Having waived Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut, the Mavericks will be relying on their young players more than ever going forward. As Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com writes, Mark Cuban recognizes the value of Dallas’ 2017 draft pick and acknowledges that going with a young lineup looks like the club is “tanking” to improve that pick. However, Cuban says he doesn’t necessarily expect the team’s young lineup to perform worse than the veteran-heavy lineup.
“In our case, we’re playing our youngest players, but we’re playing them with the expectation that they’re going to win,” said the Mavericks owner. “I think that’s the best type of experience. And if that means we get the eighth pick or the 10th pick instead of the fourth pick, I’ll live with the consequences.”
Here’s more from around the basketball world:
- Andrew Bogut won’t clear waivers until tomorrow, but he may make a decision on his new home by tonight, according to David Aldridge of TNT. Aldridge tweets that Bogut is talking to teams about his potential role, since he’d like some certainty on that subject before he makes his decision. Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe confirms (via Twitter) that Bogut spoke to multiple coaches today about his possible role. The Cavaliers and Celtics are viewed as the frontrunners to land the former No. 1 pick.
- Veteran guard Julyan Stone, who had been playing for the D-League’s Fort Wayne Mad Ants, has left the Pacers‘ NBADL affiliate and signed with Italian club Reyer Venezia, as Emiliano Carchia of Sportando notes. Stone, who has appeared in 47 total NBA games and was in camp with Indiana last fall, previously played for Reyer Venezia during the 2014/15 season.
- According to an international report from Serbian outlet Novosti (translation via Sportando), the Nets and Nuggets are expected to be among the teams eyeing Milos Teodosic for the 2017/18 season. We heard back in September that the star CSKA Moscow guard was considering making the leap to the NBA next season, with a report earlier this month identifying the Nuggets, Spurs, and Jazz as potential suitors.
- In a piece for SBNation.com, Paul Flannery examines some of the unintended consequences that the league’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement had on this year’s trade deadline.