Rick Carlisle Rumors
Still, after this year’s team battled through plenty of adversity, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says he hopes to see a bevy of players return to pick up where they left off at during the ’15-16 season. “We’re heading into the summer with some decisions to make. You know, there’s a lot still to be determined,” Carlisle confessed. “We’re going to be persistent and keep banging away. That’s what you’ve got to do,” he added. “You know, this year, even though we didn’t get out of the first round, I thought the guys that we had available competed like champions.
McGee and Salah Mejri are signed for next season. The Mavericks obviously will be recruiting a free-agent center in the summer. But don’t give up on McGee as a possibility, coach Rick Carlisle said. “I don’t want to leave out JaVale McGee,” he said. “He came to us as a guy who was recovering from a very serious (leg) injury. And his deal is a two-year deal and we felt it was going to take two years to get back to being completely healthy and the player he completely was. He’s regained his health, regained his footing and he and Salah right now are the two centers we have. We’ll certainly look to add somebody else. But we’re going to be looking at those two guys as very important.”
Tim MacMahon: Rick Carlisle: “We’ve got to hope that this isn’t Dirk’s last game as a Maverick. Now he has the option to become a free agent. I’m ready to get on a plane and go to Germany and recruit him to be back, but I don’t think we can take that for granted. I think we have to give him that kind of respect. He’s done so much for our organization. He’s sacrificed so much. And it’s been such a life-changing experience for me to be around a player of that magnitude for eight years. It’s indescribable. I think he will be back, but I don’t want anybody to just assume anything, because he’s been too great.”
“There’s three superstars out there,” Carlisle said. “Westbrook, Durant and Nowitzki. Dirk’s an all-time great player. That’s been proven. Both Durant and Westbrook are destined. I just think they’re that good.” Nowitzki was much more succinct. “I’d take him,” Dirk said with a grin. “I’d definitely take him.”