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Mavericks’ Donnie Nelson Excited By Potential Of Dennis Smith Jr.

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The Dallas Mavericks aren’t hiding their excitement over 2017 first round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. and his immense potential, especially Donnie Nelson.

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.

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Kings’ Yogi Ferrell Discusses Decision to Leave Dallas, Sign With Sacramento

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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.”

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Mavericks To Sign Dirk Nowitzki To One-Year, $5 Million Contract

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The Dallas Mavericks will sign Dirk Nowitzki to a one-year $5 million contract which will be for Nowitzki’s record-setting 21st season with the same team, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

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.

Nowitzki is recovering from ankle surgery and is hoping to be ready to go by training camp.

 

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Yogi Ferrell Backing Out Of Mavs Deal

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What seemed like a done deal is apparently not, as Yogi Ferrell is reportedly backing out of his deal with the Dallas Mavericks to go back into free agency, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.

The Mavs and Ferrell agreed to a two-year, $5.3M deal on Thursday, but his agent says that they are opting hit free agency in search of a better deal.

“We felt uncomfortable and will weigh our options,” Ferrell’s agent, Cervando Tejeda, said.

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