”

The Mavs biggest free agent is Jalen Brunson, who had a great season and playoff run. Brunson averaged 21.6 points per game in these playoffs. He’s going to get paid! Maybe Dallas will pay him, or perhaps somebody else will pay, but he’s getting paid in the end. Some believe around $20-plus million a year.

“I think it’s easy; it’s the top priority,” Mavericks GM Nico Harrison recently said about bringing Brunson back. “We’ve got to figure that out. Obviously, we’re not in control of it, but he’s definitely a priority. We want to re-sign him. He knows that we want him back. He’s a big part of our future.”

The Mavs have to find another star to compliment Doncic, but not sure they should pay Brunson. They still have Spencer Dinwiddie and Tim Hardaway Jr., so they can afford to let Brunson go via sign-and-trade, which could get them another piece. 

It should be interesting to see if the Mavs’ success was fool’s gold, and possibly a fluke, like last year’s Hawks, who made it to the Eastern Conference finals but brought everybody back and could not get out of the first round this season. Dallas does not want to be that, so this offseason will be significant. 

Dallas surpassed all expectations this season, but taking that next step won’t be easy.

Mavs’ Kidd: ‘We know going into Golden State it’s a tough place to win, but we’ve won there before’

The Dallas Mavericks kept their season alive after defeating the Golden State Warriors at home 119-109 in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Golden State still leads the series 3-1, and Game 5 is Thursday at Chase Center.

Dallas had their largest lead of 29 points in the third. However, the Warriors would cut the lead to eight in the fourth, but the Mavs were able to hold them off.

It was a team effort as the Mavs, who had six players in double figures and had 30 assists, were led by Luka Doncic’s 30 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks, and two steals, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 23 points.

They still have to win three more games to win this series, but Doncic still has hope.

“I still believe we can win, you know. Swept or not swept,” Doncic said. “In the end, if you lose, you lose. Don’t matter how many we win. We have to go game by game. We going to believe until the end…

“We got more to do, you know. This is nothing. We got three more. We have to go game by game and believe.”

Finney-Smith felt the Mavs played like a desperate team in Game 4.

“Everybody in that locker room feel like we have more basketball to play,” he said. “We just wanted to get the win by any means necessary, and I feel like we came out desperate that first half.”

It’s a make-or-miss league, and the Mavs made shots Tuesday night as they hit 20 threes for the fourth time this postseason and shot 50% from the floor. 

“Yeah, we’ve felt all along we’re getting great looks,” Mavs coach Jason Kidd said. “Sometimes they go in; sometimes they don’t in this series so far. It’s a matter about making shots.”

No team has ever come back after being down 3-0, but the message from Kidd is to take it one game at a time.

“We believe it’s just one game at a time,” Kidd said. “We did our part tonight. We found a way to win. The next part is to find a way to win on the road. Again, we can’t get ahead of ourselves. It’s still 3-1. We know going into Golden State it’s a tough place to win, but we’ve won there before.”

The odds are still against the Mavs, but anything can happen.

Notes:

-The Warriors, who had seven players in the double figures, were led by Stephen Curry’s 20 points, marking his 100th 20-point game in the postseason. He became the 16th player to record 100-or-more 20-point games in the playoffs.

Reggie Bullock had 18 points on 6-10 shooting from deep. Bullock tied his career-best of 6 3-pointers, when he had a playoff career-best 21 points (Game 2 at GSW).

Jalen Brunson recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists tonight. This was Brunson’s fourth game with 15-5-5 in the postseason, with all of the instances coming this year.

Maxi Kleber went 5-6 off the bench for 13 points, while Spencer Dinwiddie added 10 points and a playoff career-best-tying 8 assists off the bench.

-The game was delayed 16 minutes before the third quarter as water came through the roof at American Airlines Center.

An emotional Steve Kerr on school shooting in Texas: ‘When are we going to do something?’

On Tuesday, a lone gunman killed 19 children and one teacher at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Warriors and Mavericks in Dallas, Warriors coach Steve Kerr reacted, and at times, he was emotional and angry.

Kerr took no questions during the pregame press conference and said the following:

“I’m not going to talk about basketball. Nothing’s happened with our team in the last six hours. We’re going to start the same way tonight. Any basketball questions don’t matter.

“Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed 400 miles from here, and a teacher. In the last 10 days, we’ve had elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California, now we have children murdered at school.

“When are we going to do something? I’m tired. I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I’m so tired. Excuse me. I’m sorry. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough.

“There’s 50 Senators right now who refuse to vote on HR8, which is a background check rule that the House passed a couple years ago. It’s been sitting there for two years. There’s a reason they won’t vote on it: to hold onto power.

“I ask you, Mitch McConnell, all of you Senators who refuse to do anything about the violence, school shootings, supermarket shootings, I ask you: Are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our churchgoers? Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week.

“So I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. We’re going to play the game tonight. But I want every person here, every person listening to this, to think about your own child or grandchild, mother or father, sister, brother. How would you feel if this happened to you today?

“We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and go, well, let’s have a moment of silence. Go Dubs. C’mon, Mavs, let’s go. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to go play a basketball game.

“Fifty Senators in Washington are going to hold us hostage. Do you realize that 90 percent of Americans, regardless of political party, want background checks, universal background checks? Ninety percent of us. We are being held hostage by 50 Senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to a vote, despite what we the American people want.

“They won’t vote on it because they want to hold onto their own power. It’s pathetic. I’ve had enough.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families.

Watch below as Kerr reacts to the senseless shooting in Uvalde, Texas: