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  1. Dirk Nowitzki's vote of confidence in Mark Cuban to land Chris Paul

    Jul 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Orlando may be the most natural landing spot for Chris Paul should he be traded, and New York the most glamorous. Yet Dallas was also included on Paul’s list of preferred destinations, and while the Mavs don’t have a ton of young, proven talent to sweeten the pot, a trade with Dallas could make all…

  2. Who really is on Chris Paul's trade demand list?

    Jul 22, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Chris Paul wants to get traded, we get it. What we don’t get is where, exactly. The first report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com said the Knicks, Magic and Lakers were on the list. But that’s not what ESPN’s Chris Broussard heard, and he is probably as well connected with LeBron’s people and the marketing…

  3. Where will Shaq land? Not where he wants to.

    Jul 21, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal made $20 million last season. He’s actually made at least that since 2001. Right now, he can’t get an offer for more than $2 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. There were reports of Atlanta offering him the mid-level exception of two years at $5.8 million, but we learned during Summer League…

  4. Caron Butler used to work at a Burger King, now owns six

    Jul 21, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    Have it your way, Caron Butler. There are few more interesting people in basketball than Butler, who came out of a tough background — he sold drugs at one point — to be one of the more socially conscious guys in the league. A guy who goes back home to Racine and donates time and…

  5. Summer League sensation Jeremy Lin near two-year deal with Warriors

    Jul 20, 2010, 10:17 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin has struck it rich in Las Vegas. Lin, one of the stars of Vegas Summer League, is very close to a deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to both ESPN and the Contra Costa Times. Lin would be returning home with his deal, he is a Palo Alto native. He also would…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki says he is not playing in World Championships

    Jul 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    He had hinted at this before and said he was still thinking about it, but Dirk Nowitzki made it official today: He will be skipping the FIBA World Championships next month (as reported at Dallasbasketball.com). “I have signed a new contract with the Dallas Mavericks,” Dirk said in making the announcement. “We have a new…

  7. Everybody Loves Jeremy Lin

    Jul 19, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    The last time Harvard had a player in the NBA, the Lakers were champions — the Minneapolis Lakers. With George Mikan. Dwight Eisenhower was president and children were just getting the first polio vaccines. Jeremy Lin could change that. Fans at Summer League in Las Vegas loved him — he won over a crowd that…

  8. Jason Kidd won't play for Team USA, but he'll be around

    Jul 19, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

    It was understood going in that the 2008 Olympics would be Jason Kidd’s last hurrah as a member of Team USA, but it looks like he’ll remain a part of the program even if he forgoes the whole playing thing. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Kidd has been invited to act as an adviser…

  9. Omar Samhan signs to play in Lithuania

    Jul 16, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    You have to like Omar Samhan. You remember him from the NCAA Tournament, when he tore it up for St. Mary the opening weekend, scoring more points than anyone ever had over opening weekend. He’s a good guy, a funny one. Check out the fantastic profile by our own Rob Mahoney, and be sure to…

  10. Bobcats are likely looking to flip Erick Dampier's contract, but it won't be easy

    Jul 15, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier’s “instantly” expiring contract was supposedly one of the off-season’s biggest trade chips, yet the Mavs were only able to get Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca in return. That’s not quite in line with Dallas’ lofty summer goals; Donnie Nelson and Mark Cuban were shooting for a sign-and-trade with the biggest free agents, and…

  11. Al Harrington signs five year deal with Denver

    Jul 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Denver needed Al Harrington. When next season tips off, Chris “Birdman” Anderson and Kenyon Martin will still be sidelined. They had Nene at center but needed a four. Plus Denver wanted a bigger and deeper front line to deal with the Lakers come the playoffs. So they went pretty big with Harrington — five years…

  12. Report: Mavericks targeting Harrington with mid-level exception

    Jul 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Marc Stein of ESPN.com is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks will target free agent power forward Al Harrington with their mid-level exception.  Earlier on Tuesday, the Mavericks completed a trade for centers Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca; now it appears that they are searching for a big man with three-point range to round out their…

  13. Dallas, Charlotte trade big men they don't want

    Jul 13, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

    Not all trades are thrilling. Case in point: The Dallas Mavericks are sending the Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najara to the Charlotte Bobcats for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinca, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Dampier’s expiring deal was the big carrot the Mavericks had this summer, and they just spent it on…

  14. Dirk Nowitzki: "I want Shaq"

    Jul 13, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are trying to decide if they want to take on Shquille O’Neal and all that comes with him. But their star player has weighed in on that: “I want Shaq.” That’s what Dirk Nowitzki told a German publication (via the fantastic DallasBasketball.com). The question is, do the Mavericks really need him? They…

  15. Utah closing in on deal to get Al Jefferson

    Jul 12, 2010, 10:47 PM EDT

    Would you trade Carlos Boozer for Al Jefferson? That’s what the Utah Jazz are close to doing, as they are close to a deal that would ship the Jefferson to Utah — and maybe send no players back to Minnesota, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Utah has a $14 million trade exception from the…

  16. Mavs pick up Spurs alumnus Ian Mahinmi on the cheap

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood is the only center the Mavs have under contract for next season, so rotation bigs remain fairly high on Dallas’ off-season wish list. Erick Dampier will soon be shipped out to allow the Mavericks to benefit from his instantly expiring contract, and optimally the Mavs will need two more players who can hold…

  17. Udonis Haslem has some choices to make

    Jul 12, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:23 pm: Just to add to the options for Haslem, the Denver Nuggets are also making a hard push for him. Denver also is offering the full mid-level exception, just like Dallas. And just like Dallas, they are looking for front line guys to match up against the Lakers. 9: 34 am: How badly…

  18. Brendan Haywood reaches deal to return to Dallas

    Jul 8, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Dallas gets it. Miami is about to get it — you need a big man to go alongside your flashy, scoring power forward. Brendan Haywood is a big man, and he is going to continue playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the next couple years. He has agreed to a six-year, $55 million deal with the…

  19. Dirk Nowitzki agrees to terms with Mavericks

    Jul 3, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki got what he wanted: A lot of money for the next four years, extending into the new collective bargaining agreement. The Dallas Mavericks got what they wanted: Nowitzki to take a little less money, giving them some flexibility to bring in other players. Saturday night, the Mavericks and Nowitzki agreed to terms on…

  20. Mavs believed to have offered Dirk Nowitzki four years, $96 million

    Jul 2, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki wants to stay in Dallas, and Mark Cuban is willing to pay whatever it takes to keep him there. That’s why Nowitzki’s meetings with Mavs GM Donnie Nelson have always been considered to be little more than a formality; with both sides desiring the same outcome, all that needs to be determined are…

  21. Mark Cuban on Mavs' approach to free agency: "Less B.S. and more business."

    Jun 29, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

    Of course, no team can talk to the representative of a player before July 1. Nobody would ever dream of such a horrendous act. It’s not like teams have had constant back-door communications going on with all the players for weeks on end. (How exactly did all the teams know that they had to come…

  22. Report: Dirk Nowitzki opts out. But he's not going anywhere.

    Jun 29, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Come midnight Thursday morning (or a much more reasonable 9 p.m. Wednesday on the West Coast) Dirk Nowitzki becomes a free agent. He is officially part of the class with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. But not really. He is opting out of the last year of his deal, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. The letter…

  23. Report: Dirk Nowitzki to become an unrestricted free agent, as expected

    Jun 28, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    There was an outside chance that Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks could have agreed to the terms of a contract extension before free agency begins on Thursday. That opportunity seems to have drifted away, as Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning news reported that according to an unnamed source, that “if the face of…

  24. Report: Dallas Mavericks to pursue Joe Johnson

    Jun 28, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson is one popular man. He will meet with the Atlanta Hawks this week before free agency begins. Once it does start, the Knicks will be talking to him not long after midnight. He has been rumored as a possibility with the Heat and Rockets as well. Now add Dallas to the mix. Yahoo’s…

  25. Jason Kidd says he'd come off the bench sometimes for Rodrigue Beaubois next season

    Jun 14, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    Finally, everyone in Dallas seems to have figured out that Rodrigue Beaubois is a bird that needs to be set free, not caged on the bench. Even Jason Kidd. During a press call for the 21st American Century Championship, the celebrity golf event coming up next month in Lake Tahoe, Kidd said he wants to…

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