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May 8, 2015 Updates

Avery Johnson is the new head men's basketball coach at Alabama. At a job that requires not only coaching, but selling recruits and their families, Johnson is resorting back to his old days as Mavericks coach. “I learned so much working with Mark Cuban and working with our staff there and Keith Grant and Donnie Nelson and all those guys, so whether it was in terms of the type of athlete you should try to recruit for your system, hiring the right coaching staff, you know, a lot of the entertainment that the Mavericks provide for the fans at the games,” Johnson told the Tuscaloosa News. “We’re trying to adopt and incorporate a lot of what they do at our games.” Dallas Morning News

May 7, 2015 Updates

Dirk Nowitzki on max contracts in the NBA: "In a way, I understand what the owners want to do. They want to keep it fair for everybody so the big-market teams...like in soccer. Every year it's the same big spenders spending hundreds of millions of Euros over there. It's the same teams always winning the league. I think it's a good approach to have the parity to let everybody have a chance, even though it still might be the same teams. You gotta work within some rules and I actually don't mind it. It's not like I think everyone made enough money, even the superstars. Now with the new CBA coming up in 2017 or whatever, they're already talking about the max money going up to over $30 million. I mean we make more than enough to start complaining...I can see both sides of it. But I don't want to get carried away here. I think the superstars make enough money in our league." Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on the Shaun Livingston situation: "I'm not sure what he was doing. That's what I actually asked him after. What were you trying to go for there? Actually, I told him right after I might want one more kid, so ease up there. He was kind of like it was totally my fault. I'm not sure if he tried to reach through my legs to get the ball. That's a weird idea. He is smaller, and obviously I'm bigger, so I'm not sure if I had the ball low. I can't even remember how the whole play happened. But yeah, it was just an awkward play. Like I said, afterwards he doesn't have the reputation of that. He's a really good dude. Actually Devin [Harris] and some of the guys in our locker room know him and they right away said he didn't mean to do that. So that's what I rolled with." Dallas Morning News

Mavericks forward Al-Farouq Aminu joined KRLD-FM 105.3 on Wednesday. Here are some highlights. On his possible return to the Mavericks: “People are still playing now, so it’s hard to tell, but I really want to. … Nobody likes moving and different things like that. I’ve been in L.A. then I went to New Orleans and now here. It’s always better to stay where you’re at but things happen. But it would be nice.” Dallas Morning News

On why he would pitch Dallas to other free agents: “I guess it’s what I went through last year when I was coming to play here. It’s a great city. It doesn’t get that cold, which is nice. Also, the practice facility is in the arena is close, as well as the airport, so it’s not a lot of long hours you have to drive back and forth to places. It does become a drag. You’re going to play with great players. Obviously you’re probably going to win and then you’re going to have a chance at a championship.” Dallas Morning News

May 6, 2015 Updates

He'll find himself in an interesting spot this summer as a free agent for the second time. Carroll will be in demand and has raised his value to the point where he could triple his salary come 2015-16. But he's a late-bloomer (28 years old) who doesn't have a long track record for playing at this level. Interested teams must decide whether Carroll's best years are indeed ahead of him, or if he's a role player taking advantage of the Hawks' system. With the salary cap expected to jump, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or Dallas Mavericks (among other teams) could force the Hawks' financial hand. "I'm looking forward to the summer but right now I'm just trying to win games with this team," he said. NBA.com

Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki joined KTCK-AM 1310 on Monday afternoon. Here are some highlights: On if the team voted to not give Rajon Rondo a playoff share: "No, we actually didn't vote. It was just the guys who were there that day got a playoff share. What we usually do is give a lot of weight to the guys that work for you all season long; the locker room guys, the equipment guys, the trainers, the massage guys [or] whoever you feel helped you get through the season. We usually divide it up and then give them a lot of money. I think that got blown out of proportion. It's not like it was that much money. I don't think Rondo would have cared either way." Dallas Morning News

Dirk Nowitzki on if he ever played Connect Four with Rondo: "I did not, but I saw him get beat though. Before the game, one of his first games, one of the Mavs' employees brought a Connect Four over and it was just sitting there. I think Charlie V played him one time real quick. I walked by, it was before the game and everyone has their routines, and I walk by and Charlie put the last one in to beat him. So it was like a melee back there. They were yelling and screaming. And I was like, 'What's going on here? It's gameday. We have a game in less than an hour. That was huge for Charlie. He let Rondo hear that for the next couple of weeks for sure." Dallas Morning News

On the documentary about him: "I liked it. I wasn't quite sure where they were going with it at the beginning. I thought it was very Holger-strong just telling his story and how he came to basketball. Which he deserves. Without him, I probably wouldn't be here. But then it kind of caught the curve a little bit, then the fun thing with the free throws...I thought it was fun. It was a fun little flick and not as boring as you would think." Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2015 Updates

The Celtics canvassed the league last year looking for a team willing to give up a disgruntled star, but there were none available, and there are not likely to be many available this summer, either. They might pursue, say, DeMarcus Cousins or Chandler Parsons should the Kings or Mavericks begin a deconstruction, but it is unlikely either of those guys gets moved in the end. One of the consequences of the coming salary cap explosion is that teams that might otherwise be wringing their hands over a potential luxury tax hit — the Warriors, Bulls, Clippers and Thunder, for instance — figure to be more willing to absorb the blow with knowledge that it’s a one-year indulgence. So players that might otherwise be on the market — Draymond Green, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan, Enes Kanter, etc. — aren’t likely to leave their current teams, nor are those teams finding it necessary to trade players to clear space to keep them. The Celtics have cap space available and Danny Ainge will continue to burn up phone lines trying to find a feature player, but don’t expect him to come up with anything just yet. Sporting News

Deandre Jordan makes sense here on a lot of levels. He’s a younger, more explosive version of Chandler who should continue to smooth the edges of his defense. Jordan’s agent, Dan Fegan, is close with Mark Cuban. And Jordan is exactly the sort of player who might gamble on a short-term deal to reenter free agency again when the cap leaps. He’ll only turn 27 this summer, he never gets hurt, and he’s already banked more than $40 million from the Clippers. Changing teams on a short-term deal would still cost him some money, but if he times things right, he could reduce the shortfall to the point that it wouldn’t hurt — especially given the tax advantages Texas has over California. It gets trickier for any player who changes teams via a one-year deal, since they forfeit their own Bird rights — limiting the raises their incumbent team could offer. Signing a two- or three-year deal makes it easier. Grantland

Parsons said on the first day of the offseason that he wants to be involved in any recruiting pitches made to free agents. It’s a job he believes should come with the territory as he begins the process of becoming a more polished player and a bigger piece of the organization’s fabric. “Shifting into GM mode,” as Parsons called it, is a logical step as far as he is concerned. “I think it’s kind of like a known thing that I’d like to do that,” he said. “I have a lot of good relationships with a lot of guys. Obviously now with the season just ended, I haven’t talked with them about who or what or whatever, but we’ll take a look here soon. I’ll be in Dallas pretty much all summer, so I’m sure we’ll have those conversations when the time comes.” Dallas Morning News

So what will be his recruiting pitch? “We have a great organization,” Parsons said. “We have high expectations. We have the best owner in sports. “We’re definitely moving in the right direction, and we have a lot of pieces that would fit well with the free agents out there right now. And we have a great coach, so I think we’re moving in the right direction. We’re a championship-caliber team. We’ve just got to get the right pieces. I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there.” Dallas Morning News

On keeping up with all of his milestones: Nowitzki: “Actually, (10K rebounds) was a big one for me because when I first got in the league, I wouldn’t say I was a very good rebounder, so over the years I think I developed into a decent rebounder. So the 10K meant a lot to me, to be in the 25K (points) and 10K (rebounds) club is pretty special for me. But all these milestones are unbelievable once I retire and look back at it, so I’m going to keep piling up a few more over the next couple years and then slowly fade away.” Dallas Morning News

On how much Nike gear he’s accumulated over the years: Nowitzki: “What I do is, you can order these days. When you represent Nike, you can’t always wear the older stuff. You can’t walk in and wear clothes from five-six years ago. So what I do is, some older stuff, once in a while I pack some bags and take it to Germany with me. I’ve got a bunch of guy friends that I grew up with that play basketball that are also 6-11, 6-10, 7-feet. And they usually clean me out. They can have everything, old shirts, old sweaters, sweatsuits and everything, shorts, shoes." Dallas Morning News

May 4, 2015 Updates

In other words, the Mavs won’t have to come close to matching a four-year, $18 million deal, like the one Barea signed the last time he tested free agency. But that doesn’t mean Barea, a productive backup guard and part-time starter at 30, would be willing to settle for the veteran’s minimum. A source said Barea is hoping to sign a two- or three-year deal that would pay an annual salary in the $3 million range. ESPN.com

The Mavs will undoubtedly have a hometown advantage in the Barea contract discussions this summer. He doesn’t attempt to deny that. “I want to [come back] and hopefully this time we make it work,” Barea said. “I had a lot of fun this year. I enjoyed being back. It feels like home for me here in Dallas so hopefully I can come back and finish my career here for the next couple years.” ESPN.com

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