Jonathan Motley has already made history with the Dallas Mavericks, now he wants to make an impact by landing a spot on the roster.
Motley, who signed a two-way contract with Dallas (the first player in franchise history to sign such a deal), is fighting for a role on the team’s roster and is determined to carve out a niche for him with the Mavs this season.
“I take it as an opportunity,” Motley told Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
“You know, any time you’re playing you’re getting better, so the more I can play I think the better it will be for me. Rick Carlisle at first just told me to do a lot of rebounding and a lot of rim running starting out, and a lot of making the mid-range shot type of stuff. And then later on we’ll talk about having the ball in my hands. But right now, it’s rim running, rebounding and making open shots.”
Dallas is infusing some youth on their roster, headlined by 1st round draft pick Dennis Smith Jr. who shined in Summer League competition.
Getting a chance is what Motley wants and what he is determined to earn.
Motley was invited to be part of the Mavs’ Orlando Summer League squad and made an impact in limited minutes putting up 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 block per game.
Motley is likely to start in the G-League before heading to the Mavericks and understands the journey ahead of him.
“That’s how a lot of people started,” Motley said.
“You’ve got to start off where you get in at. The league is full of scorers. Yeah, I shouldered a lot of the scoring load at Baylor, but sometimes it’s a little bit different in the NBA.
You’ve got to get adjusted to the game, coaches have got to have confidence in you, the staff has got to have confidence in you, and that could take years of just producing. So, if I produce over the years, maybe I could become a scorer like I was in college.”
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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