The Dallas Mavericks have been connected to a number of different players in the league amid rumors and NBA trade speculation, including Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons, Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers, John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks, and more.
And then there’s the NBA Playoffs, and so much more to tell. …
Here at DallasBasketball.com, we’ll keep you up to date on all Mavs-related rumors, reports and trade speculation as the offseason approaches.
MAY 6 NBA IS “WRONG” The Dallas Mavericks were fined $25,000 by the NBA, the announcement coming Friday, for bench players and coaches straying too far down the field in a Game 2 loss to Phoenix in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Coach Jason Kidd criticized the decision before Game 3 in Dallas.
“That’s cool,” he said sarcastically, in no mood to fool around with Phoenix leading 2-0 in the series. “The league is looking at the wrong things.”
MAY 5 COOL HAND LUKA, HOT DRAYMOND The NBA announced Thursday that it had fined Warriors Draymond Green $25,000 for knocking down Memphis fans during Tuesday’s Western Conference playoff game.
As the Golden State forward walked into the locker room in the first quarter Tuesday night to get stitches for a laceration in his right eye, he raised two middle fingers in response to boos from fans. And after the game…
“You’re going to boo someone who’s been nudged in the eye and their face is running blood, you should get knocked down,” Green said. “I’m going to take the fine. I’m going to make an appearance and make some money. It was really good to turn them around. … If they’re going to be that mean, I will be too. I’m guessing the cheers were because they know I’m going to be fined. Great, I make $25 million a year. I should be fine.
Fine. And a fine.
The NBA Playoffs are physical. Ask Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavs, who is averaging 40 points per game against the Suns, who lead 2-0 trying to beat Doncic, who has the responsibility – despite his rep crossing with the umpires – to be Cool Hand Luka when it comes to T’s.
APRIL 28: Rudy’s Bees
Rudy Gobert arrived at Thursday’s shoot with another Jazz problem as they face elimination in Game 6 at the hands of Luka Doncic and the Mavs.
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“I love honey, so I’ve always wanted to have my own,” Gobert said, explaining why he has his own beehive at home. “It’s awesome.”
Sure. Unless you get bitten. By bees. In the face.
Gobert said this week that he and his beekeeper rummaged through the hive, irritating the queen bee, so his bees have been “a little upset” ever since.
Then Rudy tangles with Luka Doncic and the Mavs. Get all the good stuff about the series and Game 6 here.
MARCH 1: ‘Air Luka’ makes an appearance
If there were any doubts about Michael Jordan transferring some of his powers to Luka Doncic during the NBA All-Star hiatus, there may be none now, as Doncic has dropped jaws with this massive dunk on Lakers center Dwight Howard.
That play came just one possession after Doncic was pushed in the back by Russell Westbrook on a drive, but didn’t get the call. Instead of taking his frustrations out on the officials this time, Doncic decided to go after the rim. From then on, Dallas came into full swing in the first half.
February 26: Anthony Davis out for 4-5 weeks
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnaroski, Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis will be out for a long time as the NBA season enters its final stretch.
“The Lakers fell to 27-32 with Friday’s loss to the Clippers, ninth in the Western Conference and playing without Davis for what sources have told ESPN there will likely be another four to five weeks with a sprained middle of the right foot,” Woj said.
That means Davis will likely miss both games in March where the Lakers face the Dallas Mavericks. The first of these two meetings will take place on Tuesday evening. Davis has played just 37 games this season, averaging 23.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 blocks per game.
FEBRUARY 24: The Mavs sign Moses Wright to Two-Way
According to a report from The Athletic, the Dallas Mavericks are signing Moses Wright for a two-way contact. The 23-year-old forward played his college ball at Georgia Tech, where he averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game over four seasons. Wright won the AAC Player of the Year award during his senior season.
Wright was previously with the Los Angeles Clippers and their G-League affiliate, the Agua Caliente Clippers. Wright will likely spend a lot of time in Frisco with the Texas Legends. The 6-9 big man averaged 17.6 points per game while shooting 58% from the field and 41% from the bottom in the G-League. Wright