NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is headed to India next week, bringing another Basketball Without Borders camp to Asia.
LET'S ROLL TRADES FOR YOUR MOCKERY: the Los Angeles Clippers traded Tobias Harris to the Indiana Pacers for Domantas Sabonis, Al Jefferson, and the 2018 50th pick The Cleveland Cavaliers traded George Hill and Kyle Korver to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley Orlando traded Nikola Vucevic, Terrence Ross, and the 2018 #6 pick to the Sacramento Kings for Zach Randolph, Kostas Koufus, and the 2018 #2 pick. Additionally, Sacramento will have the right to swap first round picks with Orlando in 2020 and 2022 (unprotected). Dallas traded 2018 #5 to Los Angeles Clippers for 2018 #12, #13, and #50, and Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell Chicago traded Cristiano Felicio to Los Angeles Clippers for
The Mavericks didn't win the lottery. Fate played a cruel joke on us all when Dallas — which won an earlier tiebreaker against Atlanta to move up to the No. 3 spot in the lotto order — was passed up by those very same Hawks last week, along with the Sacramento Kings. It's the second year in a row the Kings have gotten lucky on draft night, while the Mavs are again left wanting more — although last year turned out OK for them. At the end of it all, after the ping pong balls and superstitious rituals and summoning energy from around the world, the Mavs will pick fifth on June 21. Luck has certainly been kinder throughout the course of the Mavs' history as a franchise, but then again this is still the fifth pick we're talking about.
Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki recently joined The Ben & Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently to talk about his latest season and the upcoming draft. Here are some highlights: Guys now have player development coaches, you arrived with one with Holger Geschwindner. How would you describe your workouts now compared to 15 years ago? Dirk: "I'd say if you watch them now they're almost in slow motion. We used to run some - especially when I worked out with him in the summer 15 years ago, we were always getting ready for a big tournament. In my whole 20s, I played national team every summer. So, there was always a European championship, a world championship, Olympics, there was
Despite being projected as a lottery pick after his freshman year, Barnes spent two seasons playing for Roy Williams at the University of North Carolina. As a Tar Heel he averaged 16.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and helped lead both of his UNC teams to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament. Once he did enter the draft, he didn't have to wait long to hear his name. Barnes went No. 7 overall in the 2012 NBA draft to the Golden State Warriors in the same draft that saw Anthony Davis go No. 1 to the New Orleans Pelicans, and Damian Lillard one pick before Barnes to the Portland Trail Blazers. 5. Attended the memorial service for fallen Dallas police officers after 2016 attack Though Barnes
Let's deal in reality before we step into the fantasy world. The Mavericks are not going to be a playoff team in 2018-19. There's simply too much ground to cover for a 24-win team in the Western Conference, no matter what kind of magic they might have up their sleeve. So let's all agree that they are aiming to be back on the NBA map in the 2019-2020 season. Making the playoffs that season is plausible. Now, let's step into fantasy world. If this is a process that will last two more years, then the Mavericks have a plan that, with a little luck, can be executed and will put them in the playoffs in two years. So we'll call this plan: Dream Team 2020. The challenge is simple. We will put together
What do you put the chances of Seth Curry returning and why? Sefko: I thought late in the season that there was a good chance he'd be back. Now, I am not so sure. I'd bet against it if I had to put money down. It just seems like there's a chance he could end up out in Golden State or maybe somewhere else with a better chance to contribute to a legit contender. Hope I'm wrong. It would have been fun to see how he paired with Dennis Smith Jr. Is there any circumstance in which the Mavs would trade Harrison Barnes? Sefko: I'm sure there are, but none that I can think of off the top of my head that make sense. I can't see Phoenix or Sacramento trading one of the top two picks, which probably is where
Dunk of the Night: Dennis Smith Jr. Dennis Smith Jr. steals the ball away from Julius Randle and races down the court before showing off for a 360-degree finish. DALLAS – The NBA announced today that guard Dennis Smith Jr. was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team. It marks the second year in a row that Dallas has had a player earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors (Yogi Ferrell was named to the All-Rookie Second Team in 2016-17). Smith (6-3, 195) averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 29.7 minutes in 69 games (all starts) for Dallas in 2017-18. Among all rookies, he ranked fifth in scoring, 14th in rebounding, third in assists, sixth in steals and seventh in minutes. Smith
Malcolm Brogdon (36th, 2016), Nikola Jokic (42nd, 2014), Khris Middleton (39th, 2012), Draymond Green (35th, 2012) and Hassan Whiteside (33rd, 2010) all have been high-quality contributors on playoff teams or, in Jokic's case, a team that won 46 games and missed the playoffs this season on the final day of the season. Even SMU's Semi Ojeleye, who was the 37th pick last June, has started some playoff games for the Boston Celtics. Shake Milton hopes to be one of those players. The SMU product is projected as a second rounder and has the long build and ballhandling skills to play point guard, shooting guard or even small forward. And he isn't giving it a second thought that the hand injury that
The Mavericks are interested in adding a marquee free agent this offseason. Dallas is hoping to sign either DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins or Julius Randle, according to a report from The Ringer. The Mavericks are aiming to get “back on a winning track” in 2018-19, the report says. Cousins enters free agency coming off a season in which he averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game with the Pelicans. But, he was limited to just 48 games after rupturing his left Achilles tendon in late January. Jordan, who has spent all 10 of his NBA seasons with the Clippers, holds a $24.1 million player option for 2018-19. Jordan had verbally agreed to a max contract with Dallas as a free agent in 2015