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March 26, 2015 Updates

The narrative around Mavericks guard Rajon Rondo is that he is going to explore free agency. While Rondo has said several times that staying in Dallas long-term is a very serious option he’ll consider, those around Rondo are saying the fit in Dallas has been less than stellar and that he’ll explore his options. The Mavericks can and likely will offer more money on an annual basis, but there is a sense that Rondo will finish out the season and see what other options are available to him before making a decision. A return to Dallas isn’t out of the question, but there is a sense that Rondo may have at least half a foot out the door. Basketball Insiders

The Mavs will probably offer Stoudemire a significant piece of their midlevel exception. Stoudemire, who says he can “compete at a high level for years to come,” will likely request a multiyear deal. But there will be plenty of time this summer to have those kinds of conversations. And, as much urgency as he feels to contend for a title now, Stoudemire is certain he has plenty of time left in his career. ESPN.com

“This isn’t it for me, for sure,” Stoudemire said. “There’s a lot of basketball left. There’s a lot of high-level basketball left in me. I feel competitive. I have faith in my body, what I can do on a basketball court on a consistent basis. ESPN.com

“There’s no problem (with Rondo),” Ellis says. “Rondo is a great asset on both ends of the floor. It takes a while for the player to really get adjusted to a new system, new personalities, figuring out where guys want the ball. I think it’s going to work out for the best for us once we get over the hump. Take a look at Toronto, you know, (when) Toronto started out they were hot, and they’re going through pretty much the same thing that we’re going through.” Sports Illustrated

March 25, 2015 Updates

Are you worried about Monta right now? Mark Cuban: I'm worried about him not making shots. I see them wrap him up like a mummy before the games. My only knock on Monta is he'll play through anything. He's such a warrior; he just wants to compete every night as hard as he can and that's not always the smartest thing to do. But at the same time, I respect the hell out of that because there's nobody who wants it as bad as him. Dallas Morning News

You ever see a fashion item that you just NEEDED TO HAVE??? NBA star Richard Jefferson did -- a Vans cheetah-print snapback baseball hat ... and he paid $700 to buy it off some random dude's head!!! RJ was at Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails in Scottsdale, AZ Saturday night -- when a dude named Andrew walked in with the cheetah cap. Andrew tells TMZ Sports ... the Dallas Mavs star beelined it over his way with cash in hand ... and started making offers for the dome piece. Andrew declined at first ... but ultimately gave in for a handful of $100 bills -- 7 in total. So, why was Jefferson so obsessed with the hat? Andrew says RJ actually purchased the lid for teammate Chandler Parsons ... who was also eyeing the cap that night. The best part of the story -- Andrew says he originally bought the hat for $25. TMZ.com

"I knew he was going to come back soon, so we had to have a meeting about what was going on — what he needed from me, what I needed from him," Harden continued. "JET (Terry) is one of the leaders also. He has won championships (2011 with the Dallas Mavericks). He has that experience. I always listen to him, and get feedback from him. That was probably one of the best meetings that I've had, just knowing that my big guy has confidence in me. We'll go out there and try to compete as a team together." USA Today Sports

However, Ellis acknowledged in his TNT postgame interview that his health had been an issue, something he repeatedly denied publicly and privately during his extended slump. The fact that he refused to take any time off to fully heal -- which would have snapped Ellis' streak of consecutive games played that dates to the beginning of the 2012-13 season -- was a source of frustration within the organization. "I've been battling injuries all season," Ellis said on TNT. "The last few days, my body has been feeling good and tonight I'll sleep real good. I went and worked out last night for at least two and a half hours. I wanted to come in tonight and give my team a lift that they have been looking for. "Now that my body is feeling good, we'll try to make a run of it until the playoffs start." ESPN.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined ESPN's NBA Lockdown podcast this week. Here are some highlights from the interview. On Steve Nash retiring: “I wasn’t really surprised. I kind of knew what was going on since October, that his body didn’t let him compete anymore at the highest level, so I was just surprised by the timing, that it came out now. I think it was a relief for him, that he’s happy it’s over with. I told him already in October that I was proud of him that he had an amazing career. He overcame a lot in his career with his health and being short and white and slow and unathletic and to be one of the greatest ever is an unbelievable achievement.” Dallas Morning News

March 23, 2015 Updates

Former Maverick Brandan Wright has had a nice stretch of games recently, including a 16-point, eight-rebound, seven-block effort last week. He will be a free agent this summer, but he said he hasn’t given much thought to the future. The Suns are busy trying to make a playoff push in the final weeks of the season. So would he consider a return to Dallas? “That’s been a frequently-asked question,” he said. “You can ask me that right after the season. Right now, we’re just trying to get to the playoffs.” Dallas Morning News

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