Dallas Mavericks Player News: All Positions

News: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suggested in a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio that he expects Wright to start at point guard in 2019-20, The Dallas Morning News reports. "Delon's a downhill guy who can defend multiple positions. We'll work with him some on his shot, but he's a great finisher, he can get to the rim, he'll make the play, he helps make his teammates better, and that's what we were looking for. Because trying to get Luka [Doncic] to guard point guards is not going to work. With Jalen Brunson, he did a great job as a rookie and he'll get better, but his strength still, he's still learning to stay in front of guys. Delon is there. Delon's a passer, a creator, but now 6-foot-5 will be our smallest guy in the starting lineup."
Impact: While the lineup decisions will ultimately be up to coach Rick Carlisle, Cuban's comments intimate that the Mavericks aren't eager to install Doncic as a full-time point guard, mainly due to his deficiencies on the defensive end. With Cuban going on to suggest that the 6-foot-2 Brunson's lack of size is also a concern, Wright looks like he'll be in the driver's seat to play the majority of the minutes at point guard. While Wright's inconsistent shooting from the field and three-point range caps his scoring potential, his skills as a playmaker and the length he offers defensively could translate to some useful fantasy production. Wright already showed some intriguing potential late in 2019-20 when he received regular run with Memphis, averaging 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 30.8 minutes per contest.
News: Cleveland poured in 14 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-4 FT) and added four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block across 28 minutes during the Mavericks' 105-101 loss to the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: Cleveland came into Monday's contest with a team-leading 17.5 points (on 57.0 percent shooting) over the Mavericks' first two summer league contests, and he was even sharper Monday. The 25-year-old guard was outplayed by backcourt mate Cameron Payne versus the Kings, but he's undoubtedly made a formidable impression in just three games of play in the desert.
News: Reaves tallied 18 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals across 26 minutes during the Mavericks' 105-101 loss to the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie from Penn State had scuffled from the field over his first two summer tilts (6-20 FG), but he rectified that for the most part Monday. Reaves' path to a roster spot and meaningful playing time got even more challenging with the trade acquisition of Delon Wright on Sunday, but he'll look to continue making a strong case during his remaining games in the desert.
News: Payne pitched in 32 points (9-17 FG, 7-12 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during the Mavericks' 105-101 loss to the Kings in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: Payne saw the most action since his rookie 2015 campaign last season while splitting time with the Bulls and Cavaliers, shooting a career-high 43.0 percent. Perhaps the improved accuracy was a sign of things to come, as Payne has been lights out over his first three summer league games. He came into Monday's contest shooting 50.0 percent, a figure he improved with a 52.9 percent showing against the Kings. Payne should continue seeing plenty of run during remaining games in Las Vegas, providing him with a platform to build plenty of momentum ahead of training camp and preseason.
News: The Mavericks agreed Sunday to acquire Wright in a sign-and-trade deal with the Grizzlies in exchange for two second-round picks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Wright's agent, Greg Lawrence, tells Wojnarowski that his client will sign a three-year, $29 million contract.
Impact: Since Memphis had extended Wright a qualifying offer after his rookie contract expired July 1, the team retained the right to match any offer the combo guard might have received as a restricted free agent. As a workaround to the offer sheet, the Mavericks elected to work with Memphis on a compensation package for Wright, who could challenge for a starting role at either backcourt spot in 2019-20, depending on how Dallas elects to deploy rising star Luka Doncic. With Doncic expected to work between point guard and the two wing spots, Wright is expected to compete with Jalen Brunson, Seth Curry, J.J. Barea (Achilles), Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson and Tim Hardaway (lower leg) for playing time. Wright should have a safer path to minutes than most -- if not all -- of those players, as his exceptional athleticism should make him a solid fit at either backcourt spot. In 26 games with Memphis after coming over in a trade from Toronto, Wright averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 three-pointers in 30.8 minutes per contest.
News: Roby registered 14 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocked shots across 25 minutes in Saturday's 110-81 win over the Rockets in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The Mavericks' second-round draft pick performed admirably in a starting role and looked comfortable on the floor. His presence on the court afforded him a plus-minus of +34 in the contest, and if this game is any indication, the former Nebraska Cornhusker could be one of the Summer League's big surprises.
News: Reaves notched 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), three rebounds, two assists and a steal across 18 minutes in Saturday's 110-81 win over the Rockets in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: While Reaves is likely headed to a stint in the G-League the former Penn State star lit it up in the Big Ten and has the skills to make an impact in the NBA. His Exhibit 10 deal will leave the door open for a promotion, but the Mavericks' depth chart is chock-full of backcourt talent, and it's unlikely that he'll be needed.
News: Macon collected 16 points (5-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four assists, one rebound, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-92 win over the Nets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: The second-year pro saw eight games of regular-season action with the Mavericks during his rookie season, averaging 11.3 minutes while posting 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest. Macon was very productive while suiting up for 41 games (37 starts) with the Texas Legends, however, with averages of 19.0 points and 6.2 assists serving as his statistical highlights. He's in Las Vegas to gain further seasoning against a potentially tougher level of competition, and his performance Friday certainly made for an encouraging start to his tenure in the desert.
News: Payne generated 18 points (7-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and three steals across 27 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-92 win over the Nets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: Payne has achieved journeyman status despite having just four season of NBA service time. The 2015 first-round pick of the Thunder averaged just 17.8 minutes per contest during the 2018-19 season while seeing time with both the Bulls and Cavaliers, his third and fourth professional stops. Shooting has remained an Achilles heel for the 24-year-old, so his 70.0 percent showing from the field Friday was encouraging. Payne will look to continue making his case for a longer look during subsequent games in the desert.
News: Cleveland finished with 22 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one steal across 25 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-92 win over the Nets in a Las Vegas Summer League game Friday.
Impact: Cleveland enjoyed a solid season with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League last season, averaging 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals across 26.5 minutes per contest. The 25-year-old guard's scoring tally led the Mavericks on Friday and offered a glimpse of his solid shooting skills. He'll look to continue making an impression in upcoming Las Vegas contests in an effort to secure an invite to training camp.
News: Marjanovic has agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with the Mavericks, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: Marjanovic played for both the Clippers and 76ers last season, starting 12 of his 58 appearances. Overall, he averaged 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in just 11.7 minutes. Marjanovic will likely continue to occupy a similar role with the Mavericks, with Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber and Kristaps Porzingis all presumably ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Finney-Smith and the Mavericks agreed to terms Tuesday on a three-year, $12 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After going undrafted in 2016, Finney-Smith has found a home in Dallas, and he'll return on a three-year deal after appearing in 81 games last season. With Tim Hardaway still on the roster, Finney-Smith may have a difficult time cracking the regular starting lineup, but he's a strong defender whose versatility should keep him in the regular rotation. Last season, Finney-Smith averaged 7.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.5 minutes per game.
News: Barea (Achilles) and the Mavs agreed to terms Monday on a one-year, veteran's minimum contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Barea tore his Achilles in January, but he's said to be making strong progress, and the Mavs expect him to be able to contribute off the bench for most of next season. Coming off of a serious injury at age 35, Barea's best days are behind him, and given the Mavs' increased depth -- they signed Seth Curry earlier Monday -- Barea is unlikely to be fantasy-relevant in 2019-20.
News: Kleber and the Mavericks agreed to terms Monday on a four-year, $35 million contract, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports.
Impact: A deal was expected once the Mavs made Kleber a restricted free agent, and he'll now return to Dallas on a four-year deal that includes a team option. Kleber made 71 appearances last season but he was never able to grab hold of the starting center spot. Dallas will get a healthy Kristaps Porzingis back this season, so Kleber and Dwight Powell could battle for the starting spot next to the 7-3 star.
News: Curry and the Mavericks agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After missing all of the 2017-18 season, Curry re-solidified his place as one of the game's elite three-point threats last season, knocking down 45 percent of his 3.4 attempts per game from beyond the arc. He was limited to only 18.9 minutes per game off the bench, but in Dallas, Curry should find a path to a larger role -- and perhaps even a starting spot. Curry appeared in 70 games for the Mavs in 2016-17, when he averaged a career-best 12.8 points per game.
News: Jones was traded from the Heat to the Mavericks on Sunday along with Kelly Olynyk as part of a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: Jones spent the majority of the 2018-2019 season in a bench role, averaging seven points along with four rebounds over 60 games. He may have a chance to see an uptick in playing time with Dallas, though he'll have to beat out Tim Hardaway and Dorian Finney-Smith to do so.
News: Olynyk was traded from the Heat to the Mavericks along with Derrick Jones as part of a sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: Olynyk put up 10 points along with with 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists over 79 contests with the Heat a season ago, and he figures to battle for playing time with Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber upon landing with the Mavericks.
News: Dragic was traded from the Heat to the Mavericks on Sunday, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Impact: In order to make room for the acquisition of Jimmy Butler from the Sixers, the Heat have dealt Dragic to Dallas, where he figures to slot in as the backup point guard behind Luka Doncic. The exact details of the trade have yet to be revealed. Dragic put up 13.7 points along with 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds over 36 contests last season with Miami, though he was forced to miss a good chunk of the campaign due to a knee injury. He'll set his sights on maintaining his health, and he could turn out to be a solid mentor for Doncic, who was named the 2019 Rookie of the Year.
News: Porzingis and the Mavericks agreed Sunday on a new five-year, $158 million contract, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: There have been reports the Mavericks were looking to lock Porzingis up long term, so this news is relatively unsurprising. He and Luka Doncic will now look to form a rapport on the court, as they will be Dallas' centerpieces for years to come. The 23-year-old big man has not played since tearing his ACL in February of 2017. He was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per game prior to the injury.
News: Powell is expected to agree to a three-year, $33 million contract extension with Dallas on Sunday, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: Powell has already opted into his contract for the upcoming season. The reported extension would sign him through the 2022-2023 season without impacting the teams free agent budget this offseason. Powell played in 77 games for Dallas this past year, averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on 21.6 minutes per game. He'll figure to be the team's starting center once again next season.
News: Payne will play for the Mavericks' summer league squad, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Payne has hopped around the NBA during his four years in the league, playing for three different teams. Despite the short stints and underwhelming play, Dallas is interested to see what he can do in their system during summer league. Last season, he appeared in 40 games between Cleveland and Chicago, averaging 6.3 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes.
News: Kleber has been extended a qualifying offer by the Mavericks, making him a restricted free agent, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Kleber's ability to play both power forward and center means he could still find solid run on the Mavericks despite the presence of Kristaps Porzingis and possibly another incoming free agents. He finished his sophomore year averaging 6.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, 1.1 threes and 1.0 assist across 21.2 minutes.
News: Finney-Smith was extended the qualifying offer by the Mavericks on Wednesday, making him a restricted free agent, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith is coming off the best year of his career. He projects as a role player on the wing moving forward, though will need to improve his 31.1 percent three-point shooting.
News: Antetokounmpo will play for the Mavericks during summer league, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo barely saw NBA action last season, but he was a staple in the G League. With the Texas Stars last season, he averaged 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes while shooting 52.5 percent from the field.
News: Porzingis (knee) is expected to be offered a full five-year, $158 million maximum contract, Shams Charania of Stadium reports.
Impact: It appears the Mavericks aren't interested in even entertaining the idea of Porzingis signing an offer sheet elsewhere after trading for him at last year's deadline. Prior to suffering a torn ACL, he was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 assists per game. If Porzingis finalizes the deal with Dallas, he and Luka Doncic will be forming one of the most exciting young duos in the league.
News: Reaves has signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks.
Impact: Reaves, the 2018-19 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, didn't hear his name called during the 2019 Draft, but he'll get a chance to showcase his skills within the Mavericks' organization. Last year, with Penn State, he averaged 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a combined 3.5 steals/blocks across 33.0 minutes.
News: The Mavericks took Roby in the second round at No. 45 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft via the Pistons.
Impact: Roby is a combo-forward out of Nebraska. He supplied 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds across 31.3 minutes per game his junior season. He will need to work on his consistency going forward.
News: Powell opted into the final year of his contract with the Mavs on Tuesday, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.
Impact: Powell appeared to be on the fence about the decision, but he's ultimately opted to take the $10.2 million for next season. The Mavericks have made it clear they'd like to ink Powell to an extension this summer, so the two sides could come to terms on a longer-term agreement, which would kick in at the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
News: Coach Rick Carlisle said Friday that he expects Porzingis (knee) to be available for the start of the Mavericks' training camp in the fall, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Porzingis hasn't played in a competitive game since tearing the ACL in his left knee Feb. 6, 2018 while he was a member of the Knicks. While there was some thought that Porzingis would be ready to make a late-season return in 2018-19, the Mavericks ultimately kept him under wraps after acquiring him from the Knicks on Jan. 31. Porzingis was at least able to go through some light practices toward the end of the season and took part in a Basketball Without Borders camp in Latvia over the weekend, suggesting he's endured no snags in his recovery from knee surgery. The 7-foot-3 big man is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1, but the Mavericks are prepared to match any offer sheet Porzingis might receive when he hits the market.
News: Despite earlier reports by Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that Powell will decline his player option, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports that Powell will opt into the $10.2 million and sign an extension after July 5.
Impact: Powell has until June 29 to make his decision official, so things could change before then. Still, it seems now that Powell plans to remain with the Mavs for the near future after having the most productive season of his career. Last year, he started his final 22 appearances with Dallas, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists on 64.6 percent shooting during that stretch. Assuming he stays a Maverick, it's not clear if Powell will have a starting frontcourt job next to Kristaps Porzingis or if he'll come off the bench.
News: Barea said Monday that he's progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon and is hopeful to suit up for Puerto Rico in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which begins Aug. 31, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Barea ruptured his Achilles' back on Jan. 11, so he would be less than eight months removed from the injury if he makes it back for the World Cup. At this stage in his rehab, Barea has advanced to non-contact basketball activity, with the veteran guard noting that he was able to put up 600 shots in one hour during a workout session last week. The 34-year-old still has several hurdles to clear in his rehab, and his advanced age probably doesn't help his chances of returning to his prior form once he's reached the final stages of his recovery program. Barea, an impending free agent, said he plans to re-sign with the Mavericks this summer, but Dallas probably won't be interested in bringing him back on anything more than a one-year deal with minimal guaranteed money.
News: Powell will decline his $10.2 million player option with the Mavericks to become an unrestricted free agent, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Powell is leaving a decent amount of money on the table, but the 27-year-old is expected to draw plenty of interest on the open market, and he's likely angling to secure a longer-term contract. The Stanford product has appeared in at least 77 games for the Mavs in each of the last three seasons, and he made 22 starts while averaging 21.6 minutes per game during the 2018-19 campaign. Powell posted a career-best 10.6 points per game to go with 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 combined steals/blocks.