Mavs waive Tyrell Terry, Jones, Hunt

The Dallas Mavericks waived guards Tyrell Terry, Carlik Jones, and forward Feron Hunt, the team announced on Friday.

Terry was the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Mavericks. He appeared in 11 games as a rookie last season. The second-year guard, who was away from the team for personal reasons, will be owed 1.5 million this season and $1.8 million next season. Hopefully, the 21-year-old Terry will get whatever help he needs going forward.

Hunt went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft after three seasons at Southern Methodist University. He played in all four preseason games for the Mavericks averaging 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds. 

Jones went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft after a college career at Radford and Louisville. The Cincinnati native played in all four preseason games and averaged 6.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.

In addition, Dallas signed forwards Justin Jackson and E.J. Onu.

Jackson was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and holds career averages of 6.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.1 assists with Sacramento, Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Milwaukee. The Houston native was previously traded to the Mavericks on Feb. 6, 2019, which sent Harrison Barnes to the Kings and finished that season with the Dallas in the NBA bubble. Last season, Jackson won an NBA championship as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks.  

The 6-11 Onu went undrafted in the 2021 NBA Draft after four years at Shawnee State, where he was named First Team NAIA All American while leading the Bears to an NAIA championship. Onu played in four games for the Mavericks at the MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, averaging 1.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per contest.

Both Jackson and Onu will probably be headed to the G League.

 

 

 

 

 

Mavs’ Doncic on Kidd: ‘It’s terrific for me to learn from a guy that was a champion here as a player’

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd has come back to the place where it all started for him professionally. Kidd, who was drafted by the Mavericks and ultimately won a championship with the team in 2011, was hired by Dallas after former head coach Rick Carlisle resigned back in June.

One guy who is excited to play for Kidd is Mavericks star Luka Doncic. The two-time All-Star thinks he can learn a lot from Kidd, who is a Hall of Famer and one of the best passers in NBA history.

“It’s terrific for me to learn from a guy that was a champion here as a player, playing the same position as me,” Doncic said at Mavericks’ Media Day on Monday. “He was one of the best passers in the NBA, and I’m really excited.”

Kidd is excited to coach Doncic as well, and he compared him to the great artist Picasso. However, Doncic, who averaged 27.7 points and 8.6 assists per contest, was ball dominant at times last season and must do a better job of getting others involved, which Kidd wants to help him do.

“I don’t know if anybody told Picasso that he has to use all the paints, but I just want to remind him that he can rely on his teammates,” Kidd said. “His teammates are going to be there to help him. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to work with a young Picasso whose paintings have been incredible up to this point and are only going to get better.”

Kidd was also an amazing leader and led the Nets to back-to-back Finals appearances, and Doncic, who signed a five-year, $207 million contract in the offseason, is hoping to improve in the area of leadership.

“Obviously, I learned from the playoffs and from the Olympics on how to be a leader,’ he said. “One thing I learned is I have to be more a vocal leader for the team.”

The Mavericks are hoping that the Kidd-Doncic pairing will pay dividends this season and beyond. Doncic has a world of ability, and at 22, it will only get better, and with Kidd’s help, hopefully for Dallas, that means the Mavericks can win a championship soon.

Mavericks sign free agent G Frank Ntilikina

The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed free agent guard Frank Ntilikina, the team announced on Thursday.

Ntilikina, 23, was originally the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks and was selected one pick before the Mavs selected Dennis Smith with the ninth pick.

Last season in New York, Ntilikina averaged 2.7 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.6 assist per contest.

After four seasons with the Knicks, he holds career averages of 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 19.5 minutes in 211 games (55 starts).

Before being drafted by New York, the French native began his professional career in 2015 with SIG Strasbourg of the French Pro A League. Ntilikina was named the league’s Best Young Player in both seasons he competed for Strasbourg.

Ntilikina recently competed with the French national team at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, bringing home a silver medal.

With the addition of Ntilikina, the Mavericks training camp roster to 20 players.

 

Mavs’ Luka Doncic dedicates two basketball courts in his hometown(VIDEO)

In partnership with the Municipality of Ljubljana and Dallas Mavericks All-Star Guard Luka Doncic, 2K Foundations has refurbished his childhood court.

The refurbishment also includes brand new seating and lighting.

The artwork featured on the court was designed by Doncic, who chose local graphic designer Nejc Prah to bring his design to life. Doncic’s new logo integrates Luka’s initials (LD), his jersey number (77) and arrows that represent his deceptive style of play with negative space revealing an ‘S’ for his home country, Slovenia.

“This is a very exciting day for me.  I have great memories growing up in Ljubljana.  These are my childhood courts where I learned and practiced the game,“ said Doncic. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to my city and to my country that gave me so much and that I love.  The opportunity for kids to play on the same courts and pursue the same dreams I had is something I am excited about.”

As part of the celebration, Luka signed the court, officially dedicating it to the community, and local children were then invited to participate in basketball scrimmages, 3-on-3 games, dribble clinics and skills challenges. MVPs of the challenges were judged by Luka and others while Jordan Brand and BioSteel, who both work with Dončić provided prizes and equipment on the day as well.

Photo Credit: Medimat Agency

Mavs’ Kidd finalizes coaching staff

The Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday.

Here are the members of Kidd’s coaching staff:

-Igor Kokoskov, the head coach of the Serbian National Team, coached in the EuroLeague last season. Kokoskov spent over two decades in the NBA, mainly as an assistant. He was the head coach of the Phoenix Suns in the 2018-19 season.

-Sean Sweeney previously worked with Kidd in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. He most recently spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Pistons and the prior four as an assistant with Milwaukee. 

-Jared Dudley transitions to an assistant coaching role following a 14-season NBA career. Dudley spent the last two seasons of his playing career with the L.A. Lakers, winning the 2020 NBA title.

-Greg St. Jean comes to Dallas after spending two seasons as a player development coach and advance scout with the L.A. Lakers, helping the organization to the 2020 NBA championship alongside Kidd. His father, Garry St. Jean, was head coach of the Kings and the general manager of the Golden State Warriors. 

-Kristi Toliver began her NBA coaching career with the Washington Wizards, where she spent two seasons (2018-20) while concurrently playing for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. 

Kidd retained three members from Rick Carlisle’s staff: 

Darrell Armstrong, God Shammgod, and Peter Patton complete Kidd’s coaching staff. Armstrong will begin his 13th season with the Mavericks, while Shammgod and Patton begin their sixth and fourth seasons, respectively, with the organization.

 

Mavs sign Hunt, Jones, Onu

The Dallas Mavericks have signed rookie free agents Feron Hunt, Carlik Jones, and EJ Onu, the team announced on Saturday.

According to reports, these are all Exhibit 10 contracts. According to hooprumors.com, here are notes related to Exhibit 10 contracts.

  • A team can’t carry more than six Exhibit 10 contracts at a time.

  • An Exhibit 10 contract can only be converted to a two-way deal before the regular season begins.

  • An Exhibit 10 contract that gets converted to a two-way deal can later be converted into a standard NBA contract.

  • An Exhibit 10 bonus earned by a player who ends up in the G League or on a two-way contract isn’t counted toward the NBA team’s total salary.

The 6-8 Hunt spent four seasons at SMU. In 78 games (41 starts), Hunt averaged 9.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 0.86 blocks, and 26.3 minutes while shooting 55.7% (300-539 FG) from the field. Among SMU leaders, he finished his career ranked fourth in field goal percentage, 32nd in rebounds (533), and T-17th in blocks (67). 

Hunt attended DeSoto High School in suburban DFW and averaged 11.2 points and 7.1 rebounds as a senior.

Jones finished his collegiate career at Louisville, where he was an All-ACC First Team selection and the 2020-21 AP ACC Rookie of the Year. The 6-1 guard became the first person in Louisville history to reach double figures in his first 17 games as a Cardinal.

Before joining Louisville, the Cincinnati native played three seasons at Radford and was named the 2019-20 Big South Player of the Year after being the only NCAA Division I player to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists that year.

Onu, a 6-11 center, played 125 career games (64 starts) over four years at Shawnee State in Portsmouth, Ohio. Onu averaged 12.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4.2 blocks last season en route to helping Shawnee State to the NAIA championship.

The Mavericks training camp roster stands at 20 players.

Mavs’ Doncic on extension: ‘I always wanted to sign this’

After three seasons, Luka Doncic has established himself as one of the best players in basketball, and on Tuesday, the Dallas Mavericks paid him like one. The team announced that they had extended the contract of the two-time All-NBA First Team guard.

It’s a five-year deal worth $207 million, which is the largest guaranteed rookie extension in NBA history. Doncic is the first and only super-max eligible player to sign this deal based on making All-NBA First Team in two of his first three seasons.

Doncic, who gave indication back in June that he was going to sign the extension with Dallas, is happy to get his new contract.

“It’s a really special moment here,” Doncic said at a press conference in Slovenia to announce the deal. “Thank you to Dallas for offering me this. I still kind of don’t know what to say because I never imagined this happening. I was only dreaming to only play in the NBA, but now I can sign an extension with the Dallas Mavericks for five more years, which I never had a doubt about. I always wanted to sign this.”

Last season was tremendous for Doncic. He averaged a team-best 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, a team-high 8.6 assists. Doncic was even better in the playoffs as he increased his scoring average to a league-best 35.7 points to go along with 7.9 rebounds and a team-high 10.3 assists.

Doncic, 22, was the youngest player in league history to earn multiple All-NBA First Team selections. He also started his second straight All-Star Game in 2020-21, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to start multiple All-Star games before his 23rd birthday. 

Additionally, the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft had a special Olympic run. He recorded the third-ever triple-double in Olympic history and almost carried Slovenia to the gold medal game.

At this point, the Mavericks have to find ways to build around their young star. In the past two seasons, Dallas has been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. With new GM Nico Harrison and a new head coach in Jason Kidd, Dallas has to get to that next level. 

They were very reliant on Doncic last season, and at times the ball stopped when it got into his hands, so they have to do a better job of diversifying the offense, including getting Kristaps Porzingis more involved.

On paper, Dallas, who re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and brought in Reggie Bullock, is not a championship team, but maybe they have a few more moves in the offseason that could get them to that spot. 

Mavs’ Finley promoted to assistant general manager

The Dallas Mavericks have promoted Michael Finley to assistant general manager/vice president of basketball operations, the team announced on Thursday.

Finley, 48, previously held the title of vice president of basketball operations over the last seven seasons.

“I am grateful to work with someone like Michael Finley,” said general manager Nico Harrison. “Michael is a tremendous basketball mind and an even better person. He welcomed me the first day I arrived in Dallas and has made this transition seamless. I have known Michael for nearly two decades and look forward to taking this team to new heights alongside him.”

As a player, Finley was a two-time NBA All-Star (2000 and 2001), a former member of Team USA (2002), and an NBA champion (2007). He was acquired by Dallas from Phoenix on Dec. 26, 1996, in a trade that also included current Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. Finley played eight full seasons for the Mavericks, including three seasons where he started all 82 games.

Finley still ranks among the Mavericks franchise leaders in many statistical categories, including third in 3-point field goals made (870), fifth in points (12,389), fifth in rebounds (3,245), fifth in assists (2,393), fifth in field goals made (4,834), fourth in steals (748), fifth in games played (626), fourth in games started (606) and fourth in minutes played (24,878).

 

 

Mavs pick up contract option on Cauley-Stein

The Dallas Mavericks have picked up the second-season contract option for center Willie Cauley-Stein, the team announced on Sunday.

Cauley Stein will make $4.1 million next season. He signed this current contract with the Mavericks last December.

Last season, the 27-year-old averaged 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 17.1 minutes in 53 games (16 starts). The career 54.5% shooter has shot at least 50% from the floor in each of his seven NBA seasons, including a career-high 63.2% (115-182 FG) in the 2020-21 season.

The six-year veteran was acquired by Dallas from Golden State on Jan. 25, 2020, in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick.

Cauley-Stein holds career averages of 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 22.6 minutes in 402 career games (253 starts) with Sacramento, Golden State, and Dallas. 

He was the sixth overall pick by Sacramento in the 2015 NBA Draft after a three-year career at the University of Kentucky. 

 

Mavs acquire Moses Brown from Celtics for Richardson

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired Moses Brown from the Boston Celtics in exchange for Josh Richardson, the team announced on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Brown averaged 8.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 1.1 blocks in 43 games (32 starts) with the Thunder last season. 

The second-year center holds career averages of 7.3 points (.540 FG%), 7.6 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, and 18.3 minutes in 52 games (32 starts) with Portland and Oklahoma City.

Brown, who went undrafted in 2019, was traded along with Al Horford to Boston in the deal that sent Kemba Walker to Oklahoma City.

Richardson, 27, is being dealt for the third straight year. The Mavericks acquired him from Philadelphia in exchange for Seth Curry and the draft rights to Tyler Bey (36th overall pick in 2020) last November.

Last season, he averaged 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steals in 59 games.

I love this deal from the Mavericks’ standpoint. Brown is a player on the rise and has shown a lot of potential during his time with OKC. Regarding Richardson, he gives the Celtics a solid perimeter defender and a player who is a solid scorer.