Dallas Mavericks
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Richaun Holmes
Woj: Kings trading Richaun Holmes, pick to Dallas
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 9:45 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings are trading Richaun Holmes and the rights to the 24th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft to the Mavericks.
Analysis: Holmes went from being a fantasy favorite to falling completely out of the Kings' rotation after Domantas Sabonis was acquired at the 2022 trade deadline. Moving on to Dallas gives him a shot at fantasy relevance next season given the lack of production the Mavericks received from their centers. Also headed to Dallas will be the draft rights to Marquette's Olivier-Maxence Prosper, one of the best defenders in this class.
Christian Wood
Stein: Mavs won’t plan to retain Christian Wood
Fri, Jun 16, 2023, 2:48 PM
Marc Stein
Dallas plans to move on from Christian Wood, according to Marc Stein.
Analysis: The Mavs acquired Wood last summer while only giving up a late first and some players that weren’t part of their rotation. It seemed like a bargain, but it ended up being a rather disappointing season for Wood, as he started just 17 games for them. His value is the lowest it’s been in a while, so he may not get a large contract to join a new team. It’s unclear who will be part of the Mavs’ center rotation next year, but it certainly won’t include Wood.
Kyrie Irving
Is Kyrie Irving a 'backup plan' for Houston?
Sun, Jun 11, 2023, 6:08 PM
Marc Stein
According to Marc Stein, the Rockets could consider making a run for Kyrie Irving in free agency if they fail to land James Harden.
Analysis: Houston has a need for veterans, and the expectation is that they're going to make a serious run at Harden once free agency begins. Should they not manage to bring the Beard back, what would Houston's backup plan be? According to Stein, there are some within the league who believe the Rockets would then consider the possibility of approaching Irving. While the talent is definitely there, Irving has been a bit unpredictable off the court, which could limit his options in free agency beyond Dallas, which wants to re-sign him. It's important to note that the report is that the Rockets would consider Irving should they not land Harden. Given how young the roster is, leadership abilities would likely be considered by the Rockets brass before a decision is made.
Kyrie Irving
Report: Lakers not interested in adding Kyrie
Mon, Jun 5, 2023, 4:42 PM
Jovan Buha on Twitter
The Lakers are not interested in adding Kyrie Irving in free agency, per The Athletic's Jovan Buha.
Analysis: On the same day that a report surfaced suggesting that Kyrie had reached out to LeBron James about joining Dallas, the Lakers made it clear that they weren't going to bring Irving to them. If the duo want to reunite to chase a championship, it would likely be in Dallas, though that wouldn't be realistic. LeBron has one more year on his contract, so the Mavs would have to trade for him, and it's unlikely that the Lakers would accept any offer that Dallas can make.
Kyrie Irving
Shams: Kyrie attempts to recruit LeBron to Dallas
Mon, Jun 5, 2023, 11:05 AM
Shams Charania on Twitter
Kyrie Irving has reached out to LeBron James in an attempt to see if James would come to Dallas, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Analysis: Just like in his movie, looks like Uncle Drew is trying to get the gang back together for one last hoorah. It's been 6 seasons since Kyrie and LeBron have shared the floor as teammates and their journeys during that span of time have certainly been different. Irving is a free agent this offseason while LeBron is still signed to the Lakers for the 2023-24 season with a player option the following year. LeBron has also vocalized about being unsure if he would come back to play next season as well. This bodes well for Dallas' hopes of re-signing Kyrie as it appears Irving is in it for the long haul if he's trying to recruit players. Time will tell though.
Theo Pinson
Theo Pinson records triple-double in season finale
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 4:43 PM
Theo Pinson recorded a triple-double on Sunday with 23 points (8-for-16 FGs), 13 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in a 138-117 loss to San Antonio.
Analysis: This game went about as well as it should’ve for Dallas. After opting to not try and make the play-in, Dallas ended their season with a blowout loss to a tanking team. It ended up being the right decision, since OKC won their final two games, and now Dallas has a very good chance at securing a top ten pick. Pinson had a small role early in the season, but he hasn't played much since February. He set career-highs in this game for points, rebounds, assists and 3-pointers. Jaden Hardy led the team with 25 points with seven of their eight players that played scoring in double figures. It will be a much longer summer than their last one was, and they'll need to make some moves to get back to the postseason next year.
Frank Ntilikina
DAL starting Frank, Theo, Hardy, Bertans, Morris
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 2:18 PM
Frank Ntilikina, Theo Pinson, Jaden Hardy, Davis Bertans, and Markieff Morris will start Sunday's game against the Spurs.
Analysis: Dallas famously pulled the plug on its season ahead of Friday's loss to the Bulls, so this is the starting lineup we'll get for Sunday's finale. Hardy was pulled at the half of Friday's game, so he's no lock to be on the court for an extended period, which neutralizes his fantasy value. Expect to see a healthy amount of McKinley Wright IV during the game despite his coming off the bench.
Christian Wood
Christian Wood (rest) absent from injury report
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 10:12 PM
NBA Injury Report
Christian Wood (rest) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Spurs.
Analysis: Given who has all been ruled out for the final game of Dallas' season, Wood may be able to get all the shots he wants if this injury report holds. Even if the Mavericks were to shut him down at halftime, as they did with Jaden Hardy on Friday, that's enough time for Wood to put up a solid stat line. That said, it would not be a surprise if he were added to the report at some point before tipoff.
Reggie Bullock
Reggie Bullock (rest) out Sunday vs. San Antonio
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 10:10 PM
NBA Injury Report
Reggie Bullock (rest) will not play in Sunday's game against the Spurs.
Analysis: Bullock is among the lengthy list of Mavericks players who will sit out Sunday's finale as the front office looks to strengthen its draft lottery odds. Jaden Hardy is available, but he was shut down at halftime of Friday's loss to the Bulls. As a result, fantasy managers may be better served to stay away from him for Sunday's games.
McKinley Wright
McKinley Wright IV posts 13/2/3 line off bench
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 10:10 PM
McKinley Wright IV provided solid value off the bench with 13 points (6-for-14 FGs), two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in a 115-112 loss to Chicago on Friday.
Analysis: It doesn't take a genius to know that Dallas did their best to lose this game. Luka Doncic only played 13 minutes. Jaden Hardy only played 16 minutes. Markieff Morris scored 13 points in eight minutes, while JaVale McGee scored nine in seven minutes. Two vets had a hot hand, yet they played Frank Ntilikina 33 minutes. Still, Luka joined six Mavs in scoring in double figures, as Doncic, Wright and Morris all scored 13 each. If Chicago wasn't playing without three starters, they would've blown Dallas out of the water. The Mavs have been eliminated from the playoffs and will keep their first round pick, since it had a top ten protection. Expect Wright to play big minutes again on Sunday in a meaningless game for the Mavs.
Frank Ntilikina
Luka, Ntilikina, Hardy, Bullock, Powell starting
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 7:12 PM
Dallas Mavericks on Twitter
Luka Doncic, Frank Ntilikina, Jaden Hardy, Reggie Bullock and Dwight Powell will start against the Bulls on Friday.
Analysis: It has already been reported that Luka will only play in the first quarter of this game, but the rest of the guys should be good to go. Hardy will likely take on a large part of the offensive load in this game, especially over the final three quarters.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic to only play first quarter vs. Bulls
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 5:44 PM
Tim MacMahon on Twitter
Luka Doncic will only play the first quarter of Friday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: Apparently, the Mavericks' desire to potentially hold onto the 2023 first-round pick that's top-10 protected (it goes to New York otherwise) outweighs a desire to qualify for the play-in tournament. Already shorthanded, Dallas will only play Doncic for the first quarter of Friday's game. Fantasy managers and DFS players should roster Jaden Hardy wherever possible.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic, JaVale McGee available Friday vs. CHI
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 4:49 PM
Mavs PR on Twitter
Luka Doncic (left thigh injury recovery) and JaVale McGee (sprained right ankle) are available for Friday's game against the Bulls.
Analysis: Doncic and McGee were listed as probable, so the expectation was that they would play. Given how many players have been ruled out, Doncic's usage will be even higher than it usually is. McGee will have value in deeper leagues, but that's about it.
Tim Hardaway
Tim Hardaway Jr., Maxi Kleber ruled out Friday
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 11:47 AM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
Tim Hardaway Jr. (left ankle soreness) and Maxi Kleber (right hamstring injury recovery) have been downgraded to out for Friday's matchup with the Bulls.
Analysis: Dallas just ruled out five rotational players for this game, including THJ and Kleber. Luka Doncic is still playing, but there will be plenty of minutes open at other positions. Reggie Bullock and Justin Holiday should benefit directly from the absence of THJ and Kleber.
Christian Wood
Christian Wood, Josh Green (rest) out Friday
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 11:43 AM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
Christian Wood and Josh Green (rest) have been ruled out for Friday's matchup with Chicago.
Analysis: Dallas decided to sit the majority of their rotation players for this game, though it's unclear if they're fully embracing the tank, since Luka Doncic is still probable. Davis Bertans, Dwight Powell and Jaden Hardy should benefit directly from the absence of Wood and Green.
Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving (chance at Wemby) downgraded to out
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 11:40 AM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
Kyrie Irving (right foot injury recovery) has been downgraded to out for Friday's matchup with Chicago.
Analysis: Luka Doncic is still expected to play, so Dallas hasn't exactly thrown in the towel. However, they're playing a Chicago team that may be without their main scoring options. Could the Mavs just be trying to get some extra rest for their guys? Or are they realizing that securing the 10th spot in the West isn't the place they want to be? Either way, Irving's absence will open the door for Jaden Hardy to take on a larger offensive load.
JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee (ankle) probably Friday vs. Chicago
Fri, Apr 7, 2023, 10:19 AM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
JaVale McGee (right ankle sprain) is probable for Friday’s matchup with Chicago.
Analysis: After not being listed on the initial injury report, McGee should still be able to play. Aside from the game against Atlanta, McGee hasn’t played a large enough role to impact fantasy basketball.
Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving (foot) probable Friday vs. Bulls
Thu, Apr 6, 2023, 2:31 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
Kyrie Irving (right foot injury recovery) is listed as probable for Friday's matchup with the Bulls.
Analysis: Kyrie played on Wednesday and scored 19 of his 31 in the fourth to keep the Mavs' postseason dreams alive. They'll need another big outing from him on Friday for his efforts to not be in vain.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic (thigh) probable Friday vs. Sacramento
Thu, Apr 6, 2023, 2:26 PM
Dallas Mavericks PR on Twitter
Luka Doncic (left thigh injury recovery) is probable for Friday's matchup with the Kings.
Analysis: Luka said that he plans on playing as long as Dallas has a chance of playing in the postseason. Their win over the Kings on Wednesday helped their cause, and they'll look to add another victory on Friday. Luka will continue to play big minutes and take on a lot of the offensive load, which limits fantasy opportunities for other guards that aren't named Kyrie Irving.
Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic records 29/10/6/1 stat line vs. Kings
Wed, Apr 5, 2023, 11:03 PM
Luka Doncic shot 9-of-19 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line in Wednesday's 123-119 win over Sacramento, accounting for 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.
Analysis: Doncic did all of his scoring in the first three quarters of Wednesday's win, as Kyrie Irving scored 19 in the fourth to lead the way. The win keeps Dallas' play-in hopes alive, and with Friday's opponent (Chicago) locked into its seed, Doncic and company could be going up against a team lacking most of its firepower. Tim Hardaway Jr., who refuted his father's statement that Doncic and Irving aren't leaders before the game, finished with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes.


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