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Dwight Powell
Dwight Powell
Position: F-C
Born: 07/20/91
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.
Salary: $10,259,375
What has most stood out in the play of Porzingis, who has not appeared in an NBA game since tearing the anterior cruciate in his left knee on Feb. 6, 2018? “He’s 7-foot-3 and he shoots it from anywhere, with ease. It’s kind of hard to affect that shot. He’s moving well, he’s at full-strength.” Powell paused. Another laugh. “He’s looking very good out there. We’re all very excited.”
Marc Stein: The Mavericks intend to present their long-planned contract extension to Dwight Powell — three years, $33 million — when free agency opens after 6 PM tonight, league sources say, with the sides expected to swiftly agree to terms Dallas has made it clear since the season ended that re-signing Dwight Powell to an extension was among its highest off-season priorities along with securing Kristaps Porzingis’ commitment on a five-year, $158 million deal that will also happen formally later tonight
Storyline: Dwight Powell Extension?

Dwight Powell becoming free agent

Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell will decline his player option for the 2019-20 season to enter unrestricted free-agency this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Had Powell elected to exercise his option, he would have earned $10.2 million next season and become a free agent in 2020.
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What has allowed the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft to become such a prolific and efficient scorer near the basket? If you ask his coaches and teammates, his success stems from the fact that he has one of the most impressive work ethics in the league. “He’s put a lot of work in,” coach Rick Carlisle told HoopsHype. “A lot of players don’t work on finishing around the basket. He works on it with pads and stuff like that. He is fortunate enough to be around guys who can make those plays and get him the ball.”
His shots near the basket have increased dramatically; in fact, he’s currently attempting them at a career-high rate (67.0 percent). Meanwhile, he has stopped taking long midrange looks. At one point, one-third of his total attempts were from this area, but now they account for roughly three out of every 100 shots. “For me, it comes down to a feel and how I see things at practice and how guys communicate to me about how they feel about different plays,” Powell said. “So when I’m in a position where I see success in a certain strategy, I want to keep going to that. Strategically as a team, we want to design our offense around what is most successful with our specific units and guys playing together. Maybe from above, plays are being illustrated in such a way that situations I find myself in are a result of those statistics. But personally, I definitely avoid looking at analytics and numbers and statistics during the season and I can overthink things. I like to overthink the feeling more than the numbers.”
His sons, Morris and Max, are 4 and 2, respectively. They and their sister, Malaika, came a little too late to truly be able to appreciate what their father did on the court. Morris’ favorite players are his dad’s teammates, Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri. “I was like, ‘Why is that?’” Nowitzki said. “And he was like, ‘Because they dunk a lot.’ I told him, I used to dunk a little bit.”
The Dallas Mavericks filled out their roster to the NBA maximum number of 17 players on Sunday by signing a familiar face — center Salah Mejri. It was just last Wednesday that the Mavs waived Mejri, who averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in over three seasons with Dallas. “We love him,” center Dwight Powell said of Mejri “He brings a lot, even though he’s not necessarily been playing as any minutes as some of the guys who are on this team.”
There is a new leader in the clubhouse with cap space. The trade to acquire Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson now has the Mavericks with $13.1M in room to either use at the deadline or up until June 30. Dallas now projects to have $30M in room for 2019-20. That number could increase to $40M if Dwight Powell opts-out of his contract.
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Or maybe the trade calls come sooner. Predicts one team executive: “(Dallas) will start getting calls on Wednesday.” Wednesday is the day before the deadline. Wednesday is the day that Dallas, accepting of having to live with another year of Barnes and Powell (and I don’t mean to have that sound more negative than it is), will be provided an escape hatch or two. Do the Kings or the Cavs or Jazz want Barnes because of his talent? Does another team like Orlando see Powell as a solid piece? Can Dallas get involved in a three-way if the Pacers, Wizards or Pels need help? And ultimately, is there a way to move Barnes and Powell without taking a cap clog in return?
Dallas will now have reinforcements to look forward to upon their return home to Dallas to take on the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, as the rest of the trade package sans Kristaps Porzingis should be ready for action in that game. Wednesday will also not only be a chance for the Mavs to string together their third win in four games but also, as our Mike Fisher teased on Saturday, serve as the last chance for a showcase for both Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell, the pair of whom might have a chance to be moved Thursday’s trade deadline. On the one hand, sources have made it clear to DBcom that the Mavs are prepared to be without cap room as a result of the KP trade and Barnes and Powell not opting out this summer, as we wrote in our scoop here. On the other hand … Fish is reporting that there could be movement in this regard before the Feb. 7 deadline.
The Mavs certainly believe in Matthews as a role-model leader, and of benefit to youngsters Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic in that way. They also believe that his versatility as a wing-type player is something they need more than additional bigs (with Jordan coming in and Dirk Nowitzki coming back, along with Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell, to occupy most of the front-court minutes.)
The Nets have been popular in Asia for years, and Caris LeVert is adding to that surprising hotbed of Brooklyn fandom. LeVert is going to participate in Basketball Without Borders Asia, with an announcement set for Thursday. Brooklyn’s rising young combo guard will be joined in India by Corey Brewer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat and Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. BWB Asia 2018 will be held from May 30 through June 2 at the NBA Academy India in Delhi, and will be run in partnership with Nike. It’s the second time the development and community outreach program – run by the league and by FIBA – will be in India. It’s also not LeVert’s first trip to Asia, either.
The Mavericks’ center position has turned into a roulette wheel. Spin it. Watch the ball go around. See where it lands and hope that a winning number gets called out. Rick Carlisle is the guy spinning the ball. This comes after Salah Mejri had a string of several games that were productive, including a double-double in the win at Washington. We haven’t even mentioned Nerlens Noel yet and he’s destined to get his shot at some point down the line. “It’s a bit of a by-committee position,” Carlisle said after Dwight Powell’s big night. “We had this three or four years ago when we frequently played three guys in one half. The guys got to roll with it and understand the things they do may only fit in certain stretches. We don’t have the luxury of a rotation right now in indelible ink so far. Which is OK. Sometimes that can keep a team on its toes.”
“You know, he’s a developing young player that’s getting better all the time,” Carlisle said while praising Powell’s work ethic last season. “Your first two years in the NBA you’re going to go through a lot of ups and downs. There’s going to be times you feel like you have it figured out, and then you get smashed in the face. That’s just how it is. That’s how it was when I played in the league, but he always learns from the tough stretches. He’s a guy with great energy, and he goes extremely hard. He’s really loved by all his teammates. And I’m very happy for him that he was named to the Rising Stars Game, because he deserves it.”
Making two starts during his 69 appearances this season, the 24-year-old Powell averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes a game. He also increased his production during the Mavericks’ first-round playoff series against Oklahoma City, posting 6.0 points and 4.3 boards an outing while appearing in four of the five games. But after showing glimpses of stardom throughout his second season, Powell admittedly will enter a summer of uncertainty with hopes that his hard work leads him to the right opportunity. “I mean, for me, it’s business as usual. I show up to the gym and I work. That’s it,” Powell said while making an appearance at the annual Heroes celebrity baseball game last week. He added: “I have agents that are kind of trying to take care of that stuff for me, and my job is to be ready for whatever opportunity I find myself presented with and be ready to perform at the highest level. For me, it’s business as usual. Just in the gym grinding.”
He added: “If [Nowitzki] takes care of his body, I think he’s got a couple of more good years in him. And who knows, he might be one of those guys that actually hits 40. But those are decisions that he makes, in terms of what the goal is, and the goal will always be winning with Dirk. No matter what, he’s all about winning, so we’re hopeful that it’s here in Dallas.” Looking to ink Nowitzki to a longer deal this summer, the Mavericks will try to maximize the future Hall of Famer’s final seasons by remaining competitive in the West. But after seeing the emergence of rookie Justin Anderson and second-year standout Dwight Powell this season, the Mavs will also try to surround Nowitzki with a younger supporting cast that’s capable of growing together over the years.
Storyline: Dirk Nowitzki Free Agency
Raptors guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are All-Stars in the East, and Canadians Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles and Dwight Powell will play for the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge. “It’s incredible that a young player in Canada can turn on the TV and he’s got a better than 50% chance that he see will an NBA player from Canada playing,” Nash told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s definitely changed. That was rare when I was in high school and college. Now, it’s expected and commonplace.”
Dwight Powell had returned to his mother’s home in Boston from Toronto, where he worked out for the Canadian National Team. Less than a week later, Powell’s life turned upside down when his mother, Jacqueline Weir, suddenly died following a short bout with breast cancer at age 53. Powell’s mother hid the fact she was sick from him. “She just didn’t tell me,” said Powell, who is entering his second season with the Dallas Mavericks. “She wanted me to focus on what I was doing and not worry. “I don’t think she realized the severity of the situation that she was in.”
“I think [Rajon Rondo] can do very well here. I always preach that fit matters so much, which differs from people who obsess about the stats. You can rate guys, but so much is about how they fit with different players and coaching schemes. The story I’ve told other people about is at the end of last season in pre-game, [Rondo] was actually going one-on-one with Dwight Powell, trying to drive on him and finish and Dwight’s like 6-foot-10, a big guy, so I really like that.
Richard Jefferson: “I have no plans. I’m going to a wedding in Phoenix and coming back here. My house is under construction in L.A., so I can’t go there. So I’m just going to lay low and get ready for the final stretch of the season. I know, it’s disappointing.” Dwight Powell: “I’m going to L.A. My girlfriend lives out there. I’ll go for the weekend.” Mark Cuban: “I’ll be up there [in New York] for a technology conference. Take the kids up there and hang out. The kids want to see snow. You’ve got to let your kids make their mistakes while they’re growing up.”