Dallas Mavericks Player News: All Positions

News: Kleber tallied 14 points (5-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, and one block in 21 minutes during Monday's 107-70 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Kleber filled in as the starting center in place of Dwight Powell (hamstring) and showcased his well-rounded skillset, sinking two treys. Powell has already been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason, which means Kleber is potentially in line to draw another start in Thursday's matchup versus the Clippers.
News: Doncic dialed up 19 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 9-11 FT), 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, and one block in 27 minutes during Monday's 107-70 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Doncic filled up the box score, falling a few dimes shy of a triple double. However, he barely had more assists than turnovers (six). The reigning Rookie of the Year will once again be asked to create a lot of offense for himself and his teammates, which will probably help boost his assist numbers but may hurt his turnover totals.
News: Porzingis provided 17 points (7-21 FG, 3-9 3Pt), 13 rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 107-70 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Porzingis had an off night from the field and committed three turnovers versus zero assists. However, he has been anything but shy here in the preseason, so at least he's doing his part to get rid of the cobwebs. Along with Luka Doncic, Porzingis will be asked to carry a massive load offensively for a Mavericks team hoping to compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20.
News: Barea contributed six points (3-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt), eight assists, and three rebounds in 17 minutes during Monday's 107-70 win over the Thunder.
Impact: Barea has been a remarkably consistent source of scoring and assists in limited minutes across the last several seasons (and his career). The absence of Jalen Brunson (hamstring) may have resulted in a bit more responsibility for Barea in this one. Nevertheless, over the years Barea has earned the trust of coach Rick Carlisle, and so long as he can stay healthy the veteran spark plug is at the very least likely to remain relevant in deep leagues.
News: Curry has been ruled out for the remainder of Monday's game against the Thunder due to a knee contusion, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Curry suffered the injury during the first half, and he'll be shut down for the rest of the night, likely as a precaution.
News: Lee is starting Monday's preseason game against the Thunder, ddd reports.
Impact: Lee has been held to 3.5 points and two rebounds over three preseason contests, but he'll get a chance to start Monday night. His role during the regular season could be limited, though he'll have an opportunity to make his case for minutes as the preseason winds down.
News: Jackson will come off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Thunder.
Impact: Jackson is averaging 9.7 points, one assist and one rebound over three preseason contests, and he's in line for a bench role Monday evening. He'll continue to fight for a starting spot with only two games remaining in the preseason.
News: Brunson (hamstring) will not play in Monday's game against the Thunder, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Brunson is still working his way back from a sore hamstring, so the Mavs will take it easy and keep him on the sideline Monday. His next chance to play will arrive Thursday in Los Angeles.
News: Finney-Smith (hip) will not play Monday against the Thunder, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Coach Rick Carlisle noted that Finney-Smith is progressing in his recovery from a hip injury, but the Mavs will hold the wing out of Monday's contest -- likely on a precautionary basis.
News: Finney-Smith missed Saturday's practice with a hip flexor injury, freelance writer Eddie Sefko reports.
Impact: Finney-Smith was given a break from practice after apparently tweaking something in his hip during Friday's game against the Bucks. Considering the fact that Finney-Smith was able to play 20 minutes Friday, it doesn't appear that the injuries anything to get too concerned about. That said, he can be considered day-to-day moving forward and could miss Monday's game against Oklahoma City.
News: Brunson sat out Saturday's practice with a left hamstring injury, freelance writer Eddie Sefko reports.
Impact: Brunson appears to have tweaked his hamstring at some point during Friday's 118-111 loss to the Bucks. The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious but could affect Brunson's availability for Monday's tilt with the Thunder.
News: Jackson posted 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes during Friday's 118-11 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Now in his third season in the pros, Jackson is fighting neck-and-neck with Tim Hardaway and a host of others for a role in the starting five. He joined the Mavs after failing to catch on in Sacramento, and one could characterize the North Carolina product's impact as a bust, especially when you consider he was a first-round pick in 2017. He looks to be relegated to backup duty once again.
News: Mrjanovic produced 16 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and eight rebounds across 16 minutes in Friday's 118-111 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: Marjanovic now finds himself with his fifth team in four seasons. With Kristaps Porzingis poised to dominate the center role in Dallas this year, it doesn't look like the towering 7-3 Serbian product is in line for more playing time than he's received elsewhere, but he looked good coming off the bench on Friday.
News: Doncic produced 27 points (6-13 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 10-11 FT, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal across 23 minutes in Friday's 118-11 loss to the Bucks.
Impact: All eyes are on Dallas as they witness the electric Doncic join forces with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis as they try to make some noise in the Western Conference this season. Despite Doncic's excellent play, the Mavs are 0-3 so far in the preseason, but it may take some time to work out the kinks in this revamped roster.
News: Barea (rest) has been cleared to play Friday against Milwaukee, Mark Followill of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
Impact: Barea hasn't taken the court since suffering an Achilles injury in January, and he's finally been cleared for game action. The team figures to keep a close eye on the veteran in his first game back.
News: Powell (hamstring) has been ruled out for the rest of the preseason, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Powell is making progress in his recovery, though the Mavs have ruled him out for the last three preseason matchups. His availability for the start of the regular season is unknown at this time.
News: Doncic compiled 21 points (7-18 FG, 23-8 3Pt, 5-10 FT), eight rebounds, five assists, and three steals in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Doncic put up some impressive numbers Wednesday, playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis for the first time. While the numbers were great on the surface, he did struggle with his efficiency. Percentages are really the only concern heading into his sophomore season. The 5-of-10 from the free-throw line is particularly worrying and hopefully something he can rectify sooner rather than later.
News: Kleber totaled just two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt), three rebounds and two blocks in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to the Pistons.
Impact: Kleber was in the starting lineup Wednesday, filling in for Dwight Powell who was resting. Kleber did very little during his time on the floor and is not a player to draft in most formats. He could be used sparingly as a blocks specialist but the addition of Kristaps Porzingis does negate Kleber's ability to stretch the floor.
News: Hardaway Jr. ended with 17 points (6-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound, and one block in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to Detroit.
Impact: Hardaway moved to the bench for Wednesday's game, scoring 17 points including three triples. Hardaway will be battling for a starting spot on the new-look Mavericks and this effort will certainly help his chances. Even when he has had a sizeable role, Hardaway has struggled to be more than a backend standard league guy. He could be taken with a very late pick, however, there is not a lot of upside.
News: Porzingis finished with 18 points (7-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to Detroit.
Impact: Porzingis made his long-awaited return to the court after missing the previous 20 months with a knee injury. He had some obvious rust but was still able to contribute 18 points in just 19 minutes. He was just 7-of-18 from the field although efficiency has never really been his strong suit. The Mavericks are going to manage him, especially early in the season, which does make him somewhat of a risky pick in the early rounds.
News: Finney-Smith will come off the bench Wednesday against the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: As Kristaps Porzingis enters the starting five, Finney-Smith will head to the bench. That's the role that he's expected to occupy come the regular season.
News: Jackson will start Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Jackson is fighting for a starting spot, primarily with Tim Hardaway. Their respective preseason performances could determine who gets the nod come the regular season.
News: Hardaway will come off the bench for Wednesday's preseason action against the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Hardaway started Tuesday's game, but Justin Jackson will draw the start Wednesday. Hardaway is fighting for a starting spot heading into this season, and his preseason play could factor in.
News: Doncic (coach's decision) will play and start during Wednesday's preseason action against the Pistons, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Impact: Doncic sat out Tuesday's exhibition contest on the first half of a back-to-back, but he'll get the nod Wednesday. It's possible he sees limited minutes if the Mavericks are committed to keeping him fresh for the regular season.
News: Doncic is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Thunder, and is not expected to play at all, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: For some reason the Mavericks are scheduled for back-to-back preseason games, so there is no surprise that they will opt to ease Doncic into the swing of things. In his absence, the team will go with Delon Wright and Tim Hardaway as the starting backcourt.
News: Porzingas won't play Tuesday against Oklahoma City but will make his preseason debut Wednesday in Detroit, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: Porzingas will be held out of Tuesday's exhibition for rest before taking the floor for Wednesday's clash. The Mavericks figure to limit his minutes in the early going considering he was sidelined for the entire 2019 campaign due to a torn ACL.
News: Barea (rest) won't play during the Mavericks' first two preseason games, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Coming off an Achilles injury, it appears that the Mavericks are playing it safe with their veteran guard during the preseason. As a result, Barea will not make the two-game trip to start the preseason. The ageless guard could possibly see the floor during the contest against Milwaukee on Friday.
News: Powell is expected to miss the Mavs' first two preseason games due to a strained left hamstring, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The injury doesn't look to be anything too serious, but the Mavs are expecting to be without Powell for the next few days, though he could be back as soon as Friday's matchup against Milwaukee.
News: Wright (hamstring) went through a full practice Saturday, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: A hamstring injury was limiting Wright earlier in training camp, but it seems he's now close to 100 percent. The Mavericks have a preseason game on Tuesday, and it seems likely Wright will take the floor.
News: Porzingis doesn't have a firm load management schedule, but coach Rick Carlisle implied Tuesday that the big man could sit out some back-to-back sets, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports. "It's conceivable that (not playing in) back-to-backs are something we look at early in the season," Carlisle said. "I don't know if anything has been officially determined."
Impact: The Mavericks are yet to publicly divulge their plans for Porzingis, but the feeling is that they'll err on the side of caution, according to Cato, who reports that he's been told Porzingis could miss as many as "15 or 20 games." That seems like it would be on the high end, but the Mavs will certainly be careful with the 7-3 Porzingis, who missed all of last season while working back from a torn ACL.
News: After practice Tuesday, coach Rick Carlisle praised Powell's energy and implied that he may be the favorite to start at center alongside Kristaps Porzingis, Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports. "He's constant energy, force, brings ... intangible team elements to the equation," Carlisle said of Powell. "He's physical. And I think him and [Porzingis] together makes sense from the standpoint of a physical guy next to KP is good for our team."
Impact: This is at least the second time Carlisle has noted that he likes how Powell and Porzingis fit together, so at this point it would be a surprise if the Stanford product isn't in the starting lineup come opening night. Powell made 22 starts and averaged 21.6 minutes per game a year ago, and he'll make for an appealing late-round target in fantasy drafts if he can push his workload closer to 25 minutes per game.
News: Porzingis said at Monday's media day that he won't face any limitations entering camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "I feel great physically," Porzgingis said. "I feel 100 percent. I feel probably better than I ever have in my life."
Impact: Considering Porzingis hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly 20 months, this is exactly what Mavericks fans and fantasy owners alike are hoping to hear. Porzingis has technically been cleared for full activities for several months -- he could've returned for the final few weeks of last season -- but both he and the Mavs agreed that taking a more cautious approach to his recovery makes the most sense. "It's been a long time since I've been out, but I've been putting in work throughout this rehab process," Porzingis said. "I'm extremely excited to be back on the court and to remind everybody what I'm capable of doing." While the 7-3 big man won't have any limitations in camp, coach Rick Carlisle hinted that the Mavs may be cautious with Porzingis when the regular season rolls around. "If I had a gun to my head, I would say that there's a good chance that we will be very careful on back-to-backs, particularly to start the year," Carlisle said. "But I don't know for sure. I don't know how he's going to be feeling at that point. He may be insisting on playing, but I do believe in his case and in the case of any player like that, the Mavericks or whatever team is going to err on the side of caution."
News: Hardaway indicated that he hopes to win a starting spot for the Mavs, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "Look, it matters," Hardaway said of whether he starts. "If an NBA player says it doesn't matter - it matters. But at the same time, you have to pick your battles."
Impact: While the Mavs have a pair of guaranteed starters in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the rest of the starting five is still very much up in the air. Hardaway will be in the thick of the competition for a spot on the wing, though coach Rick Carlisle indicated Monday that Dallas may not have permanent starters outside of Doncic and Porzingis. After arriving in Dallas last season, Hardaway started 17 of 19 games and averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest.
News: Coach Rick Carlisle said Monday that Doncic is the Mavs' point guard, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "He's the point guard," Carlise said. "He's unusual. He's a very unique point guard. We haven't seen a guy exactly like him ever in the NBA."
Impact: None of this is breaking news to those who follow the league, but Carlisle's comments serve to reinforce the notion that Doncic will operate as Dallas' primary ball-handler. Offseason addition Delon Wright may end up holding the technical "point guard" designation, but Doncic will be the player the Mavs lean on for playmaking in the halfcourt. As a rookie last season, Doncic had one of the best counting-stat debut years in league history, though he'll need to become a more efficient shooter in all three categories to move into elite fantasy status.
News: Wright is dealing with a minor hamstring injury and is expected to be limited for the first few days of training camp, Dwain Price of Mavs.com reports.
Impact: Rick Carlisle described the issue as "mild", so Wright's regular-season availability doesn't appear to be in danger, but the situation is worth monitoring over the next week. Wright, who came over from Memphis this offseason, will be competition for a starting backcourt spot next to Luka Doncic.
News: Hardaway (lower leg) was cleared by doctors for the start of camp after undergoing offseason surgery on his left tibia, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Hardaway's status to start the year was never really in question, so this was just mere confirmation he will be good to go. He averaged 18.1 points per game last season, but that was mostly due to his 46 games with the Knicks. He was then traded to the Mavs in a deal centered around Kristaps Porzingis and averaged 15.5 points across 29.4 minutes in 19 games. His efficiency really took a hit following the trade, and will need to improve in order to solidify himself as the team's third go-to-scorer after Porzingis and Luka Doncic. Still, the Mavs' lack of wing depth is likely to ensure him a significant role out the gate.
News: Barea (Achilles) said he's been medically cleared for the start of training camp, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: The veteran tore his Achilles roughly nine months ago, but he's made a speedy recovery and has even been playing five-on-five in recent weeks. He should be good to go when camp opens, though Barea will likely move into a reduced role as he heads into his age-35 season.
News: Porzingis (knee) has been scrimmaging at full strength with teammates, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Impact: While we're yet to see extensive video of Porzingis working out, several members of the Mavericks recently convened in Miami for workouts, and the play of the 7-3 Latvian drew rave reviews. "He's very good," Dwight Powell said. "He's very, very good, I'm excited, very excited." Powell added: "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." Given that it's been more than a year-and-a-half since Porzingis has played in an NBA game, he's been at full strength for some time now, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear the rave reviews from teammates. All indications are that Porzingis will be ready to hit the ground running for the new-look Mavs when the season opens next month.
News: Holman was claimed off of waiver by the Mavericks on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Holman was on an Exhibit 10 deal with the Lakers before being waived to make room for Dwight Howard. Holman went unselected during the 2019 NBA Draft after four years as Mississippi State, averaging 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist across 22.0 minutes during Conference play while shooting 42.9 percent from three overall.
News: Barea (Achilles) said he expects to be ready for full participation in training camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Impact: Barea tore his Achilles back in January, but he's apparently making strong progress, as training camp will mark roughly nine months since he underwent surgery. At this point in his career the veteran guard's best days are behind him, but he figures to fill a reduced role off the bench after re-signing with the Mavs on a one-year, veteran's minimum deal.
News: Roby signed a four-year, $6.7 million contract with the Mavericks on Tuesday, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Mavericks appear to have liked what they saw out of Roby in summer league, as the $1.5 million cap hit he'll have in 2019-20 is the largest in NBA history for a second-round pick out of college. Roby could provide some depth in the frontcourt during the regular season, but will likely see most of his playing time as a rookie in the G League.
News: Reaves has signed a two-way contract with the Mavericks, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Reaves played with Dallas in the Summer League, averaging 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. With it being a two-way contract, he will likely spend the bulk of his time in the G-League with the Mavericks affiliate, the Texas Legends.
News: Mathias has signed a contract with the Mavericks, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Impact: Undrafted out of Purdue in 2018, Mathias played overseas last year with Divina Seguros Joventut of the Spanish ACB. He appeared in 14 games, drawing five starts and averaging 7.6 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.1 minutes. He appeared in summer league with the Lakers in 2019, averaging 6.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes. While those numbers are relatively underwhelming, the Mavericks appear to have confidence in the 24-year-old shooter. In four seasons at Purdue, he hit 41.9 percent of his shots from distance.
News: Cleveland will ink a two-way contract with the Mavericks, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cleveland put on an impressive display in Summer League, averaging 16 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals and one block per game over five contests. The showing was enough to earn him a deal that could result in a spot on the Mavs' Opening Night roster with a strong training camp.
News: Barea (Achilles) won't participate for Puerto Rico in the FIBA World Cup that begins Aug. 31, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Before re-signing with Dallas earlier this month on a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum, Barea indicated that he was hopeful to suit up for his home country in FIBA play. Because he would have been less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon, however, Barea elected to err on the side of caution and turn his efforts to getting ready for the Mavericks' training camp. Even if Barea enters the upcoming season at full health, the 35-year-old will likely notice a downsized role with Dallas adding Delon Wright and Seth Curry this offseason to complement young guards Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson.