In fact, the team is hoping that Smith wins the starting job, according to Mavs.com’s Earl K. Sneed.
“Those keys are earned. You know, it’s going to be an interesting training camp.” Nelson said.
“I think Dennis is going to play for one of the best coaches in the NBA. That being said, I think internally you can’t help but be excited by the potential, but he wouldn’t want it any other way.
“Just knowing the character of Dennis and knowing his family and surrounding structure, he’s going to want to earn those minutes. He’s truly a winner in every sense of the word.”
Smith shined during Summer League play posting 17.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 2.2 steals and being named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team.
Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki Talks Setback in his Recovery
Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowtizki admitted that he suffered a setback in his recovery from the ankle surgery he underwent late last season, as head coach Rick Carlisle announced earlier during the week.
“I’ve had some foot problems. I had surgery in April and it healed okay,” Nowitzki said, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “Told I was working out in Aug. and I think I did too much. I had a little setback. Right now it’s not great. I haven’t practiced with the team. I’m [limited] to light shooting, cardio work and lifting weights.”
Carlisle indicated that it would only a matter of weeks until the legendary German player makes his season debut, a milestone that will break former Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar Kobe Bryant’s record for most seasons with one franchise.
“Yeah. I always said, ‘Whatever is best for the team,’” Nowitzki said. “We had two tough seasons. [I’ll do] whatever helps us win. We’ll see how our team shapes up; Coach will figure out what’s best. It’s about the team, about the franchise. It’s not so much about one guy.”
Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento
Sacramento Kings point guard Yogi Ferrell recently joined the team on a two-year, $6.2 million contract, abruptly backing out of a prior agreement with his former team, the Dallas Mavericks, who offered him a two-year $5.3 million pact.
Ferrell explained his decision during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show on Monday.
“The main thing is that I like their youth and I like their style of play,” Ferrell explained. “It’s faster, they get up and down and I feel that’s the same game I play my entire life. I feel like I can go in there and kind of mold the identity of the Kings and just give them another spark that they need.”
Ferrell averaged 10.2 ppg last season after working hard to earn a contract with the Mavericks, coming from the NBA’s D-League.
“Time has gone by fast, that’s for sure,” Ferrell said. “I’m taking every moment of it. I’m very blessed to even be in the position to allow myself to excel in this league.”
“I was undrafted, played a couple games with Brooklyn, didn’t work out. I just wanted to make sure I was ready for my next opportunity. I knew it was gonna come just because of how hard I work.”
Mavericks To Sign Dirk Nowitzki To One-Year, $5 Million Contract
The new deal has been setup for nearly a week and the legendary forward will sign soon.
Nowitzki expressed desire to return for one last season and has intended to to finish his career with the only organization he has ever played for.
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