The Mavericks thought they had a verbal commitment from Terrence Ross after the veteran wing secured a buyout from the Magic, Marc Stein reports in a Substack story.
Dallas found out on Saturday night that Ross chose the Suns instead. It’s possible that Ross had a financial motive, since Phoenix had leftover money from its midlevel exception while Dallas could only offer the prorated veteran minimum, but we still don’t know what his deal with the Suns will look like.
The Mavs pivoted to Justin Holiday after getting spurned by Ross.
We have more on the Mavericks:
- Kyrie Irving had a message for the media during his introductory news conference on Monday. He requested that they not ask about his future plans beyond this season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN relays. Irving will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. “It puts unwarranted distractions on us and our team,” Irving said. “I’ve dealt with it before, and it’s very emotionally draining to ask questions like, ‘What’s the long term? What’s the long term?'”
- Even though Irving could turn out to be a rental, GM Nico Harrison said he had no qualms about acquiring the mercurial guard, MacMahon tweets. “I don’t see any risk at all. I actually see risk in not doing it,” Harrison said.
- The Athletic’s Tim Cato takes a look at the early returns on the Luka Doncic-Irving partnership. Cato notes that the trade has eaten into the Mavs’ depth and has created more defensive issues. On the flip side, the offense has hummed when they’ve played together and the team is more competitive when Doncic needs a breather.
- While the Mavs are 0-2 with Doncic and Irving playing together, Doncic is excited about his new backcourt partner, MacMahon writes. “He’s an amazing basketball player, and I think it’s going to be really fun,” Doncic said.
- In a story for SportsBusinessClassroom.com, Eric Pincus breaks down all the financial aspects of the Kyrie trade with the Nets, including the math behind Irving’s and Finney-Smith’s trade bonuses.
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9 thoughts on “Mavericks Notes: Ross, Irving, Harrison, Doncic, Trade Breakdown”
Completely different team when Kleber and THJ are back. I think we are 0-2 because Hardaway has been out. Kleber is the presence in the paint that we lack.
Kyrie put on 1 of the most incredible displays of basketball you’ll ever see in the 4th quarter of their last game vs Minnesota for anyone that has interest in the actual basketball of it all… link to m.youtube.com
He apologized to his team for losing that game, taking responsibility for a mistake.
Owning up to mistakes… What a character flaw
He was ridiculous good in that 4th. Maybe the single best performance yet this season. I love when 3 guys are chasing him, and he splits them. Truly unbelievable player. Doncic getting big eyeballs watching Irving was fun too.
So this is what the first time he has taken responsibility for anything he does and you are somehow impressed?
Dallas is in the honeymoon stage with Kyrie, we will see what happens when adversity starts to set in. How everyone forgets what he did and said when he first came to Boston and Brooklyn.
His track record is he is a quitter, he quit on Boston and he quit on Brooklyn, he will quit on Dallas as well. Its in his nature.
Bet your team, career, season on Kyrie, you will lose.
Yet Ainge was the GM in Boston, and publicly declared the opposite of what you just commented about Irving?
Why are you emotionally charged about a media propaganda agenda that Danny Ainge isn’t?
Honestly, other than the Owner, Ainge is the only one that deserves any room to launch personal insults, and he didn’t, and publicly stated the opposite.
Until whatever psychological block folks like you have clears, there is no conversation because you are blurting an emotional rant, not CONVERSATING. There is a difference, and I am happy to discuss tit for tat about what Irving actually did Vs the really bad media being regurgitated over, and over again about this Irving nonsense.
You are not Ainge, or Tsai, or Marks, or the Nets, Cavs, or Celtics. So just stop with the you have an invested interest emotional tantrum. Aim it in a general direction next time, because I have had it with dim witted automatons that have ideas on how others should act, yet can’t manage themselves or their own affairs efficiently, and reasonably!
That doesn’t mean much. Ainge throwing him under the boss would be foolish given his job.
Then he could have responded like Vaughan did about Ben Simmons yesterday if what you claim has merit.
Ainge has been blunt his entire career, and relatively trnasparent when it comes to GM’s
Don’t forget about Cleveland
Ross is just adding to the clown show that Dallas has become…
The lone star team…