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Southwest Notes: Mavs, Pelicans, Spurs

Dirk Nowitzki said that he still is surprised by the decision made by DeAndre Jordan and added Jordan abruptly stopped texting with the Mavs star when he reversed course and elected to re-sign with the Clippers, Tim MacMahon of relays. Jordan declined to comment when asked about the decision. Mavs owner Mark Cuban said he has not spoken to Jordan since July 9th, MacMahon adds.

“I think we were disappointed, but we still have to move on as a franchise, and that’s what we did,” Nowitzki said. “That happens in free agency sometimes.”

Here’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry wants his team to play a better style of defense, with an emphasis on the perimeter, and to utilize their roster versatility to switch on pick-and-rolls, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News details. To that end, Gentry wants to limit the amount of time Anthony Davis spends in the post. That is in stark contrast to how Davis, the league’s leading shot blocker last year, has been used in the past, Deveney adds.
  • Rasual Butler told reporters, including Mike Monroe of the  San Antonio Express-News, that he is delighted to have made the Spurs‘ regular season roster. “This is the gold standard of the NBA,” Butler said. “To have the opportunity to be part of this culture; to play for Coach [Gregg] Popovich just the way that we play the game is a huge deal for me. It’s very exciting to be a part of this.”
  • Optimism surrounds the Mavs because of Chandler Parsons‘ impending return and Dallas’ ball movement in coach Rick Carlisle‘s motion-driven system on offense, opines Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News.
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3 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Mavs, Pelicans, Spurs

  1. Daniel

    Mavericks finally got a roster to what people predicted it to be on Sunday against the Lakers

    Deron Williams
    Wesley Matthews
    Chandler Parsons
    Dirk Nowitski
    Zaza Pachulia

    Pretty good on that night and Parsons only played the first half only got two points three rebounds and three assists too. He will start to feel better when the season goes along he just got his feet wet and they mavs are hosting the raptors on Tuesday and Parsons will be fully healthy

    • Chuck Myron

      That lineup can definitely score. But aside from the Lakers last night, the challenge will be stopping opponents from doing the same.

      • Daniel

        Their next game is tomorrow against the raptors in Arlington and the mavericks are home and in not sure if they can beat them bit the mavericks have always love to bear the eastern conference

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