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  1. 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…

  2. Avery Johnson's new gig: And now for something completely different

    Jun 11, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    When Avery Johnson got his new coaching job — a coveted one, head man for the New Jersey Nets — the natural thing to do was to bring up his coaching record in Dallas. Three plus seasons, .735 winning percentage, two 60 plus win seasons, took a team to the NBA finals. But that job…

  3. Mavericks will pick up Barea's contract

    Jun 10, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    This was a no brainer, because good and affordable backup point guards are not easy to come by, but the Mavericks are about to pick up the option on J.J. Barea. Barea gave the Mavericks a solid 20 minutes, 7.6 points and 3.3 assists per game off the bench. He shoots at a decent rate…

  4. Caron Butler wants to stay with Dallas

    May 29, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    After leaving the turmoil that the Washington Wizards season became, landing with the Dallas Mavericks had to feel like Nirvana for Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Stable organization, playoff team, fans in love with the team, what more could you want? Butler doesn’t want to leave. Can’t say I blame him. However, as they always…

  5. Cuban: Nowitzki opting out a good thing for Mavericks

    May 25, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Nobody really thinks Dirk Nowitzki is going anywhere. He may opt out of his existing deal and become a free agent, but that is very different than leaving. Oh, some teams likely will come a courting, but Nowitzki and the Mavericks are already working on a max extension to his existing contract. If he left…

  6. NBA lowers the boom on Cuban for tampering comments about LeBron James

    May 22, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban can’t be surprised he was fined today, but nonetheless, he’ll be feeling a frown on his face when he gets the bill. Less than two days after word broke that Mark Cuban had told CNN Money that the Mavericks would be interested in James if he were to opt-out and enter free agency…

  7. Report: Dirk Nowitzki will opt-out, become free agent

    May 22, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    No matter how reasonable the Mavericks will try and make this move and no matter how likely they willl say it is that he re-signs, the fact is today’s move will send tremors throughout the NBA landscape examining this summer’s free agency. The move? ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Dirk Nowiztki is expected to opt-out…

  8. Cleveland Cavalier's nuclear option: The sign-and-trade

    May 21, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland officials will not even discuss it. It is a thought they have banished from their minds, as if even allowing it to creep in seems to make it a little bit more possible. They don’t want admit the worst, nobody ever does. But the reality is they could lose LeBron James this summer. Smart…

  9. Mark Cuban says he'd be interested in LeBron as a Maverick, NBA investigating as tampering

    May 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

    UPDATE 11:27 PM: That didn’t take long. Well, of course it didn’t, if there is one thing the NBA league office seems to love it’s a good investigation. The NBA is officially investigating Mark Cuban’s comments to see if they are tampering, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Brian Windhorst. No timetable for a decision.…

  10. Mark Cuban says not to worry about Mavericks finances, or Ross Perot Jr.

    May 11, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    You knew Mark Cuban was not going to stay quiet. Ross Perot Jr. (not him, but his son), a minority owner of the team, has filed a lawsuit saying Dallas Basketball Ltd., the business that runs Mavericks, is “insolvent and and/or in imminent danger of insolvency.” Cuban responded to the Dallas Business Journal and said…

  11. Mavericks get busy: start extension talks with Nowitzki, pick up Barea option

    May 11, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks have some big decisions to make this offseason, some things they should take their time and thing about. But they’ve wasted no time getting started on the things they know they want to do. Dallas has already started negotiations to extend Dirk Nowitzki’s contract, and they will pick up the option on…

  12. Ross Perot Jr. sues saying the Dallas Mavericks are "insolvent"

    May 10, 2010, 9:03 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban has said that there are two kinds of professional sports team owners: The kind that want to win and the kind that want to make money. You can guess where Cuban falls on that scale — the man spends. Remember, Cuban bought the Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. (although Perot kept a minority…

  13. Dallas learning from playoffs: Cuban says Beaubois could start next year

    May 6, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois is a little ball of energy. When he was on the court the energy of the Dallas Mavericks changed — they attacked with penetration. Their tempo increased. They broke down defenses. And it was all done with a little flair. Then throughout the playoffs, Beaubois sat. And sat. And when he got his…

  14. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: If your heart says Phoenix and your head says San Antonio, the numbers agree with your heart

    May 3, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    In the strictest sense, the San Antonio Spurs’ first round victory over the Dallas Mavericks should be considered a monumental achievement. A 2-7 upset should be praised in the highest regard. A pauper bested a prince! David toppled Goliath! The spunky underdogs with hearts of gold took down the evil billionaire! Only it wasn’t. The…

  15. Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

    May 3, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It…

  16. It's been a few months, must be time for another roster shakeup in Dallas

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    They shook it up at the trading deadline — in comes Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Scoring help and a better center, a deal that looked great on paper — and that didn’t work well at all. The Mavericks looked dangerous at first but their season ended with another first round loss. May be time…

  17. Ou est Rodrigue Beaubois?

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    One of the things that Pete Carroll did to return USC to the college football elite was open up the competition — the best player plays. Seniority be damned. Doesn’t matter if you’re a senior, if the freshman is better, he gets your spot. Seems logical, but it is shockingly rare in sports, as coaches…

  18. Mark Cuban: "I'm not so proud of the NBA."

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Memo to Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy, Phil Jackson, Matt Barnes, Rasheed Wallace and anyone else trying not to get fined while criticizing the referees: Follow Mark Cuban’s lead. The Dallas Mavericks owner went with the use of code words rather than just come out and say the officiating sucked. Here, from the ESPNDallas: “I’m…

  19. NBA Playoffs: San Antonio will not be deterred, finished of Dallas in six

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

    With the Dallas Mavericks down, the Denver Nuggets on the brink, the Phoenix Suns decidedly mortal, and the Utah Jazz dinged up, the San Antonio Spurs would like to respectfully enter their name for consideration as the non-LA team to beat in the West. They looked every bit of it in their resilient game (and…

  20. NBA Playoffs: The Mavs fight to stay alive and look damn good in doing so

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    In the first four playoff games between the Mavs and the Spurs, each game was decided by just a few possessions. Dallas edged San Antonio in Game 1, the Mavs were within two points during the fourth quarter of Game 2, and the Spurs’ took Games 3 and 4 by a combined seven points. Then…

  21. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Close wins are good enough for the Spurs, who are finding new and exciting ways to best the Mavs

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:00 AM EDT

    When they entered the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs were not considered a championship contender. Their late season success was chalked up as something of an aberration, and though many picked them to ‘upset’ the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, that’s not exactly the same as declaring the Spurs fit to…

  23. NBA Playoffs: The Spurs take another close game against the Mavs, heap all the pressure onto Dallas

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

    The last two games have represented a phenomenal opportunity for the Dallas Mavericks: rather than the 1-2 deficit they now face, the Mavs could very well have been blocking off travel dates for the second round as the proud owners of a 3-0 series lead. Instead, the San Antonio Spurs showed in both games what…

  24. Caron Butler knows his straws

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Caron Bulter was chewing straws — only McDonald’s straws — during games for a decade before he came to Dallas and the league suddenly decided it was suddenly dangerous. Right. Tons of logic there. Regardless, Caron Butler knows his straws. He is a straw Jedi. Do not doubt the man.

  25. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs deliver as promised, but Dallas draws first blood

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

    Dallas and San Antonio both played well but not perfectly. That said, the most important word in that sentence is both, as every terrific performance was countered and every sloppy play met with another by the opposition. It was a game of brilliant, beautiful, and flawed (but balanced in its flaws) basketball, and we shouldn’t…

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