The Dallas Mavericks are facing a summer which gives them plenty of opportunities, via free agency and the draft, to continue their rebuild, which will be centered around superstar guard Luka Doncic and late-season addition Kristaps Porzingis.
There are also plans to continue to develop Doncic, who is a contender for NBA Rookie of the Year honors.
“Well, there will be a period of rest now” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “He’ll be back in Dallas for a week in May and a week in June with our other young guys to do a developmental week twice. And I’m going to go to Slovenia at a certain point – I don’t want to advertise when it is because I don’t want it to be a media circus – to get in the gym with him along with one of our other staff guys.”
Carlisle pointed out the importance of balancing rest and hard work in regards to the summer.
“Look, we’ve got to set the tone for the importance of this summer for him. It’s got to be the right amount of rest, and the right amount of hard work. He hasn’t had this long an offseason in any time in recent years. All the EuroLeague stuff has been going well into June, and he’s always been on one of the good teams. And so every day is going to be a day where he’s got to decide – what is it today? What is it today to move to tomorrow and keep getting better?”
“If he approaches this summer the way that I believe he’s going to, he’s going to have a chance to keep moving his career upward and upward and upward.”
Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis Aiming for Defensive Player of the Year
Dallas Mavericks’ big man Kristaps Porzingis is set to finally return to the court after nearly a two-year layoff due to injury, and he has some big goals in mind when he dons a Mavericks uniform for the very first time since his trade from the New York Knicks.
In a post on his Instagram account, Porzingis asked his followers to ask him anything, and responded to one fan in particular, who asked if he would rather be All-NBA Third Team or the All-Defensive team.
Porzingis simply stated: “All Defensive! DPOY is a goal of mine!!”
Porzingis tore his ACL during the 2017-2018 season, while he was still playing with the Knicks, so it will be interesting to see what kind form Porzingis takes the court.
Mavericks’ Mark Cuban Planning to Discuss Part-Ownership with Dirk Nowitzi
Even though his playing career is officially over, there are still plans for Dirk Nowitzki to be a part of the Dallas Mavericks in a big way.
According to DallasBasketball’s Mike Fisher, the greatest Mav to ever take the court may be taking a part-owner role with the organization, if Mark Cuban has his way.
Per the report, Cuban would “absolutely” love to have Nowitzki on board as part-owner of the team.
“I’ll have the convo with Dirk in the future. There is a lot of things involved to make it all work. But it would be awesome,” Cuban said in an interview with Fisher.
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