Dennis Smith Jr. believes he's very close to returning to action and that he "for sure" will be in uniform before 2018 is history. "I'm making great progress," he said after the final pre-Christmas game Sunday in Portland. "I'm getting better with everything and it's feeling better every day. It'll be soon, I can tell you that, for sure."
"I have no update on Dennis," coach Rick Carlisle said before the two-day Christmas break. "He's doing consistently better and hasn't had setbacks is what I can tell you." Smith has been getting daily therapy on the wrist, but a big part of the recovery is simply hoping Mother Nature takes care of business.
Dwain Price: Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (wrist) will not play tonight against the @Orlando Magic , and he also said he's "900,000 percent sure" Maxi Kleber (elbow) will play tonight.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs PG Dennis Smith Jr. is doubtful for Monday’s home game vs. Magic as he continues to deal with a sore right wrist.
Jonathan Feigen: With Dennis Smith Jr. out, Mavericks rookie Jalen Brunson getting his second start.
Jonathan Feigen: Luka Doncic (illness), Dwight Powell (left knee effusion) and Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) are questionable for the Mavericks against the Rockets tomorrow. Expect updates on Paul, Green shortly.
Tim Bontemps: Rick Carlisle says Dennis Smith Jr. is out tonight against the Celtics with a right wrist injury. "It's not right yet. He's not going to go." Says Smith hurt his wrist against Memphis. Wes Matthews, though, will play.
Eddie Sefko: Dennis Smith Jr. is out tonight after rolling ankle in Philly. Right players will see action, including Yogi Ferrell in his 82nd of season.
Dwain Price: Dennis Smith Jr. on his impending comeback: "I’m going to finish the season out. Whenever they think that I’m ready to come back, I’ll be back. Like I said, just finish the year out strong. Like I said, we’re just going to rehab and make sure I’m ready whenever I do come back."
Dwain Price: I just talked to Dennis Smith Jr. He said he's doing fine. And he's still wearing the walking boot. Smith sprained his left ankle with 3:30 remaining in the 3rd quarter of last night's game against Brooklyn. @Dallas Mavericks
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle said Mavericks may have "dodged a bullet" with Dennis Smith Jr. injury. Won't be on crutches tonight
The good news, as painful as the sprain may be: the injury is not season-ending. Smith will be able to fully recover without any long-lasting issue. Said coach Rick Carlisle: "X-rays were negative. He won't require crutches. I have no timetable at this time. We probably dodged a bullet. I would think he's doubtful for Tuesday, but that's all I know." Added Junior: "Very relieved. ... I don't want to say I'm going to be ready for the next game, but they're going to make sure I can get back this season, for sure."
Eddie Sefko: Dennis Smith Jr. will play tonight against Rockets after sitting a game for knee soreness.
Mark Followill: Dennis Smith Jr out tonight with left knee soreness. Carlisle anticipates he might play tomorrow vs Houston
Earl K. Sneed: Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) will play vs. Detroit, per Rick Carlisle. #DALvsDET
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) is “optimistically questionable” Wednesday vs. Detroit. He went through an intense workout Monday and Tuesday. #DALvsDET
Earl K. Sneed: Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) went through @Dallas Mavericks shootaround. #DALvsPHX
Tim MacMahon: Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Suns. Smith has missed the last five games.
Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. (hip) will not play on the upcoming road trip, coach Rick Carlisle said.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says there’s no timetable for Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) to return: “Him getting 100 percent healthy is our No. 1 priority.” Smith will meet with the team physician when the @Dallas Mavericks return home.
Earl K. Sneed: To be clear, Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) is progressing, per Rick Carlisle. Mavs just don't want to put a timetable on his return until they're sure he's 100 percent.
Earl K. Sneed: Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) says he hopes to return sooner than Rick Carlisle’s two-game prediction: “I don’t know about two (games). I know one is mandatory. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow.”
Earl K. Sneed: Per Rick Carlisle, Dennis Smith Jr. (left hip strain) is still questionable tonight vs. Milwaukee. #DALatMIL
Eddie Sefko: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. did not go through practice on Thursday to rest a sore hip area. Not believed to be anything serious. Status to be updated Friday in advance of Milwaukee game.
Eddie Sefko: Dennis Smith Jr. says his left knee is fine and he'll play tonight at Utah 8 pm tip. Said the "questionable" designation doesn't apply 2nite
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says the @Dallas Mavericks are monitoring Dennis Smith Jr.'s left knee closely: "This is a greater workload than he's ever hard."
Tim MacMahon: Mavs rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr., who missed the last two games due to left knee effusion, is questionable for Monday against the Warriors.
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle on any news re: Dennis Smith Jr.s, left knee: "Nothing that I’m going to report.” Don't overreact to that. Just nothing new.
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2015, the summer before his senior year of high school. He experienced swelling in the knee after shootaround Friday, and the decision was made to not start him less than an hour before the game.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Dennis Smith Jr. is out for the @Dallas Mavericks vs. Sacramento with left knee effusion. #DALvsSAC
Earl K. Sneed: Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle sprain) says he will play for the @Dallas Mavericks tonight in Charlotte. He'll have a lot of family in the crowd.
Earl K. Sneed: Dennis Smith Jr.: "Being a gamer, one of my goals is just to not miss any games after my ACL injury. I missed a whole year with that."
July 2, 2022 | 1:14 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed center Mark Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Selected with the 15th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Williams appeared in 39 games with averages of 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 23.5 minutes per game as a sophomore during the 2021-22 season at Duke. Williams was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year after he led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation in blocks per contest (2.8) and became just the second player in Duke history with 100 blocks (110) in a single season.
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today that the team has signed guard/forward Bryce McGowens to a two-way contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. A native of Pendleton, South Carolina, McGowens averaged 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per game as a freshman at Nebraska in 2021-22, starting all 31 games in which he appeared. The 6-7 guard/forward earned All-Big Ten Third Team honors and was named Big Ten Newcomer of the Year by the media. McGowens led the Cornhuskers in scoring and ranked ninth in the Big Ten, while also ranking third in the conference in free-throw percentage (83.1%).
July 2, 2022 | 1:04 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Darius Garland has agreed on a five-year, $193M maximum designated rookie contract extension that could be worth as much as $231M, @Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. It is the largest deal in franchise history.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs All-Star point guard Darius Garland has agreed on a five-year, $193 million maximum designated rookie contract extension that could be worth as much as $231 million with escalators, sources confirm to @clevelanddotcom
To be clear: There is untapped potential with both former first-round picks. Walker shot 33.2 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s last season, but he shot better than 38 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s in 2019-20 and 2020-21. Brown made 36.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s last season, though he’s also had two seasons in which he shot worse than 32.2 percent (and one where he shot above 39 percent). The LeBron Bump is real. There is a long list of shooters who’ve had career seasons playing alongside James.