11-28-13: After running off four straight wins last week, the Dallas Mavericks won just one of three this week – including two losses to the Denver Nuggets. At 10-6 on the year, Dallas continues to play well and won their last contest over the very good Golden State Warriors. The Mavs got 22 points from Dirk Nowitzki and had six players score in double figures to lead them to the win. With Wayne Ellington and rookie Shane Larkin both healthy and back in the lineup, Dallas has strong depth in the backcourt. It was also announced that Devin Harris will likely return within the next month to add even more depth (or a logjam).
11-22-13: Monta-ball is working! With Monta Ellis and Dirk playing brilliants off of each other, the Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games and five of their last six. Dallas won a big game on Wednesday night over their in-state foes, the Houston Rockets thanks to 37 points from Monta and 35 from Dirk. At 8-4 on the season and 2nd place in the Southwest Division, the Mavericks look like they might be able to stick around for another playoff appearance. Does Dirk have one final big playoff run left in him?
11-15-13: Dirk Nowitzki is no longer the main scorer in Dallas. That’s Monta Ellis’ job now. Regardless, it hasn’t negatively impacted the Mavs as a team, as they sit with a solid 5-3 record in week three after earning wins over the Bucks and Wizards heading into Friday’s NBA action. Through three weeks Dallas has clearly shown they can put points in the scoreboard and handle lesser opponents. The real test will be if they can raise their level of play on the defensive end going forward.
11-8-13: The Dallas Mavericks look like what owner Mark Cuban intended them to look like through five games: a new team. Dirk Nowitzki has looked as healthy as ever, opening the season with three straight 20+ point outings, while his supporting cast has shown enough early in a solid 3-2 start that has the Mavs thinking about a strong playoff run again. With their only losses to the talented Rockets and Thunder, there is reason to believe in an underrated roster in Dallas going forward.
11-1-13: Just before the regular season began, Mavericks general manager Gersson Rosas announced his resignation from that position. It has been a frustrating last few months for the Dallas basketball franchise. After Mark Cuban missed on Dwight Howard, he settled for a different type of roster for this season. Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter and Shawn Marion remain the constants, but DeJuan Blair, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and Monta Ellis make up a group of new players that are being incorporated into the Mavericks system. However, Nowitzki looked ready during the preseason, so this could be a very good year for him and the team.
10-18-13: The Dallas Mavericks are 2-2 in the 2013-14 preseason. The Mavs have alternated wins and losses so far losing 94-92 to New Orleans, beating Memphis 95-90, losing to Orlando 102-94 and beating the Pacers 92-85. Dirk Nowitzki led the team in points in the second and third games with 20 and 24 points, respectively, and leads the team in points per game with 15.3. Shawn Marion’s 11 rebounds against the Pacers were the most by a player so far in a Dallas preseason game. The Mavericks still have four preseason game remaining:
- Oct 19 at Charlotte
- Oct 21 at Houston
- Oct 23 vs Atlanta
- Oct 25 vs Indiana
8-23-13: While Mark Cuban and the Mavs may have struck out in the Dwight Howard derby, all is not lost in the big D. Dallas revamped their entire backcourt from top to bottom, including free agent signings of Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris while drafting PG Shane Larkin out of the University of Miami. The steady shooting hand of Dirk Nowitzki is still the strength in the middle, though big man Samuel Dalembert replaces Chris Kaman at the Center position.
The Mavericks open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Atlanta Hawks. The Houston Rockets travel north to Dallas on November 20th and once again on January 29th. The Miami Heat will visit town on Tuesday, February 18th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Atlanta Hawks
- November 5th – L.A. Lakers
- December 26th – San Antonio Spurs
- January 5th – New York Knicks
- March 25th – Oklahoma City Thunder
8-15-13: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is going to continue to build his team around Dirk Nowitzki for as long as the All-Star forward plans to play. Cuban says he has "no idea," how long Dirk will continue to play, but he'll "talk to Dirk about it. Pretty much whatever he wants. Dirk's got a no-trade deal, so whether it's one year, three years, 20 years, it really doesn't matter. He gets to sign and re-sign as often as he wants. The length of the contract is more about how long longer Dirk wants to play more than anything else."
7-23-13: The Mavs have finalized deal with free agent F/C Brandan Wright. The deal is worth $10 million over two years with an addition 1.1 million in incentives. f
7-22-13: The Mavericks have hired 35-year-old Gersson Rosas as their new general manager. He had previously been with the Houston Rockets as their VP of basketball operations.
7-18-13: The Mavericks have agreed to sign free agent center Samuel Dalembert to a two-year, $7.5 million deal.
7-12-13: On Friday the Mavericks signed
Monte Ellis to a three-year deal. He's guaranteed at least $25 million and could make as much as $30 million.
7-7-13: Dallas will sign Jose Calderon to a four-year, $29 million deal.
Mavericks 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 18: PG Shane Larkin, Miami (from Hawks).
Round 2, Pick 13: SG Ricky Ledo, Providence (from Bucks).
6-12-13: Being a .500 team is unfamiliar for Dallas within the last decade or so, particularly, during the reign of future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki. Sadly for Dirk he missed a large part of the season early on recovering from off season surgery. Dallas got off to a decent start and was in the playoff race for much of the season before tailing off. Defense was a struggle all year for this club, something that was a staple for them in their championship season. Dallas will select 13th overall later this month in the draft and many are wondering if the pursuit for Dwight Howard will continue.
2-19-13: The Mavericks season took a hard jolt when Dirk Nowitzki has to miss substantial time due to surgery. Despite their attempts to keep their heads above water, the Mavs currently sit in 11th place at 23-29, 4.5 games out of the 8th seed. Looking to rebuild while still competing means this position that they are in comes as no surprise to anyone, really. The Mavericks have about 2-3 weeks to make a serious push or else they will be headed toward the lottery where owner Mark Cuban will look to rebuild through free agency and the draft.
11-26-12: Mark Cuban’s group has tried to hold the fort down while their star player, Dirk Nowitzki heals from off season surgery. Hitting the road at 7-7 isn’t where they would like to be but with a brand new roster and the maturation in the game of OJ Mayo, Dallas can’t complain for two long. With games against the Sixers and Bulls this week, it will be interesting to see how they do. The Mavs gave a glimpse of their offensive potential with a win against the Knicks last week avenging their loss in New York earlier in the season.