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Earlier this week the Dallas Mavericks were celebrating their first 3-game winning streak of the season, feeling healthy – after a rash of injuries to multiple players early in the season – and eyeing a possible 8th place finish in the West.
What a difference 48 hours makes.
In the past few seasons it has been painfully obvious that the Dallas Mavericks needed to start thinking about the future. With Dirk reaching the crisp age of 38 this past summer he should not be leading the team in scoring as he always has in the past. But with Dallas’ long and painful relationship with the Draft being well documented, a real youth movement had yet to begin until arguably last season.
The first seven games of the 2016-2017 season are in the books and the Dallas Mavericks are in a very unfamiliar situation as they sit at a mere 2-5. It’a hard to believe that with all the terrible teams the Mavericks threw out on the court in the late 80s and early 90s (pre-Dirk) that this season is the first time in franchise history that the team started a season at 0-5. The Mavs may be in exotic territory with their recent start but the play from Harrison Barnes is reason enough for Mavs fans abroad to remain optimistic.
The Dallas Mavericks are a few days away from the start of the 2016-17 season.
When the Sacramento Kings rescinded the qualifying offer to make Seth Curry an unrestricted free agent, it was a major surprise.
Every team needs one. That player with internal fire, aggressive play and who is unafraid to do whatever it takes to win.
The Dallas Mavericks’ head coach Rick Carlisle has never been one to mince words. The popular, well-respected coach, now entering his 8th year as head coach, led the team to it’s only NBA Championship in 2011 and last year agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $35 million that begins next year.
The Dallas Mavericks just had their Media Day yesterday which means that training camp is right around the corner which means the NBA season is only about a month away! This was another ‘interesting’ offseason for the Mavs but there’s reason to be enthusiastic with this team heading into the 2016-2017 season.
In between talking about new teammates, team goals and their defensive strategy, the Dallas Mavericks took time to address the protest of the National Anthem started by San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
This offseason was full of its ups and downs as a Mavericks fan. The ups being the possibility of hauling in not one, but TWO cornerstone players.
Not many people thought Salah Mejri would be playing a major role in the Mavs making the playoffs last season, however thats exactly what he did. Mejri was signed by the Mavs on July 30 2015, agreeing to a multiyear deal for the veteran minimum salary. At 30 years old, Mejri has had a long journey to making the NBA.
The Mavs offseason wasn’t looking too good when Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley turned down the Mavs and resigned with their original teams. Chandler Parsons then signed a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, leaving the Mavs with very little options.
Dirk re-signed today for 2-years and $40 million and I couldn’t be happier for the big German because to put it simply it’s what he wanted.
NBA free agency will begin on July 1 and it’s just around the corner. The Mavs will have 8 free agents, including 7 unrestricted and 1 restricted.