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Mavs waive Eric Griffin, Yuki Togashi

October, 21, 2014
Oct 21
The Mavericks waived forward Eric Griffin and guard Yuki Togashi on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 Griffin was originally signed July 18 after playing for the Mavs in the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in 19.3 minutes. He saw action in two preseason games for Dallas.

Togashi, who is listed at 5-foot-7, was signed Oct. 15 and did not play in a game for the Mavs.

Both players are likely to play for the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate.

The Mavericks' roster now stands at 18 players.
Star power forward Dirk Nowitzki will not play in the Dallas Mavericks' preseason opener due to a right hip contusion.

"It's not considered serious," coach Rick Carlisle told reporters.

Nowitzki did not practice Monday. He suffered the injury during Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.

The Mavs open the preseason at home Tuesday night against the Houston Rockets. They have two more home preseason games this week, playing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Nowitzki, 36, has been remarkably durable throughout his career. The notable exception was in 2012-13, when he missed the first 27 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Nowitzki bounced back by playing in 80 of 82 games last season -- missing one game to rest and another due to illness -- and earning his 12th All-Star invitation.

2014-15 schedule: 10 games to watch

August, 13, 2014
Aug 13
Dirk NowitzkiAP Photo/Eric GayThe Mavericks will begin the 2014-15 season where last season ended, in San Antonio on a night the Spurs will be presented with their championship rings.
The Dallas Mavericks will have a different look when the season kicks off with some new faces -- among them Chandler Parsons, Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, who is back for a second go-around -- and renewed excitement.

With that in mind, let's look at 10 games worth circling on the Mavericks' 2014-15 schedule, which was released Wednesday:

SpursMavs at San Antonio Spurs, Oct. 28: The Spurs will get their championship rings in front of the only team to push them to seven games in last season’s playoffs. The Mavs revived the Interstate 35 rivalry with a respectable showing in that series and will unveil their remodeled roster in the season opener in San Antonio.

JazzUtah Jazz at Mavs, Oct. 30: The NBA didn’t exactly deliver a sexy opponent for the Mavs’ home opener, but there should still be a buzz in the building. This will be the first time Parsons wears a Mavs uniform at American Airlines Center in a game that really matters. Chandler, the 2011 title hero who returned to Dallas via an offseason trade, might get an even louder ovation than Dirk Nowitzki during pregame introductions.

HeatMiami Heat at Mavs, Nov. 9: LeBron James might be gone, but Dallas’ hard feelings for the Heat will be strong as long as 2006 Finals MVP Dwyane Wade is on the Miami roster.

RocketsMavs at Houston Rockets, Nov. 22: The Interstate 45 rivalry has the potential to be a great one with Parsons leaving Houston for Dallas and all the verbal back-and-forths that ensued. This will be the first regular-season meeting between the teams. It will be especially interesting to hear how the Houston crowd treats Parsons, a second-round, six-figure bargain the past few seasons who cashed in as a restricted free agent.

KnicksNew York Knicks at Mavs, Nov. 26: Chandler and Felton reportedly didn’t depart New York on the best terms when they were dealt to Dallas in a six-player trade this summer. This will be the first time they see their former teammates. The Mavs have nothing but fond memories of point guard Jose Calderon, the key player Dallas gave up in the deal.

CavaliersMavs at Cleveland Cavaliers, Jan. 4: The Mavs’ annual trip to Cleveland is a major event now that LeBron James has returned to his hometown. This also might be a chance for the Mavs to see Shawn Marion, a key piece on the 2011 title team and consummate pro during his five-season tenure in Dallas. The Cavs come to Dallas on March 10.

ClippersMavs at Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 10: This Saturday matinee is the middle of a stretch of six road dates in seven games, including a pair of back-to-backs. The Clippers are one of the few teams in the West widely considered a strong bet to finish above the Mavs in the standings.

ThunderMavs at Oklahoma City Thunder, Feb. 19: The Mavs don’t get to ease back into the schedule after their eight-day All-Star break. They will make the short trip across the Red River to face reigning MVP Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.

WarriorsGolden State Warriors at Mavs, April 4: All of the Mavs’ April home games could have playoff feels. This matchup is in the middle of a three-game homestand between games against the Rockets and Phoenix Suns. It would be no surprise if Steph Curry's Warriors and the Mavs were fighting for the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round.

Trail BlazersPortland Trail Blazers at Mavs, April 15: LaMarcus Aldridge's Blazers, who ended a long playoff series win drought last season, could also be competing for home-court advantage in the first round. As competitive as the West is, it would be stunning if something isn’t at stake in the regular-season finale.

Dirk Nowitzki documentary in the works

August, 2, 2014
Aug 2
Get a sneak peak at a German-produced documentary about Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, featuring comments from Kobe Bryant and Marc Stein.

Where are they now: Josh Howard

July, 19, 2014
Jul 19
This is a series focusing on Mavericks of the past and how they're using the Las Vegas Summer League to try to extend their careers.

LAS VEGAS -- You don’t always see players in their mid-30s running, jumping and diving around the basketball floor during the Las Vegas Summer League. Former Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Howard, 34, is an exception to the rule. After multiple ACL surgeries, Howard is not giving up on the dream.

"It's just hard work, consistent prayer," Howard said on what has allowed him to keep going. "There's a lot of trainers who have been pushing me. I've still got the motor, and I want to keep playing."

Howard is part of the draft class that brought the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh into the league. While those players have had sustained success, the No. 29 pick of that draft has gone down a different path. He spent his first six and a half season with Dallas, before being traded around the league multiple times.

Howard is a former NBA All-Star, but the surgeries and inconsistent play of recent seasons left him the Austin Toros last season in the D-League. Looking to impress teams into giving him a shot, Howard joined the New Orleans Pelicans' summer league squad.

The Pelicans don’t have a lot of money to spend and could use help off the bench at the small forward position. Theoretically, Howard fits their need, if he can still show that the can play at the NBA level and, more importantly, stay healthy.

Howard looked impressive in his first game of the summer league as he scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting. His game hit a wall of sorts as he scored just six points in the remaining two games he played during the summer league.

The veteran forward is hoping the Hornets will give him a shot. If not, he'll keep trying to find a team that will get him back into the league. If that door shuts, Howard intends to pursue another avenue to stay in the game.

"I've never been a quitter. I want to try to snowball my career into coaching or scouting," Howard explained. "I have a good feel on watching guys and how they play. Even if I don't make a team, maybe someone will offer me a job in that area because I've been around, I know the game."

Howard still lives in Dallas and runs his annual basketball camps in the area. He still keeps in communication with some of the people in the organization and knows some of the newer players they have brought in. Forward Dirk Nowitzki is still someone Howard interacts with. Howard couldn't be any happier to see that his former teammate is in a great place in life, on and off the floor.

"Just to see my guy happy, to see him get a ring, I was happy for him," Howard said. "When I came in as a rookie, I watched his work ethic, and he's one of the guys who had a big impact on my career."

Howard is hoping that his motor and drive will connect to general managers around the league and he can earn one more shot in the league. If he gets it, it's likely his final one.

Rapid Reaction: Mavs 88, Suns 62

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
LAS VEGAS -- The Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks fell into an early 11-1 hole to start the game but ran the Suns out of the gym from that point on in the consolation round of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs. Dallas ended the summer league with a record of 3-2 after Friday's 88-62 win. Phoenix ended up 2-3.

How it happened: Fresh off signing a non-guaranteed, one-year deal with the Mavs, high-flying forward Eric Griffin delivered a 20-point performance, finishing 9-of-13 from the field and adding three rebounds and three blocks. Griffin ends his run in Vegas as one of the more impressive and athletic players to play in the desert.

Griffin has essentially earned himself an invite to Dallas' training camp. If he does not make the Dallas roster, Griffin’s D-League rights will be owned by the Texas Legends, the Mavs' D-League affiliate.

Yuki Togashi played more minutes at point guard with Gal Mekel sitting out the final game and departing for Israel. The 5-foot-8 Japanese guard showed flashes of his aggressive game as he attacked the lane within the flow of the team's offense. Togashi could be a prospect for the Texas Legends.

The Suns were led by forward Elias Harris and second-year guard Archie Goodwin, as they combined to score 28 points.

What it means: The Mavs end the summer league on a high note. The team will depart Saturday morning. Most of them will go on their own way after that, with some preparing for Mavs training camp early in the fall.

Mavs player of the game: After a rough performance in their one-point loss to the New Orleans Hornets, swingman Ricky Ledo bounced back with an impressive all-around performance. Ledo scored only nine points on 2-of-16 shooting in the team's loss to the Hornets, but responded friday with a 15-point performance on 6-of-13 shooting.

Showing his playmaking skills, Ledo added a game-high nine assists. The rest of the players on both teams combined for only 11 assists.

Stat of the day: Dallas struggled to shoot with consistency and turned the ball over in their summer league losses. But in their victory over the Suns, the Mavs shot 49.3 percent from the field and committed only 13 turnovers.

Nelson talks Dirk, Devin, what's next for Mavs

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
LAS VEGAS -- President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson spent a few minutes with ESPN Dallas on Friday to talk about Dirk Nowitzki's new deal, Devin Harris being back with the club, the summer league in Las Vegas and what other moves the Mavs may make.

Dirk's deal: When Dirk Nowitzki said he'd re-sign with the Mavs early in free agency, sources would only say that Nowitzki had accepted a three-year deal similar in structure to the last contract signed by San Antonio's Tim Duncan, which was a three-year, $30 million deal. After the dust settled in regards to the restricted free-agency window with Chandler Parsons, Nowitzki's three-year deal ended up being for $25 million.

"We’re just blessed. Dirk is a better human being than he is a basketball player," Nelson said. "He’s a very special man. It’s a sign that he’s willing to sacrifice anything, playing time, financial or whatever, to make us a better team and put us in a position to championship. You can count those kind of guys on one hand."

Nowitzki consented to such a steep pay reduction to give his team the necessary flexibility to strengthen the supporting cast around him.

Harris' return: Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Devin Harris would re-resign with the Mavs and that the four-year deal is worth $16.55 million, with the fourth season partially guaranteed. The guaranteed figure for the fourth year is $1.3 million. Nelson commented that the veteran point guard followed the lead of Dallas' face of the franchise.

"Devin is another guy that sacrificed for the betterment of the team. He was flexible and patient," Nelson said. "We really appreciate that because every penny counts in free agency.The difference of having a little flexibility here and there can mean the difference of you getting a significant player or not."

Dallas now has a trio of point guards as Harris joins Raymond Felton and Gal Mekel. The Mavs have shown over the years that they will often bring some of their best players off of the bench. That likely leaves a touch of doubt in regards who will actually be the starting point guard once the season begins.

Summer league standout: Small forward Eric Griffin signed a non-guaranteed, one-year contract Friday.

"Griffin is one of the real surprises of the summer league," Nelson said. "Here’s a guy that did it the old fashion way, playing overseas. He got cut a couple of times, but he didn’t lose his focus and he’s put himself in a great position.

"I think he’s a guy that, with time, coaching and development, can be a special small forward that might be able to swing to a power forward."

Prior to their final game Friday, the 6-foot-8 high-flying forward averaged 9.8 points in 19.3 minutes during four games with the Mavs’ team in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Mavs' flexibility: The Mavs still have their $2.7 million cap-room exception at their disposal. While there's still a need for perimeter shooting, particularly from the guard position, Nelson said that they will keep all of their options open.

"Nothing new there (to report)," Nelson said. "We’ve got a number of conversations going. Stay tuned."

They will keep their options open, including the idea of leaving an open roster spot and not using their exception.

"We like that. Philosophically, we like leaving roster spots open," Nelson explained. "If there’s something really good, we’ll pull the trigger. If not, we’ll stay flexible."

Where are they now: Rodrigue Beaubois

July, 18, 2014
Jul 18
This is a series focusing on Mavericks of the past and how they're using the Las Vegas Summer League to try to extend their careers.

LAS VEGAS -- The summer league springs hope for those looking to get into the league and those looking to get back into the league. Former Dallas Mavericks guard Rodrigue Beaubois fits into the latter group. After going through the entire 2013-14 season without an NBA deal, Beaubois joined the Los Angeles Lakers summer league squad. Simply put, Beaubois had to start over.

"Nobody wants to go through all of that (having to fight to get back into the league), but injuries happen,” Beaubois said. "I just need to keep working so I can get back into the league.”

Beaubois showed plenty of promise as a rookie, but he has since seen his career marred by a series of nagging injuries. His time in Dallas ultimately ended as the Mavs decided to go in a different direction in the summer of 2013. The Mavs bid adieu to Beaubois and went on to reload the guard position with the likes of Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Devin Harris, leaving Beaubois without an NBA home.

"Things happen. I just need to bounce back, keep working and try to come back,” Beaubois said. "That’s my goal. My hand (his last major injury) is good, so I just need to keep going.”

Beaubois has many eyes on him in Vegas. But the enigmatic guard has struggled to find traction. Stats in the summer league are often irrelevant, but Beaubois hasn’t really delivered consistent play in the games he’s played in, averaging 3.5 points on 29.4 percent shooting in 12.3 minutes per game.

While he’s struggling to re-establish his NBA career, he doesn’t hold any grudges with the organization that brought him into the league and ultimately sent him out of it.

"It was a great experience in Dallas,” Beaubois said. "I would have loved for it to keep going on. I can only control what I can control. I just need to get into the best shape possible, find a team and get better.”

Goals and perspectives are varied amongs those who are participating in the Vegas summer league. With a level of success achieved early in his career, Beaubois understands that he has ability and potential to play at the highest level, but there’s something that is still holding him back.

"It's the health thing,” Beaubois explained. "I’ve had a few injuries that have kept me off the court for a long time. I need to do what I have to do to stay healthy. Whether it is staying with the trainers longer, I need to do it. I just need to keep working on my body."

We will have to see if Beaubois can run free once again in the NBA. It might take more than his time in Las Vegas to garner some consideration.

Where are they now: Delonte West

July, 17, 2014
Jul 17
This is a series focusing on Dallas Mavericks of the past and how they're using the Las Vegas Summer League to try to extend their careers.

LAS VEGAS -- Now with a clear mind, a positive outlook on life and a new baby, former Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West is playing in the Las Vegas Summer League.

West, who turns 31 this month, doesn't look at the time in Vegas as hitting the restart button. He's using it as an opportunity to do the thing he loves and to help young players as they try to chase their dream.

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Jack Arent/NBAE/Getty ImagesDelonte West is playing for the Clippers' summer league team in hopes of creating a path back to the NBA.
"It should be a celebration for these young fellas. They're trying to compete for a jobs and trying to make a roster," West said. "This is a big step. Summer league is just one step closer. I know how important it is to be confident and comfortable out there to display your skill level. This isn't a big fraternity. I'm helping all of the young guys out if I can."

West said his conditioning and weight have been an issue, but he gained a "good five pounds" with a good steak thanks to some per diem from the Los Angeles Clippers, the team he's playing for during the summer league, earlier in the week. West said summer league is an opportunity for anyone who is geared toward playing in the NBA, even the veterans, as long as they have the right perspective.

"It's basketball, man," West said with a laugh. "Summer league could be so much bigger than it already it is if some of the veteran guys came out and played. A lot of veteran guys or guys who are lined up with a contract don't want to shoot themselves in the foot out there, but it's great basketball.

"Take your shades off, take your chain off, put your car in the garage and come play some basketball."

Clippers coach Doc Rivers gave West another chance with the summer league invitation and said that it has been great to see him out playing basketball again.

"It wasn't hard," Rivers said on the process of having West come to Las Vegas. "He called me, and I said yes. That's how it happened. He called me up and asked if I had any problem playing on the summer league team, because it would help. I said yes.

"He's a good guy. We know all the personal stuff that he's gone through. I just think it's good for everybody."

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Greg Smith 'happy' to play for Mavs

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16
LAS VEGAS -- After completing the team physical, center Greg Smith joined the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team in Las Vegas.

Smith, who is coming off knee surgery in February, will not participate in the team's final game in the summer league. He is healthy, but the team wants him to focus on getting in shape and preparing for training camp. Smith said he's ready to prove he's 100 percent healthy once he gets to training camp.

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Brett Davis/USA TODAY SportsGreg Smith says he will bring defense to the Mavs as he backs up Tyson Chandler.
"I'm happy. It's like going home," Smith said. "I'm happy to be in this situation. ... Playing for a team like the Dallas Mavericks, their organization is just wonderful. I'm happy to be there."

Smith's grandparents, mother and uncle all live in Dallas. Smith said he was pleased to hear that the Mavs were trying to acquire him for the past two seasons via trade.

"It's great to go somewhere that they want you," he said.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Smith averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game over the past three seasons with the Houston Rockets. The Bulls signed him through next season after Houston waived him in April.

"He's got a skill set that we need in our front line," Donnie Nelson, the Mavs' general manager and president of basketball operations, said earlier this week. "He's thicker and he's got the right combination of experience and youth. With Chicago it was kind of more of a salary dump to do a bigger deal. It didn't cost us anything.

"We think we got a really good young player that can provide us punch in our front line."

Mavs owner Mark Cuban had previously said Smith was someone the team has been trying to acquire for the past two seasons. Smith is slated to play more center than power forward and will back up Tyson Chandler.

"I'll bring a lot of defense," Smith said of his role. "I love playing defense. I'm going to learn being next to Tyson, and I'm excited to play with Tyson. I'll be a banger.

"I'll be that guy who is a stopper that won't allow anything inside."

Playing for Houston, Smith was teammates with Chandler Parsons. Smith is excited to be reunited with Parsons and says he believes Dallas will be pleased with what the versatile forward can bring to the team.

"He's going to bring so much to the team," Smith said. "People don't understand what he gave to the Rockets. He means a lot, and he'll bring a lot to the Mavericks."

The experience in Houston allowed Smith to bang and work alongside the likes of Dwight Howard and Omer Asik, two of the league's best defensive centers. Smith said that was a huge learning experience for him, and he plans to take what he learned from his time with the Rockets and expand on it in Dallas.

"I feel like I can showcase what they taught me and be able to play defense against anyone in the league," Smith said.

Mavs fall in Vegas playoff round

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16

LAS VEGAS -- The Dallas Mavericks lost to the Charlotte Hornets in the team's opening round game of the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs. Charlotte had lost its first three games in the preliminary round.

How it happened: Dallas fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first half but was able to tie the score at 77-77 with 3:19 left in the fourth quarter. The Mavs regained the lead with just over two minutes to go, but Gal Mekel split a pair of free throws with 7.9 seconds left. Hornets guard Robert Nelson hit a contested 3-point basket at the buzzer for the win. It appeared that Nelson had a foot on the line, but instant replay is not used during the summer league.

Japanese guard Yuki Togashi kept the team afloat in the first half with his eight points. The 5-foot-8 guard was an irritant on defense and did a nice job creating offense for himself and others. He finished the game with 12 points, but his scoring productivity in the first half proved to be instrumental in the comeback attempt.
Ricky Ledo struggled from the field as he went just 2-of-16 for only nine points. He never could gain any traction with his shot in the game.

Mavs forward Ivan Johnson was ejected from the game during the third quarter. He got tangled with a Hornets player and tripped and fell. He argued the call, was given a technical foul and ejected. It's not known if he will be available for the team's next game.

The Hornets were led by rookie P.J. Hairston as he scored 18 points in the victory. The 26th pick of this year's draft spent time with the Texas Legends, Dallas' D-League affiliate in Frisco, last season.

What it means: Dallas will now move on to the consolation bracket of the tournament. The Mavs will face the Phoenix Suns on Friday at 1 p.m. PT. That will be their final game in Las Vegas.

Mavs player of the game: Mekel asserted himself as Dallas' offense struggled to generate baskets. He finished with 17 points, five rebounds and six assists. Mekel will not play in the team's finale as he will head back to Israel to be back with his family and prep to play with the Israeli national team.

Stat of the day: Dallas struggled from the field, starting the game missing nine of its first 12 shots. The Mavs' execution ultimately got them into a major deficit in the first half. They finished the game shooting just 36.8 percent from the field.

The Mavericks had a two-year, $20 million offer on the table to Stephenson, contingent on the Houston Rockets matching their offer for forward Chandler Parsons. If Houston had matched, Stephenson would have signed with Dallas, sources said.

The two sides had a handshake agreement.

Instead, Stephenson is headed to Charlotte to play for the Hornets for the next three seasons. His contract is worth $27 million, league sources said.

The contract, which includes a team option for the final season, ends Stephenson's productive yet volatile four-year stay with the Indiana Pacers.

Mavs hope to teach an old dog new tricks

July, 16, 2014
Jul 16
LAS VEGAS -- Although forward Ivan Johnson is essentially auditioning for every NBA team during the Las Vegas summer league, it appears the Dallas Mavericks are invested in keeping the inside track on giving him a contract, should the situation present itself.

Want proof?

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle spent time with Johnson after "training camp" practices in Dallas to work on his 3-point shot.

Johnson had 19 total attempts from long range in his 125-game stint with the Atlanta Hawks from 2011 to 2013. The Mavs clearly see something in the 30-year-old forward. But the results of the work in the first two games in Las Vegas weren’t great, as he went 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

The persistence paid off in the team's final preliminary game of the summer league, however, and Johnson finished 2-for-4 from 3 in a win over the Toronto Raptors.

"Practice makes perfect," he said.

Dallas certainly will look to see if his strong finish in shooting in the preliminary round can translate into the summer league playoffs. The Mavs will stay the course with the veteran forward and continue to let him shoot those perimeter shots.

"We're going to stay positive with him," said Mavs summer league coach Kaleb Canales. "They're open looks and good looks in our system. We want him to shoot [3-point baskets] and shoot them with confidence. He knocked them down [on Sunday], and we're going to keep encouraging him to shoot that shot."
[+] EnlargeThe Mavericks hope forward Ivan Johnson can develop a new dimension of his game with 3-point coaching.
Jack Arent/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe Mavericks hope Ivan Johnson can develop a new dimension of his game with 3-point coaching.

Dallas president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said before the team left Las Vegas that Johnson was "more than just a summer league guy" for his team. Based on that statement and Carlisle's time investment, Johnson could be in the process of being groomed for a roster spot -- groomed with a very specific skill added to the arsenal, that is.

Johnson is an undersized low-post player in a similar vein to DeJuan Blair. Such players are brought in the game to change the flow of the game and create constructive chaos. It's intriguing to see the Mavs trying to develop his shooting range, when he's known more as an aggressive player who gets in the middle of things.

"I'm still that same dude," Johnson said, flashing a smile that showed off his six-tooth gold-and-diamond grill. "I'm still that dude, but I'm expanding my game."

While they are trying to add a new dimension to his offensive game, the Mavs also are trying to ensure Johnson maintains the assertive identity he's known for on the defensive end of the floor and when he attacks the glass. In maintaining his style and spreading out the floor, the staff hopes to bring a different dynamic to Johnson's game altogether.

Showing he is coachable in the development of a perimeter shot could go a long way in extending Johnson's career. That's what the Mavs are envisioning with this assignment for Johnson.

"We've talked about it as a staff in terms of what we want him to specifically do this summer," Canales said. "He's doing a good job with that. We're going to keep getting in the gym with him and keep trying develop that shot for him, which I think will be a good weapon for him going forward."

If persistence and practice pay off for Johnson, he'll be able to continue his dream of playing in the NBA -- whether it’s for the Mavs or elsewhere.

Jason Terry won't rule out return to Mavs

July, 15, 2014
Jul 15
Jason TerryMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsJason Terry is focused on winning more championships at this stage of his career.
LAS VEGAS -- Former Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry joined ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s "Fitzsimmons and Friedo Show" to assess what the Mavs have done this summer with their acquisitions. Suffice to say, Terry is a fan of what his former team has done this summer. After barely holding on for a playoff spot last season, Terry believes that Dallas is going to be right in the mix in the highly-competitive Western Conference this season.

"Instantly, you put them in the top four teams in the Western Conference," Terry said.


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The Mavs are still in the market for more perimeter shooting. Terry, who is fully healthy and ready to go next season after dealing with knee surgery, would love the opportunity to rejoin the Mavericks.

"I won’t rule out returning back to Dallas. It's my home and my heart," Terry said. "I bleed blue. I’m a Maverick."

While Dallas does have it's $2.7 million exception in play and has looked at the likes of Mo Williams and Mike Miller to help fill the void of perimeter shooting and Terry would love to have a reunion, he is under contract with the Sacramento Kings. Sacramento would have to buy out the rest of Terry's contract, which is in the final year at roughly $5.9 million.

The situation in Sacramento is one centered around rebuilding and youth, not exactly one catering to a 36-year-old shooting guard. Being rather direct, Terry said that the situation with the Kings wasn't an ideal one for him.

"I wouldn't say it's rebuilding, but a building process," Terry said. "DeMarcus Cousins, a huge talent. Attitude, a little shaky. Rudy Gay, not a proven winner in this league but a tremendous talent and a guy you can build around.

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Gal Mekel leading, proving he's reliable

July, 15, 2014
Jul 15
Gal MekelGarrett W. Ellwood/Getty ImagesGal Mekel is averaging 9.7 points on 48.0 percent shooting with 2.0 assists in the Summer League.
LAS VEGAS -- The desert delivers hope, promise and ultimately disappointment. For the NBA's Summer League, players like Mavs swingmen Ricky Ledo and Eric Griffin are the prized possessions due to their youth and potential. Sometimes a reliable hand falls through the cracks because they're no longer new and flashy. That's likely where Gal Mekel is now.

With the preliminary round of the league under his belt, Mekel averaged 9.7 points on 48.0 percent shooting while averaging 2.0 assists per game. The averages for the assists will raise red flags, but he's creating good looks for his teammates and those leading passes he makes have led to teammates missing shots or hockey assist-like passes. The low number of assists are deceiving.

Mekel raised some eyebrows last summer with his ability to run a team, near-effortless ability to facilitate for others and underrated perimeter defense. Within a couple of days, many wondered if Mekel was playing in Vegas without an NBA contract. They were turned away as the Mavs signed the Israeli guard to a three-year deal at the league minimum.

While the results haven't been as flashy, Mekel has been the reliable hand of Dallas' offense.

"Gal has done a great job into our offense and establishing what we want to do offensively," Mavs summer league coach Kaleb Canales said.

Mekel has been asked to take on more of a leadership role with this roster due to his experience in this format and in general.

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Monta Ellis
20.9 4.5 1.7 34.1
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 9.3
StealsR. Rondo 2.0
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4