Dallas Mavericks: Eddie Najera

Mark Cuban: Beaubois' injury not a concern

August, 9, 2010
Injured Dallas Mavericks guard Roddy Beaubois is on his way back to Dallas from France and upon arrival later will have his broken left foot examined by team physician Richard S. Levy on Monday.
Mark Cuban talks about making a play for the Rangers and Roddy B's status on The Ben and Skin Show.

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Beaubois broke the fifth metatarsal bone last week while training with the French National team for the FIBA World Championships later this month. Initial estimates were that Beaubois could miss up to three months. Mavs training camp opens in late September and the regular season starts in late October.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban, appearing Monday on the "Ben & Skin Show" on 103.3 FM ESPN, said he's not overly concerned because of the amount of time that remains until the start of the season.

"No, it wasn't a huge setback," Cuban said. "He broke his foot, he didn't have it amputated."

Cuban said he is also not concerned with Beaubois' progress at point guard despite what appeared to be a somewhat disappointing summer league in Las Vegas. Cuban said Beaubois will play better when surrounded by Jason Kidd, Caron Butler and Dirk Nowitzki as opposed to playing with a makeshift roster of guys who will mostly be headed overseas.

"Those guys are going to make a point guard look a whole lot better than Omar [Samhan]," Cuban said, referring to the Saint Mary's center who played on the Mavs' summer-league team and will begin his pro career in Lithuania.

Cuban hit on a couple of other subjects:

*The owner said he was excited about acquiring center Tyson Chandler in a trade: "We traded Matt [Carroll] and Eddie [Najera], two guys that barely got off the bench, for the starting center on Team USA," Cuban said. Chandler does appear to be a lock as the starting center for Team USA as it competes in the World Championships in Turkey beginning on Aug. 28. Cuban said Mavs head athletic trainier Casey Smith, a member of the Team USA medical staff, has reported that Chandler appears to have regained the explosion he had prior to ankle injuries that ruined the past two seasons.

*Cuban said rookie shooting guard Dominique Jones is in Dallas and working out. "We're excited about him," Cuban said.

*Regarding Nowitzki's new, four-year, $80 million deal, Cuban said his 7-foot forward was never about the money (he could have signed for as much as $96 million) and that they discussed ways to improve the team through a major trade. That didn't happen this summer, but Cuban said the two also discussed how the bigger deals typically happen near the trade deadline in February. The Mavs have made two big deadline deals over the past three seasons. "That’s when the over-the-top trades happen," Cuban said.

The roster and what's next

July, 11, 2010
The first wave of free agency is history and the Dallas Mavericks did what they could and what they had to in re-signing Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood.

While fans might have become intoxicated with talk of landing LeBron James or another high-caliber free-agent, the odds were stacked against the Mavs, who have no cap space and must work a sign-and-trade to acquire a free agent that will command more than the mid-level exception ($5.765 million).

As the Mavs move into the next phase of free agency, which amounts to targeting one or more players to fit in the MLE, plus other low-salary free agents (and, don't forget about Erick Dampier's non-guaranteed contract that the Mavs will try to trade for an impact player), let's take a look at what the club's roster looks like as of today:

Guards (8): Jason Kidd ($8.5M); Caron Butler ($10.8M); Jason Terry ($10.4M); Roddy Beaubois ($1.15M); DeShawn Stevenson ($4.15M); J.J. Barea ($1.8M); Matt Carroll ($4.3M); Dominique Jones (not yet signed).

Forwards (3): Dirk Nowitzki ($17.3M); Shawn Marion ($7.15M); Eduardo Najera ($3.0M).

Centers (2): Brendan Haywood ($7.0M); Erick Dampier ($13M).

By the start of the 2010-11 season, the roster could look a lot different or virtually the same. At the least, Dampier will not make $13 million. Because his contract is non-guaranteed, he will either be traded (and than waived by the team he's traded to) or cut. Dampier can then re-sign with the Mavs -- or any other team -- at a greatly reduced rate. Butler, Stevenson, Barea and even Terry and Carroll are trade chips to varying degrees, with Butler's expiring contract and Dampier's non-guaranteed contract at the top of the list.

We know the Mavs have had at least initial talks regarding unrestricted free agents Rasual Butler and Matt Barnes. Udonis Haslem is a target, but it appears the Miami Heat have found a way to keep him.

Dallas has also shown interest in a potential trade for Minnesota forward/center Al Jefferson.

The rest of July, and even beyond, will be an interesting time. The Mavs have little to spend in a pool of free agents that don't offer much excitement. Dallas boasts attractive trade chips that they will try to make work, but hold no guarantees.

Public enemy No. 1, Najera has job to do

April, 29, 2010
SAN ANTONIO -- They won't be tossing roses at Eddie Najera's feet inside the AT&T Center tonight when the Dallas Mavericks enforcer checks into Game 6.

San Antonio might be Najera's adopted hometown -- he attended Cornerstone Christian School -- but the fans here will be ready to pounce after Najera's flagrant fouls in each of the last two games. He was called for a Flagrant 2 for a takedown of Manu Ginobili here in Game 4, and he raked Tony Parker across the face in Game 5 for a Flagrant 1, a call Najera said left him perplexed.

"I mean he is the one that created the contact," Najera said of the driving Parker. "Obviously, I felt his body on my chest and I just kind of dropped my arms. I wasn't even trying to get him at all, but obviously, that's what I don't understand, he created the contact."

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle had barely utilized Najera in the first three games before desperately turning to him to start the fourth quarter of Game 4 for nothing more than a shot of adrenaline and hustle, areas the Mavs were sorely losing to the more determined Spurs. Najera lasted exactly 47 seconds before his arm caught Ginobili around the neck from behind and flung him backwards to the floor for the Flagrant 2 and automatic ejection.

Najera played 21 minutes in Game 5 and he'll likely have a similar role tonight, although San Antonio's public enemy No. 1 will have to be careful. He's one flagrant foul away from a league-mandated, one-game suspension. Of course, if the Mavs don't win it won't really matter.

His teammates don't see it stopping Najera from inflicting his typical physical style on the wary Spurs in a series that's grown increasily chippy.

"That's how Eddie's always been," center Brendan Haywood said. "We almost got into earlier this year because he fouled the hell out of Gilbert Arenas and I was saying something to him. That's Eddie's game. I think he's just a hard-nosed, tough player and that's just who he his."

Jet won't ditch protective mask yet

April, 17, 2010
DALLAS -- Jason Terry will wear the hard plastic protective mask he's used since returning from facial surgery on March 17 when the Mavericks open the playoffs Sunday night against the Spurs.

"I've got to wear the mask just to protect my face, so I’ll have it on," Terry said. "I'm doing it to not have to go back to surgery. That's the biggest thing."

Since donning the mask after having surgery to repair a broken orbital bone, Terry is shooting 44.4 percent from the field (84-of-189) and 36.6 percent from the 3-point arc (26-of-71), which is actually a slight improvement over his season averages of 43.8 percent and 36.5 percent, respectively.

Mask or no mask, Terry is looking for a better playoff run than last season when he averaged 14.3 points and shot just 38.9 percent from the floor.

Terry had talked about ditching the mask for the playoffs, but a few close calls have made him realize it's best to keep the mask on.

"Eddie Najera's elbow two practices ago definitely reinforced it," Terry said. "Every time I get ready to take it off I get hit and it makes me keep it on. Until I'm comfortable enough, I'll keep it on."



Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9