He stepped off the plane in Dallas on Saturday, hours before he was about to play a game…for another team.
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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.
There were a lot of questions entering this season about the Mavericks roster but one constant we have been able to count on for the better part of the last 2 decades is the big German lighting it up That has been the case early on in the season as Dirk Nowitzki is turning back the clock and filling up the score sheet.
As the Dallas Mavericks kick off the 2015-16 NBA season many questions surround this new-look team – including how a rebuilt backcourt, point guard and rim protector issues and defensive woes will play out. But all eyes are sure to be on Dirk Nowitzki who enters his 18th season in the league and as the face of this franchise.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to report that the Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle were nearing a 5-year contract extension that would keep Carlisle in Dallas for the next 6 years. Many of the so-called ‘experts’ were predicting a Carlisle exit after this upcoming season once his contract expired but now looks like the beloved coach is here to stay!
With the Dallas Mavericks taking on the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night, 10/28, for their first game of the season we were all reminded of the heartbreak that was this past offseason.
JaVale McGee signed a partially guaranteed two-year deal for the Mavs, after DeAndre snubbed the Mavs. Dallas also traded for Zaza Pachulia and signed former maverick Samuel Dalembert to a veteran minimum deal.
Dirk Nowitzki has a legendary NBA career and has cemented his place among the all-time greats in NBA history. For as much as he is beloved by the Mavericks fans and his fellow basketball peers there’s something to say about being admired by your home country.
It’s been a rough off-season for the Dallas Mavericks starting with the whole DeAndre Jordan saga and having to scramble to fill out the roster. To make it worse other teams out West have become increasingly better than a year ago.
Following the DeAndre Jordan free-agency saga, Dallas has made an effort to salvage their season and debunk any ‘Tank’ rumors by sending a second round pick to Milwaukee in exchange for Gregorian Center, Zaza Pachulia. Veteran Point Guard, Deron Williams was recently inked to a 2 year deal, with a player option, worth a total of upwards of $11 million.
Las Vegas, Nevada (07-18-15) – Quarter Finals: Atlanta Hawks – 91, Dallas Mavericks – 83
Saturday evenings final score marked the end to Dallas’ summer league season after their eight point loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Dallas would end up finishing 2-4 in summer league play.
After the debacle that was DeAndre Jordan. The Mavs are left with a bunch of questions and no answers. We traded a second round pick to the Bucks for Zaza Pachulia, he’s no DJ but there isn’t much option for Dallas and we must welcome him with open arms.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water.
Dear DeAndre Jordan,