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October 22, 2014 Updates

The league's GMs voted Aldridge the best power forward in the league, along with the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin. Aldridge and Griffin both got 25 percent of the vote in by far the tightest race among the five positions. Aldridge finished fourth in the category the last three seasons. Last year, Aldridge got 6.9 percent of the vote, with Tim Duncan finishing No. 1 at 31 percent. In 2012, he got 10 percent of the vote, which was topped by Love at 30 percent. In 2011, Aldridge got 10.7 percent, with Dirk Nowitzki finishing No. 1 at 41.1 percent. Oregonian

NBA stars LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki reacted to the league's decision to schedule a 44-minute game saying it's the regular season, not the games, that should be shortened. Is that a widespread opinion among players? We asked 28 NBAers to find out. Result: They are split on the debate with 42.9 percent saying regular season should stay at its usual 82 games and 57.1 suggesting that's too much. HoopsHype

October 21, 2014 Updates

“Nothing was given to me, and I believe I earned this contract,” Parsons told ESPNDallas.com. “Now obviously, I want to prove my worth. I want to prove I’m worth that, and I want another contract. And I want to win big. I came here looking for a bigger role, I came here for more leadership, and I’m ready for that next step in my career.” ESPN.com

“People now tag me as a max player, and people expect me to produce,” said Parsons, a second-round pick who made six-figure salaries the last three seasons. “That’s where I thrive. I love the motivation. The last three years, people tagged me as the underpaid, blue-collar guy, and now all the sudden, I got this big raise. I’m the same player. I’m not going to change anything just for the fact that I make more money now, but definitely there’s more media, there’s more writing, there’s more expectation that people put on me. But I’m a basketball player. I’m going to continue to do what I do and play my game. Salary is not going to change the way I work and play.” ESPN.com

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have requested waivers on forward Eric Griffin and guard Yuki Togashi. Griffin (6-8, 194) was originally signed on July 18 after representing the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 steals and 19.3 minutes. He saw action in two preseason games for Dallas. mavs.com

Shams Charania: The Dallas Mavericks have released athletic forward Eric Griffin, league source tells RealGM. Griffin was on a partial three-year deal. Twitter @ShamsCharania

October 20, 2014 Updates

Carter appreciates that the Mavs didn’t pass on him at a time when his stock wasn’t high after disappointing stints in Orlando and Phoenix. “[Mark] Cuban believed in me in the beginning when I guess a lot of people felt like I was just done or couldn’t play anymore,” Carter said. “I just got better and better. A lot of guys think when you get to that age, how can you get better? But I think I got better. I fit with this team. I think it worked and coach made it work. I was just glad to be a part of it.” ESPN.com

Dallas -- nay, America -- has many good reasons to love Mark Cuban. He turned the Mavericks into NBA champions. He's the most accessible billionaire in the universe. He yells at terrible refs on our behalf and feuds with the Perots. He was a disruptor before disrupting was cool. But for all of Cuban's endearing qualities, let's be honest about something: He's really terrible at real estate. Dallas Observer

Four-and-a-half-years on, Cuban's shovel has yet to pierce the earth, and neighbors and everyone else have mostly forgotten about the grandiose promises. Even the government-subsidized apartments haven't been built, thanks to HUD's refusal to support the project. "Nobody's paying attention because that property's been over there vacant for over 100 years," says Betty Culbreath, the district's plan commissioner. She doesn't think Wonderview is dead, but she's never met with Cuban or his reps and there is no sign that activity is imminent Dallas Observer

October 19, 2014 Updates

“Things change so rapidly in business that you can’t predict two years from now,” Cuban said. “I think I read it [the salary cap] could go to $91 [million], but I haven’t done the math.” Asked what he thinks about the players wanting to do away with maximum contracts, opening the door for monster deals for monster players, Cuban said: “If you give up guarantees, it’s a trade-off. It was discussed during the lockout [in 2011] among owners but never got anywhere. So it was just one of those trial balloons. I’m not suggesting it. All I’m saying is that was something we discussed before, and max contracts are always a big question, guarantees are always a big question. But we have two years before that’s even an issue.” Dallas Morning News

October 18, 2014 Updates
October 17, 2014 Updates

“He’ll go down as one of the all-time great Mavs because of his contributions to a championship team, number one,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “But number two is his versatility and his ability to do so many different things that contribute to winning.” ESPN.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN MAVERICKS HISTORY

Five players from the championship team join No. 1 Dirk Nowitzki in the illustrious list.

   

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