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On Devin Harris rejoining the Mavericks

Devin Harris recently rejoined the Mavericks. As the team rebuilds, Harris will likely play a backup role, to younger players who may be a part of the team’s future. Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on his return:

On Devin Harris rejoining the Mavericks

It’s doubtful Harris would have returned to the roster had Yogi Ferrell not changed his mind after orally agreeing to a two-year, $5.3 million deal. He will back up both guard positions and serve as mentor in a crowded backcourt that includes starters Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic, J.J. Barea, Wesley Matthews and Jalen Brunson.

As of opening night, Harris will have played 10 of his 15 seasons in Dallas.

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Mavericks re-sign forward Jalen Jones

Mavericks re-sign forward Jalen Jones

Jalen Jones transferred schools in college, went undrafted, did big things in the G League, saw limited time with the Mavericks last season, and is returning to to Dallas in 2018-19. The Mavs re-signed him today.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward saw action in 12 games for the Mavericks last season averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game after Dallas was awarded his two-way contract via a waiver claim on Jan. 10, 2018. He most recently competed for the Mavericks at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where he averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 20.8 minutes in five games.

After going undrafted in 2016 out of Texas A&M, Jones spent the 2016-17 season with the G League’s Maine Red Claws. In 46 games (all starts) for the Red Claws, he averaged 21.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 36.0 minutes per game en route to earning NBA G League Third Team honors and being named to the 2017 G League All-Star Team.

A native of Dallas, Jones began his college career at SMU before transferring to Texas A&M after his sophomore season. Jones was named to the All-SEC Second Team by the coaches as a junior and the All-SEC First Team by the coaches during his senior campaign. As a senior for the Aggies in 2015-16, he averaged 15.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 27.3 minutes per game in 33 games (28 starts).

Mavericks waive Terry Larrier

Mavericks waive Terry Larrier

The Dallas Mavericks waived forward Terry Larrier today.

The move is not a surprise. Larrier was a longshot to get a regular season contract.

The 6-foot-8, 195-pound native of Bronx, N.Y. went undrafted as an early-entry candidate in the 2018 NBA Draft. He competed in six total summer league games for the Memphis Grizzlies (4 games) and the Mavericks (2 games) and averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per contest.

Larrier native began his career at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to the University of Connecticut as a sophomore. Before declaring for the draft, Larrier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 34.0 minutes in 29 games (28 starts) as a junior.

He was originally signed by the Mavericks on July 31, 2018.

Once again, Devin Harris joins Mavs

Once again, Devin Harris joins Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard Devin Harris today.

Harris (6-3, 185) will return for his third stint with the Mavericks in 2018-19. He played in 71 games (one start) for Dallas and Denver last season, averaging 8.4 points and 2.1 assists in 18.9 minutes per game. He was traded by the Mavericks to the Nuggets on Feb. 8, 2018, as part of a three-team trade-deadline deal that sent Doug McDermott from New York to Dallas, Emmanuel Mudiay from Denver to New York, a 2018 second-round pick from the Knicks to the Nuggets, and a 2018 second-round pick from the Nuggets to the Mavericks.

The 14-year veteran holds career averages of 11.1 points, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals and 25.0 minutes in 917 games (446 starts) with Dallas, New Jersey, Utah, Atlanta and Denver. He moved into 10th place on the Mavericks’ all-time games played list (540) in 2017-18, and also ranks eighth in franchise history in steals (524).

Harris enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2008-09 when he averaged career highs in points (21.3), rebounds (3.3), assists (6.9), steals (1.7) and minutes (36.1) in 69 games (all starts) for New Jersey en route to earning Eastern Conference All-Star honors.

Dallas originally acquired Harris from Washington, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, in a draft-day trade for Antawn Jamison on June 24, 2004. He played for the Mavericks from 2004-08 and was an integral part of the 2005-06 Western Conference championship team. The 6-3 guard was traded from Dallas to New Jersey on Feb. 19, 2008, in a deal that brought Jason Kidd to the Mavericks.

Harris returned for his second stint with Dallas after signing with the team as a free agent on July 31, 2013. He then re-signed with the club on July 17, 2014.

The Milwaukee native was named 2003-04 Big Ten Player of the Year at Wisconsin where he broke Michael Finley’s single-season scoring record with 624 points (19.5 ppg) in his junior season. He was also named Second Team All-America by the Associated Press.

Mavericks sign Ryan Broekhoff

Mavericks sign Ryan Broekhoff

The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent guard/forward Ryan Broekhoff today.

Until we hear otherwise, we will assume the deal is a non-guaranteed contract that merely brings Broekhoff to Mavs training camp.

Broekhoff (6-7, 215) spent the last five seasons playing professionally in Turkey and Russia, including the most recent three with Russia’s PBC Lokomotiv Kuban. In 16 VTB United League games for Loko last season, he averaged 8.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game. In 16 EuroCup games for Loko in 2017-18, he averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists en route to earning All-EuroCup First Team honors.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Broekhoff attended the Australian Institute of Sport before going on to play four years at Valparaiso (2009-13). As a junior in 2011-12, he averaged 14.8 points, a league-high 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists on his way to being named the Horizon League Player of the Year. As a senior in 2012-13, Broekhoff averaged a career-high 15.7 points to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists while leading the Crusaders to a berth in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Broekhoff is a member of the Australian national team. He averaged 7.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the Boomers at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Mavericks waive Chinanu Onuaku

Mavericks waive Chinanu Onuaku

The Dallas Mavericks waived center Chinanu Onuaku today.

Onuaku (6-10, 245) was acquired by Dallas from Houston in exchange for the rights to Maarty Leunen on Aug. 2. In the deal, the Mavericks also received cash considerations and the right to swap Golden State’s 2020 second round pick (acquired by Dallas on 7/7/16) with the Rockets.

Onuaku was drafted by Houston in the second round (37th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft. In two seasons with the Rockets, he averaged 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in six career games (one start). In four games for Houston in the 2018 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game while shooting .500 from the floor and .833 from the line.

The Lanham, Md., native played two years at the University of Louisville before declaring as an early-entry candidate in the 2016 NBA Draft. As a sophomore, Onuaku averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 blocks in 24.6 minutes per game for the Cardinals and earned All-ACC Defensive Team and All-ACC Honorable Mention.

Mavericks re-sign Salah Mejri

Mavericks re-sign Salah Mejri

The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Salah Mejri.

Mejri, a 7-foot-2, 235-pound center, was originally signed by the Mavericks as a free agent on July 30, 2015 and spent the last three seasons in Dallas. He holds career averaged of 3.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 12.1 minutes in 168 games (18 starts). He led the Mavericks in both field goal percentage and blocks each of the past two seasons and has five career double-doubles.

Before joining the Mavericks, Mejri played for Real Madrid where he briefly teamed with the 2018 NBA Draft’s third overall pick and Dallas rookie, Luka Doncic. While playing with Real, he won both a Spanish League title and a Euroleague Championship.

The native of Jendouba, Tunisia, Mejri was also a member of the Tunisian National Team that competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The team secured its bid to the London Olympics by winning the 2011 FIBA African Championships where Mejri was named Most Valuable Player.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a trade. The Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku (Chih-NAH-noo On-ooh-AH-koo) from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the rights to Maarty Leunen. The Mavericks will also receive cash considerations and the right to swap Golden State’s 2020 second round pick (acquired by Dallas on 7/7/16) with Houston.

Onuaku (6-10, 245) was drafted by Houston in the second round (37th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft. In two seasons with the Rockets, he averaged 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in six career games (one start). In four games for Houston in the 2018 MGM Resorts Summer League in Las Vegas, he averaged 5.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 11.8 minutes per game while shooting .500 from the floor and .833 from the line.

The Lanham, Md., native played two years at the University of Louisville before declaring as an early-entry candidate in the 2016 NBA Draft. As a sophomore, Onuaku averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 blocks in 24.6 minutes per game for the Cardinals and earned All-ACC Defensive Team and All-ACC Honorable Mention.

Leunen (6-9, 220) was acquired by the Mavericks from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for two-way forward Johnathan Motley and the rights to guard Renaldas Seibutis on July 23, 2018.

Mavs sign guard Codi Miller-McIntyre

Mavs sign guard Codi Miller-McIntyre

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Codi Miller-McIntyre.

We will assume that the deal probably just brings Miller-McIntyre to training camp.

Miller-McIntyre (6-3, 191) was a four-year player at Wake Forest and went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. As a Demon Deacon, he played in 117 collegiate games (112 starts) and averaged 11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 30.8 minutes per contest.

The High Point, N.C., native spent his 2017-18 season with Parma Basket Perm in Russia and averaged 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 32.8 minutes in 24 league games (all starts). While with Parma Basket he earned a VTB United League All-Star nod as well as All-VTB League Honorable Mention.

Mavericks sign Terry Larrier

Mavericks sign Terry Larrier

The Dallas Mavericks signed forward Terry Larrier today.

Larrier (6-8, 195) went undrafted as an early-entry candidate in the 2018 NBA Draft. He competed in six total summer league games for the Memphis Grizzlies (4 games) and the Mavericks (2 games) and averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per contest.

The Bronx, N.Y., native began his career at Virginia Commonwealth University before transferring to the University of Connecticut as a sophomore. Before declaring for the draft, Larrier averaged 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 34.0 minutes in 29 games (28 starts) as a junior.

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Daryl Macon to a two-way contract.

Undrafted in 2018, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard played a four-year collegiate career at the University of Arkansas.

This summer, Macon played in seven summer league games for the Miami Heat, averaging 7.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 22.4 minutes per outing.

The Little Rock, Ark., native began his career at Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss., where he twice earned Region XXIII Player of the Year and National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors.

Macon transferred to Arkansas after his sophomore season at Holmes and averaged 15.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 28.0 minutes in 71 games (51 starts) in two seasons as a Razorback. As a senior, Macon improved his averages to 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting .447 from the field, .421 from behind-the-arc and .875 from the foul line on his way to being named Second Team All-Southeastern Conference.

The 2018-19 season will mark the second year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.

Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

The Dallas Mavericks yesterday signed guard-forward Ding Yanyuhang (pronounced yin-you-hong).

Ding (6-7, 205) has spent the last seven seasons playing professionally for China’s Shandong Golden Stars. In 45 games for Shandong in 2017-18, he averaged 26.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game en route to winning his second consecutive Chinese Basketball Association Domestic MVP award.

Ding played on the Mavericks’ Orlando and Las Vegas summer league teams in 2017.

The Xinjiang, China native has represented the Chinese national team in international competition, including the 2016 Olympic Games.

The L.A. Clippers have acquired forward Johnathan Motley from the Dallas Mavericks, along with the draft rights to guard Renaldas Seibutis, in exchange for the draft rights to forward Maarty Leunen and cash considerations.

Motley, 23, appeared in 11 games for Dallas on a two-way contract last season, averaging 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent from the field in 16.0 minutes. The 6’10”, 230-pound forward also appeared in 34 games for the Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends, averaging 22.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting 56.5 percent from the field in 32.5 minutes. He was named a 2018 G League All-Star and was selected to the Second-team All-NBA G League. A native of Houston, Texas, Motley spent three collegiate seasons at Baylor University, where he was named to the First Team All-Big 12 and won the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s top power forward as a junior.

Leunen (6-9, 220) has spent the last 10 seasons playing professionally overseas (Turkey, Italy and Germany), including the last three with Italy’s S.S. Felice Scandone. In 34 Serie A games for Scandone in 2017-18, he averaged 7.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. In 14 BCL games for Scandone last season, he averaged 7.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.0 steal per contest.

Leunen was selected by Houston in the second round (54th overall pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft after a four-year college career at Oregon (2004-08). On Jan. 22, 2016, his rights were traded to the Clippers in exchange for Josh Smith, the draft rights to Serhiy Lishchuk and cash considerations.

Seibutis (6-5, 180) was selected by Dallas in the second round (50th overall pick) of the 2007 NBA Draft. The Lithuanian guard has been playing professionally overseas since 2002-03. He spent the 2017-18 season with Spain’s Basket Zaragoza.

The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.

Per multiple reports, the Mavs legend will make $5 million for the season.

Nowitzki is now set to begin his 21st season with the Mavericks, which will be an NBA record for a player to suit up for a single franchise (previously tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers).

He has guided the Mavericks toward many of the team’s greatest achievements. Nowitzki led Dallas to its first-ever 60-win season in 2002-03, first NBA Finals appearance in 2006, a franchise-high 67 wins in 2006-07 and to the organization’s first World Championship when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.

Nowitzki (7-0, 245), the most decorated Maverick in franchise history, is a 13-time NBA All-Star, earned All-NBA Team honors 12 consecutive years (2000-12), was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006-07 season and was MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals. He is a six-time Western Conference Player of the Month, a 16-time Western Conference Player of the Week, has competed in the All-Star Saturday Night Three-Point Contest four times, was the 2014 Magic Johnson Award recipient and was named the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year in 2017.

The career Maverick holds averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 34.4 minutes in 1,471 games (1,440 starts) and holds the franchise’s top-spot in several categories including points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, blocks, games, starts and minutes.

In the NBA Playoffs, Nowitzki’s game elevates to average 25.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 40.6 minutes in 145 postseason games (145 starts). He has led the Mavericks to three Western Conference Finals and two NBA Finals while moving into first place in several of the franchise’s postseason categories including points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goals, free throws and games.

On March 17, 2017, Nowitzki became just the sixth player in NBA history and first international player to register 30,000 career points. He currently sits at 31,187 career points, just 232 points behind the great Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fifth place on the all-time scoring list. Among other all-time NBA lists, he ranks 27th in rebounds, eighth in field goals, 11th in three-point field goals, sixth in free throws, fifth in games and third in minutes.

Nowitzki has also served as a pioneer for European players becoming the first European-born player to earn First Team All-NBA (04-05), start an All-Star Game (2007, Las Vegas) and be named the MVP (06-07).

The Wurzburg, Germany, native was the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was acquired through a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks on Oct. 22, 2001. He then signed a contract extension with Dallas on Sept. 26, 2006, re-signed on July 9, 2010, re-signed again on July 15, 2014, re-signed again on July 27, 2016 and re-signed once more on July 6, 2017.

Mavericks sign rookie Ray Spalding

The Dallas Mavericks have signed second-round pick Ray Spalding.

Spalding (6-10, 215) was selected by Philadelphia with the 56th overall pick in this past year’s draft after a three-year college career at Louisville (2015-18). His draft rights were acquired by Dallas, along with the draft rights to the 60th overall pick Kostas Antetokounmpo, in exchange for the 54th overall selection Shake Milton.

As a junior in 2017-18, Spalding averaged 12.3 points (second on team), a team-high 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, a team-best 1.5 steals, 1.7 blocks and 27.7 minutes in 36 games (34 starts) for the Cardinals. He ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.543), sixth in rebounding (8.7 rpg), third in offensive rebounding (3.14 orpg), 10th in steals (1.5 spg) and ninth in blocks (1.7 bpg). He was one of just two Division I players to average at least 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals in 2017-18 (Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson). Spalding also posted 11 of his 13 career double-doubles as a junior.

The 6-10 forward played in all five games (started four) for Dallas at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, where he averaged 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 17.0 minutes.

Spalding attended Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky. He was a two-time first team all-state selection who led Trinity to a 24-6 record as a senior and a 118-21 record in his four-year career.

The Dallas Mavericks have hired Jenny Boucek and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches.

Boucek (pronounced Boo-SECK) became just the third woman to coach in the NBA after spending last season with the Sacramento Kings (also Becky Hammond-San Antonio and Nancy Lieberman-Sacramento). Prior to joining the Kings, she spent three seasons as the head coach of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm (2015-17) and two-plus seasons as the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs (2007-09).

Boucek was involved in the WNBA since its inaugural season in 1997 when she played for the Cleveland Rockers. Following a career-ending injury in 1998, she began her coaching career as an assistant with the Washington Mystics in 1999. She then spent three seasons (2000-02) in the same capacity with the Miami Sol and three seasons with the Seattle Storm (2003-05). In her first stint with Seattle in 2004, Boucek was a member of the franchise’s first WNBA Championship. The Storm won their second WNBA crown in 2010 with Boucek on staff in a similar role. Boucek is distinguished as the first athlete to play in the WNBA and subsequently serve as both an assistant and head coach in the league.

The Nashville, Tenn., native played collegiate basketball at the University of Virginia from 1992-96. Boucek helped lead the Cavaliers to four regular season Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and three NCAA Elite Eight appearances. She was a two-time GTE All-American, two-time ACC selection and two-time Defensive Player of the Year. She finished her career at Virginia with over 1,000 points.

Silas joins Dallas after spending the previous nine seasons as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets, including the last as the team’s Associate Head Coach. The 2018-19 season will mark his 18th year as an assistant coach in the NBA.

During his recent stint with Charlotte, Silas served as the head coach of the team on several occasions. In 2015-16, he helped lead the Hornets to a division-best 48-34 (.585) record and the franchise’s second playoff appearance in a span of three years.

Silas joined the Hornets’ coaching staff on Dec. 26, 2010, after spending the previous four-and-a-half seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors. Prior to joining the Warriors, Silas served as an advance scout for the Washington Wizards during the 2005-06 campaign. He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Paul Silas, with the original Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2000-03) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05). Silas, who joined the original Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, was promoted to assistant coach on June 5, 2000, making him the youngest assistant in the NBA at that time at 27 years old.

The Boston native graduated from Brown University in 1996, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and management and played four seasons for the Bears basketball team. Upon graduation, Silas spent three years as the assistant executive director of the National Basketball Retired Players Association in Providence, Rhode Island.

Mavericks waive Kyle Collinsworth

The Dallas Mavericks waived Kyle Collinsworth today.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) was most recently signed by the Mavericks on Feb. 8, 2018 and remained on the roster for the duration of the season. During his 2017-18 campaign with Dallas, he averaged 3.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 15.0 minutes in 32 games (2 starts).

The former BYU guard has also played in 56 games (35 starts) for the Mavericks’ G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends, over the past two seasons (2016-18). In 20 games (19 starts) for the Legends in 2017-18, he averaged 11.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.6 minutes per game.

A native of Provo, Utah, Collinsworth played four years at BYU and averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 30.9 minutes per game in 140 games. He was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection (2014-16) and set the NCAA career triple-double record with 12.

Dallas Mavericks sign DeAndre Jordan

Center DeAndre Jordan almost became a Dallas Maverick years ago. Then backed out when players aren’t supposed to back out. Caught a lot of flack for it. But now once again committed to the Mavs, stuck with it, and this time it’s official.

The Mavs signed Jordan today. According to the Dallas Morning News, “Jordan’s deal is believed to be worth about $23-million for one season.”

Jordan (6-11, 265) is a 10-year NBA veteran who has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Clippers. He holds career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 28.1 minutes in 750 games (638 starts). Jordan has been named All-NBA three times (First Team in 2016), NBA All-Defensive First Team twice (2015, 2016) and an NBA All-Star (2017). He has twice led the league in rebounds and has played in 80 or more games five times in his career, playing in all 82 games on three occasions.

The Humble, Texas native was originally selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Clippers after spending one season at Texas A&M. In his decade with the Clippers, the team enjoyed one of the franchise’s most successful runs when it clinched six consecutive playoff berths and advancing to the Western Conference semifinals three times. He departs Los Angeles as the Clippers’ franchise leader in rebounds (7,988), blocks (1,277), field goal percentage (.673) and games (750).

Last season, Jordan averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds (ranked second in the NBA), 1.5 assists and 31.5 minutes in 77 games (all starts). He shot .645 from the floor, ranking second in the NBA.

Jordan has led the NBA in field goal percentage five seasons and ranks first in NBA history and among active players in career field goal percentage (.673). He most recently led the league in shooting in 2016-17 when he finished the season .714 from the floor, helping him earn his first All Star appearance.

As a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, Jordan won a gold medal alongside current Maverick Harrison Barnes. Jordan played in all eight games, starting three times, in Rio de Janeiro and averaged 7.4 points and team-high 6.1 rebounds.

It seems like a given that the legendary Dirk Nowitzki will spend his entire NBA career as a member of the Dallas Mavericks. With his playing days and effectiveness dramatically winding down, he could retire any season now. It therefore it makes sense that the Mavs sign him to one-year deals. As for this current offseason, here’s the Forth Worth Star Telegram with the latest:

The Dallas Mavericks will decline Dirk Nowitzki’s $5 million option for next season, but intend to re-sign the longtime face of the franchise, according to multiple reports.

It’s more of a paperwork move that was a mutual decision to clear cap space in the Mavs’ pursuit of free agent center DeAndre Jordan. The Mavs and Nowitzki are expected to reach an agreement in July.

Nowitzki, 40, has not said whether next season will be his last. He’s on a year-to-year basis, but is not interested in a farewell tour.

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The Dallas Mavericks on Thursday acquired the draft rights to third overall pick Luka Doncic (LOO-kuh DON-chitch) from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first round draft pick.

Doncic (6-7, 218) is the reigning EuroLeague Most Valuable Player and EuroLeague Final 4 Most Valuable Player after leading Real Madrid to the 2017-18 EuroLeague title. He was the youngest player ever to garner both awards. In 33 games with Real Madrid last season, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting .443 from the field, .329 from behind-the-arc and .816 from the foul line.

The versatile guard was the youngest ever to debut with Real Madrid in 2014 when he was 16 years and 61 days old. He was twice awarded the EuroLeague Rising Star and was named the Spanish ACB Best Young Player in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The Ljubljana, Slovenia native is a member of the Slovenian National Team that went undefeated on its way to winning the country’s first gold medal at EuroBasket 2017. In that tournament, Doncic was named to the All-Tournament Team and won EuroBasket 2017 Most Valuable Player.

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