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Big expectations for Mavs this season

On paper, the Mavericks look pretty nice on both ends of the floor coming into the 2016-17 season. New small forward Harrison Barnes on offense is still learning his way, but on defense both he and new center Andrew Bogut know what they’re doing. Here’s the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with more:

Big expectations for Mavs this season

Bogut and Barnes won an NBA title with Golden State in 2015, and were part of the Warriors’ contingent that set a single-season league record with 73 wins last season before ultimately losing to Cleveland in the NBA Finals. The Mavericks signed Barnes to a four-year, $94 million contract in July and acquired Bogut in a trade.

In effect, Bogut will replace Zaza Pachulia and Barnes will replace Chandler Parsons in the Mavericks’ starting lineup. Pachulia (one year, $2.9 million) and Parsons (four years, $94 million) eventually signed free-agent contracts with the Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies, respectively.

“Zaza and Chandler gave us a real nice presence at the center and small forward positions,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks’ president of basketball operations. “But I think it was imperative for us to be younger and a little bit more athletic and defensive minded, and that’s certainly something that both Harrison and Andrew Bogut bring to the table.” …

Barnes (6-8, 225) will also have a refreshing change in that he’ll finally escape the shadows of Warriors’ All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Mavericks are banking on that escape propelling Barnes — who won an Olympic gold medal last month — and his game to a new level.

Mavericks sign guard C.J. Williams

The Mavericks have signed free agent guard C.J. Williams.

We will assume this is a non-guaranteed contract that brings Williams to training camp.

Williams (6-5, 225) spent the 2015-16 season with JDA Dijon Bourgogne in France, where he averaged 11.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game in 34 games. Williams also played for the San Antonio Spurs’ 2016 summer league teams that competed in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

Before joining Dijon in 2015-16, Williams played for Michelin Etha Engomis Nicosia in Cyprus (2012-13), the D-League’s Los Angeles D-Fenders (2013-14) and Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia in Italy (2014-15).

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Williams played four years at North Carolina State (2008-12), where he helped the Wolfpack reach the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 as a senior in 2011-12. In 37 games as a senior, Williams averaged 10.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.1 minutes. He went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Mavericks’ 2016-17 training camp roster is now set at 20 players.

Mavericks sign Keith Hornsby and Jameel Warney

The Mavericks on Wednesday signed free agent guard Keith Hornsby and free agent forward Jameel Warney.

Until we hear otherwise, we will assume these signings merely bring these players to training camp, where they will then try to earn a regular season contract.

Hornsby (6-4, 210) went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after a 1,000-point collegiate career at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and Louisiana State University. After graduating from prep power Oak Hill Academy, Hornsby began his collegiate career at UNC-Asheville before transferring to LSU for his junior and senior seasons.

In two years at LSU, the Williamsburg, Va., native played in 53 games (52 starts) and finished with averages of 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 33.6 minutes. As a senior, Hornsby averaged 13.1 points, second on the team to 2016 NBA Draft first overall pick Ben Simmons, before his year was cut short by a season-ending abdominal injury that required surgery.

Warney (6-8, 260) played in all six games for the Mavericks at the Samsung NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 16.5 minutes per contest. He led Dallas in field goal percentage, shooting .593 from the floor while making .875 from the foul line.

The native of New Brunswick, N.J., went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft after four successful seasons at Stony Brook University where he averaged 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 2.0 blocks and 30.7 minutes in 135 career collegiate games. In his senior season with the Seawolves, Warney averaged 19.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 3.0 blocks in 33 games on his way to earning America East Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career at Stony Brook as the school’s all-time leader in points (2,132), rebounds (1,275), blocks (275) and games (135).

Mavericks re-sign Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks re-sign Dirk Nowitzki

The Mavericks on Wednesday re-signed 13-time NBA All-Star Dirk Nowitzki.

Dirk is past his prime, but still a serious player and scorer. He can’t be counted on to carry a team anymore, but he’s still a starter-worthy player with a lifetime experience of winning.

The Mavs this upcoming season are built around PG Deron Williams, SG Wesley Matthews, new well-paid SF Harrison Barnes, Dirk at PF, and new C Andrew Bogut.

During his 18-year tenure in Dallas, Nowitzki has guided the Mavericks toward many of the franchise’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. He is currently the longest-tenured player in the NBA with one team.

Nowitzki (7-0, 245), the most decorated Dallas 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 17-time Western Conference Player of the Week, has competed in the All-Star Saturday Night Three-Point Contest four times and was the 2014 Magic Johnson Award recipient.

The career Maverick holds averages of 22.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 35.3 minutes in 1,340 career games (1,309 starts) and holds the franchise’s top-spot in several categories including points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, 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.

Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth

Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth

The Mavericks have signed free agent guard Kyle Collinsworth.

According to the Deseret News, it is a two-year, partially guaranteed contract.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) recently competed for the Mavericks at Samsung NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas. In six summer league games, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal in 15.3 minutes per contest.

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.

As a senior for the Cougars (2015-16), Collinsworth averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 33.8 minutes per game en route to being named the WCC Player of the Year. The 6-6 guard also tied the NCAA single-season triple-double record (set by himself in 2014-15) with six. He went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Mavericks sign Quincy Acy

Mavericks sign Quincy Acy

The Mavericks have signed free agent forward Quincy Acy.

Acy (6-7, 240) holds career averages of 4.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 15.3 minutes per game in 219 games (51 starts) with Toronto, Sacramento and New York. He averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 14.8 minutes per game in 59 games (29 starts) with the Kings last season.

Acy played four years at Baylor before being selected by Toronto with the 37th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. As a senior in 2011-12, he was named Second-Team All-Big 12 and earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors.

Born in Tyler, Texas, Acy went on to attend John Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas.

Acy will wear No. 4 for the Mavericks.

Mavericks sign Jonathan Gibson

Mavericks sign Jonathan Gibson

The Mavericks signed guard Jonathan Gibson today.

Gibson (6-2, 185) is currently playing on the Mavericks Summer League team in Las Vegas. In five games, he has averaged 18.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 28.0 minutes while shooting 50.7 percent (35-69 FGs) from the field, 46.9 percent (15-32 3FGs) from 3-point range and 81.8 percent (9-11 FTs) from the free throw line.

Gibson has played internationally for the last six years in four different countries (Turkey, Israel, Italy and China). Most recently, he played 36 games for Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles (China) and averaged 42.0 points (2nd in the league), 6.7 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.1 steals. He shot 50.9% from the field, 41.3% from 3-point range and 86.1% from the FT line.

He went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draft after playing four years at New Mexico State. As a senior, he averaged 17.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 34 games while shooting 44.7% (197-441 FGs) from the field, 40.6% (106-261 3FGs) from 3-point range and 84.8% (95-112 FTs) from the line. He was named All-WAC Second Team and led the WAC in 3-pointers made, ranked second in 3FG%, fifth in scoring average, fourth in FT%, eighth in FG% and seventh in steals per game.

Mavericks sign Nicolas Brussino

The Dallas Mavericks have signed guard-forward Nicolas Brussino.

According to SportsDayDFW, it’s a three-year deal.

Brussino (6-7, 195) is an Argentinian swingman who spent the 2015-16 season with Penarol Mar del Plata, averaging 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 59 games. He shot 55.6 percent from the field, 39.4 percent from 3-point range and 72.1 percent from the foul line last season.

Brussino has represented the Argentinian National Team since 2012. He went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Mavericks sign Harrison Barnes

Mavericks sign Harrison Barnes

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Harrison Barnes. He was a restricted free agent, and his former team, the Warriors, declined to match the Mavs’ offer sheet.

Barnes’ deal is reportedly a $94 million dollar contract over four years.

Barnes has shown flashes of big-time talent, but his role on the Warriors was mostly that of a role player. Which is understandable, considering how great some of his Golden State teammates were. Still, it remains to be seen if Barnes can emerge as a leading man himself.

Barnes (6-8, 225) played his first four NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2012-16) and was a restricted free agent with the club. He holds career averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 28.1 minutes in 307 games (246 starts) while shooting 44.6 percent (295-of-633) from the field, 37.6 percent (287-of-764) from 3-point range and 73.9 percent (484-of-655) from the line. He was a member of the Warriors’ 2015 NBA championship team.

The Warriors selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. As a rookie in 2012-13, he appeared in 81 games (all starts) and averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds en route to earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

In 2014-15, Barnes started all 82 regular-season games for the eventual NBA champion Warriors. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while posting career highs in field goal percentage (.482) and 3-point field goal percentage (.405). The following season (2015-16), Barnes averaged 11.7 and 4.9 rebounds while helping the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games.

Barnes increased his scoring average in each of his first four seasons. After drafting Barnes in 2012, Golden State went on to reach the playoffs in each of the next four years. What’s more, when Barnes helped the Warriors reach the playoffs as a rookie in 2012-13, it was just their second playoff appearance in the last 19 years and their first since 2006-07.

The Ames, Iowa, native played two seasons at the University of North Carolina, earning First Team All-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2011-12. He declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season.

Mavericks waive JaVale McGee

Mavericks waive JaVale McGee

The Dallas Mavericks have waived center JaVale McGee.

Throughout his NBA career, McGee has shown flashes of big-time talent, but lots of other flashes of silly mistakes, some of which brought him some unwanted attention.

McGee (7-0, 270) averaged 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 10.9 minutes in 34 games after signing with Dallas on August 13, 2015.

Mavericks sign A.J. Hammons

The Dallas Mavericks today signed second round draft pick center A.J. Hammons.

The Mavericks selected Hammons with the 46th overall selection of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Hammons (7-0, 250) played four seasons with the Purdue Boilermakers and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and honorable mention All-America as a senior at Purdue. In his final season, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.1 assists while shooting .592 from the floor.

The skilled center finished his four years at Purdue ranked on many of its all-time lists including rebounds (3rd), blocks (2nd) and scoring (17th). Hammons garnered Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team honors as a junior and was named Big Ten All-Freshman Team in his first collegiate season.

The Gary, Ind., native attended high school at basketball-power Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) where he was named a McDonald’s All-American.

Mavericks sign Dorian Finney-Smith

The Dallas Mavericks have signed undrafted free agent forward Dorian Finney-Smith.

Finney-Smith (6-8, 220) signs with Dallas after going undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. He played his final three collegiate seasons at Florida after transferring from Virginia Tech following his freshman year. In 134 career collegiate games, he averaged 10.7 points and 7.1 rebounds in 28.6 minutes per game.

Finney-Smith led the Gators in rebounding in all three of his seasons at Florida (2013-16) and he led the team in scoring in each of his final two (2014-16). His 1,220 points at Florida rank 36th in school history. What’s more, he became the first Florida player to join the 1,000-point club after transferring to the school.

As a senior in 2015-16, Finney-Smith averaged 14.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 31.8 minutes in 36 games en route to being named Second Team All-SEC by the coaches and Third Team All-SEC by the Associated Press.

Mavericks re-sign Dwight Powell

Mavericks re-sign Dwight Powell

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have re-signed forward-center Dwight Powell.

Powell’s deal is reportedly a $37 million dollar contract over four years.

Powell (6-11, 240) holds career averages of 5.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 12.5 minutes per game in 98 games (two starts) with Boston and Dallas. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 14.4 minutes per game in 69 games (two starts) with the Mavericks last season.

Powell was acquired by Dallas along with Rajon Rondo on Dec. 18, 2014, in a deal that sent Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick to Boston.

The 6-11 Canadian was selected to play for the World Team at the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

A former standout at Stanford, Powell was originally drafted by Charlotte with the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, before having his draft rights traded along with Brendan Haywood to Cleveland in exchange for Scotty Hopson and cash considerations. On Sept. 25, 2014, Powell was dealt to Boston along with Malcolm Thomas, Erik Murphy, John Lucas III, two future second-round picks and a trade exception in exchange for Keith Bogans and two future second-round picks.

As a senior at Stanford, Powell was named All-Pac-12 First Team while averaging 14.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He was also named Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Mavericks trade Jeremy Evans to Pacers

Mavericks trade Jeremy Evans to Pacers

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired the rights to center Stanko Barać from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for forward Jeremy Evans, the rights to guard-forward Emir Preldžić and cash considerations.

The 28-year-old Evans is a six-year veteran who was with Utah his first five seasons and the Mavericks last season. He has career averages of 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds and was the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk champion. The 6-9, 200-pound Evans played collegiately at Western Kentucky and was the 55th overall pick (second round) by Utah in the 2007 NBA Draft.
“Jeremy is big and athletic,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “We’re anxious to get him here to put him through our strength and conditioning program. We know he’ll be a good fit with the players we have.”

Evans (6-9, 200) was signed as a free agent by Dallas on July 31, 2015.

Barać (7-1, 280) is a Croatian center who last played for Pallacanestro Olimpia Milano (Italy), averaging 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17 games. He helped Olimpia win the Italian Cup in 2016. Barać has also played professionally in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Turkey and Croatia.

Preldžić (6-9, 220) last played for Darüşşafaka Spor Kulübü (Turkey) and averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 31 games.

Mavericks sign Harrison Barnes to offer sheet

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Harrison Barnes to an offer sheet. Golden State has declined its right of first refusal to match the offer sheet.

The deal is reportedly for 4 years, $94 million.

Barnes (6-8, 225) played his first four NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2012-16) and was a restricted free agent with the club. He holds career averages of 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 28.1 minutes in 307 games (246 starts) while shooting 44.6 percent (295-of-633) from the field, 37.6 percent (287-of-764) from 3-point range and 73.9 percent (484-of-655) from the line. He was a member of the Warriors’ 2015 NBA championship team.

The Warriors selected Barnes with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. As a rookie in 2012-13, he appeared in 81 games (all starts) and averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds en route to earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

In 2014-15, Barnes started all 82 regular-season games for the eventual NBA champion Warriors. He averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds while posting career highs in field goal percentage (.482) and 3-point field goal percentage (.405). The following season (2015-16), Barnes averaged 11.7 and 4.9 rebounds while helping the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games.

Barnes increased his scoring average in each of his first four seasons. After drafting Barnes in 2012, Golden State went on to reach the playoffs in each of the next four years. What’s more, when Barnes helped the Warriors reach the playoffs as a rookie in 2012-13, it was just their second playoff appearance in the last 19 years and their first since 2006-07.

The Ames, Iowa, native played two seasons at the University of North Carolina, earning First Team All-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2011-12. He declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season.

Warriors trade Andrew Bogut to Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired center Andrew Bogut along with a future second-round pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a future conditional second-round pick.

“Andrew played a vital role in our success as a team the last several seasons,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “His unique skill set on both ends of the floor enabled our team — and his teammates in particular — to thrive. We thank him for his contributions and wish him the best of luck in Dallas.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, “the Mavericks had enough cap space to absorb Bogut’s $11 million salary. He will be a free agent next summer, meaning he won’t clog up cap room. To facilitate the arrival of star free agent Kevin Durant, the Warriors had to shed Bogut’s contract. Durant announced early Monday that he was bolting from Oklahoma City to sign a two-year, $54 million deal with the Warriors.”

Bogut (7-0, 260) is an 11-year veteran with career averages of 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 29.4 minutes per game in 644 games (630 starts) with Milwaukee and Golden State. He earned All-NBA Third Team honors with the Bucks in 2009-10 and was named NBA All-Defensive Second Team with the Warriors in 2014-15. He was also a member of the Warriors’ 2015 NBA championship team.

A native of Melbourne, Australia, Bogut was selected by Milwaukee with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He became the first Australian ever taken with the top pick. Bogut appeared in all 82 games for the Bucks in 2005-06, earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honors after finishing the season with averages of 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. He averaged a double-double in three consecutive seasons with Milwaukee from 2008-11. In 2009-10, Bogut averaged a career-high 15.9 points to go along with 10.2 rebounds per game en route to being named All-NBA Third Team.

Bogut was traded along with Stephen Jackson to the Warriors in exchange for Monta Ellis, Kwame Brown and Ekpe Udoh on March 13, 2012. He made his debut with the team the following season (2012-13), and the Warriors went on to reach the postseason in each of the next four years (2013-16). After winning a title with Golden State in 2014-15, Bogut helped the Warriors win an NBA-record 73 games in 2015-16 and reach the Finals for the second straight year. Bogut suffered a left knee injury in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals and was forced to miss the remainder of the series.

Bogut played collegiately at Utah, where he was named the Naismith College Player of the Year and won the John R. Wooden Award as a sophomore in 2004-05. The 7-footer declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season.

The Warriors are going to sign Kevin Durant. That’s the biggest news of the summer, and it’ll remain that way, unless LeBron James decides to leave the Cavs. Which is definitely not likely. Here’s ESPN.com reporting:

Mavs will likely land Harrison Barnes and Andrew bogut

The Dallas Mavericks will be adding a pair of Golden State Warriors — forward Harrison Barnes and center Andrew Bogut — in the wake of Kevin Durant’s decision, according to league sources.

The Warriors and Mavs have agreed to a trade that will send Bogut into Dallas’ cap space, according to league sources. The Mavs also reached a verbal agreement on a four-year, $94 million maximum deal with Barnes.

Sources told ESPN that the Warriors will renounce their rights to Barnes as a restricted free agent with Durant heading to Golden State, meaning there will be no three-day waiting period while his previous team ponders whether to match the offer.

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that center Salah Mejri underwent arthroscopic surgery for a right knee debridement this morning. The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Daniel Worrel at The Carrell Clinic in Dallas.

Mejri (7-2, 235) averaged 3.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 11.7 minutes per game in 34 games (six starts) as a rookie with Dallas last season.

JJ Barea had surgery in April

Here’s the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporting on Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea:

JJ Barea had surgery in April

Barea said he underwent arthroscopic surgery in April to repair his right medial meniscus. The 10-year veteran added that only rest – not surgery –was needed to repair the strained right groin injury that nagged him during the latter stages of the regular season and throughout the Mavericks’ five-game first-round playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I just had one knee scope the day after the season, and it was awesome,’’ Barea. “It was real quick and I’m good to go.’’

Barea played in Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game this past Friday night and walked away without any complications from his surgery. He also played a few games of knockouts with some kids at the Mavs’ Hoop Camp on Monday morning at the University of Texas at Dallas.

On the future of Dirk Nowitzki

It’s safe to say that Dirk Nowitzki’s entire NBA playing career will be with the Dallas Mavericks. The only question now is how many more years Dirk will play and what his contract will look like. Here’s the Dallas Morning News with the latest:

On the future of Dirk Nowitzki

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has previously said that he is going to opt out of the final season of his three-year contract. He also has reiterated what he’s said all along — that he’s only doing so to help get the wheels in motion for putting together next season’s roster.

Nowitzki planned on re-signing with the Mavericks after July 1, probably for two seasons, he said on KTCK-AM 1310 The Ticket early May.

Wednesday, Nowitzki joined the “Ben & Skin” show on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan and said he hasn’t completely made up his mind on opting out of his deal with Dallas. Nowitzki, who already has met with general manager Donnie Nelson and says he’ll meet with owner Mark Cuban soon, has until the final week of June to accept or decline his player option.

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