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2017 Schedule
33-49, 5th in Southwest
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12hMarc Stein

Sources: Mavs to decline Dirk option, eye deal

Dirk Nowitzki has been informed by the Mavericks that his $25 million team option for next season will be declined with the intention of the team signing him to a new contract, according to league sources.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources say that a new two-year deal for Nowitzki is among the options being strongly considered. Full story goes online momentarily

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

League sources say Dallas has informed Dirk Nowitzki that it will decline his $25 million option for next season to sign him to a new deal.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: The Mavs do not intend to exercise team option on DeAndre Liggins, who was claimed on waivers during the last week of the season.

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, Seth Curry and now Dennis Smith ... sources say Dallas is focused on cementing and developing its young core

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Re-signing Nerlens Noel, league sources say, is Dallas' offseason priority, far ahead of their long-anticipated interest in UFA Jrue Holiday

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say the Mavs have informed PG Yogi Ferrell that they are picking up his team option for next season, an easy decision after he proved himself capable of being a rotation player after his promotion from the D-League.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice job by Dennis Smith Jr. (Dallas), one of the many draftees at Hunter College in NYC on Wednesday for a Jr. NBA youth basketball clinic and NBA Cares packing project.

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3dChad Ford

NBA draft grades: Mavericks earn solid marks

The Mavs were on the hunt for their point guard of the future and might have found him in Dennis Smith Jr., who was arguably the best athlete in the draft.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rangers great Michael Young's scouting report: "Dirk's a lost cause."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Dennis Smith Jr.: "It's a great pick. ... He brings obviously crazy athleticism and his shot is really good."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki says no decision has been made on his $25 million team option for next season. "I'm sure there will be some communication before July 1 on how we can help this team," Nowitzki said before batting practice for his annual charity baseball game. Nowitzki is guaranteed $5 million and would re-sign at a lesser salary if the Mavs don't pick up the option, a decision Mark Cuban would make in consultation with the longtime face of the franchise.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. on four PGs being picked before him: "I just use it as fuel to the fire. I've been underrated my whole life, and I'm perfectly fine with it. I'm accustomed to it. I'm going to go out and be Dennis Smith, and nothing can stop that."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Donnie Nelson says Dennis Smith Jr. pick eliminates need for Mavs to target PG in free agency.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dennis Smith Jr. compared himself to "Derrick Rose with a jump shot" during a pre-draft interview with the Mavs.

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Mavericks snag Smith with the ninth pick (0:48)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle leaves no doubt Mavs wanted Dennis Smith over Frank Ntilikina, saying there was "uproarious" applause when Knicks made pick.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Before question was even asked, Rick Carlisle said Mavs are projecting Dennis Smith Jr. to start as a rookie. Cites intelligence, maturity as well as athleticism. "We believe he's going to be a tremendous player for us and right away."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle says Mavs believe Dennis Smith Jr. is as good as any PG in the draft. "We're getting a guy that's an instant-impact guy."

ESPN Stats and Information  

Mavericks select Dennis Smith No. 9 overall. He's the highest-drafted player from NC State since Tom Gugliotta in 1992 (6th).

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Love the fit of Dennis Smith, my most underrated prospect in the lottery, in Dallas. He should thrive in Rick Carlisle's spread pick-and-roll.

Team Stats

Points Per Game97.930th
Rebounds Per Game38.630th
Assists Per Game20.827th
Points Allowed100.84th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2016-173349.402
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610
2013-144933.598
2012-134141.500