Mavericks re-sign Markieff Morris

The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed forward/center Markieff Morris.

Morris (6-9, 250) originally came to Dallas along with Kyrie Irving in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 6, 2023. He holds career averages of 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 24.1 minutes over 750 games (378 starts) with Phoenix, Washington, Oklahoma City, Detroit, the L.A. Lakers, Miami, Brooklyn and Dallas. He has shot 44.6% (3,065-6,877 FG) from the field, 34.3% (635-1,853 3FG) from beyond the arc and 77.8% (1,189-1,528 FT) from the free throw line over his career. Morris appeared in eight games (1 start) for the Mavericks in the 2022-23 season and averaged 4.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 8.8 minutes.

Selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Suns, the University of Kansas product won an NBA Championship in 2020 with the Lakers. He averaged 5.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 18.4 minutes per game in 21 games (2 starts) during the Lakers’ postseason run.

In the community, Markieff and his twin brother, Marcus, started the Family Over Everything Foundation to provide support and guidance that helps alleviate the burdens, financial and otherwise, faced by many single parents, families in underserved communities, and at-risk members of society.

Morris will now wear No. 88 for the Mavericks.

Dallas Mavericks will play preseason game against Real Madrid at WiZink Center in Madrid October 10, 2023

The NBA has announced that the Dallas Mavericks will play a preseason game against reigning EuroLeague champion Real Madrid at the WiZink Center in Madrid on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at 8:45 p.m. CET, marking 35 years since the first NBA games in Spain in 1988. The matchup will be the NBA’s eighth game in the Spanish capital and 20th game in Spain overall.

The Mavericks currently feature four-time NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team member Luka Dončić, who joined Real Madrid at the age of 13 and became the youngest-ever EuroLeague and EuroLeague Final Four MVP when he led Real Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title at age 19. The Mavericks also feature 2016 NBA champion and eight-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.

Real Madrid features Spanish legend and former NBA draftee Sergio Llull as well as several former NBA players, including Rudy Fernández, Mario Hezonja, Džanan Musa, and Sergio Rodríguez. Real Madrid has won a record 36 La Liga ACB championships and is the winningest team in EuroLeague history with 11 titles.

The matchup marks the first preseason NBA game in Madrid since 2016, when Dončić and Real Madrid hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 1988, the Boston Celtics played two games in Madrid against the then Yugoslavian Men’s National Team and Real Madrid.

Prior to the game in Madrid, the Mavericks will play two preseason games against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 5 and 7 as part of The NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023.

“Bringing the live NBA experience directly to our passionate international fans is an important part of our year-round efforts to grow basketball and the NBA around the world,” said NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. “We’re excited for the Mavericks to play Real Madrid and look forward to engaging with fans from Spain and across Europe around this historic matchup.”

“Following our preseason games in Abu Dhabi, we are thrilled to play the game we love for the MFFLs in Madrid,” said Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall. “Our team is lucky to have one of the greatest international NBA ambassadors in Luka, and we look forward to connecting with Real Madrid and their fans.”

“Facing an NBA team is always special, but on this occasion even more so, as it will give us the opportunity to once again enjoy a Real Madrid legend and NBA star like Luka Dončić, who proudly carries the name of our club and presumes of being a Madridista wherever he goes,” said Real Madrid Ambassador Felipe Reyes. “It will be a great spectacle and a very exciting moment for all madridistas and basketball lovers.”

Mavericks sign forward Derrick Jones Jr.

The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Derrick Jones Jr.

Jones (6-6, 210) holds career averages of 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 344 games (97 starts) with Phoenix, Miami, Portland and Chicago. Over 22 career postseason games, including 15 played during the Heat’s run to the NBA Finals in 2020, he has averaged 2.0 points in 7.5 minutes.

“We are excited to welcome Derrick to Dallas,” said Mavericks General Manager Nico Harrison. “Derrick has always showcased a team-first approach with his ability to adapt his game to complement his teammates. His versatility on both ends of the floor will allow us to utilize his skillset and athleticism in a variety of different lineups.”

The seven-year veteran won the AT&T Slam Dunk contest at NBA All-Star in 2020, and his block percentage of 3.7 ranked 16th in the league during the 2020-21 season. Jones went undrafted in 2016 before signing with the Suns. He saw time in the G League in 2016-17 and 2017-18 with both the Northern Arizona Suns and Sioux Falls Skyforce, and averaged 16.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.6 blocks and 30.2 minutes across both seasons.

Jones played one year at UNLV in 2015-16 and averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 30 games (15 starts). He finished the season as the Runnin’ Rebels’ second-leading scorer, and he scored in double figures 18 times, including five games with at least 20 points.

He will wear No. 55 for the Mavericks.

Mavericks sign rookie Olivier-Maxence Prosper

The Dallas Mavericks yesterday signed first-round pick Olivier-Maxence Prosper.

Dallas acquired the draft rights to Prosper, the 24th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, along with center Richaun Holmes from Sacramento in exchange for cash considerations on July 6.

“O-Max was considered one of the best wing defenders in college basketball last year and plays with tremendous energy,” said Mavericks General Manager Nico Harrison. “We are excited to put pen to paper and officially sign him.”

Prosper, who turned 21 years old on July 3, averaged 12.6 points (.439 FG%, .821 FT%), 5.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 25.2 minutes per game in five games (all starts) for the Mavericks’ NBA 2K24 Summer League 2023 team that finished 4-1 in Las Vegas.

The 6-8 forward recorded a 40.5-inch max vertical jump and measured with a 7-1 wingspan at the 2023 NBA Draft Combine this past summer.

Prosper spent two seasons at Marquette, where he averaged 12.5 points (.512 FG%), 4.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game in 36 games (all starts) as a junior last season. He played his freshman year at Clemson before transferring to Marquette.

Both growing up in Montréal, Prosper played alongside Indiana’s Bennedict Mathurin in AAU and eventually at the NBA’s Latin American Academy in Mexico City. He is one of three Canadians on the Mavericks’ roster (along with AJ Lawson and Dwight Powell) and helped the Canadian national team to third-place finish at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia.

Prosper will wear No. 18 for the Mavericks.

Mavericks sign guard Mike Miles Jr. to Two-Way contract

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard Mike Miles Jr. to a Two-Way contract.

Miles (6-2, 205) is a local North Texas product who attended Lancaster High School before playing his collegiate basketball at Texas Christian University. In his three-year collegiate career at TCU, Miles averaged 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 83 career games (78 starts) on his way to twice being named All-Big 12 Second Team. In his final season, he averaged 17.9 points (third-best in the Big 12), 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 32.0 minutes in 27 games (all starts) and was a finalist for both the John Wooden Award and the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.

“Mike has been a winner at every level of basketball, from his gold medal experience with Team USA in 2021 to his state championship game run at Lancaster High School to multiple winning seasons at TCU,” General Manager Nico Harrison said. “Mike is a strong, physical guard who competes on both ends of the floor. This past season at TCU, he showcased his dynamic scoring ability while maintaining great efficiency. He will bring some local Dallas toughness and competitive spirit to our group.”

The standout guard at Lancaster led the Tigers to a 36-1 season and a state tournament finals berth as a senior. Miles averaged 21.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals and was named 5A Player of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year in Dallas and SportsDay’s All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year by the Dallas Morning News.

Miles helped Team USA bring home a gold medal from the 2021 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Latvia. The guard finished with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals with no turnovers in 30 minutes of action in Team USA’s 83-81 win over France in the championship game.

Miles will wear No. 14 for the Mavericks.

Seth Curry is back on the Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Seth Curry.

Curry (6-1, 190) holds career averages of 11.0 points (.475 FG%, .435 3FG%, .862 FT%), 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 24.4 minutes in 438 games (206 starts) with Memphis, Cleveland, Phoenix, Sacramento, Dallas, Portland, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. His 43.5% (824-1,893 3FG) career 3-point field goal percentage is the fifth-highest mark in NBA history (min. 500 3FGM). Curry has also shot at least 40.0% from deep in each of the last seven seasons, the longest active streak in the NBA.

“We are excited to reunite Seth and his family with the city of Dallas,” said Mavericks General Manager Nico Harrison. “His elite shooting will help strengthen our roster.”

The nine-year veteran, who appeared in 70 games (42 starts) for Dallas in 2016-17 and 64 games (25 starts) for the club in 2019-20, will join Morlon Wiley and Devin Harris as the only Mavericks to play three different stints with the franchise (min. 1 game played with another NBA team between stints). Curry also spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Mavericks but missed the entire season due to a stress reaction in his left tibia.

In 134 total games (67 starts) with Dallas, Curry has averaged 12.6 points (.487 FG%, .439 3FG%, .838 FT%), 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 26.9 minutes. His 43.9% (282-643 3FG) career 3-point percentage with the Mavericks is the second-highest mark in team history (min. 250 3FGM) behind Hubert Davis’ 45.4% (306-674 3FG) clip.

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, Curry began his professional career with the G League’s Santa Cruz Warriors. As a first-year player in 2013-14, he garnered NBA G League All-Star honors while also being named to the All-NBA G League Third Team and NBA G League All-Rookie First Team that year. After appearing in two NBA games for Memphis and Cleveland in 2013-14, Curry returned to the G League with the Erie Bayhawks, where he went on to earn NBA G League All-Star honors and All-NBA G League First Team accolades for the club in 2014-15. He also appeared in two NBA games while on a 10-day contract for Phoenix in 2014-15, before playing his first full NBA season with Sacramento in 2015-16.

The 32-year-old originally signed with Dallas as a free agent on July 15, 2016, and again on July 10, 2019. Curry was traded by Dallas to Philadelphia in exchange for Josh Richardson and the draft rights to Tyler Bey (36th overall pick) on Nov. 18, 2020.

Curry began his collegiate career at Liberty before transferring to Duke following his freshman season. As a redshirt sophomore in 2010-11, he played alongside Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving, who he was also teammates with on the Nets in both 2021-22 and 2022-23. As a senior in 2012-13, Curry started all 35 games for the Blue Devils and averaged 17.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 32.3 minutes en route to earning First Team All-ACC honors.

The Charlotte native is the son of Dell, a 16-year NBA veteran, and the brother of Stephen, the league’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (3,390-7,929, .428). Curry will wear No. 30 for Dallas in 2023-24, the same number he donned in his previous stints with Dallas, and the same number worn by his father and brother.

Three-team NBA trade sends Grant Williams to Mavericks, Reggie Bullock to Spurs

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired forward Grant Williams from Boston and second-round picks in 2025 and 2028 from San Antonio as part of a three-team sign-and-trade deal. San Antonio will acquire Reggie Bullock and a 2030 first-round pick swap from Dallas while Boston will receive a 2030 second-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick swap from Dallas and a 2024 second-round pick from San Antonio.

Williams (6-6, 236) holds career averages of 6.2 points (.451 FG%, .379 3FG%, .773 FT%), 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 21.2 minutes in 288 games (58 starts) with Boston. He posted career bests for points (8.1 ppg), rebounds (4.6 rpg), assists (1.7 apg), minutes (25.9 mpg) and 3-pointers made (115) in a career-high 79 games (career-best 23 starts) in 2022-23.

“Grant will bring a level of versatility and tenacity to our organization,” said General Manager Nico Harrison. “He has been battle tested in high-level NBA Playoff games and is committed to team success. His willingness to compete in every single facet of the game will complement our group well.”

Williams has played in the NBA Playoffs in each of his first four seasons, advancing to three Eastern Conference Finals (2020, 2022, 2023) and one NBA Finals (2022). His 61 career postseason appearances rank third on the Mavericks current roster behind Kyrie Irving and JaVale McGee (both with 74).

Over his final two seasons with the Celtics, Williams averaged 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 46.4% (421-908 FG) from the field, 40.3% (221-549 3FG) from 3-point range and 82.9% (180-217 FT) from the foul line.

Williams was selected by Boston with the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after a decorated college career at the University of Tennessee. He was named the SEC Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons with the Volunteers (2018, 2019), becoming the first player to do so since Corliss Williamson in 1995. As a junior in 2018-19, Williams posted career bests for points (18.8 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), assists (3.2 apg), steals (1.1 spg), minutes (31.9 mpg), field goal percentage (.564) and free throw percentage (.819).

The Houston native is the son of Gilbert and Teresa Williams. His mother, Teresa, is an engineer for NASA and his father, Gilbert, is a jazz artist and former basketball player.

Williams will wear No. 3 for Dallas, while second-year guard Jaden Hardy will move to No. 1 this upcoming season.

Bullock (6-6, 205) appeared in 146 games (92 starts) for Dallas over the past two seasons and averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 29.2 minutes while shooting 37.0% (292-789 3FG) from beyond the arc.

Mavericks sign rookie Dereck Lively II

The Dallas Mavericks yesterday signed 12th overall pick Dereck Lively II.

Lively was acquired from Oklahoma City in exchange for the draft rights to 10th overall pick Cason Wallace and forward Dāvis Bertāns.

Lively (7-1, 234) was an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending one season at Duke. In his lone season with the Blue Devils, he averaged 5.2 points (.658 FG%), 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game across 34 appearances. Lively was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team and the ACC All-Defensive Team.

“We really love Dereck’s combination of size, shot blocking ability and defensive versatility,” General Manager Nico Harrison said. “As one of the youngest players in the draft we are looking forward to Dereck growing with the team and fostering his development.”

In his lone year at Duke, Lively blocked 82 shots – only five shy of the NCAA lead. With a 7-4 wingspan, he led all Division I freshmen in blocks and ranked second in the ACC (eighth nationally).

The Philadelphia native was ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the ESPN 100 for the class of 2022 as a five-star center out of Westtown School in West Chester, PA. He was named the Pennsylvania Gatorade Player of the Year in 2022 after leading Westtown to a 31-7 record and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state championship in 2022.

Lively will wear No. 2 for the Mavericks.

Kings trade Richaun Holmes and Olivier-Maxence Prosper to Mavericks

The Sacramento Kings have finalized a trade with the Dallas Mavericks. Sacramento sent center Richaun Holmes and the draft rights to the 24th selection of the 2023 NBA Draft, Olivier-Maxence Prosper, to Dallas in exchange for cash considerations.

“Richaun is a dynamic and skilled center who brings a unique blend of athleticism, energy and versatility to the court,” said Mavericks General Manager Nico Harrison. “O-Max took on the most difficult defensive matchups every night at Marquette, and his energy and enthusiasm on the court will be felt right away for us.”

Holmes (6-10, 240) holds career averages of 8.9 points (.606 FG%, .747 FT%), 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 19.8 minutes in 418 games (161 starts) with Philadelphia, Phoenix and Sacramento. He spent the past four seasons with the Kings and averaged 10.4 points (.644 FG%, .375 3FG%, .788 FT%), 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.1 blocks and 23.2 minutes in 192 games (137 starts).

The Lockport, Illinois, native was selected by Philadelphia with the 37th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. As a senior at Bowling Green, he garnered First Team All-MAC and MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Holmes will wear No. 20 for the Mavericks.