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Mavs bring back Ding Yanyuhang

Mavs bring back Ding Yanyuhang

The Dallas Mavericks have brought back guard-forward Ding Yanyuhang (pronounced yin-you-hong), re-signing him today.

Ding (6-7, 205) was originally signed by the Mavericks on July 23 and played in one preseason game for Dallas. His only action of the exhibition season was on Monday in Shenzhen, and he was waived on Oct. 10.

Ding 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.

Mavs waive Rashad Vaughn and Donte Ingram

The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard Rashad Vaughn and guard-forward Donte Ingram.

Both players were signed by Dallas on Oct. 8.

Ingram (6-6, 215) went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year college career at Loyola University Chicago. He started all 38 games for Loyola as a senior in 2017-18, and averaged 11.0 points, a team-best 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 30.6 minutes en route to earning Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors.

The 6-6 guard/forward played a key role in helping the 11th-seeded Ramblers earn their first Final Four appearance since 1963.

Vaughn (6-6, 210) was selected 17th overall by Milwaukee in the 2015 NBA Draft. He owns career averages of 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 12.0 minutes in 139 games (eight starts) with Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Orlando.

In 28 games for the Bucks, Nets and Magic in 2017-18, Vaughn averaged 2.3 points in 7.6 minutes per contest.

Mavs waive Ding Yanyuhang

Mavs waive Ding Yanyuhang

The Dallas Mavericks have waived guard-forward Ding Yanyuhang (pronounced yin-you-hong).

Ding (6-7, 205) was originally signed by the Mavericks on July 23 and played in one preseason game for Dallas. His only action of the exhibition season was on Monday in Shenzhen, China where Ding scored 1 point in 9 minutes.

Ding 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 also 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.

Mavericks sign Donte Ingram and Rashad Vaughn, and waive Jalen Jones and Codi Miller-McIntyre

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard/forward Donte Ingram and guard Rashad Vaughn. And in a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on forward Jalen Jones and guard Codi Miller-McIntyre.

Ingram (6-6, 215) went undrafted in 2018 after a four-year college career at Loyola University Chicago. He started all 38 games for Loyola as a senior in 2017-18, and averaged 11.0 points, a team-best 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 30.6 minutes en route to earning Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors.

The 6-6 guard/forward played a key role in helping the 11th-seeded Ramblers earn their first Final Four appearance since 1963. He hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to lift Loyola past Miami, 64-62, in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA tournament held at American Airlines Center on March 15.

Ingram was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2018 MVC Championship after leading Loyola to a victory over Illinois State in the MVC title game. It gave the school its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1985.

The Chicago native started all five games for the Bulls’ Las Vegas summer league team in 2018, averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 26.8 minutes.

Vaughn (6-6, 210) was selected 17th overall by Milwaukee in the 2015 NBA Draft. He owns career averages of 3.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 12.0 minutes in 139 games (eight starts) with Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Orlando.

In 28 games for the Bucks, Nets and Magic in 2017-18, Vaughn averaged 2.3 points in 7.6 minutes per contest.

Vaughn spent this past summer teaming with Mavericks two-way guard Daryl Macon on the Miami Heat’s summer league squads that competed in Las Vegas and Sacramento. In five games (two starts) in Las Vegas, Vaughn averaged 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 21.0 minutes. In two games in Sacramento, he averaged 8.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.0 minutes.

In his lone season at UNLV, Vaughn averaged 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 23 games (all starts) en route to earning 2015 MWC Freshman of the Year honors. He declared for the draft following the 2014-15 season.

Jones (6-7, 220) appeared in one game for Dallas this preseason and had three points and one rebound in 7 minutes against the Beijing Ducks on Sept. 29. The Dallas native played in 12 regular-season games with the Mavericks as a rookie in 2017-18, averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.

Miller-McIntyre (6-3, 205) saw action in two games for Dallas this exhibition season after signing with the team on Aug. 1.

Nice preseason debut for Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic is one of the most intriguing NBA rookies in a while. And while preseason isn’t a time to make firm judgments about anyone, it’s still a good sign when a rookie comes out and does nice things right away.

In adding Doncic, the Mavs got a player who has already proven to be able to compete at a higher level than the best of college basketball. He’s one of the main rookies to keep a constant eye on, both now and at least for a solid first month of the regular season.

Here’s ESPN.com on how his career preseason debut went:

Luka Doncic’s performance in his preseason debut provided some glimpses of the unique skill that persuaded the Dallas Mavericks to trade up to draft the European teen star.

Doncic, the No. 3 pick in the draft, scored 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting in 30 minutes during a 116-63 victory Saturday night over the Beijing Ducks.

“It was great to be out there,” said Doncic, who also grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots. “It’s been a long time since I played a game, so I’m really happy to be here. Always the first game, you’re a little bit nervous — new team and everything. I think everything went well.”

The 6-foot-7 Doncic made a few dazzling plays off the dribble, something the Mavs are expecting on a consistent basis as he serves as one of their primary ball handlers despite playing mainly power forward.

Preseason stats aren’t that important. It’s about the skill level of a player and the potential to do big things at regular-season intensity.

One important note, though, is the opponent wasn’t competitive at all. The Mavs absolutely dominated the Beijing Ducks in a game that really wasn’t even at a preseason basketball level. We can’t hold that against Doncic, though. But the next step of course is an actual NBA opponent.

Still, a nice first showing.

On the role of Dirk Nowitzki this season

Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki, whose career is winding down and his role continues to diminish:

His role on the court won’t change a bit. He’ll still be featured in the pick-and-pop and the spot-up shooting roles. And the one-legged fadeaway that he pioneered will come out of mothballs every so often. What is unknown is at what points Nowitzki will be on the court during the course of games. His 22 to 24 minutes of playing time could come at the start of each half, but that would mean either Wesley Matthews assumes the sixth man role or Luka Doncic isn’t starting. And if Doncic isn’t a starter, something has gone haywire. It might make sense to bring Nowitzki off the bench as the sixth man, pairing him with J.J. Barea and maybe another guard to be named. That grouping has always been very effective. But no matter what, season No. 21 will be a celebration of Nowitzki’s basketball life. It seems likely to be his last. Maybe.

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On Mavs guard-forward Wesley Matthews

The Mavs won just 24 games last season. But then they added veteran center DeAndre Jordan and drafted a very experienced rookie in Luka Doncic. Interesting moves for a team that could have headed towards a total rebuild. The core of the team right now includes Dennis Smith Jr, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Jordan, and if he pans out, Doncic. And old Dirk Nowitzki, riding out his legendary career. As for Matthews, here’s the Dallas Morning News examining his present and possible future:

The iron man reputation may have caught up with Matthews a little last season. But he’s still expected to be a 30-minute-plus heavy lifter. His job as a spot-up 3-point maker won’t change. But the intriguing thing about this season is that the combination of him fronting perimeter scorers with DeAndre Jordan waiting to protect the rim should only make the Mavericks’ defense, which wasn’t terrible last season, even stronger. Another consideration for this season: Matthews is certain to be a source of periodic trade speculation because of his expiring contract and the fact that he can shoot the ball. Those are two commodities that contending teams can always use.

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On Mavs guard J.J. Barea

Here’s the Dallas Morning News with a look at the role veteran Mavericks guard J.J. Barea may play this season:

Barea is perfect as the point guard off the bench and it should be even better this season as he likely will get plenty of time on the court with Dirk Nowitzki, who will be play extended time with the second unit whether he starts or not. It was that way last year and Barea prospered for it. And all of the Mavericks’ guards figure to benefit from the arrival of DeAndre Jordan. Barea shows no signs of retiring after this season, so he’ll be looking to boost his value for his next contract. But he’s not the kind of player who will do that at the expense of what’s best for the team. Just expect more of the same from one of the most respected and underrated Mavericks of all time.

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On Mavericks big-man Dwight Powell

Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on Mavs forward-center Dwight Powell, who plays solid basketball when given some minutes, but still faces an uphill battle to get increased playing time:

On Mavericks big-man Dwight Powell

The big question regarding Powell is whether or not he can continue to prosper in a reserve role. It’s unlikely that he will become a regular starter in the coming season, given the Mavericks’ makeup. He’ll be playing behind DeAndre Jordan, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki on the front line, which puts him in competition with Salah Mejri, Maxi Kleber and Dorian Finney-Smith for playing time. What the Mavericks need is for Powell to continue to be a rebounding beast per minute played, like he was at the end of last season. If he does that, his offense will continue to come and playing time will not be a problem.

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In Dallas, all eyes on Luka Doncic

Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on Mavs rookie Luka Doncic, who will have the attention of much of the basketball world, let alone the city of Dallas:

A leap of faith.

That’s what Mavericks fans are taking when it comes to prized draft pick Luka Doncic.

He’s 19 years old. He’s been a professional in Europe for four years. He’s been an MVP at that level.

And virtually nobody in Dallas knows anything about him.

All that fans can really do is bank on the wisdom of owner Mark Cuban, president Donnie Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle.

Even a lot of the Mavericks’ players have yet to get a pulse on how good Doncic can be. Though he technically came in a trade with Atlanta, he’s the highest-drafted rookie (third) the franchise has had since Jason Kidd was taken second in 1994. But Kidd was a more known commodity.

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On new Mavs center DeAndre Jordan

Here’s the Dallas Morning News reporting on new Mavericks center DeAndre Jordan. The former Clipper is an interesting addition to the Mavs, who are rebuilding yet are giving Jordan big money to help boost their win total for one season. Whether he’ll be on the team beyond 2018-19 remains to be seen:

The Mavericks were challenged in the rebounding department, so having Jordan should immediately help that shortcoming. He also will help their offensive efficiency as he’s led the league in effective field-goal percentage five times in the last six seasons. It’ll come down to how well Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. mesh in the pick and roll, which figures to be an even bigger part of the Mavericks’ system this year. Luka Doncic working with Jordan is intriguing, too. And you might even see the high-low post of Dirk Nowitzki and Jordan. The bottom line is that having Jordan opens up a whole new array of options for coach Rick Carlisle.

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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.

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