HoopsHype Donnie Nelson rumors


July 15, 2014 Updates

On Mo Williams potentially coming to the Mavericks: Nelson: “Yeah we’ve been trying to figure out a way to get Mo in a Maverick uniform for years now. He’s a Dallas guy, from Memphis but live in Dallas with his family, so we’re hopeful that we can work something out but again our hands are tied right now because of the Parsons thing of what we can do financially. All these guys, whether it’s Mo, whether it’s ‘Trix, in all reality they’re going to have to take a payout to come here. It’s just how much of a pay cut are guys willing to look at and we’re understanding and respectful of the market place and there’s other places that may have more playing time and more financial flexibility that we do, but we would love for both of those guys to continue to consider us.” Dallas Morning News

July 14, 2014 Updates
July 10, 2014 Updates

The Mavs are willing to work with the Rockets to skip the whole process of Houston deciding whether to exercise the right to match the three-year, $45-plus-million offer sheet signed by their restricted free agent. Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Dallas is open to discussing sign-and-trade scenarios with the Rockets. The Mavs have yet to officially submit the offer sheet but will do so before midnight if a deal can’t be worked out with the Rockets. “There’s communication because there’s sign-and-trade possibilities,” Nelson said. “There’s ways that both sides can win, so it’s just an ongoing process.” ESPN.com

June 4, 2014 Updates

“Obviously, Dirk’s not going anywhere,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “He’s built this franchise. He’s been with us from day one. Certainly, there’s negotiations to take place, but he loves this city and he wants to call it his home. We certainly reciprocate those feelings, so our hope is we’ll get something done that’s not only in Dirk’s best [interests] but also affects the flexibility of the future of the Mavericks.” Dallas Morning News

May 30, 2014 Updates

Along with Nowitzki, who took over for Mike Modano as the host of the event a couple years back, an assortment of sports celebrities will be on hand for the game, presented by Baylor Medical Center, including: Dallas Mavericks Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jae Crowder, Bernard James, Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo, plus head coach Rick Carlisle and general manager Donnie Nelson; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant; the Dallas Stars' Tyler Seguin; former Texas Rangers great Michael Young; former Dallas Mav Jason Terry; the Houston Rockets Chandler Parsons and MLB All-Star Vernon Wells. Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2014 Updates
April 1, 2014 Updates

As far as president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is concerned, the Mavericks don’t have to make a decision about Samuel Dalembert’s partially guaranteed contract this summer. That decision has already been made. The Mavs signed Dalembert to a two-year deal this summer, but only $1.8 million of the big man’s $3.87 million salary next season is guaranteed. However, Nelson said the Mavs fully intend to have Dalembert return next season. “Absolutely we’ll have Sam back,” Nelson said of the center who is averaging 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20.3 minutes per game this season. ESPN.com

February 20, 2014 Updates

"Lots of conversation, but no movement,'' said Donnie Nelson, the Mavericks' president of basketball operations. "I had a chance to sit down with obviously (Owner) Mark (Cuban) and (coach) Rick (Carlisle) and just felt that the price of change was too high.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

February 15, 2014 Updates

On dropping down to a lower pick with the increased success the team is seeing: Nelson: “This year’s draft we’ve got Boston’s pick, which is going to be at the very top of the second (round), and with the depth of the draft, sometimes it’s as good as a first-round pick. We got the ability to take that and take our other second-round pick and certainly maneuver and move up. So if that comes to pass, it’s not the absolute worst thing in the world, and we’ve always been aggressive during draft time and (owner Mark Cuban is) not opposed to do whatever it takes to do to make the team better — and we’re creative, as you know, so it’s not like an Earth-shattering situation that we can’t overcome.” Dallas Morning News

January 29, 2014 Updates

And don’t think for a second that the Mavericks are regretting their decisions to keep salary-cap flexibility above everything else. They still envision a day when Nowitzki is their second-best player. “That’s the hope and the plan,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “I think we’ve done it kind of by committee. Monta’s really provided us a really cool punch and someone who on any given night can win a game. “The hope is … we’ll be able to [make a marquee hire] sooner than later. I think we’ve made an attempt to do that the last two summers. So much for second place. But, yes, that would be the plan and the hope at some level to be able to do that. “Superstars win in this league. That’s not lost on us. At the same time, we’ve won a championship doing it more of a conventional, kind of old-fashioned way of getting depth and versatility and pieces in place.” Dallas Morning News

Nowitzki said he’s not sure what the plan is for the franchise moving forward. Nor is he particularly worried about it right now. “I have no idea,” he said. “I think we moved away from the concept of one-year deals. We signed Jose [Calderon], we signed Monta [Ellis]. We went in a different direction there. I think those two guys have been great, but saying all that, we’ll have a lot of cap space again this summer. “There’s usually three ways to get better — the draft, free agency and via trades. We’ll just wait and see what happens. But, as far as I’m concerned, I’m just trying to make the playoffs this year. Everything else is kind of secondary to me. We missed the playoffs last year, which was disappointing to watch it from home, so that’s really all where my focus is at. Everything else we’ll figure out this summer.” Dallas Morning News

January 17, 2014 Updates

So far this season, Donnie Nelson has been encouraged by what he has seen from the new-look Dallas Mavericks. Thus, the Mavs' president of basketball operations doesn't forsee any changes made to this roster as the Feb. 20 trade deadline approaches. "You never say never, but we do like the team,'' Nelson told the Star-Telegram. "With nine new faces we’re not looking for reasons to change. But that being said, if an opportunity presents itself that can take us over the top we certainly have to look at it.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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