Dallas Mavericks

Matthews Not Available; Bogut Nears Return

The Mavs will not be trading Wesley Matthews, writes Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News. Team owner Mark Cuban would consider dealing the shooting guard for a select list of players, but those players are unavailable.

“We see Wes and Harrison Barnes as cornerstones,” Cuban told Sefko of the 30-year-old Mavs guard. “I think he’s first-team all-defense and those don’t come around very often.”

In 42 games with the Mavs so far this season, Matthews has averaged 15.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. He’s under contract through 2018/19 with a cap hit of $17MM this season.

Even without Matthews  may not be on the block, expect Cuban and the Mavs to do their diligence leading up to the February 23 deadline though that doesn’t necessarily mean a trade will be made.

  • Big man Andrew Bogut could soon make his return for the Mavs, writes Sefko in a separate piece for the Dallas News. “We’ll have at least one practice day before the game on Wednesday, so we’ll see what’s what,” said head coach Rick Carlisle.

Injuries Cripple 2016/17 Mavs

Barea To Miss Weeks With Calf Injury

The Mavs could be without J.J. Barea for weeks, says Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. In Friday night’s contest the veteran point guard injured his calf muscle and knew automatically that something was wrong.

After a shot, I went to step to the side, and I think I ran into the fans behind me and the fans sitting down,” Barea told Sneed for his official report after the game. “I looked back, but nobody touched me. When I went to step, that’s when I knew.

The loss is just the latest injury to impact the team that wasn’t expected to struggle as much as they have throughout the first half of 2016/17. Dallas sits 14th in the Western Conference with a 14-29 record.

In 18 healthy games for the Mavs so far this season, Barea has averaged 12.2 points, 4.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He’s under contract through the 2018/19 season with a cap hit of $4.1MM this year.

Expect reserve Pierre Jackson, currently signed to a 10-day contract, to get extra opportunities for the Mavs while they have him under contract.

Clippers Notes: Griffin, Rivers, Paul, Mavericks

The Clippers are hoping Blake Griffin will be able to play during their upcoming road trip, according to Dan Woike of The Orange County Register. The star forward has been sidelined since undergoing surgery in December to clear some “loose bodies” in his right knee. Griffin underwent stress tests on the knee Thursday and is expected to participate in some contact work today. The team is hoping he will be medically cleared for game action during the five-game trip, which extends through February 1st.

There’s more Clippers news out of Los Angeles:

  • Coach Doc Rivers suspected a problem with Griffin’s knee when he noticed the All-Star forward wasn’t getting past defenders as easily as he normally does. Rivers told Rowan Kavner of NBA.com that Griffin is starting to regain that ability again. “He looks great,” the coach said. “I don’t think the timeframe has changed. I know he feels wonderful. He looks like he’s explosive again.”
  • Rivers is planning to use several players to make up for the loss of Chris Paul, who will be out six to eight weeks following thumb surgery, Woike writes in a separate story. That means increased minutes for Raymond Felton, Jamal Crawford, J.J. Redick and possibly Austin Rivers. “It’s still next man up,” Doc Rivers said. “You take the top two players from any team, it makes it harder, but I don’t agree that it means that you struggle. You lose two guys, there’s nothing you can do about it. I think our guys have handled it well.”
  • The Mavericks have a surplus of point guards who might interest the Clippers, suggests Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. Dallas could offer Deron Williams, who will be a free agent after this season, Devin Harris, who is signed for one more year at a little more than $4.4MM, or J.J. Barea, who has two seasons left at about $3.9MM and $3.7MM.

Maverick Notes: Dirk, Carlisle, Whiteside

Dirk Nowitzki hopes to be able to play one more season with the Mavericks before he retires, Eddie Sefko passes along via Twitter. “Hopefully stay injury free rest of this year, come back and finish 20 years and that’s probably it,” Nowitzki said. The big man signed a two-year, $50MM with Dallas before the season.

Here’s more from Dallas:

  • The Mavericks would like Rick Carlisle to continue to be their coach for the rest of his coaching career, but Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News wonders how long the coach can take a non-winning situation. Sherrington believes Carlisle will be with the franchise as long as he wants to be.
  • Hassan Whiteside said he would have considered the Mavericks as a free agent destination if the Heat weren’t such a strong option, as Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel relays. “[The Mavs] told me just how much they can help me on the offensive end and give me and the ball more and how much they could utilize what I can do,” Whiteside said. “Maybe if I liked the Heat a little less, you know, I definitely would have considered the Mavericks a lot more.”
  • Despite Andrew Bogut‘s latest ailment, the center still has decent trade value, Sefko argues in his latest mailbag. The scribe adds that the Mavericks are likely to wait to deal him until closer to the trade deadline unless an opposing team makes an offer they can’t refuse.

NBA Players Who Still Aren’t Trade-Eligible

Most of 2016’s offseason signees became eligible to be traded on December 15, and 21 more had their trade restrictions lifted on Sunday. Now that we’ve passed January 15, nearly all of the players in the NBA are trade-eligible, but there are still a handful of guys who can’t be moved.

Generally speaking, a player who signs a new contract becomes eligible to be dealt after three months or on December 15, whichever comes later. That’s why players who sign deals in July are eligible to be traded after December 15. For those free agents who didn’t sign until later in the year though, there are different deadlines.

Here are the players who signed recently enough that they aren’t yet trade-eligible:

By the time those players have been under contract for three months, it will be after this season’s February 23 trade deadline, meaning they can’t be traded at all during the season. Dinwiddie, who has a multiyear pact with Brooklyn, could be moved in the summer, but Brown and Motiejunas have one-year deals, meaning Houston and New Orleans won’t get a chance to trade them.

Players who recently signed contract extensions also face certain restrictions. These restrictions don’t apply to the group of players that signed rookie-scale extensions prior to October 31, but they do apply to guys like James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who had their deals renegotiated and extended during the offseason. Harden and Westbrook can’t be traded for six months after signing those extensions.

Since Harden signed his new deal on July 9, he became trade-eligible last Monday, though of course he’s not going anywhere. Westbrook, who is also untouchable at this point, signed his extension on August 4, meaning his trade restriction will lift on February 4.

In addition to those four players, there are four more who are currently on NBA rosters, but can’t be traded. Those four guys are on 10-day contracts, which can’t be moved to another team. Here’s the current list of players on 10-day deals, via our tracker:

In total, by our count, there are eight players currently on NBA rosters (out of 443) who are ineligible to be traded. That doesn’t include players who can veto trades, but even after taking those guys into account, NBA teams should still have plenty of flexibility to make moves in the coming weeks.

NBA D-League Assignments/Recalls: 1/15/17

Here are the D-League transactions for the day so far:



Mavericks Re-Sign Pierre Jackson

JANUARY 15th, 11:35 am: The signing is official, tweets Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.

JANUARY 14th, 8:32pm: The Mavericks may be ready to bring back Pierre Jackson, writes Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. Dallas is expected to re-sign the rookie point guard to a 10-day contract, possibly as early as Sunday.

Jackson played four games for the Mavericks before being waived last week. He saw just 28 total minutes on the court and averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists per night.

When Jackson was released, there was an agreement between his agent and the organization that he would return on a 10-day deal after spending three games with the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, Sefko reports. Jackson joined the team on Wednesday.

Jackson was a second round pick by the Sixers in the 2013 draft, but spent his entire career in the D-League and overseas before signing with the Mavericks in late December.

Mavs Notes: Bogut, Nowitzki, Cuban

The 2016/17 hasn’t gone well for either Andrew Bogut or the Mavs and the latest realization that Bogut’s lingering hamstring injury will keep him sidelined certainly doesn’t help. Earlier today, Rick Carlisle told the media that he will hold Bogut out of Sunday’s contest and “for the foreseeable near future”.

Already limited to just 22 of Dallas’ 39 games this season, Bogut hasn’t had much of an impact on a Mavs team that’s limped out of the gates to a 12-27 record.

Though a healthy Bogut wouldn’t necessarily change the Mavs’ fate, it could play a role in whether the team is able to trade him, and if so, what they could expect in return.

There’s more out of Dallas:

  • A recent uptick in production has ESPN’s Tim MacMahon speculating that Dirk Nowitzki is close to returning to form following the strained right Achilles tendon issue that plagued him at the beginning of the season. Though his 13.2 points per game fall well short of his career numbers, that figure could soon rise if the 38-year-old is truly close to full strength for the Mavs.
  • There are plenty of reasons why the 2016/17 campaign has been a disappointing one for Mavs fans. Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas News recently examined who might be to blame for the lost season. Cowlishaw feels ownership and management haven’t made the most of the draft, opting instead to pursue big fish via free agency.
  • Vocal Mavs owner Mark Cuban would be in support of the NBA eventually expanding or relocating to Mexico City. “I like it down here,” he told Eddie Sefko of the Dallas News. “I would love a team down here.[…] It’s not all that far compared to Portland or Boston.”

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