Dallas Mavericks Rumors
Maverick fans, are you ready for a Jason Terry reunion? Since they got the thumbs-up from free-agent center DeAndre Jordan, which instantly turned their summer into a massive success story, the Mavericks have had conversations with Terry and his camp about returning to Dallas, where he spent half of his 16 NBA seasons and helped win the 2011 championship.
Meanwhile, the Mavericks remain in a strong position to re-sign guard J.J. Barea, who rejoined the team last season on a veteran’s minimum deal. Barea, like Terry, was a vital cog on the championship team in 2011. Barea has other options, most notably with the Miami Heat. But a source said that the Mavericks believe it is trending in a good direction and that Barea could be set to sign for the cap-room exception of $2.8-million and likely would get at least a two-year deal, with the possibility of a three-year agreement with a player option for that third season.: 8 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Dallas engaging Lakers on sign-and-trade options for free agent Jeremy Lin. Mavs low on space to sign him to market-level deal.
Marc Stein: Yes, friends: Mavs’ deal is with Jeremy EVANS. As in former slam-dunk champ. Dallas continues to PURSUE Jeremy Lin but no deal with him yet
They are in negotiations with guard J.J. Barea, who they want to keep. It also appears Jeremy Lin, who began his NBA journey on a Mavericks’ summer-league team, is in the Mavericks’ crosshairs. The problem is that all the Mavericks have to spend is the $2.8-million salary-cap exception and minimum contracts. They could create another $2.6-million if they were to waive point guard Raymond Felton under the stretch provision, where he is paid his final year’s salary over several years.
Jared Zwerling: Source: With DJ leaving, more intrigue between Clippers and Amar’e Stoudemire, providing big-man support. Amar’e and Chris Paul are close.: 8 more rumors
The Indiana Pacers have engaged the Dallas Mavericks in discussions about a three-way sign-and-trade agreement that would potentially bring former All-Star center Roy Hibbert to the Clippers, a league executive told The Times on Saturday, though the Mavericks’ motivation to complete such a deal seemed doubtful.: 13 more rumors
Indiana is seeking to trade Hibbert after failing to get him to decline his player option for $15.5 million for next season by publicly implying in April he might be benched if he returned. The Pacers are expected to engage other teams for Hibbert’s services if the sign-and-trade agreement with the Mavericks and Clippers falls through.
Free-agent center JaVale McGee is a serious consideration for the Los Angeles Clippers, and plans to have a telephone conversation with president and coach Doc Rivers on Saturday, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers, who lost center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, are taking a strong look at McGee, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The Clippers have roughly $2.2 million in exception space left to pay a player beyond the league’s minimum salary slot of $1.4 million.
The Dallas Mavericks are firmly in the mix to sign free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin, according to league sources. Dallas has limited funds to offer, but sources told ESPN.com that Lin is giving the Mavericks strong consideration even though he can likely make more money elsewhere. Lin’s relationship with Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons from their days as teammates in Houston, sources said, has kept Dallas in the race despite its lack of financial flexibility. Parsons, of course, had a huge hand in the recruiting of DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks in the richest free-agent score in team history.: 4 more rumors
The Mavericks are close to striking a deal to re-sign veteran guard J.J. Barea and still have Raymond Felton on the books, but Lin has emerged as Dallas’ top free-agent priority at this point after the team landed Jordan and Matthews. One possibility, sources said, is that the Mavericks could waive-and-stretch Felton’s contract if they get a commitment from Lin to create a salary slot of $2.6 million.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers’ son Spencer, who plays basketball at UC Irvine, was clearly not pleased by Jordan’s decision and took to Twitter to vent. Spencer Rivers tweeted: “If true I don’t see why someone signs with a team that might not make playoffs and have 0% chance of winning a championship… “Hope he does well and of course I’m mad he left lol am I supposed to be happy…”
Two of Rivers’ other kids weighed in on Jordan’s decision to leave. Tweeted his son Jeremiah: “Disappointed As I May Be. Can’t even be Mad, DJ Gave His All To The Clippers, Good Luck In Dallas Man.” Tweeted Rivers’ daughter Callie: “Doesn’t make sense, had a championship team. but ALWAYS wish him the very very best.”
Tim MacMahon: Mavs source doubts 3-way SNT that would send Roy Hibbert to Clips happens. Indy working other deals. Mavs not motivated to help LA.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Mavs firmly in mix for Jeremy Lin — who broke into NBA as a Dallas summer leaguer — but Lin can make more money elsewhere
However, owner Mark Cuban is preaching caution, emphasizing that the Mavs recruited Matthews with long-term goals in mind. “We’re not putting a timetable on it,” Cuban said Friday on 1310 The Ticket. “Like I told Wes, if he opens up with camp, great. If he starts the season, great. If he misses 30 games, great. I don’t care because we didn’t sign him for this year. “We signed him because having Chandler [Parsons], having DeAndre [Jordan] and having Wes Matthews, that’s a great young core. And so the goal isn’t to try to rush them: ‘Oh my goodness, we might miss something.’ It’s really to get them all healthy, which we know we can, and have them playing together and be something special for a lot of years as opposed to being worrying about the first 30 games of this season.”
Tim MacMahon: Mark Cuban jokes he wants Chandler Parsons to run sales for all his companies after NBA career. CP seriously wants to run a front office.
In an interview with the sports-talk radio station The Ticket, Cuban said he sees DeAndre Jordan as a franchise player. On the Clippers, Jordan was playing behind superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. “We see him as “Shaq-like” but never having been given the opportunity,” Cuban told the radio show. “We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player.”
What the Clippers can do is a sign-and-trade that could bring them Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. A league source told this newspaper shortly after Jordan’s team announced he was leaving that the Clippers could aim for a deal like this that would bring them Hibbert, send Jordan to Dallas with Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis heading to Indiana. Ellis on Thursday agreed to a four-year deal with the Pacers.: 13 more rumors
Tim MacMahon: No done deal, but sources are highly optimistic that J.J. Barea will be back in a Mavs uniform next season.: 8 more rumors
Q: Do you feel like Matthews and Jordan were a package deal? Mark Cuban: In no way, shape, or form. We committed to Wes before we committed to DeAndre. They weren’t a package deal. Wes was coming whether or not DeAndre came.