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Mavericks sign forward Ray Spalding

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed second-round pick Ray Spalding. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Spalding (6-10, 215) was selected by Philadelphia with the 56th overall pick in this past year’s draft after a three-year college career at Louisville (2015-18). His draft rights were acquired by Dallas, along with the draft rights to the 60th overall pick Kostas Antetokounmpo, in exchange for the 54th overall selection Shake Milton.

As a junior in 2017-18, Spalding averaged 12.3 points (second on team), a team-high 8.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, a team-best 1.5 steals, 1.7 blocks and 27.7 minutes in 36 games (34 starts) for the Cardinals. He ranked fourth in the ACC in field goal percentage (.543), sixth in rebounding (8.7 rpg), third in offensive rebounding (3.14 orpg), 10th in steals (1.5 spg) and ninth in blocks (1.7 bpg). He was one of just two Division I players to average at least 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals in 2017-18 (Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson). Spalding also posted 11 of his 13 career double-doubles as a junior.

The 6-10 forward played in all five games (started four) for Dallas at MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, where he averaged 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 17.0 minutes.

Spalding attended Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky. He was a two-time first team all-state selection who led Trinity to a 24-6 record as a senior and a 118-21 record in his four-year career.

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Rangers trade Chavez, could deal more arms

The Rangers are getting more interest in their relievers than other areas leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.


North Plaza, Texas Live! nearing completion

The construction of the North Plaza and Texas Live! is nearing completion as both venues prepare to open to the public in the coming weeks.


Mavs hire Jenny Boucek as an assistant to the team’s basketball staff and special projects

DALLAS – Jenny Boucek was hired Wednesday by the Dallas Mavericks to be an assistant to the team’s basketball staff and special projects.

Boucek, 44, has built a solid basketball reputation and resume over the past two decades, including being an assistant coach with the Seattle Storm when they captured WNBA championships in 2004 and 2010. She also played briefly in the WNBA for the Cleveland Rockers in 1997 before playing for Keflavik in the Icelandic Urvalsdeild later that year.

The Nashville, TN, product joins the Mavs after spending last season with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

“Jenny is a veteran WNBA head coach and was a player development coach last season for the Sacramento Kings,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “She will be involved in wide-ranging basketball assignments.”

Boucek was named the Foreign Player of the Year after helping Keflavik capture the Icelandic Basketball Cup and the Icelandic championship in her lone season with the club during the 1997-98 campaign. She then returned to the Rockets in 1998, but retired from playing basketball that year because of a career-ending back injury.

An alumni of the University of Virginia – the same place where Carlisle played his college basketball – Boucek was the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09. She also has worked as an assistant coach in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics (1999), Miami Sol (2000-02) and Seattle Storm (2003-05, 2010-14).

In addition, Boucek posted a 36-58 record as the head coach of the Storm from 2015-17. She also guided the Monarchs to a 40-41 record in her two-plus seasons as that team’s head coach.

As a college player, Boucek was a guard for Virginia from 1992-96 and a two-time GTE Academic All-American.

“I consider her one of the brightest minds in our game,” Carlisle said, “and welcome her to Dallas.”

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Rangers looking for young pitching at Deadline

At the All-Star break, the Rangers are poised to be sellers at the July 31 Trade Deadine, hoping to shore up some pitching woes in the starting rotation.


From drinking snake’s blood to winning Olympic gold in China, Tony Ronzone’s journey through basketball has taken one incredible turn after another

“This is a bloody story,” a laughing Donnie Nelson said as we went down memory lane.

It was the early-‘90s when Donnie Nelson and Tony Ronzone traveled together on one of their first scouting trips to China. A teenager by the name of Wang Zhizhi had caught Ronzone’s attention, so he and Nelson decided to head to China to scout Zhizhi first hand.

In the scouting world, especially international, earning the trust of people around a prospect means everything – even if it means going to extreme measures to earn that trust.

Once Nelson and Ronzone arrived in China, they spent some time getting to know some of the Chinese leaders on the scene. One night, as they were all out for dinner, it was time to test the loyalty and trust of Nelson and Ronzone. One of their traditions involved bringing in a bag of snakes.

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“In the bag, there were four or five snakes and they asked Donnie to pick a snake out,” Ronzone recalled. “Of course, Donnie picks the biggest one. It was a king cobra.”

They took the snake that Nelson chose and took it to the back to chop it up. Ronzone said they had no clue what to expect. The snake was served as a meal next and, to Ronzone’s delight, it tasted quite well. But then the meeting took a quick turn.

They brought out a liquid, red with a little green mixed in. It was the snake’s blood, and it was Nelson’s to drink. If you wanted to be a trusted member of the group, you had to drink the snake’s blood.

“Of course, Donnie decides to pass it down to me,” Ronzone remembered. “I took the blood in honor of Donnie and the Dallas Mavericks to help promote our relationship in the country of China.”

This is just one of the countless stories the two best friends have together while out scouting the world for the next great basketball talent. The two best friends that talk to each other more than their wives and the two best friends that help make the biggest decisions within the Dallas Mavericks organization.

“I first met Tony at a Jambalaya festival,” Nelson said. “I was working for the Warriors at the time. I was wearing it down my shirt as I recall and Tony handed me a napkin.”
This was the beginning of a 30-plus-year friendship, but as the NBA goes, not all of those years were spent working together.

Tony Ronzone spent the early part of his 20s actually playing basketball himself with stops in New Zealand, Australia, and other places around the world. After his pro playing career, Ronzone knew that basketball was his passion and went directly into the coaching world. One of his first stops was coaching a team out of Dubai and even coaching the Saudi Arabian National Team.

Nelson and Ronzone had stayed in touch over the years when they finally reconnected in person at the Goodwill Games in Russia in the early-‘90s.

“The only scout in the NBA that was there was Donnie Nelson and I was the only coach that came to scout and learn more about the game,” Ronzone said. “We were at the gym every day and all day together. We were picking each other’s brains.”

“A conversation started then about a prospect in China that was seven-foot tall.” Ronzone added.

This was their first conversation about Wang Zhizhi.

A short time after, Ronzone would be hired as a scout for the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. That initial conversation in Russia led to one of their first trips to China together, where the rest was history with drinking snake blood.

But humor aside, the relationships and trust that were built in those early years by Ronzone and Nelson in China led to the Mavericks drafting a 16-year-old Wang Zhizhi in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft. He would make his appearance two years later and become the first Chinese-born player to appear in an NBA game.

Their strong China ties didn’t stop there. After their initial trip, they were invited back to host a basketball clinic in Shanghai where they would coach and conduct a 3-on-3 tournament for local teenagers.

“It was then we saw a 7-foot-4 Yao Ming playing in the streets of China,” Ronzone said.

Their strong relationships in China would eventually lead to Ronzone becoming an assistant coach for the Chinese National Basketball Men’s Team. He would be the first American to ever hold such a title in China.

During Ronzone’s first stint with the Mavericks, he would play an integral role in drafting not just the first Chinese-born NBA player in Zhizhi, but also the first Mexican-born player in Eduardo Najera.

Ronzone would eventually be plucked by Joe Dumars and the Detroit Pistons to become their Director of International Scouting in 2001. He would play an important role in finding and scouting Mehmet Okur in Turkey. Detroit would later draft Okur in the second round of the 2001 NBA Draft.

“Tony opened the organization’s eyes to the international world of basketball,” former president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. “Tony was outstanding with us in Detroit.”

After winning a championship with the Pistons in 2004, Ronzone would then take on a new title. This time, it was Jerry Colangelo calling. In 2006, Team USA had just lost in the quarterfinals of the World Championships and was due for a culture change. Ronzone would be brought onto Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff as an assistant coach and director of player personnel.

Ronzone, being an expert in international scouting, would take on the task of scouting each of the upcoming opponents for Team USA. “My job was to educate LeBron and Kobe on who these players were,” Ronzone said.

There was a respect level for the international game that was lacking and Ronzone was determined to help change it.

It was the summer of 2007 when Team USA was playing in the FIBA Americas Championship. It was Ronzone’s job to put together tape of the opposing teams and present them to the U.S. players in preparation for their next game.

“I would have my video guys put together videos of who each guy was going to defend,” Ronzone said. “We were playing Brazil. So I asked myself, how could I motivate Kobe?”

He had an idea.

After practice the next day, Ronzone handed Bryant a single DVD and told him to watch it that night. “He came in the next morning and said ‘I like you,’” Ronzone said. “He looked at me and said ‘I got you.’”

Admitting that it was hard to do for his video guys, Ronzone’s DVD for Bryant consisted of 15 possessions over the past four years where Bryant was matched up on Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa. All 15 times, Barbosa had scored on Bryant.

“He was foaming at the mouth in the locker room,” Ronzone said. “We start the game and we are going over the lineups. Kobe literally says ‘Coach, I have Leandro.’”

Off the opening tip, Kobe knocked the ball away and literally dove on the floor in the first five seconds of the game after a loose ball. Team USA scored on the possession. The place went nuts.

“We used that play all the way until 2012,” Ronzone said. “Every time we had a film session with new guys, we showed them that play. Because we explained to our guys that no matter how great of players you are, if you don’t have the intensity and effort in a 40-minute game, we can get beat.”

Ronzone believes that single play helped spark a new passion in American basketball and it was felt all the way through the AAU circuits.

A year after the FIBA Americas Championship, Ronzone and Team USA would win a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He would also help lead Team USA to a gold medal in the World Championships in 2010 and another in the 2012 London Olympics. He would never lose a game during his time with Team USA.

If you are keeping track, that’s three gold medals with Team USA, a gold medal with China in the Southeast Asia Games in 2001, and an NBA Championship in 2004 with Detroit. That’s a lot of gold.

You can also read about Ronzone’s impact on Team USA in a portion of Mike Krzyzewski’s book entitled “The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team.”

Going back to his journey in the NBA, Ronzone would leave Detroit in 2010 to take the assistant general manager role with the Minnesota Timberwolves. After spending two years in Minnesota and playing a crucial part in drafting Ricky Rubio, Ronzone would be let go from his position.

It was then that his old friend, Donnie Nelson, came calling. The Dallas Mavericks would hire him as their director of player personnel in 2012, and he has held that title ever since.

“There are not many guys that you can have a conversation with about any basketball market on planet earth,” Nelson said.

“Basically, my job is to know every player in the world,” Ronzone added.

And for a man that has been in more than 98 countries all over the world, there isn’t a basketball market on the planet that Ronzone isn’t familiar with. Not only has he probably been there, but he also has connections and relationships that have spanned the globe for years.

“He is our window to the basketball globe,” Mark Cuban said. “He has been invaluable. He is a great judge of talent and a big part of Donnie’s staff.”

A little over 20 years ago Ronzone played a role in bringing a skinny, floppy-haired German kid by the name of Dirk Nowitzki to the Dallas Mavericks. Today, Ronzone has his fingerprints all over the next potential international star in Dallas: Luka Doncic.

Discovering stars

While the scouting process starts as early as 13 and 14 years old for some prospects, what to look for in that process is what separates the best of the best in the scouting industry. For Ronzone, it centers on three particular areas.

Hand skills. Foot skills. Mental skills.

Every single player in their database, a number in the multiple of thousands, has a scouting profile centered on these three main categories. Without digging too deep, the hand and foot portion of scouting is self-explanatory for the most part. It is the mental aspect of a prospect that is the hardest to scout.

“We do a lot of intel and background information,” Ronzone said. “Is he emotionally stable? Does he listen to the coach? Does he love to play? Especially with bigs, because a lot of them don’t love to play.”

When it comes to evaluation, the more information, the better. “Information wins,” Ronzone said.

In an example of different ways he gains information on prospects, Ronzone said that sometimes he walks around college campuses of prospects he is scouting. He will stop other students and teachers on campus to ask their opinion on the prospect. There is an importance to gaining different opinions from people with no affiliation to the prospect.

Scouting in the midst of the data-driven analytical movement, the mental aspect is something you need to see and scout in person to get an accurate assessment. The eye test still holds significant weight.

“You have to have the eye test,” Ronzone said. “The eye test is still number one to this day.”

It was the eye test that has put Ronzone in some interesting situations over the years, situations that separate Ronzone from the rest in the scouting industry. One of his stickier situations came when he traveled to North Korea in 1998 to scout a young prospect. When you have the connections that Ronzone has all throughout the world, you get calls constantly on prospects you need to be on the lookout for. This time, it was different. Ronzone received a call about a 7-foot-9 teenager living and playing in North Korea. Ronzone had to see the kid.

Obviously, traveling to North Korea as an American wasn’t the easiest thing to pull off, let alone something that Americans even wanted to do. But Ronzone made the necessary calls to make it happen. The plan was to host a basketball clinic in North Korea and get the kid, named Michael Ri, to attend.

“Rodman was after me. I was there before him,” Ronzone said with a laugh.

In order to fly into North Korea, Ronzone had to first fly to Thailand and then to China where they would meet him at the airport with his visa. Except they never showed, and Ronzone found himself detained in the airport for more than eight hours.

“Then the Thailand airlines got fined so they had to send me back to Thailand,” Ronzone recalled. He would spend three days in Thailand while he waited for the next opportunity at the twice-a-week flight to North Korea. Almost a week later, Ronzone finally made it. He hosted his basketball clinic and Michael Ri came walking through the doors.

Ri attended the clinic for one day, and Ronzone has never seen him since.

All of that to lay eyes on a prospect for a few hours who would never come close to playing in the NBA. That is the cost of being the best – a title that Ronzone holds in the eyes of many throughout the league.

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Choo stays hot with single, run in 1st ASG

An ongoing 51-game on-base streak is a major reason why Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was selected as an All-Star for the first time in his career, and he continued to find ways to reach base during Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. Choo led off the eighth inning with a single off Milwaukee's Josh Hader, and he eventually scored on a three-run home run from Seattle's Jean Segura.


On record-setting night, AL outslugs NL

The ball wasn't flying out of Nationals Park quite as frequently as it did during Bryce Harper's heroic hometown homer binge a night earlier, but it was flying all the same in a dinger-driven, record-breaking 89th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night.


LIVE on FOX: Choo set to make ASG history

Shin-Soo Choo, who is the first position player from South Korea selected to the All-Star Game, represents the Rangers at Nationals Park in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX.


Choo takes break from streak for All-Star Game

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Mavs delighted after signing rookie point guard Jalen Brunson to four-year contract

DALLAS – Three days after the completion of summer league play, rookie point guard Jalen Brunson signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday afternoon.

The first three years of Brunson’s contract is guaranteed, while the fourth year is a team option.

Since the Mavs are treating Brunson as if he was a first-round pick, in his first year of his contract he will earn close to what the 30th and last pick of the first round will earn. Omar Spellman, Brunson’s Villanova teammate was the 30th and final pick of the first round by the Atlanta Hawks and will earn $1.350 million in the first year of his rookie-scale contract.

Brunson was the 33rd overall pick of the June 21st NBA Draft and the third player chosen on the second round. The 6-3, 190-pounder led the Villanova Wildcats to a pair of NCAA titles over the past three years and was named the National College Player of the Year, the Big East Player of the Year and the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year this past season.

Also, Brunson captured the Bob Cousy Award this past year. That’s an award given to the nation’s top point guard.

In the Mavs’ five summer league games, Brunson averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 assists and shot just 23 percent from the field. But his heady play and knowledge on how to run an NBA offense clearly won over the Mavs’ coaches.

“He had a great demeanor about him on the court,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “The way he handles pick-and-rolls, the way he sees the floor, the way he understands the dynamics that go into all of it.

“He’s seen it before, he’s been around it his whole life, so that definitely plays a huge part in his development and what you see out of him on the court.”

Elsewhere, the Mavs still have to sign unrestricted free agents Dirk Nowitzki and Yogi Ferrell. But those signings appear to be just a formality.

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Perez activated, assigned to Triple-A

The Rangers have reinstated catcher Carlos Perez from the disabled list and assigned him outright to Triple-A Round Rock.


Taveras goes 0-for-2 in Futures Game

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park. Here is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.


Jamahl Mosley very pleased with the Mavericks’ performance in the summer league

LAS VEGAS –As their portion of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 was winding to a close, what the Dallas Mavericks’ players saw as a weakening of their roster was in reality an opportunity in disguise.
The Mavs’ top three players – Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith – only played in the team’s first two summer league games. Plus, rookie Luka Doncic didn’t play at all, mainly because his buyout from his EuroLeague team (Real Madrid) and letter of clearance from FIBA wasn’t completed in a sufficient amount of time for him to be on the court.
In the two games Smith, Motley and Finney-Smith played, the Mavs lost to Phoenix Suns (92-85) and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks (81-78).
But with those aforementioned players not in uniform, the Mavs blew out the Golden State Warriors (91-71), lost to the Chicago Bulls (95-83), and finished summer league play with Friday’s hard-fought 96-92 triumph over the Washington Wizards. In the meantime, any coach worth the chalkboard he writes his Xs and Os on will admit that a winning record – in this case, 3-2 for the Mavs – tastes much better than a losing record.
“Finishing the right way is what mattered to me the most,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “I think our guys played and sustained the same level night-in and night-out.
“We talked about some mistakes, we talked about some things where we can improve. But I tell you what, these young men represented the Mavericks’ organization from the standpoint of hard play, coming together in that short period of time, and playing together and doing things the right way better than I couldn’t even have imagined.”
Motley certainly played exceptional for the Mavs during his short tenure on the floor. In the 49 total minutes he played in the two games, the 6-10, 230-pound second-year center scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as he continued his exceptional growth after not getting drafted last year out of Baylor.
“I played pretty good,” said Motley, who shot 59 percent from the field. “I should have done some things better, but overall I think I did pretty good and showed what I can do from the first two games.”
Another bright spots for the Mavs was Australia’s Mitch Creek. The 6-5 guard/forward averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in just 18 minutes per game, and his put-back basket with 11.5 seconds remaining in the game was critical in the narrow win over the Wizards.
“I thought I did pretty solid with my time,” Creek said. “I thought I defended well, I communicated, offensively I was patient and we got good looks.
“Overall, I don’t try and look at myself too much. I’ve always been a team guy. But at the end of the day everyone’s out here for themselves inevitably, but I’m super proud of what I’ve done. I left no stone unturned, so I will definitely go back home to Australia with my head held high.”
Point guard Josh Adams also left Las Vegas with his head held high after scoring 21 points in just 27 minutes during the victory over Washington. In the five summer league games, a rock-solid Adams averaged 10.4 points and shot 38 percent from 3-point range while playing only 18.6 minutes per game.
“He played for (assistant) coach (Larry) Shyatt at Wyoming, so you know he’s going to defend,” Mosley said of Adams. “And offensively, he’s so fearless. He did a great job for us.”
Mosley also was pleased with the play of forward Ray Spalding, who was the 56th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft. In 17 minutes per game, Spalding averaged eight points and 5.2 rebounds and converted 59 percent of his shots.
“I think I played pretty well,” Spalding said. “I definitely could have made some shots that I usually make, but all in all I think it was a well-played tournament.
“Overall, I really enjoyed the experience.”
Meanwhile, point guard Jalen Brunson (drafted No. 33 overall) shot just 23 percent from the field. But the Villanova product more than held his own while controlling the Mavs’ offensive tempo and averaging 6.8 points and 4.4 assists.
In addition, Jalen Jones averaged 13 points and 6.2 rebounds in the summer league. However, he was waived at the conclusion of summer league play.
The Mavs also signed center Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract after their summer league games concluded.
“I feel like I did what they asked me to do,” Antetokounmpo said. “I feel like it was a good experience for me.
“I need to just keep getting better and just keep improving as a player. I’m happy to be with the Dallas organization and I’m going to put my head down and keep working.”
The No. 60 and very last player chosen in last month’s NBA Draft, Antetokounmpo hopes to prove to everyone that he can become just as relevant of a player as his brother – Bucks two-time All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. He also knows that coaches and fans will be looking at him and analyzing his game extra hard because of what his brother has been able to accomplish in the NBA.
“I feel a little pressure, but pressure makes diamonds,” Kostas Antetokounmpo said. “So I’m just going to put my head down and keep working.”
That’s the same recipe for success Spalding has laid out for himself to follow between now and the time training camp starts in late September.
“Every guy on the team I build a great relationship and a great bond with,” Spalding said. “So farther on through this process and whatever happens happens, I’ll continue to build great brotherhood with these guys on this team.”
Although basketball is a business and sometimes can get a bit dicey when players are battling for a roster spot, Motley – he stayed in Las Vegas and watched the final three games from the bench — acknowledged that he didn’t noticed any selfish play by the Mavs.
“They played, and played together,” Motley said. “I think that’s the main point.
“I think when everybody plays together, everybody looks good. So I think they did a good job of that.”
Motley’s assessment is shared by Mosley.
“I would say 3-2 is not bad at all,” Mosley said. “You walk away with this last win, and I think that’s really good.
“These guys played so hard. Every guy understood that it was next man up. When Dennis went out, when Motley went out, when Dorian went out, the guys knew that they were going to get their opportunity, and they all showed what they were capable of doing.”
NOTES: While the Mavs veterans, rookies, free agents, coaches and staff are scattered all across the world as they try to get in some vacation time, at least five members of the organization still has some more work to do this summer. Assistant coach Jamahl Mosley is one of nine assistant coaches who will be working the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp that will be in Las Vegas from July 25-27. Also, forward Harrison Barnes and center DeAndre Jordan are among the 35 players participating in that mini-camp. In addition, head athletic trainer Casey Smith will be part of the same mini-camp. . .Harrison Barnes will play for Team World against Team Africa in the NBA Africa Game on Aug. 4 in Pretoria, South Africa. Mavs development coach God Shammgod also will be part of the NBA Africa Game in an assignment, he said, to be determined. . .The NBA schedule will be released in mid-August and the Mavs will open training camp in late September.

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Taveras goes 0-for-2 in Futures Game

Each team slugged four home runs, but it was Team USA who came out on top in a 10-6 victory at Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park.


Minor crumbles in 3rd as Texas falls short vs. O's

Mike Minor gave his shortest performance since returning to a starter role in the Rangers' 6-5 loss to the Orioles on Sunday at Camden Yards. Perhaps worse, he'll have plenty of time to think about how it went wrong in the series decider.


Perez set to open 2nd half vs. Indians

The Rangers return from the All-Star break Friday to open a three-game home series against the Indians, with Martin Perez (2-4, 7.67 ERA) set for his second start since returning from the DL. Texas dropped two of three in Cleveland in a series that began on the final day of April, despite scoring at least four runs in all three games. The Tribe has yet to name a starter for the 7:05 p.m. CT series opener at Globe Life Park.


Perez set to open 2nd half vs. Indians

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Guzman pulls an Mbappe to celebrate slam

He's a pretty good guy to copy.


Guzman launches first career grand slam

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Calhoun leads Saturday's top prospects

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Perez solid in return from DL, takes tough loss

Martin Perez last pitched on April 29 but came off the disabled list to give the Rangers a strong start Saturday night at Camden Yards. The only problem was the Texas offense could not help him as the Orioles edged the Rangers, 1-0.


WATCH LIVE: SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game

Watch on MLB Network, simulcast live on MLB.com, as the next generation of stars play in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.


Claudio placed on DL with left ankle sprain

Lefty reliever Alex Claudio was put on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to Thursday, due to a left ankle sprain he suffered earlier in the week.


Claudio placed on DL with left ankle sprain

Lefty reliever Alex Claudio was put on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, retroactive to Thursday, due to a left ankle sprain he suffered earlier in the week.


Minor closes out first half vs. Orioles

Mike Minor (6-5, 4.56 ERA) closes out the first half of the season for the Rangers in a 12:05 p.m. CT meeting with the Orioles on Sunday. Minor lost his last start but is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA in his last six games and will be working on an extra day's rest. The Orioles will go with a bullpen game.


Watch Taveras, Pelham in Futures Game

A collection of the best talent in the Minor Leagues has been assembled for the 20th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be broadcast live from Nationals Park on MLB Network on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Below is everything you need to know, with a snapshot of each of the 50 players, with links to scouting reports, tools and grades, stats and video on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.


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Hamels earns win thanks to Rua's pinch-hit HR

Ryan Rua belted his first career pinch-hit home run, a three-run shot off reliever Tanner Scott during a decisive four-run seventh inning, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Orioles to open a three-game set on Friday night at Camden Yards. Scott, entering after starter Alex Cobb exited, was charged with two of Rua's runs and surrendered Nomar Mazara's double that made it 5-1. O's No. 9 hitter Caleb Joseph pulled Baltimore to within one with a three-run double in the seventh.


Rua's 3-run pinch-hit HR lifts Rangers past O's

Ryan Rua belted his first career pinch-hit home run, a three-run shot off reliever Tanner Scott during a four-run seventh inning, and the Rangers held on to defeat the Orioles, 5-4, to open a three-game set on Friday night at Camden Yards.


Mavs finish summer league play with a hard-fought 96-92 win over the Wizards

LAS VEGAS – Josh Adams and Jalen Jones scored 21 points apiece to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a hard-fought 96-92 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday afternoon at Cox Pavilion in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018.

The Mavs finished summer league play with a 3-2 record.

Besides Adams and Jones, the Mavs got 10 points each from Manu Lecomte and Kosta Antetokounmpo.
A tip-in by Mitch Creek of a missed free throw pushed the Mavs ahead 94-89 with 11.5 seconds left and all but sealed the game.

It was a brisk workmanlike start for the Mavs, who looked very energized in breaking loose for a 29-13 lead after the first quarter.

Jones, who was waived after the game, was the main instigator for the Mavs in the early goings as at one point he personally outscored Washington in the first quarter, 12-10. That includes Jones barreling inside for a thunderous dunk and collecting a subsequent technical foul for saying something the referees didn’t like.

Jones got some first-quarter help from Adams (seven points) and Ray Spalding (four points, five rebounds, one block). But that dominant Mavs’ offense went south in the second quarter when the Mavs couldn’t get anything going as they tallied just six points.

The Mavs missed shots from the perimeter and from point-blank range as that 16-point lead they held after the first quarter dwindled to 35-34 at intermission.

Back-to-back dunks in the third quarter by Ray Spalding kept the Mavs close. But the Wizards managed to hold a slim 62-60 advantage entering the final quarter.

Neither team got much separation in the fourth quarter. But the Mavs, who outrebounded Washington, 44-35, made enough crucial plays down the stretch to hold off the Wizards.

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Mavericks sign Kostas Antetokounmpo to two-way contract; waive Jalen Jones

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed forward Kostas Antetokounmpo (COAST-us ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on forward Jalen Jones.

Antetokounmpo (6-10, 197) was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The Dallas Mavericks acquired his draft rights and the draft rights to 56th overall pick Ray Spalding from Philadelphia in exchange for the draft rights to 54th overall pick Shake Milton.

The Athens, Greece native was an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending one season at the University of Dayton. In four games with the Mavericks at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, he averaged 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks and 12.0 minutes.

The 2018-19 season will mark the second year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.

Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Jones saw action in 12 games for the Mavericks last season averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

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Perez ready to show he's overcome injury

After spending more than two months recovering from soreness in his non-throwing elbow, lefty Martin Perez returns to the Rangers rotation Saturday aiming to prove himself worthy of the contract option the club holds on him after the season.


Perez to return from DL to start vs. O's

Rangers lefty Martin Perez makes his first start since late April on Saturday after inflammation in his surgically repaired non-throwing elbow forced him to the disabled list. After struggling early, Perez may be looking to quickly make a dent in his 9.67 ERA, especially with the Rangers holding a $7.5 million contract option at the end of the season. Right-hander Yefry Ramirez (0-3, 3.93) goes for Baltimore in a 6:15 p.m. CT start at Camden Yards.


Dallas Mavericks organization launches advisory council

JULY 12, 2018 (DALLAS, TX) — The Dallas Mavericks are committed to setting the standard for inclusion and diversity in the NBA. To do so, the Mavs organization has announced the creation of the Dallas Mavericks Advisory Council (D-MAC), a collective of leaders from the business community, season ticket holders and corporate partners who will have the opportunity to learn about Dallas Mavericks initiatives and provide input to the Dallas Mavericks management team. D-MAC will be co-chaired by Retired Chief of Police, David O. Brown, and Sr. Director of Community Relations for the Dallas Mavericks, Katie Edwards.

“In order to have a more diverse and collaborative work environment, we must surround ourselves with the best of the best in business and in life,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. “D-MAC will allow our executives to hear different perspectives, gain insights from our fans in the community and seek council when there are decisions to be made. I am thrilled to begin this September.”

D-MAC will consist of approximately 20 members and will come together quarterly, beginning on Media Day—September 21st, 2018, to hear updates on Dallas Mavericks business and provide feedback, advice and recommendations that will help the team meet challenges, identify risks and attain business-related goals. Such topics will include workforce recruitment and retention, philanthropy and community engagement, trends in the marketplace, programmatic strategy and public affairs. The Advisory Council will play a valuable role as a sounding board on the interface between the Mavs and the local community.

Invitations have gone out to 28 potential members and the list of advisors will be released in August.

For more information on D-MAC, Cynt Marshall and the Mavs organization, visit the newly launched CEO Corner on mavs.com.

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Mavs Gaming invests into next generation with visit to local Boys & Girls Club

On the corner of Worth Street and North Prairie Avenue in East Dallas sits a small, tan-colored building that the average person would drive past and think nothing of. But inside is a group of over 150 kids that are discovering their true potential, pursuing their passions and dreaming big.

The Boys & Girls Club of East Dallas is one of 18 Dallas locations across the Metroplex. The East Dallas location serves around 150 kids, all 18 locations combined serve roughly 1,600 kids on a daily basis and over 5,500 club members benefit from the programs and services.

From 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., parents and guardians drop their kids off over the summer. Children ages six to 18 receive strong moral guidance, positive role models and life-changing educational programs at the Boys & Girls Club. The kids are also fed two hot meals a day and take part in numerous field trips across North Texas.

The relationship between the Dallas Mavericks and the Boys & Girls Club dates back many years. But recently, Harrison and Brittany Barnes have taken on a more active role.

“Harrison and Brittany have been angels for us,” Dave Shallenberger, Corporate and Foundations Relations Manager of the Boys & Girls Club said. “They’ve put in a basketball court for us, which is beautiful. They have supported us in so many ways. They have a passion for our mission and our kids. We are so grateful and they have done so much for our kids.”

On Wednesday, the Boys and Girls Club were introduced to more members of the Mavericks family as the Mavs Gaming team visited the East Dallas campus to talk about their careers in the eSports industry and spend time with the kids.

For a generation that is growing up with video games more popular than ever, the eSports industry gives them a dream that previous generations never had.

“We are always having kids think about their future,” Shallenberger said. “We try to grant them exposure in as many different opportunities that are out there. It is great to have the Mavericks come here and show them eSports opportunities.”

For some members of the Mavs Gaming team, they remember growing up in a world where video games were looked down upon and viewed in a negative manner.

“It’s one of the more overlooked parts of being a kid … doing something you like and love,” Devillon said. “Growing up as a kid, I was always taught that video games are bad for you. It’s just wasting time. But things are changing. Especially with these kids growing up in a different age than I did. Why not support the kids that can be in the same spot that I am in 10 years from now?”

With all of the kids packed into a gymnasium, the Mavs Gaming team took the court and introduced themselves, talked about their backgrounds and answered questions from the crowd.

For a team that’s coming off two consecutive losses, this week is important as they head into another tournament with a $150,000 prize pool.

“It’s awesome on two different levels,” head coach Jonah Edwards said of their visit with the kids. “We are focusing on this tournament this week so this is a nice reset to do something for the kids and get our mind off everything. Also, it is just awesome to share our experience with these kids. I would have definitely appreciated something like this when I was their age.”

After the introductions and questions, then came the fun as the kids were split up into two groups. Around half of the kids stayed in the gym to play basketball and other games while the other half hit the video game consoles to play against the pros.

“I feel like they really liked it and I had fun myself,” Seem said. “They had me jumping rope and dancing.”

Seem, JLB, HazzaUK2K and Devillon spent time in the gym with the kids while Dayfri and Dimez took to the controllers to show the kids just how good you have to be to be a professional.

Set up on two big screens, kids took turns playing head-to-head with the top two draft picks for the Mavs. Some of the kids took their opportunity as a chance to talk trash to the Mavs Gaming team, which brought a different type of fun to the whole event.

“Just talking a little trash. They were talking trash to me so I had to fire back,” Dimez said as we both shared a laugh.

A junior in the program, who goes by D.J., couldn’t back up his trash talking to the No. 1 overall pick, but said he’d be ready for the rematch.

“It was awesome. If he comes back next year, I am ready,” D.J. said.

Christian Higgins, an eight grader at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, had the opportunity to face off against both Dayfri and Dimez.

“They are very good,” Higgins said. “I play with my brother sometimes but playing with him is very different.”

When asked who was better between Dayfri and Dimez, Higgins replied with a smile, “Dimez.”

Although it was technically a break from a busy week for Mavs Gaming, Dimez didn’t view it that way. In fact, if it were up to him, he would still be there investing time into each and every kid.

“I guess this is a break, but this is fun man,” Dimez said. “I am the last to leave and the first to show up. They are forcing me to leave. I don’t want to leave. I am having fun with the kids.”

For Dimez specifically, he wanted the kids to see firsthand that your dreams and passions in life can come true. That in life, anything is possible.

“Anything is possible,” Dimez said. “I wanted them to see that and believe. Know that they can do the same.”

Decked out in their new Mavs Gaming gear, the kids took time to wish the players well and thank them for the time and gear. As for the impact the visit had on the kids, Shallenberger said the buzz around Mavs Gaming isn’t going away anytime soon.

“They are going to be talking about this for weeks,” Shallenberger said. “They are going to talk about this for a long, long time.”

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Mavs did the right thing in not allowing Luka Doncic to play summer league ball

LAS VEGAS – Among the smart moves the Dallas Mavericks made this offseason was to NOT play Luka Doncic in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018.

It wasn’t until this past Monday that Doncic finally got his buyout from his Real Madrid team and the all-important letter of clearance from FIBA. That gave the rookie from Slovenia the go-ahead to sign his three-year, $18.576 million rookie-scale contract – there is a team option for a fourth year — with the Mavs.

But by the time Doncic put his signature on his contract, the Mavs had already played a pair of summer league games. And the Mavs’ top summer league campers – Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith – were not scheduled to play in any more games in Las Vegas.

Thus, Doncic would have primarily been on the floor mostly with players who are not going to make the Mavs’ 15-man roster. Plus, he hasn’t had any 5-on-5 practice time with the Mavs just yet, which complicates matters.

Being the No. 3 overall pick in the June 21 NBA Draft, Doncic already has a very large target on his back. Other players on other NBA teams already want of piece of him and already want to prove that they should have been drafted higher than the 6-7, 218-pound combo guard.

And without any 5-on-5 practice time under his belt so he could essentially get to fully know and digest the Mavs’ offense, things may have gotten a bit dicey for Doncic.

Not that Doncic couldn’t have triumphantly pulled it off anyway and had a very successful basketball experience in Las Vegas had he played the final three games that were on the Mavs’ docket after he signed his contract.

This past season Doncic won the coveted Most Valuable Player award in the EuroLeague and also was the MVP of the EuroLeague Final 4 while being the pilot who victoriously guided Real Madrid to the championship at the tender age of 19. So the dude has a serious game, whether the majority of the basketball aficionados in the USA knows it or not.

However, coaches always babble about putting their players in the best possible position to be successful so that player can rightfully have an indelible impact on their squad. In Doncic’s case, if Smith, Motley and Finney-Smith aren’t on the court with him at the summer league stage of his career, then there was absolutely no need to expose Doncic to whatever he would have been confronted with in Vegas.

Especially since there wasn’t sufficient time to have any meaningful 5-on-5 practice sessions.

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12U Bergman Win Back-to-Back World Series

The 12U Dallas Tigers coached by Brett Bergman went on a tear in recent weeks by winning back-to-back world series baseball tournaments.  They took home the championships in the 13U Travel Sports World Series in Grapevine and 12U USSSA World Series at Big League Dreams in Mansfield.  Way to go boys!!

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How the AL West is looking as Deadline nears

With less than three weeks until the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, things are heating up.


Defensive miscues in Fenway sink Rangers

Hindered by defensive struggles, the Rangers fell to the Red Sox, 4-2, in their final game of the series on Wednesday night, despite a comeback effort in the eighth inning.


DeShields exits game as precaution after fall

Center fielder Delino DeShields exited during the sixth inning of the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday night, but he appears to have avoided an injury to the neck and shoulder area.


Barea one of three winners of the Mannie Jackson-Basketball’s Human Spirit Award

LAS VEGAS – Dallas Mavericks guard J. J. Barea is one of three players named Wednesday as the winners of the Mannie Jackson-Basketball’s Human Spirit Award.

The award, which also went to Tina Charles and Boris Diaw, was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Barea won the coveted award because of the tireless advocate work he did in his native Puerto Rico following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Barea, Charles and Diaw will be recognized on Sept. 6 at the Reunion Dinner during the Enshrinement Weekend at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Springfield, MA.

“The Mannie Jackson Award is an esteemed honor awarded only to those with the highest level of dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of others,” said John L. Doleva, the president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “The Basketball Hall of Fame is proud to recognize J. J. Barea, Tina Charles and Boris Diaw for the impact they have had on the national and global level.

“Our game spans the earth and so does the generosity and commitment of these three outstanding leaders.”

With the help of a plane owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, Barea provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico, including 14,000 pounds of water, 10,000 pounds of food, 32 generators, and 3,000 pounds of clothes, diapers, medical supplies, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Barea also launched a fund-raiser on YouCaring.com that raised over $250,000 for families who were impacted by the Hurricane Maria, and additionally he personally raised nearly $500,000 to help the needy families

“A Hall of Fame should recognize great athletes, but also the great people who are in athletics and are doing extraordinary things for their communities,” Jackson said. “I am proud to report the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Leadership continues doing an extraordinary job of identifying the “greats’ in the basketball community who do positive things for Humankind.”

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Colon unable to slow Red Sox in series finale

Hindered by defensive struggles, the Rangers fell to the Red Sox, 4-2, in their final game of the series on Wednesday night, despite a comeback effort in the eighth inning.


Colon had faced Boston coaches more than roster

Bart's been around a long time.


Colon had faced Sox coaches more than roster

Bart's been around a long time.


DeShields exits after outfield catch attempt

Rangers center fielder Delino DeShields exited the game in the sixth inning against the Red Sox on Wednesday night with an injury to the neck and shoulder area.


The short-handed Mavs lose to the Chicago Bulls, 95-83

LAS VEGAS – With the bulk of their offensive attack not in uniform, the Dallas Mavericks lacked the necessary scoring punch needed to defeat the Chicago Bulls.

Antonio Blakeney scored 28 points and the Bulls beat the Mavs, 95-83, in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Mavs will next play the Washington Wizards, who lost to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, 89-74. The Mavs-Wizards game is set for Friday at 5 p.m. CDT at Cox Pavilion, with the loser going home for the summer.

Kyle Collinsworth led the Mavs with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Josh Adams and Phil Greene tallied 10 points apiece.

Of course, the Mavs got into this pickle because played the Bulls without four of their top players – Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley, Dorian Finney-Smith and Luka Doncic. And that, more than anything had an obvious impact on the final outcome.

The Bulls caught fire in the second quarter, erasing a 15-point deficit to assume a 42-40 lead at the half. Chicago outscored the Mavs in the second period, 27-12, as then Mavs were a frosty 4-of-20 from the field during that 10-minute quarter.

Jalen Brunson got off to a great start for the Mavs as he scored four points and distributed three assists in the five minutes he played in the first quarter. It was a welcomed sign for Brunson, who had struggled with his shot during the first three games in Vegas and finished Wednesday’s game with eight points and seven assists.

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Hamels looks to find form vs. Orioles

Following an off-day for the Rangers, left-hander Cole Hamels will make his 19th start of the season on Friday in the series opener against the Orioles. Hamels struggled in his last stint on the mound, allowing seven runs (three earned) in two-thirds of an inning, but manager Jeff Banister is optimistic about Hamels' solid off-speed command. The veteran left-hander will be opposed by Alex Cobb, with first pitch in Baltimore set for 6:05 p.m. CT.


Choo sits amid on-base streak with Beltre at DH

For the second time in this series against the Red Sox, Rangers All-Star Shin-Soo Choo was absent from the starting lineup. But it wasn't because left-hander Chris Sale was pitching, Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "It's been consistent of how we've done, as far as structure of the lineup with [Adrian Beltre] in the DH slot," Banister said.


Without three of their top players, the Mavs will play the Chicago Bulls today

LAS VEGAS – The Dallas Mavericks will be without three of their best players when they open the tournament-style play of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018.

Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith will not play for Dallas when the Mavs (2-1) meet the Chicago Bulls (1-2) today at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Thomas & Mack Center. Mavs coach Jamahl Mosley said the team had already seen what they wanted out of Smith, Motley and Finney-Smith, as all three players also sat out Monday’s game against the the Golden State Warriors.

Also, it is highly unlikely that rookie guard Luka Doncic will play against the Bulls since he has yet to go through any 5-on-5 practice sessions with the Mavs.

If the Mavs win that game they’ll play on Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT at Cox Pavilion against the winner of the Detroit-Minnesota contest.

However, if the Mavs lose to the Bulls, they’ll play on Friday at 5 p.m. CDT at Cox Pavilion against the Washington-Los Angeles Clippers loser.

Since the Mavs have reached the double-elimination portion of summer league play, they are guaranteed of playing at least two more games.

The Mavs lost their first game in Las Vegas to the Phoenix Suns, 92-85, last Friday. But they bounced back and defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday (81-78) and the Warriors on Monday (91-71).

Chicago got to this point by upending Cleveland (86-81) last Saturday before suffering losses to the Los Angeles Lakers (69-60) on Sunday and to the Atlanta Hawks (101-93) on Tuesday.

The quarterfinals will be played on Sunday, the semifinals on Monday and the championship game is set for Tuesday at 9 p.m. CDT.

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Austin Jackson designated for assignment

The Rangers designated outfielder Austin Jackson for assignment on Wednesday.


Teams Clean Up at VTool Showcase Events

Three of our Dallas Tigers high school teams clean up at this past weekends VTool Showcase events.  15U Hernandez and 16U Arias won their divisions in the Midwest Championships OSU and OU in Oklahoma.  The 16U Ethridge team won it all at the CTX Championships at Baylor University in Waco, TX.  Keep it rollin at the VTool Showcase events fellas! Congratulations!

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Mendez spins a gem for Down East

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.


Colon squares off vs. Sale in series finale

Bartolo Colon (5-6, 4.65 ERA) will take the mound in the Rangers' series finale against the Red Sox on Wednesday night. On Friday against the Tigers, Colon struck out three while allowing three runs in eight innings. Boston will counter with ace Chris Sale (9-4, 2.36 ERA), and first pitch is set for 6:10 p.m. CT.


More Commits for Dallas Tigers Players

We are excited to announce the latest in a host of Dallas Tigers players early committing to play college baseball.

Preston and Austin King committed to play at University of Texas Rio Grand Valley (UTRGV).  The King brothers will be in the 2019 class of Argyle High School.  They play for the 17U team coached by Tommy Hernandez and have been Tigers since 11U.  They also just came off an undefeated season at Argyle that lead them to a 4A State Championship.

Baylor University’s latest commit, Ryan Patterson, is a 2020 at Prestonwood Christian Academy.  Ryan plays for the 16U Tigers coached by Steve Arias and has been a Tiger since 12U.

Brandon Troxler also recently accepted a scholarship to Wichita State University this Summer.  Brandon has been a Tiger since 10U and is currently on the 17U team coached by Tommy Hernandez.  Trox is a 2019 at Rockwall High School.

“We take a lot of pride in our players earning the opportunity to play at the next level,” said club President, Tommy Hernandez. “It is an achievement for the players and parents who have put in countless hours of energy through the tryout process that is years long.  Couldn’t be more proud for this latest group of college baseball commits.”

Congratulations fellas!

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Odor hits 447-foot HR, but Rangers fall to Sox

Missed opportunities sunk the Rangers on Tuesday night, when they fell to the Red Sox, 8-4, at Fenway Park. But it didn't look that way at first.


Banister being cautious with Minor's workload

Mike Minor expressed confusion after being pulled relatively early on Monday, but manager Jeff Banister said it was all part of the plan.


Former NBA centers believe DeAndre Jordan will have a major impact with the Mavs

LAS VEGAS – Former NBA centers Dikembe Mutombo and Brendan Haywood believe the Dallas Mavericks hit a grand slam last Friday when they signed DeAndre Jordan to a one-year, $22.9 million contract.

An eight-time All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner, Mutombo told Mavs.com that Jordan has the skills to clog up the middle and create havoc inside the paint for anyone with the audacity to drive to the basket. And that, he said, will be a huge bonus for the Mavs.

“I like him,” said Mutombo, who played in the NBA from 1991-2009 and is in Las Vegas to watch the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 20018. “If they can play the perimeter game and leave him in the middle by himself, that will give him the room to get 20-30 rebounds every night.”

Haywood, the backup to center Tyson Chandler when the Mavs captured the 2011 world championship, also is equally all-in when it comes to recognizing the overwhelming impact he acknowledged that Jordan can have on Mark Cuban’s squad.

“I think DeAndre definitely helps the team a lot,” Haywood told Mavs. com. “He gives them some rim presence, he’s a rim protector, he’s a dynamic roller, and he’s excellent at screen-and-rolling and getting to the basket and finishing above the rim.

“Last year he actually shot his free throws a lot better as well, and I think that’ll help because he won’t be in that hack-a-category where he gets fouled a lot. He also brings a veteran presence to that team.”

With point guard Dennis Smith Jr. having a year in the NBA under his belt and rookie Luka Doncic also joining forces with veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea, Haywood believes this could be a very special season for the Mavs. Particularly with the addition of Jordan, who can instantly erase any defensive deficiencies the Mavs may have on the perimeter.

“I figure it’s a lot of upside and no downside to bringing DeAndre Jordan in,” Haywood said. “I think this is a team that can compete for one of those last couple of playoff spots, depending on the growth of young players like Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr.”

Mutombo, who led the NBA in rebounding in 2000 and ‘01, and in blocked shots in ‘94, ‘95 and ’96, is fascinated by all the ground Jordan covers while patrolling the paint, and by the intimidating force with the way he finishes his dunks.

“That kid can dunk the ball, and can jump,” Mutombo said. “I’ve never seen so many people who can jump higher than him.

“If he can be in Dallas — a team that can shoot from the outside — that will give him the room to do whatever he want to do in the middle, because he’ll have room to continue to dominate.”

All of this analysis by Haywood and Mutombo, of course, is sweet music to the Mavs, who made Jordan their No. 1 free agency target this offseason – three years after he jilted them in free agency in the summer of 2015.

“He’s a force, he’s a rim force at both ends of the floor,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We have not had a guy since Tyson Chandler that gave us anything close to that.

“It’s a great opportunity for our franchise, and he feels it’s a great opportunity for him, too. We’ve got a lot of playmakers that can throw lobs and put him in strong position, so we think it’s a great fit.”

Forward Harrison Barnes, in Las Vegas to watch the Mavs’ summer league entry, also is intrigued by how many more wide open looks he and his teammates will receive next season because of Jordan’s massive presence down in the box.

“It was crazy how that worked out, that we were able to get him,” Barnes told Mav.com. “He’s excited to be here, the team’s excited for him to be here, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Barnes made a mental glance at the Mavs’ roster in his head and immediately wanted to head to the gym so he can get everyone collaborating in unison as soon as possible. That’s the adrenalin rush the signing of a prime-time player like Jordan gave Barnes.

“The thing I’m most excited about right now is just getting everyone together,” Barnes said. “It’s important to develop that chemistry, because talent-wise we have some lineups that on paper look really good together.

“It’s just a matter of everyone getting comfortable and being ready to go and go out there and win games.”

Haywood even embraced Jordan signing just a one-year contract with the Mavs, because he knows he’ll invigorate the defense and change the culture much like Chandler did during the 2010-’11 championship season.

“There are a lot of guys trying to get back into free agency in 2019,” Haywood said. “And if this team is winning and doing things the right way, I’m sure he’ll want to be back with the Mavs and Mark will want him back.”

NOTES: After drilling the Golden State Warriors, 91-71, in summer league play on Monday, the Mavs are 2-1 thus far since arriving in Las Vegas last Thursday. The Mavs, who had an off day on Tuesday after either playing or practicing for eight consecutive days, will now enter the double-elimination portion of their summer league schedule. But the Mavs’ next opponent – and when and where they’ll play – won’t be announced until the remaining preliminary games are completed on Tuesday night. . .Luka Doncic started playing the 2017-’18 EuroLeague season last September and didn’t finish until June 19 – two days before the NBA Draft – when he led Real Madrid to the championship. The next day Doncic flew to New York for the NBA Draft, which was held on June 21. And the next morning he flew to Dallas for a press conference. Then it was back to Europe to pick up some belongings, and back to Dallas as he waited for his contract situation to be resolved. But that didn’t occur until Monday in Las Vegas when Doncic, 19, finally was able to sign his three-year, $18.576 million rookie-scale contract. Doncic can sign an extension after his third season with the Mavs. All of the whirlwind traveling by Doncic had coach Rick Carlisle thinking. “I’m trying to remember when I was 19 years old and what that was like,” Carlisle said. “But it was so long ago I’m a little foggy on it. But he’s super excited to be with the Mavericks.” . . .One of the NBA’s top coaches, Rick Carlisle is very anxious to start diagramming plays and getting guards Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic dialed in on the same page. And knowing that center DeAndre Jordan will be very impactful on both ends of the court also makes Carlisle sleep a little more comfortable at night. “I’m very excited,” Carlisle said. “Having those guys and DeAndre and another year of experience under the belts of our young guys, there’s a lot of things to be excited about.”. . .Forward Harrison Barnes was so thrilled the Mavs landed Luka Doncic in that draft-day trade with the Atlanta Hawks that he showed up at his conference on June 22. “I’ve talked to him and been texting him a little bit,” Barnes said. “I text him and (second-round pick) Jalen Brunson. I’m looking forward to continue building a relationship with them.” . .Known for wagging his finger after blocking a shot, ex-NBA player Dikembe Mutombo said he wouldn’t mind if DeAndre Jordan did the same thing while playing for the Mavs. Mutombo said: “Of course. Why not?”

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Mavericks played almost a complete game in drilling the Warriors, 91-71

LAS VEGAS – This was as close to a complete game as the Dallas Mavericks could ask for.

The Mavs stepped on the throats of the Golden State Warriors early and often Monday night and went on to cruise to a convincing 91-71 victory in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Maybe excited by the signing of rookie guard Luka Doncic just prior to tip-off, the Mavs were very dominant against the Warriors. Whatever the case, that victory padded the Mavs’ record to 2-1 going into the double-elimination tournament play, which starts Wednesday.

Against the Warriors, the Mavs played without three of their regular starters – Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith. But it didn’t seem to matter as Phil Greene, Mitch Creek, Jacob Wiley, Ray Spalding and Jalen Jones calmly picked up the slack in this runaway victory.

“I thought it was a very good overall performance,” summer league coach Jamahl Moseley said. “I think they did the best at playing together – the ball movement was good.

“I was just really impressed with our ability to play hard and sustain the level as long as we did.”

Even Jalen Brunson got in on the action and performed admirably. Although he shot just 2-of-8 from the field, Brunson distributed eight assists to go with his nine points.

“I think it’s getting better – I’m adjusting, still,” Brunson said. “But I think I’m coming into every day with a clear mind and I’m just trying to get better every day.”

The Mavs led 29-21 after the first quarter and 39-31 at the half. Brunson then got cooking, scoring his two baskets in the third quarter and also delivering some pretty nifty assists that helped Dallas tote a 76-52 lead into the final quarter.

“He got going a little bit in the third,” Mosley said. “So what I really like is the thing about him is that, from being a winner ‘s standpoint, he’s not letting those things discourage him.

“He kept going, he kept playing, he got a big shot, got an and-1, got himself to the free throw line to create his rhythm. He’s getting to the right spots, like we’ve talked about. When that happens, it can create so many other things because he makes great reads for other guys on the floor.”

Greene paced the Mavs with 16 points – he was 4-of-8 from 3-point range – and six rebounds. Also Creek drilled 5-of-7 shots and finished with 13 points and seven boards, and Wiley made five of his nine field goals and contributed 12 points.

“Phil Greene, he can flat-out score,” Mosley said. “But there were so many other things he did.

“He picked up full-court, he got into the basketball. He’s falling right in line with how our system goes – play hard, play the right way. He gets open looks, the guys were finding him early on in the first half with shots, so he did a very, very good job.”

Jones also played well, finishing with 11 workmanlike points. And Kostas Antetokounmpo was very active on the court while collecting four points, seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

“Those are some of the things we talked about seeing early on with him – his athleticism, his ability to play hard,” Mosley said, referring to Antetokounmpo. “He did a great job on the glass and then he had a couple of situations down the stretch where he made the right play.

“So those are the things that we’re looking forward for him to keep doing.”

Spalding, who finished with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, also grabbed Mosley’s attention with his solid overall play.

“He’s been real good,” Mosley said. “The great part about him is that his demeanor is so calm and quite — he doesn’t get over –rattled, he just plays the right way.

“He plays hard, he’s just got a smoothness to his game. He’s done so many things that you ask him to do, you know he’s been well-coached. He does all the right things. That’s what I’m really enjoying seeing him grow and he gets better every single day.”

The Mavs hammered the Warriors on the glass, winning that battle by a sizeable 55-34 margin. While the Mavs grabbed 23 offensive rebounds, they also limited Golden State to 35.9 percent shooting, including just 6-of-23 shots from behind the 3-point line.

Now it’s on to double-elimination tournament-style play, which could be a bit sticky for the Mavs since Mosley said Smith, Finney-Smith and Motley will not play in any more of the summer league games. But there’s a slim chance Doncic, who signed his contract on Monday, could be available to play.

“He’s got to get a practice under his belt,” Mosley said. “He hasn’t gone 5-on-5 with our guys for the most part, so that’s going to be something we’ll have to look at with practices and see how that goes.

“He’ll be working out when we go through practices. He’ll go through all the things with us now that he’s signed, so I think that’ll be a good thing for him to just get the feel, get comfortable with what we’re doing and how we’re doing at a real pace.”

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Mavericks played almost a complete game in drilling the Warriors, 91-71

LAS VEGAS – This was as close to a complete game as the Dallas Mavericks could ask for.

The Mavs stepped on the throats of the Golden State Warriors early and often Monday night and went on to cruise to a convincing 91-71 victory in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Maybe excited by the signing of rookie guard Luka Doncic just prior to tip-off, the Mavs were very dominant against the Warriors. Whatever the case, that victory padded the Mavs’ record to 2-1 going into the double-elimination tournament play, which starts Wednesday.

Against the Warriors, the Mavs played without three of their regular starters – Dennis Smith Jr., Johnathan Motley and Dorian Finney-Smith. But it didn’t seem to matter as Phil Greene, Mitch Creek, Jacob Wiley, Ray Spalding and Jalen Jones calmly picked up the slack in this runaway victory.

“I thought it was a very good overall performance,” summer league coach Jamahl Moseley said. “I think they did the best at playing together – the ball movement was good.

“I was just really impressed with our ability to play hard and sustain the level as long as we did.”

Even Jalen Brunson got in on the action and performed admirably. Although he shot just 2-of-8 from the field, Brunson distributed eight assists to go with his nine points.

“I think it’s getting better – I’m adjusting, still,” Brunson said. “But I think I’m coming into every day with a clear mind and I’m just trying to get better every day.”

The Mavs led 29-21 after the first quarter and 39-31 at the half. Brunson then got cooking, scoring his two baskets in the third quarter and also delivering some pretty nifty assists that helped Dallas tote a 76-52 lead into the final quarter.

“He got going a little bit in the third,” Mosley said. “So what I really like is the thing about him is that, from being a winner ‘s standpoint, he’s not letting those things discourage him.

“He kept going, he kept playing, he got a big shot, got an and-1, got himself to the free throw line to create his rhythm. He’s getting to the right spots, like we’ve talked about. When that happens, it can create so many other things because he makes great reads for other guys on the floor.”

Greene paced the Mavs with 16 points – he was 4-of-8 from 3-point range – and six rebounds. Also Creek drilled 5-of-7 shots and finished with 13 points and seven boards, and Wiley made five of his nine field goals and contributed 12 points.

“Phil Greene, he can flat-out score,” Mosley said. “But there were so many other things he did.

“He picked up full-court, he got into the basketball. He’s falling right in line with how our system goes – play hard, play the right way. He gets open looks, the guys were finding him early on in the first half with shots, so he did a very, very good job.”

Jones also played well, finishing with 11 workmanlike points. And Kostas Antetokounmpo was very active on the court while collecting four points, seven rebounds and blocked three shots.

“Those are some of the things we talked about seeing early on with him – his athleticism, his ability to play hard,” Mosley said, referring to Antetokounmpo. “He did a great job on the glass and then he had a couple of situations down the stretch where he made the right play.

“So those are the things that we’re looking forward for him to keep doing.”

Spalding, who finished with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, also grabbed Mosley’s attention with his solid overall play.

“He’s been real good,” Mosley said. “The great part about him is that his demeanor is so calm and quite — he doesn’t get over –rattled, he just plays the right way.

“He plays hard, he’s just got a smoothness to his game. He’s done so many things that you ask him to do, you know he’s been well-coached. He does all the right things. That’s what I’m really enjoying seeing him grow and he gets better every single day.”

The Mavs hammered the Warriors on the glass, winning that battle by a sizeable 55-34 margin. While the Mavs grabbed 23 offensive rebounds, they also limited Golden State to 35.9 percent shooting, including just 6-of-23 shots from behind the 3-point line.

Now it’s on to double-elimination tournament-style play, which could be a bit sticky for the Mavs since Mosley said Smith, Finney-Smith and Motley will not play in any more of the summer league games. But there’s a slim chance Doncic, who signed his contract on Monday, could be available to play.

“He’s got to get a practice under his belt,” Mosley said. “He hasn’t gone 5-on-5 with our guys for the most part, so that’s going to be something we’ll have to look at with practices and see how that goes.

“He’ll be working out when we go through practices. He’ll go through all the things with us now that he’s signed, so I think that’ll be a good thing for him to just get the feel, get comfortable with what we’re doing and how we’re doing at a real pace.”

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Homers haunt Rangers in series opener vs. Sox

Mike Minor made just one mistake on the night and the Red Sox made the Rangers pay for it.


Luka Doncic has officially signed his rookie-scale contract with the Mavericks

LAS VEGAS — Luka Doncic has officially signed his contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

The signing happened late Monday afternoon shortly after the Mavs arrived at the Thomas & Mack Center to play a game against the Golden State Warriors in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The rookie-scale contract will pay Doncic $5.467 million next season, $6.402 million in the 2019-’20 season, and $6.707 million during the 2020-’21 campaign.

Doncic has been with the Mavs since they came to Las Vegas last Thursday to start a period where they will play at least five summer league games. He 6-7, 218-pound guard from Real Madrid has been working out on his own on the side during practice sessions.

Yet, it is highly unlikely Doncic will play in any of the Mavs’ remaining summer league games.

“Now we’ve got to get him some live practice time and see if we can get him a game or two,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “At this ;point it’s challenging because we’re into a high volume of games, we’ve been going every day, and so it’s going to have to be a day off at some point here.

“But he’s been doing everything that he can do to get himself ready and I know he’s anxious to get out there with his teammates. But we’re going to have to just wait and see. Hey look, there’s still a chance he can play a game or two.”

If Doncic does manage to play in a game in Las Vegas, he’ll do so without point guard Dennis Smith Jr. by his side. Smith didn’t play against the Warriors and isn’t expected to play in any more games this summer.

Thus, the much-anticipated backcourt matchup involving Smith and Doncic will have to wait until the Mavs open preseason play in October in China.

“I think it’ll be great,” forward Harrison Barnes said. “I think they’ll compliment each other well.
“They have the ability to play off each other and they’re attacking guards. Especially with (center) DeAndre (Jordan) there as a rim roller, I think it’ll help our offense.”

Just Doncic’s size along is appealing to Barnes.

“We’re definitely excited,” Barnes said. “I think his ability to play-make, being a bigger guard in this league, I think he’ll be able to come in and have an impact for us.”

Doncic, 19, joins the Mavs after being the Most Valuable Player in the prestigious EuroLeague this past season. He also was the MVP of the EuroLeague Final 4 when he led Real Madrid to the championship last month.

The Mavs executed a draft-day grade to acquire Doncic, who had been playing in Europe from September until two days before the NBA Draft.

Atlanta used the third pick of the June 21 NBA Draft to select Doncic, and the Mavs used the fifth pick to draft Trae Young. Shortly thereafter, the Mavs traded the draft rights to Young and a 2019 protected first-round pick to the Hawks for the draft rights to Doncic.

And on Monday, Doncic’s buyout from Real Madrid and letter of clearance from FIBA opened the door for his contract with the Mavs to be finalized.

“He’s super excited to be with the Mavericks,” Carlisle said. “He’s gotten a lot of quality time with his teammates.

“He has done some non-contact things. The bottom line is if we can’t get him any game time here, the rest is just as important with the schedule that he’s been through this year.”

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Mavericks sign third overall pick Luka Doncic

DALLAS— The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Luka Doncic (LOO-kuh DON-chitch). Dallas acquired the draft rights to Doncic from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first round draft pick. 

Doncic (6-7, 218) is the reigning EuroLeague Most Valuable Player and EuroLeague Final 4 Most Valuable Player after leading Real Madrid to the 2017-18 EuroLeague title. He was the youngest player ever to garner both awards. In 33 games with Real Madrid last season, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting .443 from the field, .329 from behind-the-arc and .816 from the foul line.

The versatile guard was the youngest ever to debut with Real Madrid in 2014 when he was 16 years and 61 days old. He was twice awarded the EuroLeague Rising Star and was named the Spanish ACB Best Young Player in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The Ljubljana, Slovenia native is a member of the Slovenian National Team that went undefeated on its way to winning the country’s first gold medal at EuroBasket 2017. In that tournament, Doncic was named to the All-Tournament Team and won EuroBasket 2017 Most Valuable Player.

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Gearrin 'excited to be a part of this group'

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Seeking 4th straight win, Gallardo faces Red Sox

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Choo might be the greatest Korean MLBer ever

He's reached base in 47 straight games.


Mavs did the dirty work and emerged with a hard-fought 81-78 victory over the Bucks

LAS VEGAS – Doing the dirty work, diving on the floor for loose balls, never giving up on a play. That defensive concept took center stage Sunday afternoon as the Dallas Mavericks survived and walked away with a hard-fought 81-78 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at the Cox Pavilion.

The victory squared the Mavs’ MGM Resorts NBA Summer League record at 1-1.

The Mavs will next play the Golden State Warriors on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Thomas & Mack Center. After that, all 30 NBA teams will be seeded in a double-elimination tournament style format, which begins on Wednesday.
Johnathan Motley led the Mavs against the Bucks with 20 and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes. Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points and seven rebounds, Dennis Smith Jr. tacked on 10 points, seven assists and four steals, and Jalen Jones collected nine points and a team-high nine boards.

While those four players rightfully caught the undivided attention of summer league coach Jamahl Mosley, he was equally pleased with the way his team gave up their body and got on the floor and got their hands dirty.

Case in point: Jacob Wiley made a critical turnover with just 38.5 seconds left and the Mavs nursing a slim three-point lead. But instead of pouting, Wiley came right back and forced Milwaukee’s Sterling Brown into a wild shot, which Wiley eventually retrieved under the basket.

Shortly thereafter, point guard Jalen Brunson lost the ball. But undaunted, Brunson proceeded to dive on the floor for a loose ball, and time expired during the chase for the basketball.

“That goes a lot to who we are and who we want guys to be,” Mosley said. “You don’t give up on plays, and that was the challenge from (Friday’s 92-85 loss to Phoenix in) Game 1 to this game that you take on the challenge of whatever you need to do in order to win the game, and that’s getting on the floor. The last play of the game, that’s what it’s about.

“No matter what, no matter how, find a way to win games, and that’s who we’re bringing in and that’s what we want our guys to do and each one of these guys is putting out that effort. You mess up on a play, get it right back. It doesn’t matter. Find a way to win.”

Motley definitely did his part in helping the Mavs find a way to win as he made eight of his 10 field goals and really had his way with the Bucks. The second-year product from Baylor repeatedly kept beating double-teams and controlling the game around the basket.

“Just dominating the paint, just doing what I do,” Motley said. “Just making sure everyone on the opposite team feels my presence.”

Consider Motley’s presence felt as the Bucks simply had no answer for the Houston North Shore High School product.

“Johnathan has always been an efficient player,” Mosley said. “He does a very good job of finishing at the rim.

“We’ve challenged him to roll harder to the rim and he took that challenge on and you saw the results. He did a great job of finishing at the rim, so I think for him that’s a lot of progression.”

Smith also continued his steep climb as he amply ran the offense and recorded a pair of dunks. That includes one dunk where he brought down the house by hammering home a breakaway tomahawk dunk in the first half after making a steal near midcourt.

Yet, it was Smith’s exceptional defense which Mosley wanted to highlight.

“Dennis has always made it a point to get better defensively,” Mosley said. “He really likes to take on the challenge of (defending) guards that he goes against to see how he can sit down and guard.

“He does a very good job defending, he’s gotten better and better, he’s learning the system more and I think that’s the one thing about him. He’s so competitive and he really likes to take on that challenge.”

The Mavs – they turned 18 Milwaukee turnovers into 17 points — fell behind 28-26 after the first quarter and trailed 50-48 at the half before inching ahead, 65-63 after the third quarter. The fourth quarter became a nip-and-tuck affair with the Mavs making the necessary key plays at both ends of the floor in order to salt this one away.

“We just tried to play good positional defense,” Motley said. “We tried to make them take tough contested shots and just clean up those rebounds, because they like to take a lot of threes.

“So I think we did a good job of that.”

While all that was going on, Brunson struggled offensively for the second straight game. College basketball’s National Player of the Year out of Villanova was just 1-of-9 from the field with six points and five turnovers after going 3-of-14 from the field in the loss to the Suns.

“At the end of the day Jalen Brunson is a winner,” Mosley said. “He’s a confident kid, he’s a winning kid. He continues to understand that as the games go on he just keeps getting better and better because the same reads he had, he figured it out.

“He’s getting to his spots, he’s working it the way he’s supposed to work it. He’s working on just finishing. He’s finding his rhythm, he’s finding his way and I think he’s getting better and better as the games go on.”

The Mavs fell behind by as many as 11 points, but kept chipping away and chipping away until a dunk by Motley, an offensive put-back bucket by Jones and a drive by Ray Spalding helped them bolt ahead, 79-72, with 3:32 remaining in the game

“The challenge from our guys from the last game was the little improvements,” Mosley said. “A lot of them didn’t show up on the stat sheet, but it was the little things of our offensive guys running to the corner, and defensively, scrapping and getting after it and making sure we played harder than whoever the opponent was, and tonight I think we really did a good job of that.

“The hustle plays, little plays, winning plays. Small things change the way the game is going to be played. Don’t worry about your mistake. We’re a next play mentality team and that’s who we have to continue to be.”

NOTES: Prior to Sunday’s 81-78 triumph over the Milwaukee Bucks, rookie guard Luka Doncic told Mavs.com that he doesn’t know when he’ll be able to play his first summer league game with the Mavs. In addition to a buyout with Real Madrid, Doncic needs a letter of clearance from FIBA. “We’re working our way through the buyout,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations. “The buyout process has gone a lot longer than we thought, so we’re just working our way through that right now.” Doncic was asked three times Sunday about his dilemma and each time he said: “I just want to play.” Doncic also said he didn’t know if he’ll be able to play in Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, which tips off at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Thomas & Mack Center. “There’s been a lot of no comprendos, a lot of. . .It’s just logistical stuff with the buyout,” Nelson said. “So we’re working our way through it.”. . .Forward Jalen Jones and center DeAndre Jordan have never met, but they have a built-in connection. Jordan played just one season for Texas A&M – the 2007-’08 campaign – while Jones played for the Aggies during the 2014-’16 seasons. While Jordan made the Big 12 All-Rookie team in 2008, Jones was first-time All-Southeastern Conference in 2016. “We’ve got a strong Aggie network,” Jones said. “I’m looking forward to meeting DeAndre. This will be my first time meeting him, so we Aggies try to stick together. I’m excited about seeing DeAndre when he comes out here. He’s definitely a rim protector, a guy that can catch lobs. His defensive intensity is through the roof. I’ve watched him over the years and watched him develop, and he’s a big-time player in this league. He clogs up the paint, so if somebody gets blown by (on the perimeter) you’ve got to beat him at the rim, and that’s going to help us a lot.”. . .The victory over the Bucks, center Johnathan Motley said, was very important because it helped keep the Mavs out of the tougher bracket of the upcoming double-elimination tournament. “Going into this tournament I think you need some wins,” Motley said. “Just some good chemistry, some good momentum going into the tournament.”

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Choo named to first career All-Star Game

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, having set a club record for reaching base in 47 consecutive games, is going to his first All-Star Game. Choo is the third player from South Korea to be selected to the All-Star Game, and the first position player.


Cast your ballot: Camping World Final Vote

Who will join the AL and NL in the Midsummer Classic? Vote now with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Game Final Vote to choose the final All-Star for each squad. Cast your vote until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.


Cast your ballot: Camping World Final Vote

Who will join the AL and NL in the Midsummer Classic? Vote now with the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Game Final Vote to choose the final All-Star for each squad. Cast your vote until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday.


All-Stars, Final Vote revealed live on ESPN

The wait is over. Below are the American League and National League All-Star rosters and 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Game Final Vote candidates. Watch the "Camping World All-Star Selection Show" as they are revealed live on ESPN.


Bibens-Dirkx combines with 'pen to blank Tigers

Austin Bibens-Dirkx faced the minimum through five on his way to 5 1/3 scoreless innings, and the bullpen finished the job to earn Texas a split in Detroit. Michael Fulmer went seven strong innings, but a first-inning homer by Jurickson Profar and a two-run second were all the Rangers needed.


Choo breaks Rangers on-base streak at 47

In his final at-bat, Shin-Soo Choo hit an infield single in the ninth inning in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Tigers to extend his on-base streak to 47 games, setting a new Rangers single-season mark.


Texas gets prospect Bahr, 2 MLB pieces from SF

The Rangers announced Sunday that they have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations.


Minor set for opener with Red Sox

The Rangers head to Fenway Park on Monday for a three-game stint against the Red Sox with a 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch. Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63 ERA) will take the bump for Texas. Minor last went six innings and gave up four runs against the Astros. He'll be going up against Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA), who last threw six shutout innings against the Nationals.


Texas acquires OF Jackson, 2 RHPs from Giants

The Rangers announced Sunday that they have acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations.


Lefty Perez likely back for series vs. Orioles

Manager Jeff Banister said before Sunday's game against the Tigers at Comerica Park that Martin Perez will "most likely" be available at some point during the Rangers' upcoming series against the Orioles. That three-game series begins Friday in Baltimore, after three games against the Red Sox and an off-day.


Jalen Jones finally made it to the NBA after shedding some tears when he didn’t get drafted

LAS VEGAS – It was the night of June, 23, 2016. Jalen Jones, obviously a bit restless considering the high stakes at his footsteps, was anxiously awaiting the results of the NBA Draft.

After averaging 15 points and seven rebounds and earning first-team all-Southeastern Conference honors during his final season at Texas A&M, Jones entered the draft very confident that he would ultimately find a home with one of the 30 NBA teams. But as this long night dragged on and on to its bitter end, Jones had to deal with the fact that not one team thought enough of him to draft him.

And that hurt more than just Jones’ ego.

“It was definitely emotional,” said Jones, who now has a two-way contract with the Dallas Mavericks. “When you’re younger and you don’t get drafted you think it’s the end of the world.

“I remember when I didn’t get drafted I shed a few tears that night and my parents picked me up and said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to bounce back and you’ve got to grind if you want it and you’ve got to grind through it.’ It’s about how bad do you want it, and I just kind of continued to grind it out and grind it out. I didn’t get down on myself too much and I just kept fighting and working.”

That fight and that work led Jones on a whirlwind tour that started with him playing on the Toronto Raptors’ summer league team in 2016. And it took him to Boston where he was waived on Oct. 20, 2016 — a mere 30 days after initially signing with the Celtics.

Eleven days later Jones was acquired by the NBA Development League’s Maine Red Claws where he stayed until signing a two-way contract with the New Orleans Pelicans on Aug. 2, 2017. That contract had Jones splitting his time between the Pelicans and their G-League team, the Greensboro Swarm.

All of that lasted until the Mavs signed Jones to a two-way contract on Jan, 11, 2018 — three days after he was waived by the Pelicans – and he spent the balance of last season playing for the G-League’s Texas Legends.

Bob MacKinnon, who coaches the Legends, watched intently as Jones continued to “grind it out and grind it out” while showing that he categorically belonged on the same court with the NBA’s elite.

“One thing you always know with Jalen is he’s going to give you 100 percent every night out,” MacKinnon said. “Every time he steps on the court he goes full bore.

“He’s one of the hardest workers, he’s extremely athletic, he’s a guy that gets to the rim and he works every day.”

In 32 games with the Legends last season, Jones averaged 19.5 points and 7.1 rebounds in 31.4 minutes per contest while helping them reach the playoffs. And in 12 games for the Mavs last season he averaged 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes contest, highlighted by a pair of 16-point, seven-rebound performances against Brooklyn and Orlando.

MacKinnon believes Jones fell through the cracks and wasn’t one of those players who caught the eyes of the NBA scouts, general managers and player personnel directors because of his size. At 6-7 and 220 pounds, Jones mainly played power forward in college, and at that size and that weight, that didn’t set well with the folks making the NBA decisions.

Thus, Jones had to make some changes and tailor his game and make it more pleasing to the eyes of the NBA’s movers and shakers.

“Before he got to us he had played last year in the G-League and in college and prior to us as a (power forward),” MacKinnon said. “And then when he got to us he played strictly on the wing, so it was an adjustment period and he did a great job of learning it and now progressing it to where he is a wing player, which is what his NBA position is.

“He just played inside in college and that’s not what’s going to translate to the NBA. Again, he’s just learning — I think now at this stage — about how to be a face-up wing player versus an inside player.”

On Friday night in the Mavs’ first game of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018, Jones scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds in 26 minutes against Phoenix. Although that wasn’t enough to get the Mavs the victory – the Suns prevailed, 92-85 – Jones once again proved that he can be a major contributor on the court when given the opportunity.

“I thought Jalen was great,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “I thought we all saw, we all recognized he shot the ball and did the things that we all know he’s capable of doing.

“And that’s being a junkyard dog on defense, going after the offensive rebounds, hitting guys on screen-and-rolls and just continuing to play with a tremendous amount of effort and just grit and toughness.”

For Jones, the double-double against the Suns was all in a proverbial day’s work.

“I’m just doing whatever the coach asks me to do, whether I need to go out there and score or defend the best player I’m going to try to do that,” he said. “I bring my effort every day.

“I try to just go out there and play my hardest. You never know if it’s going to be your last game, so I just try to bring it every time.”

Jones is a part of a group of Dallas-area athletes who found their way onto an NBA roster. Jones graduated from Dallas Kimball High School in 2011 and played two seasons for SMU before transferring and playing his last two college seasons for Texas A&M.

“I watched the Mavs a lot when I was in high school,” Jones said. “I saw them win their championship (in 2011) and I knew they were a great organization when I was younger.

“I was definitely a Kobe Bryant fan back in the day, so I’m not going to sit up here and say I was a Mavs fan. But I respected what they did when they won that championship.”

Jones also respected what the Mavs did when they signed him to that two-way contract. Now he just has to stick to the grind and turn the two-way contract into something long-term.

“I thought coming out (of college) I would get a lot more burn in the summer league my first year,” Jones said. “But I was on the bench all summer and I was like, ‘Dang, my NBA dreams might be over with and I didn’t even get to play.’

“So I was thinking overseas, but I got that call from my agent saying somebody wanted to bring me into training camp, and I just kind of stuck with it. You just got to grind it out and see what happens.”

Even through the painful tears of not getting drafted.

NOTES: The Mavs will play their second summer league game Sunday at 6 p.m. CT against the Milwaukee Bucks at Cox Pavilion. The game will be televised on NBA TV. Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to be on hand to watch his younger brother, Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is a rookie forward with the Mavs. Kostas only played two minutes in Friday’s 92-85 loss to the Phoenix Suns. . .Owner Mark Cuban is salivating at the thought of rookie Luka Doncic firing up lob passes to DeAndre Jordan. By all accounts, Doncic is very well versed when it comes to tossing up lob passes. Jordan, of course, is arguably the NBA’s best finisher when it comes to hammering home lob passes. “He can throw the lob,” Cuban said of Doncic. “He’s a 6-7 guard who can play five positions and he can pass the ball. He’s an incredible passer.” Cuban is urging fans to do a little research on a Real Madrid-Oklahoma City preseason game in Spain that occurred on Oct. 3, 2017. “I encourage Mavs fans to google Luka versus the OKC Thunder,” Cuban said. “When he was 17 they played a preseason game between Real Madrid and OKC, and watch him guard Russell Westbrook and pass the ball. He didn’t shoot it real well, but you can’t ask everything of a 17-year old kid. In that contest, Westbrook started, scored 18 points and had three rebounds and four assists. Doncic came off the bench and finished with three points, five rebounds and four assists in 18 minutes and was 1-of-5 from the field. Real Madrid won the game, 142-137, in overtime. . . Anyone concerned about DeAndre Jordan’s poor free throw shooting slowing down the Mavs’ offensive attack may want to listen to coach Rick Carlisle. “His free throw shooting has gotten a lot better,” Carlisle said. From the charity stripe during the last six years, Jordan has shot 38.6 percent, 42.8 percent, 39.7 percent, 43 percent, 43 percent and a career-high 58 percent this past season. . .Mavs photographer Steve Chavera took a photo Saturday of point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul prior to the Mavs’ practice session. Paul wanted to chat with Smith and also wanted to meet Mavs rookie guard Luka Doncic. When he was a kid, Smith attended one of Paul’s summer basketball camps.

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Hamels chased early as Rangers fall in Detroit

As trade speculation swirls around Cole Hamels, the veteran lefty had what was easily his worst start of the season Saturday against the Tigers at Comerica Park, giving up five hits and seven runs in 2/3 of an inning.


Hamels chased in 7-run 1st (3 ER) by Tigers

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The Rangers wrap up their four-game stay in Detroit with a 12:10 p.m. CT first pitch against the Tigers on Sunday at Comerica Park. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2, 4.40 ERA) will get the nod for Texas. Bibens-Dirkx was worked for five runs in his last start against the Astros. He'll be going against Michael Fulmer (3-7, 4.22 ERA), who last allowed three runs over six innings against the Cubs.


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When reporters stepped into manager Jeff Banister's office early Saturday afternoon, he had the World Cup playing on his TV. The tournament is being played in Russia this year, and seeing famous Russian landmarks flash across the screen got Banister thinking about the time he played and taught baseball in Russia.


Mavs lose summer league opener to the Suns, 92-85, despite double-double by Jalen Jones

LAS VEGAS – Something that was a curse to the Dallas Mavericks frequently last season reared its ugly head again Friday night in their summer league opener at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Phoenix Suns outscored Dallas 30-17 in the third quarter and went on to post a 92-87 victory over the Mavs in the first game of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. It was the same third quarter where the Mavs had all sorts of problems last season when they posted a 24-58 record.

“I think they started off the game the right way,” summer league Jamahl Mosley said of his starters. “I think there was actions where we moved the ball, we played hard defensively, we were getting into guys, we were doing a great job talking, with switching and moving around, moving the ball early on.

“And as the second half got to us we slowed that down a little bit. So I think that’s where we kind of hit the wall.”

The Mavs will try and rebound from this loss when they face the Milwaukee Bucks at 6 p.m. Sunday at Cox Pavilion.
Jalen Jones led the Mavs with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Dennis Smith Jr. and Johnathan Motley tallied 11 points apiece.

Meanwhile, Suns center Deandre Ayton, who was the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and five fouls.

Mosley said the Mavs broke down defensive in the second half and that enabled the Suns to pull away and stretch a 42-37 halftime lead into a massive 72-54 advantage entering the fourth quarter.

“I think we allowed the shot-making or the lack thereof, we allowed it to impact our intensity on defense. And I think when you do that it starts to take the energy out of the ball, and when you don’t make shots it kind of wears on guys.

“But it’s a good lesson for these to understand that you have to hang your hat on defense every night no matter when, no matter what, whether you’re making shots or not.”

While many of the Mavs were struggling, Jones was a constant with his double-double and all-out hustle plays.

“Jalen Jones is always active,’ Mosley said. “He does a really good job of attacking the basket and finishing at the rim, and he just plays hard. That’s who he is.”

Jones, however, described this as a good-news-bad-news game, since the Mavs failed to emerge as the winner, despite his solid all-around game.

“It was a hard-fought effort,” Jones said. “My role for the team is to do whatever the coach asks me to do. I want to be just that junkyard dog that goes out there and help the team defensively or offensively.

“Whatever I can do to help the team win, that’s what I’m going to try to do. I feel like I did that somewhat, but I didn’t do enough to help us win.”

Smith shared that same sentiment, adding that the Mavs’ woes started when they found themselves down five points at halftime after leading 21-20 following the first quarter.

“(The breakdowns) started in the second quarter when we stopped communicating,” Smith said. “We didn’t have high energy and they picked it up from there.

“That’s something we talked about, something we’re going to get better at. It was a good learning experience for everybody tonight.”

The Suns led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter before the Mavs chopped the deficit to seven and made the final score respectable.

“It was just energy, effort, and heart starting to take things personal towards the end,” Smith said. “So that’s why the comeback started happening.”

NOTES: Rookie guard Luka Doncic could play in one of the Mavs’ next two summer league games, perhaps as soon as Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks. Doncic’s paperwork with his EuroLeague team – Real Madrid – still isn’t finalized. “We’re just waiting on Real Madrid,” owner Mark Cuban said. “We’re ready to do it. They don’t use DocuSign, otherwise it would be done. They don’t like to work on weekends. We’re still holding out hope that maybe he can play Sunday.”. . .Owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs have agreed on a contract with Australian guard/forward Ryan Broekhoff. The 6-7 player was an honorable mention All-American and the Horizon League Player of the year while playing for Valparaiso in 2012. Broekhoff, now 27 years old, played for Valparaiso from 2009-’13, but went drafted. He also made the All-EuroCup First Team in 2015 while playing for Lokomotiv Kuban. “He’s the best shooter in Europe,” Cuban said. “He played at Valparaiso, the alma mater of Shawn Marion, and was a knock down shooter there. His game has improved, he’s a good rebounder for his position, he’s 6-7 with a 6-10 wingspan, so he knows now to play.” Carlisle said of Broekhoff: “He’s a shooter and a tough kid who had a great year this year in Europe. We like him as a shooter and a guy that can space the floor.”. . .Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley is one of nine coaches chosen to assist head coach Gregg Popovich at the USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp in Las Vegas from July 25-27. “To me, that’s just a blessing, it’s an honor and it’s a privilege just to be selected to be part of that group,” Mosley said after Friday’s summer league game against Phoenix. “I’m going to do whatever is asked of me and be where I need to be on the floor. It’s really an honor and it goes to say what the Mavs’ organization has allowed me to do and just the growth that they’ve allowed me to have as I’ve been here.” Mavs forward Harrison Barnes and center DeAndre Jordan are members of the 2018-’20 USA National Team and will also be in Las Vegas with Mosley.

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Cuban, Carlisle excited to finally get the DeAndre Jordan contract signed

LAS VEGAS — About 30 minutes before the Dallas Mavericks played their summer league opener against the Phoenix Suns, owner Mark Cuban walked towards the Thomas & Mack Center flashing that billion dollar smile that has made him a successful businessman for many years.

Cuban added another success story to his mantel on Friday when the Mavs signed free agent center
DeAndre Jordan to a one-year contract for nearly $24 million. It’s the same Jordan who jilted the Mavs in free agency in 2015 when he reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas, and instead decided to re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

But on Friday, Cuban finally got Jordan’s long-awaited signature on a contract. It’s a signature that he hopes will help the Mavs get back to the playoffs as soon as next season.

“We expected to get it done, so it’s not like it’s a relief or anything,” Cuban said. “I’m excited. It’s been a fun summer so far.”

Jordan (6-11, 265) is a defensive warrior who can protect the paint arguably better than any player in the entire NBA. And he is truly just what the doctor ordered to get the Mavs pointed in the right direction.

“He’s a rim runner, pick-and-roller, he’s a defender and he’s a rebounder,” Cuban said. “He’ll be the best rebounder in Mavs history the minute he walks on the court. No disrespect to Tyson (Chandler) and some of the guys who came before him.

“So defensively, offensively, rebounding, the ability to move on the perimeter, I think there’s a lot he can bring to us.”

While some Mavs fans are still overly upset with Jordan because he failed to adhere to his own verbal commitment that he gave Cuban three years ago, the Mavs owner is more than willing to let by-gones be by-gones.

“I’m not one to hold grudges,” Cuban said. “There are maybe three people in the whole universe that I hold grudges against, and two of them were from grade school. And I don’t remember their names.”

Coach Rick Carlisle was even more succinct while explaining that he’s forgiven Jordan for his faux pas three years ago.

“Sometimes it takes a while to get things done, but for us this was worth the wait,” Carlisle said. “He brings a great rim presence at both ends, he brings playoff experience and he’s the kind of guy that can help any team that’s in our situation try to get better.”

Jordan is one of the best pick-and-roll players in the NBA, particularly when he’s rolling to the basket. And that’s certainly a weapon that’s already a part of Carlisle’s playbook.

During the Mavs’ talks when they were recruiting Jordan three years ago, Carlisle instinctively recalls one conversation that he’ll always remember.

“Three years ago one of the things that he really liked about our team was we had a lot of playmakers,” Carlisle said. “And we’re back in the same situation.

“So that’s going to help him and he’s going to help our guys with the ability to roll and go for dunks on lobs and stuff like.”

Unlike three years when Cuban was trying to sign Jordan the moment free agency opened, this time he was nowhere near the former Texas A&M standout.

“We used DocuSign,” Cuban said. “We used DocuSign for everything going forward now.”

And going forward, with Jordan in tow, the Mavs know they can have a much greater impact on the NBA than they had last season when the finished with a 24-58 record.

“I don’t know if we’re ready, but we’re getting better,” Cuban said. “We’re sure going to make a run.

“The Western Conference hasn’t gotten any easier, but we’ve gotten a lot better.”

And that comes thanks to the Mavs finally getting DeAndre Jordan’s signature on a contract.

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DeAndre Jordan is officially joining the Mavs after signing a one-year contract today

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LAS VEGAS – It took three painstaking years, but the marriage between the Dallas Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan has finally been consummated.

In 2015, Jordan left the Mavs standing at the altar when he initially verbally agreed to sign a four-year free agent contract with owner Mark Cuban’s organization, but reneged on that agreement and instead returned to continue playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. But on Friday, this time – minus the pomp and circumstances of the emoji-filled scene that highlighted the 2015 NBA free agency offseason – Jordan not only said ‘I do” to joining the Mavs, this time he promptly kept this word and actually signed a one-year nearly $24 million contract on Friday with Dallas.

The Mavs know the 6-11, 265-pound Jordan is exactly what they need to shore up the middle of their porous defense. That’s why they put the past in the past and never let personal feelings get in the way of a good business decision, especially when it comes to acquiring a top-shelf player of Jordan’s ilk.

“It’s going to be great,” point guard Dennis Smith Jr. said, referring to the addition of Jordan. “He’s a monster.

“Offensively, he does what he’s supposed to do, he understands what he’s supposed to do. Defensively, he’s a problem. He’s a really good rebounder, so I’m excited to play with him.”

Before joining the Mavs, Jordan, who turns 30 on July 21, spent his entire 10-year career with the Clippers after being the 35th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. And with the Humble, TX, product finally under lock and key, the Mavs can throw out a lethal starting lineup from a list that includes Luka Doncic and Smith in the backcourt, Jordan at center, and between Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews at the two forward spots.

In his 10 years with the Clippers, Jordan averaged 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. He also averaged a double-double in each of the last five seasons, including 12 points and 15.2 rebounds per game this past year.

“It’s a really good addition to our team,” Smith told Mavs.com following this morning’s shootaround at the Cox Pavilion. “I think he’ll be a key component in terms of us making a (playoff) push this year.”

Armed with a 7-6 wingspan, it’s a misnomer that Jordan’s game is all about defense since he also owns a career shooting percentage of 67.3 percent. In addition, the Texas A&M product finished second in the NBA in field goal percentage last year at 64.5 percent.

“You know what he did in LA,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “(The Mavs like) his ability to block shots, his ability to run the floor, his ability to be a threat on the rim.

“He’s a great communicator defensively, and offensively you have to respect his ability to finish at the rim.”

With the Clippers, Jordan was part of a fancy nickname called Lob City, where he frequently took lob passes from Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and other teammates and finished the play with a thunderous dunk. It’s not known if the lob game will become a frequent staple of the Mavs’ offense, or just a passing fancy.

“I don’t know if that’s what we’re aiming for, but we’ll have more this year with DeAndre there,” Smith said. “We’ll have more.”

Knowing that Jordan has made a huge name for himself while being a dangerous commodity on the pick-and-roll play, Smith was asked about possibly averaging a double-double in assists next season.

“I should,” Smith said. “So we’ll see how that goes.”

Jordan led the NBA in rebounds in 2014 and ’15, was first-team all-NBA in ’16, made the All-Star team in ’17 and collected all-NBA defensive first-team accolades in ‘15 and ’16.

“Much respect for (Jordan),” rookie forward Ray Spalding said. “Again, I’m new to the league, so I look forward to being able to meet him and play with him.”

In order to get close to the $24.1 million Jordan would have earned next season had he opted into the final year of his contract with the Clippers, the Mavs renounced the team options they had on Seth Curry, Salah Mejri, Doug McDermott, Nerlens Noel and Nowitzki so they could free up additional money under the salary cap. And after signing Jordan, the Mavs can now turn their attention towards re-signing free agents Yogi Ferrell, Nowitzki and Mejri.

Coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and Cuban weighed all the options and know that if the addition of Jordan works out to their liking, they’ll have more money to sign him to a long-term contract next summer. And if it doesn’t work out, the Mavs will have more money to sign other free agents next summer.

“Mark, Rick and Donnie have done a great job of putting us in position to do some good things and I think we’re really excited about him coming, him joining us and being on board,” Mosley said. “What I know about him is he does a great job at communicating and making it tough on defenses.

“If you don’t find him on the roll, you have a finisher at the rim.”

A finisher who – three painstaking years in the making – finally said “I do” to his marriage to the Mavs.

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Mavericks sign free agent center DeAndre Jordan

DALLAS—The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent center DeAndre Jordan. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jordan (6-11, 265) is a 10-year NBA veteran who has spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Clippers. He holds career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 28.1 minutes in 750 games (638 starts). Jordan has been named All-NBA three times (First Team in 2016), NBA All-Defensive First Team twice (2015, 2016) and an NBA All-Star (2017). He has twice led the league in rebounds and has played in 80 or more games five times in his career, playing in all 82 games on three occasions.

The Humble, Texas native was originally selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Clippers after spending one season at Texas A&M. In his decade with the Clippers, the team enjoyed one of the franchise’s most successful runs when it clinched six consecutive playoff berths and advancing to the Western Conference semifinals three times. He departs Los Angeles as the Clippers’ franchise leader in rebounds (7,988), blocks (1,277), field goal percentage (.673) and games (750).

Last season, Jordan averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds (ranked second in the NBA), 1.5 assists and 31.5 minutes in 77 games (all starts). He shot .645 from the floor, ranking second in the NBA.

Jordan has led the NBA in field goal percentage five seasons and ranks first in NBA history and among active players in career field goal percentage (.673). He most recently led the league in shooting in 2016-17 when he finished the season .714 from the floor, helping him earn his first All Star appearance.

As a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team, Jordan won a gold medal alongside current Maverick Harrison Barnes. Jordan played in all eight games, starting three times, in Rio de Janeiro and averaged 7.4 points and team-high 6.1 rebounds.

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DeAndre Jordan could help transform the offense

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For years, Mavericks big men have been among the very best at finishing in the pick-and-roll. Today, they got even better.

DeAndre Jordan has been one of the league’s most prolific finishers in the NBA since arriving on the scene in 2008. He’s shot below 63 percent from the field just one time in his career, and he shot above 70 percent in three out of the last four seasons. During the 2017-18 campaign, he threw down more dunks (212) than the entire San Antonio Spurs roster (192).

More importantly, Jordan has been one of the league’s most terrifying roll men of the last half-decade. His partnership with Chris Paul in Los Angeles was simply not fair; Paul could put the ball wherever he wanted, and Jordan could pull it down from the rafters if he had to. Last season as Paul left and the Clippers began a roster overhaul, his shooting percentage dipped to a modest (by his standards) 64.5 percent, but he was still an elite lob target. Of the 65 NBA players who recorded at least 100 possessions as the roll man in the pick-and-roll, Jordan ranked fifth in efficiency, scoring 1.253 points per possession and shooting a whopping 68.5 percent on 124 shots.

The most attentive Mavs fans will remember that Dwight Powell is one of the four players who ranked ahead of Jordan on that list. Last season, Powell was the most efficient roll man in the entire NBA. Now, Jordan is joining him. That means that, if Rick Carlisle chooses, he could have one of the top-five roll men and most unstoppable lob targets in the league on the floor at all times. Jordan will now catch lobs from Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, and J.J. Barea. After seeing how Powell played last season, it’s hard to even imagine what Jordan might be capable of.



It’s difficult to understate how smoothly Jordan could fit in right away with what the Mavs want to do on offense. Dallas runs more pick-and-roll than just about anyone, and big men here constantly get buckets in those situations. The Mavs have ranked top-10 in roll man efficiency each of the last six seasons, according to Synergy Sports, but aside from Tyson Chandler, the Mavs haven’t had another All-Star-caliber center during that time. Jordan made his first All-Star team in 2017, just six months after he played in his first Olympics (with new Mavs teammate Harrison Barnes, by the way). Jordan has a nearly unrivaled résumé as a Mavericks center. He’s set to join the likes of Chandler, Powell, and Brandan Wright as some of the best roll men in the league in one of the best systems for that kind of player.


Since the beginning of the 2012-13 season, every player who has played true center for the Mavericks has combined to use 1,582 possessions in which they set a screen and roll to the rim or slip the screen and roll to the rim, per Synergy. In those opportunities, they’ve scored 1.28 points per possession, which is a very solid mark. Jordan, however, has scored 1.397 points per possession in his 736 possessions in the same scenario, which is outrageously good. Powell, by comparison, has scored an astonishing 1.466 points per possession in that time. However, most of those chances have come against second units; Jordan has consistently dominated starters for longer stretches. No matter how you slice it, though, having one of those two on the floor for an entire game is going to give opposing coaching staffs nightmares, and it’s sure to open up better looks for the Mavs’ shooters. Last season, the Clippers shot 36.4 percent from deep with Jordan on the floor, per NBA Stats, and just 33.4 percent when he sat — the lowest mark of any player on the team. In fact, the Clippers have shot better from beyond the arc with Jordan on the floor than when he sat every single season of his career, even predating the Paul era.


Jordan isn’t only a shooter-friendly big man, though. He makes life easier for his point guards. As much as Paul’s playmaking helped elevate Jordan’s production toward the top of the league for his position, Jordan’s timing, hands, and catch radius make him the ideal lob target. The Mavericks’ two main playmakers this season will be 19 and 20 years old on opening night, so they could use a buddy with some experience who can make their jobs easier. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews each shot above 40 percent on corner 3s last season; Matthews certainly fulfilled his end of the bargain during Dennis Smith Jr.’s rookie campaign, knocking down 44.9 percent of his 3s on passes from Smith, per NBA Stats. Smith and Doncic will further learn the ropes of NBA basketball while playing with some of the most point guard-friendly players of the last decade in Dirk Nowitzki and, now, Jordan. No matter who starts or who comes off the bench, that’s a pretty good pair of guys to play with at such a young age. Nowitzki’s shooting as generated assists for his teammates for ages now, and Jordan’s ability to make something out of literally nothing will give the two young playmakers another valuable security blanket in case no easier option presents itself or the pass goes a little awry.



Jordan’s ability to finish at the rim will help transform the Mavs’ offense. Powell emerged as an elite rim-runner last season, and now Jordan adds another dangerous threat in that regard. He’s a tremendous rebounder, having led the NBA in defensive rebound percentage last season and is the active leader in career offensive rebound percentage, per Basketball-Reference. He gobbles up boards, which should help the Mavs on the offensive end in particular. Dallas infamously prefers transition defense over chasing second chances too hard, but Jordan is a one-man wrecking crew on the glass so the club will certainly get more bang for its buck when only sending one man to the boards.

The Mavericks will now have two young, talented, dynamic playmakers to break down defenses with a big man to find at the rim in space. Want to switch the pick-and-roll? OK, Jordan’s opposing defender will have to stay in front of Dennis Smith Jr., or Jordan or Harrison Barnes can score right over the top of the Smith’s man. Barnes also showed signs as a developing playmaker toward the end of last season, a skillset which could serve him well as he feasts on off-balance defenses after Smith and Jordan do their work seven seconds into the shot clock.

Jordan’s game is tailor-made for Rick Carlisle’s offense. He and Dwight Powell are now perhaps the most formidable 1-2 roll man punches in the NBA, with Barnes and of course Nowitzki also able to do their part in playing with Smith and Doncic. For those two youngsters, there aren’t many other big men in the NBA who can possibly make things as easy as Jordan projects to be able to, which will be huge not only for this season but also for many years to come. This is an investment in the now and for the future. By signing Jordan, the Mavericks have shown they’re committed to enabling their two young cornerstones and serious about winning games today. That’s going to be music to Mavs fans’ ears.

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11U Bazzell Champs at Travel Sports World Series

11U Dallas Tigers- Bazzell wins the 11U Open Travel Sports World Series in Grapevine Texas. The team went 7-1 on the weekend and pulled out a tough win in the championship game to win the World Series. You can say that this team is peaking at the right time and the boys are playing well. Landon Ammerman was awarded the MVP of the tournament with a well pitched game in the championship allowing only one run against a talented opposing team. Next stop for these boys is the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat!
Keith Bazzell

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Dallas Tiger Tryouts for ALL Locations

dallas tiger tryoutsGetting to be that time of year! Dallas Tigers Baseball annual tryouts will be held on multiple dates based on locations.

Dates, time slots, and locations are as follows:

**** Dallas Tiger Tryouts – Coppell & North ****

Dallas, Coppell, Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Frisco, McKinney, and surrounding areas
Saturday, August 18 & 19
Location: North Lake College (5001 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving, TX 75038)
9u & 10u (9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
11u & 12u (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
13u (1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
14U (2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
15U, 16U, 17U, & 18U (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

***Arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in and warm-up.  Best to hit before you arrive as there will NOT be any BP warm-up available.

Format: Saturday open tryout for anyone to attend. Sunday is by invitation only. You will be notified after Saturday’s tryout if invited to participate Sunday. Sunday age group times same as Saturday.

SUNDY SCRIMMAGE
9U & 10U 8:30a – 10:30a
11U & 12U 10:30a – 12:30p
13U & 14U 1:00p – 3:00p
15U & 16U 3:00p – 5:00p
17U & 18U 5:00p – 7:00p


**** Dallas Tiger Tryouts – East ****

Rockwall, Heath, Mesquite and surrounding areas
Date: TBD
Location: Dallas Tigers East facility, 505 County Line Rd, Rockwall, TX 75087
9u & 10u (9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
11u & 12u (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
13u (1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
14U (2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
15U, 16U, 17U, & 18U (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Format: One day open tryout with skill evaluations.  Contact chris.ethridge@dallastigersbaseball.com for additional information.


**** Dallas Tiger Tryouts – Ft. Worth ****

Mid-cities, Ft Worth, Aledo, Burleson, Alliance, Weatherford and surrounding areas
For more information contact Blake Beavan at (214) 533-1247 or blakebeavan15@yahoo.com

August 5
Location: All Saints High School
9745 Saints Cir
Fort Worth, TX 76108

8-9u 9:00
10-11u 10:30-12
12-13u 12-1:30
14-15u 1:30-3:30
16-18u 3:30-6pm

August 19 Tryout location TBD

Format: One day open tryout with skill evaluations.


**** Dallas Tiger Tryouts – Central ****

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
9u & 10u (9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)
11u & 12u (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
13u & 14u (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
15U, 16U, 17U, & 18U (4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Format: One day open tryout with skill evaluations.

To confirm you will be attending tryout please email: Paul Ahearne at pkahearne@gmail.com
Name, Age level, birthdate, previous team and level (AA, AAA, Major)


*** To register for tryouts, please visit Tryout with Us webpage OR click here.

Please wear baseball attire and bring your own baseball equipment. Bring more than enough water to stay hydrated!!

Check back here for updates as details can be modified.

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Mavs motivated to play Phoenix knowing the Suns are favored to win the summer league

LAS VEGAS – Dennis Smith Jr. raised the tone in his voice a level or two when he was told following this morning’s shootaround at the Cox Pavilion that the Las Vegas oddsmakers have picked the Phoenix Suns to win the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018.

“They picked them to win the summer league?,” Smith asked. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

That stark reaction by Smith sets the stage for what promises to be a high-octane wire-to-wire contest when the Mavs open summer league play against the Suns tonight at 8:30 CT at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game will be televised on ESPN.

While the Suns were picked to win the summer league championship, the Mavs were picked tied for fourth with Portland to take home top honors in Las Vegas. That in itself is all the motivation Smith and the Mavs need to put their best foot forward tonight, particularly knowing they’ll be matched against the No. 1 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft in Suns center Deandre Ayton.

“I expect it to be a very good game,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “I expect them to come out firing, because they’ve got a lot of energy behind having the No. 1 pick.

“They’ve got guys that they’re really looking forward to change things over with where they’ve gone. Aggressive Ayton, strong, we saw what he did in college, and they have four or five guys that are on their (last year’s) roster playing with them tonight, so I think it should be a very good competitive hard-played game.”

Mosley plans to start Jalen Brunson and Smith in the backcourt, Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Jones at the forward sports, and Johnathan Motley at center.

In the meantime, if this was a game the Mavs were going to cruise into, that idea certainly went out the window when they discovered the Suns are favored to win the summer league title.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for these guys to understand that you’re walking into a situation where people see you as the underdog,” Mosley said. “But I also see it as an opportunity for these guys to say, ‘Hey, we’re coming out here to work and it doesn’t really matter who you put in front of us.’

“And the way we worked through this camp from a standpoint of development, from a standpoint of defensive hard work, from a standpoint of cohesion as an offensive unit, I don’t really think that these guys think that it doesn’t matter who you put in front of them. They’re going to come out and play the same way that we’ve talked about playing.”

Mavs rookie forward Ray Spalding is one player looking to impress his new employers tonight. And what better way to make an NBA debut, especially with Ayton wearing one of the opposing uniforms.

“It should be a pretty good crowd,” Spalding said. “I think the group of guys that we have here on this team playing with us in the summer league, it’s a really good group of guys who can do multiple things, guard multiple positions.

“So it’ll be very interesting and it’ll be a good game. So hopefully we’ll get the W.”

The Mavs endured four days of practices in Dallas before coming to Las Vegas, where all 30 NBA teams are assured of playing at least five games apiece.

“In this thing it’s about who competes the hardest, who plays the hardest and who’s willing to play for the guy next to him,” Mosley said. “And that’s what our organization is about.”

Smith, though, appeared to be perturbed that the Suns – and not the Mavs – are pegged as the favorites to claim the summer league championship. That should turn the competitive juices up a notch or two tonight.

“I’m looking forward to some high energy tonight from both teams,” Smith said. “We know we’re going to come out and do what we’re supposed to do and let everything else take care of itself.

“It should be a good game, though. It’s a national TV game, so I know everybody is going to be competing.”

NOTES: Mavs rookie guard Luka Doncic will not play in tonight’s game because, among others, his contract situation with his Real Madrid squad hasn’t been finalized. Doncic was able to get up some shots during this morning’s shootaround. “He has the ability to shoot on his own without any contact,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “Without anybody touching him, he can shoot on his own and get his own shots.” . .Just the thought of playing with Doncic gets point guard Dennis Smith Jr. all fired up. “Just from the tapes that I’ve seen of him, he’s a really good player and he’s really smart,” Smith told Mavs.com. “I’ve seen it personally how good he can shoot the ball, so I believe he’ll be a really good addition.”. . .Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley is one of nine coaches chosen as the coaching staff that will assist at the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp in Las Vegas from July 25-27. Also, Mavs forward Harrison Barnes is one of the members of the 2018-’20 USA National Team. Jerry Colangelo, the director of the USA Basketball Men’s National Team, said in a press release: “As we prepare to conduct our first USA national team training camp in the 2017-’20 quadrennium, we’re excited abut having our available national team players participate in the July 25-27 minicamp and we have compiled a truly outstanding high-energy coaching staff that will assist national team head coach Gregg Popovich.”

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Taveras, Pelham to play in Futures Game

What the All-Star Game is to Major League standouts, the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game is to Minor League phenoms. Thirty of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects will appear in the 20th annual showcase of the game's best young talent on July 15 at Nationals Park.


All-Star FAQ: All you need to know on rosters

The votes are in, and so now we wait for tonight's official unveiling of the American League and National League rosters for the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. In the meantime, a little refresher on how these squads are selected is in order.


Gallo's huge HR sets tone as Texas ends skid

Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman socked two-run homers as the Rangers ran out to a 7-0 lead before holding off the Tigers in the opener. Yovani Gallardo battled through 5 1/3 innings to earn the win, while his counterpart, Matthew Boyd, struggled in his four frames. Niko Goodrum homered and Ronny Rodriguez had three hits and an RBI for Detroit, which brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth but couldn't complete the comeback.


Colon goes for milestone win vs. Tigers

The Rangers continue their four-game series in Detroit on Friday with a 6:10 p.m. CT first pitch against the Tigers. All eyes will be on Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.76 ERA) as he aims to become the winningest pitcher from Latin America. The Tigers will start Jordan Zimmermann (3-0, 3.91 ERA), who threw seven innings of one-run ball in his last start against the Blue Jays.


You need to see how far this Gallo homer went

Joey Gallo unleashed a 453-foot home run to right field in the second inning of Thursday's game against the Tigers in Detroit to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead.


Banister praises Colon as vet eyes milestone

When Bartolo Colon takes the mound at Comerica Park on Friday against the Tigers, he'll be going for his 246th win, which would make him the winningest Major League pitcher from Latin America.


AL West: Who's buying, who's selling?

The American League West had four teams above .500 for most of the first three months of the season, but is evolving into a two-team race between the Astros and Mariners. With the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, clubs now have to decide where they stand, what their needs are and what they hope to accomplish leading up to that crucial date.


Watch the 2018 Dallas Mavericks Summer League games live

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Martin goes on DL; Rodriguez recalled

The Rangers placed right-hander Chris Martin on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain ahead of Thursday's game against the Tigers in Detroit.


Luka Doncic still hasn’t been cleared to participate in a live practice with the Mavs

DALLAS –After Thursday’s practice session Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle gave an update on why rookie guard Luka Doncic hasn’t been able to be involved in any of the team’s live summer league practices.

“He has not participated in a live practice yet because he needs to have his buyout completed with Real Madrid, he needs a FIBA letter of clearance, he needs a physical and he needs to sign his contract,” Carlisle said.
“We’re getting close to getting those things done, but we’re not there yet and he has not had a live practice yet. But he will be in Vegas. “

The Mavs will depart for Las Vegas this afternoon and will play their first summer league game on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Doncic was considered by many to be the best player in the June 21 NBA Draft, and the Mavs had to make a move in order to obtain his services.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Doncic with the third overall pick in the draft, and the Mavs drafted Trae Young with the fifth overall pick. The Mavs then sent the draft rights to Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks for the draft rights to Doncic.

Mavs fans have been anxiously waiting for Doncic to get on the same court with point guard Dennis Smith Jr, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. But that will have to wait a little longer now.

In fact, it is not known yet if Doncic will play in any of the Mavs’ summer league games.

“He is going to continue to ramp up his work load and there remains a possibility that he could play,” Carlisle said. “But to what percentage I could guarantee that, I just can’t. I’m just not going to go there.

“And remember, this guy just got done playing 10 days ago, or whatever it is. This is the set of facts that we’re looking at.”

Doncic led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title on June 19. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the EuroLeague Final 4 and in the EuroLeague regular season.

The skill set and exceptional talents that he brings to the game is why Mavs Nation is anxious to see Doncic on the court with Smith.

“He did a little bit of stuff today in a non-contact environment, but nothing live,” Carlisle said. “So that’s where we are.”

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Luka Doncic still hasn’t been cleared to participate in a live practice with the Mavs

DALLAS –After Thursday’s practice session Dallas Maverick coach Rick Carlisle gave an update on why rookie guard Luka Doncic hasn’t been able to be involved in any of the team’s live summer league practices.

“He has not participated in a live practice yet because he needs to have his buyout completed with Real Madrid, he needs a FIBA letter of clearance, he needs a physical and he needs to sign his contract,” Carlisle said.
“We’re getting close to getting those things done, but we’re not there yet and he has not had a live practice yet. But he will be in Vegas. “

The Mavs will depart for Las Vegas this afternoon and will play their first summer league game on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Doncic was considered by many to be the best player in the June 21 NBA Draft, and the Mavs had to make a move in order to obtain his services.

The Atlanta Hawks drafted Doncic with the third overall pick in the draft, and the Mavs drafted Trae Young with the fifth overall pick. The Mavs then sent the draft rights to Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks for the draft rights to Doncic.

Mavs fans have been anxiously waiting for Doncic to get on the same court with point guard Dennis Smith Jr, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. But that will have to wait a little longer now.

In fact, it is not known yet if Doncic will play in any of the Mavs’ summer league games.

“He is going to continue to ramp up his work load and there remains a possibility that he could play,” Carlisle said. “But to what percentage I could guarantee that, I just can’t. I’m just not going to go there.

“And remember, this guy just got done playing 10 days ago, or whatever it is. This is the set of facts that we’re looking at.”

Doncic led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title on June 19. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the EuroLeague Final 4 and in the EuroLeague regular season.

The skill set and exceptional talents that he brings to the game is why Mavs Nation is anxious to see Doncic on the court with Smith.

“He did a little bit of stuff today in a non-contact environment, but nothing live,” Carlisle said. “So that’s where we are.”

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Choo goes oppo to extend on-base streak to 44

Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo launched a home run off Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole in the third inning of Wednesday's series finale to extend his Major League-high on-base streak to 44 games.


Rangers can't hold off AL West leaders in extras

Reliever Chris Martin returned to the mound for the Rangers on Wednesday, one day after being optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, but the mound itself played a part in him allowing the go-ahead run to score in the 10th inning of the Rangers' 5-4 loss to the Astros at Globe Life Park.


Choo goes oppo to extend on-base streak to 44

Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo launched a home run off Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole in the third inning of Wednesday's series finale to extend his Major League-high on-base streak to 44 games.


Reliever Barnette placed on DL; Martin recalled

Right-handed reliever Tony Barnette was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, one day after exiting the Rangers' series opener against the Astros due to a right shoulder strain.


Rangers turn to Gallardo for opener in Motown

The Rangers open a four-game road series Thursday against the Tigers at 6:10 p.m. CT at Comerica Park. Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 9.00 ERA), who is making a case to stay in the rotation after Martin Perez returns, will start for Texas, with lefty Matthew Boyd (4-6, 4.18 ERA) netting the nod for Detroit.


Mavs rookie guard Jalen Brunson has repeatedly shown that he has the golden touch

DALLAS – It seems like everything Jalen Brunson touches turns into gold.

Chosen 33rd overall by the Dallas Mavericks in last month’s NBA Draft, Brunson already has won a truck load of awards that would make any of his competitors feel a bit envious. That includes awards that go all the way back to his prep days at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill.

Both as a high school junior and senior, Brunson was named the Illinois Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year. As a junior he also was named the No. 1 point guard in the nation.

In addition, Brunson led Stevenson to the Class 4A state title as a senior. That’s the same year he was named Illinois Mr. Basketball.

And the plaudits didn’t stop there.

While at Villanova, Brunson helped the Wildcats capture the NCAA title during his freshman season and also during his junior year this past April. That’s two NCAA championships in a three-year span.

And Brunson wasn’t along for the ride. The 6-3, 190-pounder made the Big East All-Freshman team in 2016, and was a consensus first-team All-American and won the prestigious National Player of the Year award this past season.

In other words, those around him and are privy to his game know Brunson can flat-out ball. Which is why the Mavs used the third pick of the second round of the draft to secure his services.

“He is a hard worker,” Mavs summer league coach Jamahl Mosley said. “He’s very cerebral in his approach on how he goes about the game.

“He is going to be very good for our guys from a standpoint of understanding national championships, the work ethic that it takes, and he fits right in to exactly how we want to play and how we want to conduct our organization.”

Being an integral part of a winning organization is in Brunson’s DNA. So how will he help translate that mindset to the Mavs, who are coming off a 24-58 season?

“It’s the same mindset,” Brunson said. “I’m just trying to be the best player I can be every day.

“It doesn’t matter what I did, no matter what I accomplished. I just try to focus on what can I do to get better. And that’s the mindset ever since I was a little kid, so I just try to keep that mindset.”

Part of that mindset comes from Brunson’s dad, Rick Brunson, a journeyman guard who played for eight different organizations during his nine-year NBA career from 1997-2006.

In fact, the first professional team Rick Brunson played for during the 1995-’96 season after he graduated from Temple was an Australian team named the Adelaide 36ers. It’s the same organization guard/forward Mitch Creek – he’s currently on the Mavs’ summer league squad – played for from 2010-‘18.

Jalen Brunson told Mavs.com that he has talked to his dad every day since the Mavs’ summer league training camp started this past Monday. And he’ll undoubtedly be talking to him after the Mavs play their first game at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“He just asks me how I’m doing,” Brunson said. “The best part about him is I know when he’s being a father and I know when he’s being a coach to me, so I don’t take anything personal what he says to me.

“He’s the best father in the world once he’s being a father figure.”

Being the son of a pro athlete, Brunson revealed, has its advantages.

“I got to meet a lot of people,” Brunson said. “I got to meet (Mavs owner) Mark Cuban, I got to meet a lot of big-time people, big-time players.

“But I think the best part about that is that it didn’t faze me. It just made me want to get to this level as fast as I can and try to be here and compete at this level as best as I can. Just being around the game made it really enjoyable for me to continue to work and want to get to this point.”

So when did Brunson come face-to-face with Cuban for the first time? He said: “When my dad was with the Bulls and they played the Mavericks and I was just in (Chicago) for that.”

For Brunson, to now work for the Mavs and receive paychecks from Cuban is so surreal.

“I’m just really excited just to know that they have a lot of confidence in me, and are a team that has high expectations for me,” Brunson said. “So I’m really excited and I just want to contribute as soon as I can.”

Brunson averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists for Villanova this past season when he also shot a healthy 52.1 percent from the field and an impressive 40.8 percent from behind the 3-point line. Yet, although his spectacular resume is littered with nothing but incredible examples of winning and leadership skills, he still leaves nothing to chance.

In a nutshell, Jalen Brunson’s background discloses a story where success would inevitable come his way as long as he rightfully dissected the steps that led his dad making it to the NBA.

Rick Brunson was the Most Valuable Player of the McDonald’s All-American game in 1991. And as fate would have it, in the side shows that comprised the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game which Jalen Brunson ultimately played in, Jalen Brunson won the skills competition and was the runners-up in the 3-point shooting competition.

Perhaps with all the extra hard work he’s put in and the undeniable coaching he received from his dad, Jalen Brunson was destined to one day land on the NBA stage and walk that same journey that has dad walked. However, Jalen Brunson is the first to admit that doesn’t mean the works stops here, or the final chapter is written on a splendid career that has witnessed one fantastic accomplishment after another.

“I’m working on all aspects of the game,” said Brunson, a second-team Academic All-American this past season. “The three (point shot) is a deadly component in this league today, so obviously I’m working on that every day and I’m just trying to be a perfectionist and get better every day.

“No matter what I do it’s going to be an experience. So I think with that experience I’ll be able to grow as a player and as a person.”

And keep turning everything he touches into gold.

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Bibens-Dirkx shows grit in loss to Astros

Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been effective since rejoining the Rangers' rotation late last month, but the two home runs he allowed to the Astros in Tuesday's series opener ultimately cost him. Bibens-Dirkx gave up a solo shot to Josh Reddick and a two-run home run to Tony Kemp in the third inning, which proved to be the difference in the Rangers' 5-3 loss to the Astros at Globe Life Park.


Choo extends on-base streak to 43 games

Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo extended his Major League-high on-base streak to 43 games in the third inning of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Astros by drawing a walk against left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel.


Guzman activated from DL; Martin optioned

Rangers right-handed reliever Chris Martin was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday prior to the club's series opener against the Astros at Globe Life Park.


Lefty Minor gets nod vs. Cole, first-place Astros

Left-hander Mike Minor (6-4, 4.64 ERA) will pitch the finale against the Astros at 6:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Globe Life Park. Minor has been one of the Rangers' best starters of late, posting a 2-0 record and 2.08 ERA in four June starts. Righty Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.50 ERA) gets the start for Houston.


Luka Doncic chomping at the bit in anticipation of playing alongside Dennis Smith Jr.

DALLAS – Because his letter of clearance that needs to be signed – releasing him from his European contract with Real Madrid – rookie Luka Doncic hasn’t been able to practice with the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league teammates just yet.

That rubber stamp agreement, however, is just a minor setback for the 6-7 guard from Slovenia.

In essence, the Mavs already know Doncic’s skill set. They know he was the Most Valuable Player in the EuroLeague this past regular season and in the Final 4 when he led Real Madrid to the championship.

The Mavs can literally pop in a DVD and watch tons of film of Doncic blowing by defenders, attacking the basket, dishing out assists and drilling jumpers. But there was this certain adrenaline rush on Tuesday when Doncic was at the Mavs’ practice facilities, albeit he was limited to just shooting jumpers and working on the stationary bicycle until that all-important paperwork is signed, sealed and delivered.

“I think it’s great having him around,” said Jamahl Mosley, who is the Mavs’ summer league coach. “With him it’s a TBD – to be determined.

“We’ve got some things that’s got to be cleared up for him outside of us. But it’s great to just have him here and watching him shoot and go do his own thing.”

Besides spending time hunting for an apartment in Dallas, Doncic knows the basketball landscape in the NBA is much different than it is in Europe. He also knows if he can dominate the game in Europe as a 19-year old, it’s going to be a challenge to see if he can duplicate that in the NBA.

“It’s a different game,” said Doncic, in reference to the NBA. “The game is quicker, the court is open, so I think it’s going to be better here.

“I always say you can improve everything. Everything you can improve, but especially my shot. That’s the first thing I want to improve.”

Doncic is chomping at the bit in anticipation of playing alongside second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. The two got some shots up together on Sunday – Doncic was at the Mavs’ practice facilities for just an hour – after Doncic flew to Dallas from Europe, and their relationship appears on the verge of blossoming.

“He’s a great guy, he’s a great player,” said Doncic, who hopes to be able to practice on Wednesday. “I’m really looking forward to playing with him.”

A natural ballhandler, Doncic can envision a scenario where he and Smith flip-flops between playing off the ball and running the offense with no problems.

“I think we’re going to share the ball good,” Doncic said, “and I think we’re going to play really good together.”

More than anything for Doncic, making the necessary adjustments to the NBA is paramount to his success. And both he and the Mavs have no doubt that because of his uncanny ability to play four positions, it will happen.

“With him this is new, but basketball, you’ve seen his body of work and what he’s done,” Mosley said. “I think a lot of that is new because it’s a new environment, but for the most part I don’t believe it’s new from any other standpoint.

“We’re going to get with him watching film, and he’s done some things with Dennis already from a shooting together standpoint. So I think he’s really grasping that.”

What Mavs Nation is anxiously awaiting to see is how well Doncic and Smith play together in a game. But that may not happen until the fall.

The Mavs open the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Smith said he’s not scheduled to play in every game in Vegas, and Doncic acknowledged that management told him he may play in just one game.

“It’s their decision,’ Doncic said. “They said I need some rest.

“It’s not my decision, so they’ll make the decision. I’m just really happy to be here.”

And the Mavs are really happy to have Doncic on board.

On the night of the NBA Draft on June 21, the Mavs traded the draft rights of Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick to Atlanta for the draft rights of Doncic, who the Hawks selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. Doncic’s body of work on the pro level in Europe was a game-changer for the Mavs, who felt he was the best player in the draft.

Plus, the fact that Doncic has been playing against older players since he was 14 and leading Real Madrid with great success since the age of 16 was a huge deal-breaker for the Mavs.

“I think it just gives him more experience the more games you play,” Mosley said. “The more guys you play that are more experienced you’ll learn from. You tend to pick up things, you tend to figure out different ways to score, you figure out different ways to read defenses.

“And he has that knack for the game already and it’s just going to continue to grow as we work with him, as he works with the system, as coach (Rick Carlisle) gets him and helps him understand the little nuances of the game.”

From the Mavs’ perspective, the fact that Doncic comes to the NBA after being a dominant player in the second-best league in the world is intriguing. His superb resume, the Mavs believe, stacks up very well in this year’s rookie class.

“I think it speaks for itself,” Mosley said. “I think he’s just going to continue to grow, I think he’s going to continue to get better and I think this whole thing is going to be a process for him because it is new because it’s a new environment.

“But I think he’s going to continue to thrive and work towards being great in whatever environment he’s in.”

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As summer league camp started, Dennis Smith Jr. moving into more of a prominent leadership role

DALLAS – As the youngest player on the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league roster besides rookie Luka Doncic, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was busy Monday exhibiting his leadership skills.

It was the Mavs’ first day of summer league practice, and Smith wanted to make sure everyone was on the same page. He wanted to make sure every player was in eat, drink and sleep basketball mode.

More importantly, Smith wanted to share some wisdom with the campers that’ll likely help them save a dollar or two.

“Cut your phone off in meetings,” Smith said. “They’ll fine you. Don’t get text. They’ll fine you.

“It’s really a lot of off the court things that I’ve learned that I can pass along to those guys. I’m trying to help them out. I want them to save.”

As he passed along some sage advice, Smith said he was speaking from experience. Experience that forced his bank account to be hit a time or two because of his transgressions during his rookie year this past season.

But as Smith, 20, enters his second season, he does so with the knowledge of wanting to grow exponentially on a daily basis. And he doesn’t just want to have a lengthy NBA career – he wants to be one of the best to ever play the game.

That’s why Smith is sometimes in the gym at 3 a.m. He’s polishing his craft, refining his game, fine-tuning the little things that could ultimately make the difference between winning and losing.

Asked what he wants to get out of this four-day camp, Smith simply smiled and said: “Just growing my leadership skills, implementing some of the things I’ve been working on this summer, put it into a game. And really the biggest thing is just leading the guys.”

So what exactly are those next-level intangibles Smith has been working on?

He said: “You got to wait and see.”

What Mavs fans really are anxious to see is how Smith and Doncic will work together in the same backcourt. Doncic was the third pick in last month’s NBA Draft and missed Monday’s camp opener because he had to take a physical and take care of other pertinent things.

However, Smith and Doncic were on the same court – after Doncic flew to Dallas from Europe– – on Sunday night.

“He came in and got some jumpers up,” Smith said. “I hit him up. I told him to text me whenever he touched down.
“He got in kind of late last night. Long flight. He was here for like an hour. I was here for probably like three hours. He was just getting up set shots.”

Since Smith knows he and Doncic are two of the cornerstones of the Mavs’ future, he wanted to get to know the 6-8 guard right away. So he showed up at Doncic’ press conference on June 22 – the day after the NBA Draft.

“It was just showing love,” Smith said. “I’m excited we got a high pick, another young guy, and really talented as well.

“I was just showing my support.”

Assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, who will be the Mavs’ summer league head coach, has been impressed with the way Smith has openly asking questions and gladly taking on a much more prominent leadership role.

“What we’ve talked about with Dennis is his growth as a leader, as a guy who’s got one year under his belt with summer league and within the league,” Mosley said. “So he needs to understand that it’s going to be how to make his teammates better, the ability to push the ball, the ability to get guys in the right position and the right spacing.

“But his leadership is a big thing that we’re looking forward to him doing, and I think he did a great job of that just starting today.”

The Mavs will practice for four days in Dallas before flying to Las Vegas on Thursday to participate in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The Mavs’ first game is Friday at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns in a contest that will be televised on ESPN.

But how many games Smith plays in Vegas hasn’t been decided. And whether Doncic plays at all also hasn’t been decided.

“You had a guy who averaged a lot of minutes this year during the regular season,” Mosley said, referring to Smith. “I think we’re going to take it game-by-game and then kind of just understand how he sees and how he feels and what we need to have him do.

“But as his growth keeps growing, I think we can kind of gauge it that way.”

As far as Doncic playing in Vegas, Mosley said the jury is still out.

“That is to be determined,” Mosley said. “For Doncic, he played so many games already (in Europe for the last 10 months) and we’ve seen what he’s done. I think the great thing for him is that he’s very experienced in a lot of ways when it comes to games being played.

“I think there’s excitement that he’s part of this organization, that he’s going to grow and he’s going to build whether he’s on the court now in summer league, but he’s going to learn through film, through working out with our guys, through the weight room. There’s going to be so many pieces that he’s going to learn and I think that having him on the court when it’s necessary will be key, whenever that happens.”

Smith views Doncic as “a high IQ guy” ready to help turn the Mavs’ fortunes around. And he’s looking forward to running the offense, or playing off the ball and letting Doncic run the offense.

“I made strides towards the end of the year playing off the ball,” said Smith, who averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists last season. “I got better playing with it as well.

“I believe we’re both guys that can play with it or without it.”

For Smith, the difference between this summer league training camp and the one he participated in last year as a rookie is two-fold.

“I’m just more experienced,’’ he said. “I learned the ropes a little bit. I ain’t going to say I know them, but I learned a lot last year.

“I paid attention to detail. It’s a little area where I can give pointers to the guys that’s coming in now.”

Spoken like a true leader.

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Beltre in top 5 among AL 3Bs for All-Star Game

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre remained in fourth place in the balloting among American League third basemen, according to the fourth and final All-Star Game ballot update released Monday.


Beltre in top 5 among AL 3Bs for All-Star Game

The would-be All-Star starters remain the same in both leagues, but with only three days left to vote on the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot, there are five spots that remain too close to call.


Rangers' int'l haul includes Acuna's brother

According to industry sources, the Rangers have agreed to a $2 million deal with catcher Jose Rodriguez of Venezuela, ranked No. 21 on MLB Pipeline's Top 30 International Prospects list, and shortstop Luisangel Acuna, the younger brother of Atlanta phenom Ronald Acuna Jr., for $425,000.


Hamels touched up as Texas drops finale

Rangers left-handed ace Cole Hamels continues to be a potential trade target for contenders as the non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, but he never found his rhythm and couldn't escape the big inning on Sunday against the White Sox. Hamels allowed a five-run fifth inning to Chicago in the Rangers' 10-5 loss at Globe Life Park.


Choo dealing with quad strain, pads streak to 42

After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a mild right quad strain.


Rangers, Astros to resume Lone Star Series

Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 3.57 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season when the Rangers open a two-game set against the Astros on Tuesday at Globe Life Park. Adrian Beltre is expected back in the lineup, as well. Beltre is three hits shy of tying Dave Winfield (3,110) for 20th place on the all-time hit list. Left-hander Dallas Keuchel (4-8, 4.22 ERA) will start for Houston.


Choo to play through mild right quad strain

After undergoing an MRI on Saturday, Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was diagnosed with a mild right quad strain.


Rangers rout Sox to assure Bartolo a milestone

It wasn't his sharpest outing of the season, but Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon did just enough to earn the 245th victory of his career, matching Dennis Martinez for the most wins by a Latin American pitcher, on Saturday night against the White Sox. Colon limited the damage over five-plus innings, and the Rangers produced a seven-run eighth inning to earn a 13-4 blowout win at Globe Life Park. The big inning was highlighted by Elvis Andrus' two-run triple to center and Jurickson Profar's RBI double to right. Nomar Mazara also added an RBI single. White Sox DH Matt Davidson had three hits and was a triple shy of the cycle.


Choo has MRI on ailing right quad, sits out

Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo was out of Saturday's lineup against the White Sox with right quad soreness. Though he's played through it, Choo said his upper quad has been bothering him over the past 10 days. Choo underwent an MRI at his own request on Saturday, but he said he does not believe it is anything serious.


The Music Paradigm with Roger Nierenberg

As a part of CEO Cynt Marshall’s 100 Day Plan to transform the culture of the Mavs organization, Dallas Mavericks staff had the opportunity to be a part of leadership meetings over the past 2 days at American Airlines Center. The meetings included Diversity and Inclusion Training, led by Marshall herself, Business Planning for the 2018-2019 Season and an innovative music and learning program with The Music Paradigm.

Created by maestro Roger Nierenberg, former music director of the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida, the session showcased the conductor’s insight on leadership and collaboration as the participants’ attention is drawn to unexpected organizational dynamics within the orchestra. The program utilized a live classical orchestra drawn from the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth area and the team was seated within the orchestra to observe the highly trained musicians as they performed.

“I knew Roger and his program would be the perfect Grand Finale of our business meetings this week. The way he connects to each department, compares and contrasts the intricacies and dynamics of his orchestra to the staff at the Mavericks was powerful, emotional and inspiring for all of us,” said Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. “We thank Roger, his team and the guest orchestra for spending the afternoon with us.”

The Mavs hired Nierenberg’s Music Paradigm to deliver a session on leadership and business culture with an emphasis on listening, collaborating, respect and empowerment to 100 employees on the business side of the organization. This is the first time that a professional sports team has utilized The Music Paradigm as the Mavericks organization aims to set a new standard for diversity and inclusion in the NBA by 2019.

ABOUT THE MUSIC PARADIGM
The Music Paradigm has been utilized by hundreds of Fortune 500 companies and organizations around the world from Google to Bank of America for nearly two decades. With The Music Paradigm, Nierenberg has conducted over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in twenty-three different countries. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The PBS NewsHour, Fast Company and more. Nierenberg’s book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ. For more info: www.musicparadigm.com, Facebook: @themusicparadigm and Twitter: @rogernierenberg.

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Homer-happy Rangers back Gallardo vs. Sox

It didn't take long for the Rangers' offense to give right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo all the support he would need in the team's series opener against the White Sox. Texas launched five home runs and produced a seven-run second inning in an 11-3 drubbing on Friday at Globe Life Park. Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos, Nomar Mazara, Joey Gallo and Shin-Soo Choo each homered.


Colon looks to tie Dennis Martinez's wins record

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Rangers look to Hamels to complete sweep

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Choo extends on-base streak to 41 games

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Banister: DeShields becoming elite defender

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Ray Spalding is happy for the opportunity with the Mavs – and ready to take advantage of it

Just a day after being drafted by the Dallas Mavericks, I connected with Ray Spalding’s camp and was set to chat with him over the phone on Friday morning. After missing his initial call, I noticed I had a voicemail upon arriving to the American Airlines Center.

And it was the voicemail that immediately impressed me.

It was one of the most polite, respectful voicemails I have ever received. And after speaking with him on the phone for a short period of time, it was clear that the well-mannered Spalding kid out of Louisville was excited for his shot in Dallas.

Just over 12 hours before our conversation, Ray Spalding was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 56th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Spalding grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he spent the early part of his childhood playing every sport that was offered. As his height became his most definable asset, basketball quickly took center stage in his life.

In middle school, the 6-foot-4 Spalding would dunk for the first time. As he went into his freshman year at Trinity High School, Spalding would shoot up to 6-foot-7 and begin to make his transition into becoming a big man.

As he continued to turn heads in high school, Spalding took another leap in his game heading into his senior season at Trinity High School. Then it was a full-on recruitment battle from some of the top schools in the country.

Spalding would have offers from Duke, Indiana, Xavier, Clemson, Butler and other big-time programs across the country. The most important one of all? Undoubtedly the University of Louisville, which was less than 10 miles down the road from his high school.

When the dust settled, Spalding wanted to play for the school he grew up dreaming about and a school that would allow him to stay close to his family. And family means the world to Spalding.

“As a person, I am very quiet,” Spalding said as we chatted over the phone after he was drafted. “If I’m not playing basketball, I’m with my family and brothers. I am very family-oriented. I have a small circle of friends.”

Spalding would head into Louisville as a freshman for the 2015-16 season. Although he would spend his first two seasons coming off the bench, he used that time to build on his game and form relationships that would last a lifetime, one of those being Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

“I have a real good relationship with Don. That’s my guy,” Spalding said. “He is definitely a brother to me.”

It was Spalding’s junior year at Louisville that would garner the attention of people in NBA circles.

Spalding earned 10 more minutes a game, started in 34 games and would be the second-leading scorer for the Cardinals and team leader in rebounds by a wide margin. He shot 54 percent from the field, was second on the team in blocks and even led the team in steals, with 54 on the season.

Although Spalding loved his time at Louisville, he did acknowledge that it wasn’t the easiest road there with everything that happened with the program during his stay there.

“It was kind of a rocky road,” Spalding said. “Losing coaches and losing players, not being able to play in the tournament.”

But after his stellar junior season, it was decision time for Spalding as he would test the NBA waters and attend the NBA Draft Combine.

He would measure at 6-foot, 10.35 inches tall with a 9-foot-1 standing reach. What turned some heads was his impressive 7-foot, 4.75-inch wingspan, a top-five longest wingspan at the 2018 combine.

He also came in at 215 pounds, but this is an area that Spalding is focusing on as his camp says he is at 226 pounds now and looking to be around 230 pounds heading into training camp this fall.

After the combine, Spalding would obviously hire an agent and keep his name in the draft. And with the 56th pick, he would become a Dallas Maverick.

“I’m glad they gave me an opportunity,” an ecstatic Spalding told me. He also said he has been to Dallas one time: to work out for the Mavericks before the draft.

So what kind of player is Ray Spalding?

“I like to play above the rim and do what is needed,” Spalding said. “Make the correct pass and playing team defense. Doing whatever my teammates need me to do. Kind of smooth for my size and length.”

A member of the Mavs front office added, “He is an athlete who plays above the rim and is a rim-runner all day. He has a quick second jump with nice mitts to catch off rolls.”

“He has a chance to improve his overall game as one can’t teach his quick jumps,” that same member of the front office added.

Spalding can throw down the nastiest of dunks and block shots way above the rim, but something he has been working on this summer is his jump shot.

“I think that is major underrated just because of what I have done over these past couple of months,” Spalding said. “Expand my game and work on my jump shot a lot more. Make those changes and corrections that are needed.”

If Spalding can prove that his jump shot is a consistent and reliable threat, he could prove to be one of the steals of the draft in the second round. With him spending time in his earlier years on the wing, Spalding has some ball-handling skills that get hidden at times due to him playing down low.

“I like to face up on slower guys because I am quick for my height,” Spalding said. When handling the ball on the break, he isn’t your typical 6-foot-10 big either.


The comparison game is popular among fans and media, especially leading up to the draft. But Spalding doesn’t like to compare himself to anyone. There is only one Ray Spalding.

“I have heard plenty of comparisons,” Spalding said. “I am the only Ray Spalding. There is only one of me. Just like there is any other guy in the league.”

But even though he doesn’t like comparisons, he does like to pick parts of other player’s games that are already in the league.

“I like to take some of the skills and how to play the game from a guy like Anthony Davis,” Spalding said. “How he spreads the floor for his size. A guy like Rudy Gay who is kind of a big/guard who can step out on the wing and handle the ball. He can also switch on someone different.”

Spalding isn’t comparing his game to either of these players, but simply trying to take particular skills from fluid athletes similar to his frame.

The question is why did he drop to the bottom of the second round? Was it because he was a late bloomer during his three years at Louisville? Maybe because he only attempted 19 3-pointers last year or because of his skinnier frame in college?

No matter your answer to the question, Spalding is ready for his opportunity.

“People have slept on my skillset,” Spalding said. “Go under the radar with the opportunity I got. I am glad I got picked 56th. I will definitely use that as motivation.”

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Hamels trade before break 'increasingly possible'

The Texas Rangers are progressing in Cole Hamels trade talks and may be able to move him before the All-Star break, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported on Thursday.


Mavericks announce roster and schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced their roster and schedule for MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 today, which will tip-off Friday, July 6 in Las Vegas.

For the first time since its inception, all 30 NBA teams will compete in MGM Resorts NBA Summer League. With each franchise represented, the event will expand to 12 days and 82 games. Teams will play three preliminary games before being seeded in a tournament that concludes with the Championship Game on Tuesday, July 17. Each club will play at least five games and as many as eight.  

The Mavericks will open the preliminary round against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, July 6 at 8:30 p.m. CT. They will then face the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, July 8 at 6 p.m. CT, and the Golden State Warriors on Monday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m. CT, before being seeded in the tournament. 

All games will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. ESPN will carry Dallas’ summer-league opener against Phoenix, while NBA TV will televise the Mavericks’ games against Milwaukee and Golden State.

The Mavericks will be spending their 13th summer in Las Vegas. Mavericks assistant coach Jamahl Mosley will serve as the head coach of the team’s Las Vegas summer league squad for the third straight year. Before the team makes the trip to Las Vegas, a mini camp will be held at the Mavericks’ practice facility in Dallas from July 2-5.

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This is the top Rangers int'l prospect to watch

Monday's international free-agent signing day ranks right there with the first day of the MLB Draft as far as importance for Major League clubs. Here are five prospects from the American League West who show the impact that international signings can have on a club.


Crouse notches first career win

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.


Minor flirts with major feat in finale win over SD

Mike Minor threw 6 1/3 perfect innings on Wednesday, en route to seven scoreless frames of one-hit ball to beat the Padres at Globe Life Park. Minor's bid for history was ended by an Eric Hosmer single. He struck out five and now has a 2.08 ERA over his last four starts. Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar each had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which sealed a series win. Clayton Richard allowed four runs over seven innings for San Diego.


Mavs start summer league practice on Monday, key summer dates revealed

DALLAS –Based on what they were able to accomplish during last Thursday’s NBA Draft, the excitement level among those associated with the Dallas Mavericks is through the roof.

With the influx of rookies the Mavs were able to secure, fans are already thinking a return trip to the playoffs for the 2018-’19 season. Especially since Luka Doncic is a member of the Mavs.

The most decorated European player this past season, Doncic was drafted third overall by the Atlanta Hawks, then quickly traded to the Mavs for Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round draft choice. This past season Doncic captured the Most Valuable Player award for the EuroLeague regular season and the EuroLeague Final 4 while clearly establishing himself as a prime-time player.

The Mavs also drafted point guard Jalen Brunson, who led the Villanova Wildcats to NCAA titles in 2016 and this past season. Brunson averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists this past season while winning the Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation’s top point guard.

In addition, the Mavs traded second-round picks to acquire Louisville forward Ray Spalding and Dayton forward Kostas Antetokounmpo.

Those players will begin workouts with the Mavs on Monday as they gear up for the start of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018, which will be held July 6-17 in Las Vegas.

Here are some key dates for Mavs fans to look forward to over the summer.

Friday: This is the deadline for team, player and early contract termination options.

Saturday: This is the deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to players eligible to become a restricted free agent.

Sunday: The free agency moratorium period begins. This is the day free agents can start reaching a verbal agreement with a perspective team. Also, restricted free agents can start signing offer sheets today.

Monday: The Mavs’ summer league team starts practicing at the team’s practice facility.

July 5: The Mavs fly to Las Vegas to prepare for the start of the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League.

July 6: The free agency moratorium period ends and teams can start signing players and making trades. In addition, the two-day period begins for matching restricted free agent offer sheets signed during the moratorium.

July 6-17: MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018. The Mavs’ first summer league game is July 6 at 8:30 p.m. CT against Phoenix at the Thomas & Mack Center. That game will be televised on ESPN.

July 8: The Mavs will play a summer league game against Milwaukee at 6 p.m. CT at the Cox Pavilion. The game will be televised on NBA TV.

July 9: The Mavs will play a summer league game against Golden State at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Thomas & Mack Center. That game will be televised on NBA TV.

July 11-12: The Mavs are guaranteed to play at least two more summer league games starting on one of these days.

July 13: This is the deadline for teams to withdraw qualifying offers.

July 15: This is the deadline to sign players chosen on the first round of last Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Aug. 4: NBA Africa Game 2018. Mavs forward Harrison Barnes is slated to play in a game pitting Team Africa — NBA players either born in Africa or with family ties to Africa – against Team World, which is composed of NBA players from the rest of the world.

Aug. 31: This is the deadline for teams to waive players and apply stretch provision for the 2018-’19 season.

Sept. 5: This is the deadline to sign players selected on the second-round of last Thursday’s NBA Draft.

Sept. 7: This is the day former Mavs guards Jason Kidd and Steve Nash – and others – will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

Oct. 5: The Mavs and Philadelphia 76ers will play a preseason game in Shanghai, China, as part of the NBA China Games 2018.

Oct. 8: The Mavs and Sixers will play a second preseason game in Shenzhen, China, as part of the NBA China Games 2018.

The 2018-19 NBA schedule will be released sometimes in the middle of August.

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Gallardo looks to get going in opener vs. Sox

Yovani Gallardo makes his third start for the Rangers when he faces the White Sox in the first of a three-game series at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday night. Gallardo has allowed nine runs in 10 1/3 innings over two starts since being called up from Triple-A Round Rock, where he had a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts. The veteran right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA in four career starts against the White Sox, who will send right-hander Dylan Covey to the mound.


Choo ties MLB's longest on-base streak of 2018

Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance on Wednesday night against Padres starter Clayton Richard, extending his on-base streak to 40 straight games.


Pudge's Pizza joins Texas Live! complex

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Perez (right elbow) feels good after rehab start

If the Rangers trade coveted starter Cole Hamels before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, they should have left-hander Martin Perez ready to step back into the rotation.


Choo runs OB streak to 39, but Rangers fall

Shin-Soo Choo extended his on-base streak to 39 games with a single in the ninth, but Rangers reliever Jake Diekman, trying to protect a two-run lead, allowed three runs in a pivotal eighth as the Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory at Globe Life Park.


Rangers' early HRs aren't enough vs. Padres

Rangers reliever Jake Diekman had been terrific coming out of the bullpen for over a month. But on Tuesday night, he had his clunker for the month. Diekman, trying to protect a two-run lead, allowed three runs in the eighth as the Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory over at Globe Life Park.


The first thing on the NBA menu for Luka Doncic — rest, rest and some more rest

DALLAS – For those Dallas Mavericks fans looking to see rookie Luka Doncic play in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, that excitement needs to be tempered a bit.

Because Doncic has been playing non-stop basketball overseas for nearly 10 months, the Mavs don’t plan on playing him in every one of their summer league games. That, they believe, will be too taxing on his body.

“I think it’s safe to say that the likelihood of him playing a full summer league schedule is not very good,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We’re going to have to bring him along slowly.

“This kid, he’s been through an amazing grind. In the European league and in the international leagues they don’t play as many games per week as the NBA, but they have multiple tournaments and it’s a lot of pressurized stuff and there aren’t a lot of breaks.”

Day One of summer league practice for the Mavs start on Monday, and then they fly to Las Vegas on July 5. The Mavs will play their first summer league game on July 6 at 8:30 p.m. CT against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Doncic led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague championship on June 19, and took home Most Valuable Player of the Final 4 along the way. The next day he was on a plane to New York for the NBA Draft.

Ultimately, last Thursday in a pre-arranged deal, the Atlanta Hawks drafted Doncic third overall, then quickly traded his draft rights to the Mavs. In return the Mavs sent the draft rights to Trae Young – Dallas drafted him fifth overall – and a protected 2019 first-round pick to the Hawks.

While the Mavs steadfastly believe they were able to land the best player in the draft in Doncic, they don’t want to burn out the 19-year multi-talented player before training camp starts in the fall.

“The kid has had an amazing run in international basketball, and we’re really excited to take the reins and go forward from here,” Carlisle said. “It’s important right now that he gets a breather and gets to catch his breath a little bit.”

As he catches his breath, Doncic (6-7, 218) will do so knowing has the skill set to play every position on the court except the center spot. He’s a talented ball handler, has great court vision, is adapt at attacking the basket, and has exceptional range that reaches beyond the 3-point stripe.

“In terms of athleticism, I believe he’s going to prove to be a deceptively good athlete in the NBA,’ Carlisle said. “And I know this, that guys that have his level of skill become more athletic because of how you’ve got to run at them at the 3-point line and beyond because of their shooting abilities.

“Again, I think you look at his record and the accomplishments that he has at this young age. This is a guy that’s proven he can get better, he can play with the best and he can be the best of the best in that league. Those leagues are high-level leagues.”

And those leagues overseas is where Doncic made his name. Now, he can make his fame in the NBA.

But first, Doncic needs to find a pillow and a bed and get some much-needed rest.

“He’s been playing for months and months and months,” Carlisle said. “He just finished international play (seven) days ago. Summer league is right around the corner, and we’re going to have to think out how we’re going to approach that.

“Again, he finished (seven) days ago in a season that started back in September, so he needs a break. To what extent he will participate with the summer league team, we’ve got to work through those kinds of things.”

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Beltre among leaders at 3B on AL ballot

Time is running out for Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo to make a push to be in the starting lineup for the American League in next month's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.


Minor looking to help slow Padres in finale

Rangers left-hander Mike Minor will start the series finale against the Padres at 7:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at Globe Life Park. Minor is 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in his past five starts. He is the only Rangers pitcher who has made at least five starts and has a winning record. He made one relief appearance against the Padres last season while with the Royals, but he will be making his first start against them since 2014. Minor is 3-2 with a 3.94 ERA in eight starts at home. Lefty Clayton Richard will start for San Diego.


Guzman placed on concussion disabled list

The Rangers have placed first baseman Ronald Guzman on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday. Guzman suffered the injury during Monday's game against the Padres when he was kneed in the head by third baseman Christian Villanueva.


Beltre among leaders at 3B on AL ballot

All nine starting positions remain the same in this week's update of the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot results, and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve continues to have the highest vote total of any player in either league. The closest race remains at catcher, with the Rays' Wilson Ramos and the Yankees' Gary Sanchez vying to be the starting backstop.


Jalen Brunson’s pick-and-roll savvy could translate immediately to the NBA

One-on-One with Jalen Brunson

New Mavs rookie Jalen Brunson goes one-on-one with Mavs.com's Bobby Karalla and dishes on being drafted, what he's gonna buy with his first contract, and playing with Dirk!

When I watch Jalen Brunson, the first player I think of is J.J. Barea, his new teammate.

Neither can go 100 miles an hour, but both have the handles, court awareness, body control, and a bevy of finishing moves around the basket to compensate for not being a world-class sprinter. Brunson spent three years dominating the NCAA at Villanova, capping off his junior seasons by earning National Player of the Year and Consensus First Team All-American honors along with his second national championship. Players who achieved that level of success in college don’t usually slip to the second round, but here we are. Perhaps his athleticism is a reason why. Barea, for what it’s worth, isn’t a burner either, although he’s extremely quick and his size only exacerbates it.

Whatever the reason Brunson slipped out of the first round, the Mavericks are not complaining. Michael Finley said Dallas had a first-round grade on the three-year college star, so by the time the Mavs went on the clock in round two, they wrote his name down on the card and didn’t look back. Brunson becomes the third rookie point guard in three years in Dallas, following in the footsteps of Yogi Ferrell and Dennis Smith Jr., each of whom received All-Rookie Second Team honors. Smith, in particular, is considered a potential foundation piece for the future — and Barea just had the best season of his career at age 33, at the same position — but Brunson isn’t worried about competing for minutes. In fact, he’s looking forward to it, a fact which won over the Mavs’ brass at the Combine in Chicago.

If Brunson is anything like Barea, he’s going to have plenty of fans within the organization. Unlike the Puerto Rican veteran, Brunson is entering the NBA as a drafted player with a contract. But just as Barea did in 2006, Brunson will enter training camp with established players ahead of him. Devin Harris was still the young point guard of the future when Barea came to camp 12 years ago, and veterans like Jason Terry and Anthony Johnson took their fair share of point guard minutes as well. Brunson will face a similar challenge this fall, but he’s looking forward to it. And, on a Rick Carlisle-coached team, the fail-safe cheat code to gaining respect and earning minutes is to have an NBA skill. What can you do at a high level? Can you shoot 3s? Can you protect the rim? Are you good enough at your best talent to earn minutes while the coaching staff develops the rest of your game? In Brunson’s case, his NBA skill is running the pick-and-roll. And as for whether he’s good enough to play right away, that’s up to him to prove in the coming months. But from where I sit, the answer for now appears to be yes.

By the numbers

The 2017-18 Villanova Wildcats had one of the most dominant offenses we’ve seen in quite some time in college basketball. They thumped opponents all season long en route to their second national title in three years. (Brunson was the starting point guard for both of them.) As a team, Nova sank 11.4 3-pointers per game, fourth in the country, and shot 39.8 percent from beyond the arc (T-20th). The Wildcats also shot an absurd 59.7 percent on 2-pointers, which ranked second in the nation. All in all, they averaged 1.1 points per possession last season, which led the entire country — and not just Division I. Synergy Sports logged possessions for 1,496 men’s college basketball teams last season, and Villanova led them all in points per possession.

Brunson was the engine that made it all work. It’s difficult to comprehend that he was the fourth player drafted off his own team, but everyone profited from Brunson’s work as point guard. He led the team in scoring at 18.9 points per game; only one other player averaged more than 13.4. He led the team in assists at 4.6 per game; only one other averaged more than 2.9. Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo, and Omari Spellman were all drafted ahead of Brunson, but his work as the tip of the most imposing spear in college basketball helped to lift each of his teammates into the first round.

Villanova put up video game numbers as a team, and Brunson did the same as an individual. He ranked in the 98th percentile nationwide in overall points per possession and in the 99th percentile when including points created by assists. He ranked in the 96th percentile when scoring as the pick-and-roll ball-handler, the 96th percentile when scoring in isolation, 98th when posting up, and 83rd when spotting up as a shooter. When combining his possessions and his assists, he generated 1.467 points per possession for Villanova, which ranked 25th out of nearly 3,000 players Synergy logged a possession for last season. Those are all absurd numbers.

Facilitating

Today’s NBA game requires ball-handlers to be scoring threats first, or else opponents can shut down the pick-and-roll with relative ease. If you can’t shoot, they can go under. If you can’t finish, they can go over. If your teammates can’t shoot the 3, they can clog the lane. Everything starts with scoring.

I’m going to tell this story in reverse, though. Brunson can shoot, and he can finish, but like his new teammate Barea, Brunson devastated opposing defenses in college by getting right into the middle of them and then making his decision. Villanova enabled its star point guard to take complete control of the offense, especially late in games, by spreading the floor like a pro team and surrounding him with 3-point shooting. By the time he was a junior, Brunson had such an incredible awareness of where each of his teammates was, and what the defense was thinking, that he was able to shred opponents without even having to score. The Wildcats wanted to shoot 3s and get dunks; they played an NBA-style game. Therefore, if he turned the corner off a screen and you were off-balance in any way, it was already over.




Brunson never panics when reading the floor, even when facing pressure. He might not play extremely fast relative to guys like John Wall, but he’s able to play under complete control at his maximum speed and that makes defenders uncomfortable. (Although he’s not going to beat Dennis Smith Jr. in a 100-meter dash, Brunson is quick. He posted the third-best lane agility time at the Combine — outperforming his teammate DiVincenzo — and has a 37-inch vertical leap. He’s definitely an athlete.) His eyes are always moving and, more importantly, he never picks up his dribble unless he knows a passing lane is about to be there. Nova gave Brunson the entire floor to work with, which allowed him to get to exactly where he wanted to go, then let him feel out where his teammates would be. (Unfortunately in these two examples they couldn’t convert, but the looks were there.)


He’s not able to blaze right past his opponents, but by manipulating his eyes, taking angles, and using dribble-moves and ball-fakes to free up some breathing room, Brunson is able to do whatever he wants to. He averaged 4.6 assists per game, a number that’s not going to jump off the page, but if D-I tracked secondary assists, I would guess Brunson would rank very, very high on that list. He’d swing it to DiVincenzo or Bridges or Spellman or any one of Villanova’s over excellent shooters, the defense would overreact, and they’d dump it off to another teammate for a jumper.

Using his strong frame to score

Again, you can be the best passer in the world, but if you can’t score, the defense isn’t going to worry about you. Brunson can score, though. He was often under command of the offense late in tight games, and that’s when he did some of his best work.

If you’re a point guard driving the lane, you’d better be fearless. Brunson is 6-foot-2 so he’s not going to regularly throw down dunks on Rudy Gobert, but he’s got a strong frame and isn’t afraid to use it either to barrel into bigger guys or steamroll smaller ones. It’s kind of corny to draw too many conclusions about a player’s personality from random plays you see when watching tape, but these are fearless drives.


When you turn the corner and can see or feel a big man licking his chops, you know you’re about to get sent to the floor. But Brunson took his beatings and still finished anyway. He shot 70.9 percent at the rim last season, according to The Stepien.

If he couldn’t get all the way to the rim, he was happy to pull up from the mid-range. One of his favorite moves was a spin into a fadeaway, which is yet another component of his game that reminds me of Barea.


What makes that a difficult shot is it’s nearly impossible for your average point guard to contest because Brunson has such a big frame and a high release point. He pulled off the same move in both drives in robotic fashion, as well, and that’s a compliment. This is clearly something he’s put a lot of time into working on, and the results paid off. Brunson shot 56.8 percent on short mid-range shots, per The Stepien, and 44.8 percent on long mid-range Js. NBA teams don’t want to take too many mid-range jumpers, but sometimes that’s the only option available. Plus, if you can hit that spinning 10-foot fadeaway 56 percent of the time, defenders are likely gonna stick just a couple inches closer to you, which could open up another option somewhere else.

There’s a lot to like about Brunson’s game and personality. He seems like one of those “OKG” (Our Kinda Guys) guys in Dallas — a J.J. Barea copycat in a 6-foot-2 body is a pretty good starting point. Brunson is going to learn from one of the best in Barea, and Dennis Smith Jr. is no slouch in the pick-and-roll game either. Each of those guys brings a unique interpretation of the game to the fold, and when used in combination with one another and Luka Doncic, the Mavs could have one of the more interesting stable of playmakers in the league. Smith is by far the fastest, and at this point he and Barea are the most dynamic scorers of the bunch, but they can each read the floor and find shooters extremely well, and Dallas has no shortage of 3-point shooting. That alone is going to create wider driving lanes for the ball-handlers to exploit, and if the club can add another big-time rim-runner like Dwight Powell to the mix, that’s only going to help as well.

I don’t know where in the rotation Brunson is going to fall. He’s facing some stiff competition at his own position, let alone from other guys who play 2-guard or like to handle the ball. But Brunson has made it clear that he’s not afraid, which has already earned him a fan in Rick Carlisle before the games have even begun. And after having a stellar three-year career at Villanova where everything he touched turned to gold, it’s tough to doubt Brunson will find a way to make it work at the next level.

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Rangers rally with 5-run sixth to top Padres

The Rangers scored five runs in the sixth inning to erase a three-run deficit to propel Texas to a 7-4 win over the Padres on Monday. Shin-Soo Choo went 3-for-5 to extend his on-base streak to 38 consecutive games. Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi allowed one hit in four innings, striking out four before being removed after 70 pitches in his second start since coming back from the disabled list. Rangers starter Cole Hamels allowed four runs in five-plus innings, striking out five.


Kevin Durant beat out, among others, J. J. Barea for the NBA Cares Community Assist Award

DALLAS—Unfortunately, Dallas Mavericks guard J. J. Barea did not win the NBA Cares Community Assist Award. The award, given out tonight in Santa Monica, Calif., at the NBA Awards Show, was captured by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.

Among the contributions Durant made include a $3 million donation to the University of Texas’ basketball program and the school’s Center for Sports Leadership & Innovation. Durant played the 2006-’07 season at UT before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Barea was a strong candidate to win this award mainly because he quickly jumped into action when Puerto Rico — his home – was devastated last year by Hurricane Maria. Working with partners in North Texas and using an airplane on multiple occasions that’s owned by Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Barea provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico, including 10,000 pounds of food, 14,000 pounds of water, 32 generators, and 3,000 pounds of diapers, clothes, medical supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies in just his first trip to the island.

Mavs scout Eduardo Najera certainly was rooting for Barea to win tonight’s award.

“If you go back and see what he did for the island, for Puerto Rico, he was incredible,” Najera said. “When the people needed it the most he gave so much of his own money, so much of his own time.

“It just shows the type of character that he is.”

Barea launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com – it generated over $250,000 — for families that were impacted by Hurricane Maria. He also personally raised almost $500,000, and worked with the Mavs on a single-game ticket sales event which generated $100,000 from the team’s Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

In addition, the J. J. Barea Foundation offers economic assistance to non-profit entities in Puerto Rico.

Besides Barea and Durant, the other eight nominees for the award included LeBron James (Cleveland), Dwyane Wade (Miami), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans), CJ McCollum (Portland) Ricky Rubio (Utah), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Mike Conley (Memphis) and Jabari Parker (Milwaukee).

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Rangers send Bibens-Dirkx to face Friars

Right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx makes his fourth start of the season at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday against the Padres at Globe Life Park. Bibens-Dirkx won his first game of the season last Wednesday against the Royals, when he allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Right-hander Tyson Ross (5-5, 3.34 ERA) will start for the Padres. Ross made 10 starts for the Rangers last season.


Banister: Choo deserves All-Star consideration

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said he believes that Shin-Soo Choo has done enough this season to earn All-Star consideration. And in the coming weeks, Banister said he could make a pitch for Choo to Astros manager AJ Hinch, who will manage the American League in the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.


J. J. Barea one of 10 nominees hoping to win tonight’s NBA Cares Community Assist Award

DALLAS – J. J. Barea will be front and center stage when the Dallas Mavericks’ guard is one of 10 nominees vying to win the coveted NBA Cares Community Assist Award at the NBA Awards Show in Santa Monica, Calif.

The awards show will be televised tonight at 8 CT on TNT.

The big question is, will Barea be able to do it again?

Earlier this month Barea beat out a worthy class of candidates to capture the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award handed out by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The award is presented to the player, coach or athletic trainer who demonstrates outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Barea won the award primarily because he quickly jumped into action when Puerto Rico — his home – was devastated last year by Hurricane Maria. Working with partners in North Texas and using an airplane on multiple occasions that’s owned by Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Barea provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to Puerto Rico, including 10,000 pounds of food, 14,000 pounds of water, 32 generators, and 3,000 pounds of diapers, clothes, medical supplies, toiletries and cleaning supplies in just his first trip to the island.

Mavs scout Eduardo Najera is rooting for Barea to win the award tonight.

“If you go back and see what he did for the island, for Puerto Rico, he was incredible,” Najera said. “When the people needed it the most he gave so much of his own money, so much of his own time.

“It just shows the type of character that he is.”

Barea launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com – it generated over $250,000 — for families that were impacted by Hurricane Maria. He also personally raised almost $500,000, and worked with the Mavs on a single-game ticket sales event which generated $100,000 from the team’s Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

In addition, the J. J. Barea Foundation offers economic assistance to non-profit entities in Puerto Rico.
Najera recalls when Barea was so adamant about helping the island he grew up on and praised him for his humanitarianism.

“I was going through my own stuff, because Mexico went through it,” said Najera, who is from Mexico. “It was kind of the same time – the hurricane and the earthquake in Mexico — and I was trying to do some of my own stuff in my country.

“But I don’t think I did nearly enough as J.J. did or anybody else has done for his country. I was proud of him. He wears that Puerto Rican flag everywhere he goes. Even when we won the championship (in 2011) he had it. Not only is he proud of that, but he also gives back. He means so much to the community.”

The other nine candidates who are nominated with Barea for tonight’s award include Dwyane Wade (Miami), LeBron James (Cleveland), Kevin Durant (Golden State), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans), CJ McCollum (Portland) Ricky Rubio (Utah), Kemba Walker (Charlotte), Mike Conley (Memphis) and Jabari Parker (Milwaukee).

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Mavs believe comparing Doncic to any former or current NBA player isn’t necessary

DALLAS – When it comes to comparing Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic to any current or former NBA players, forget about it. Mavs executives believe such bold comparisons rolling off their lips aren’t necessary.

The Mavs have been there, done that with one of their players and the comparison game, and the outcome wasn’t pretty in certain parts of the world.

Mainly, back in 1998 when the Mavs acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks, many compared his game to that of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. That didn’t go over too well with the Bird followers.

So when the Mavs were asked last week who they fondly compare their latest prized rookie – Doncic – to, their lips were unilaterally sealed. Well, sort of.

“I’m not going to make the same mistake we did 20 years ago, because (Doncic, like Nowitzki at the time) is a 19-year old kid that is going to have his rear end handed to him,” said Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations. “He is going to go against the elite of the elite, not only outside our walls, but within our training camp.

“Dirk and I had a long talk coming in. That’s why I want to remain guarded in my comments.”

But then Nelson couldn’t help but reveal the obvious when it comes to analyzing Doncic.

“We’re obviously very excited to have him, but he’s got a very tough road ahead of him,” he said. “Literally it seems like yesterday (when the Mavs acquired Nowitzki) and when you get a guy like Dirk of his size, the first guy, the comparisons of Larry Bird roll off the tongue.

“Well, that’s. . .Dirk wasn’t done any favors in his first two years.”

The underlying lessons learned from the Dirk-Bird comparisons when it comes to Doncic?

“We’re going to steer away from any of those comparisons,” Nelson said. “Luka is his own guy. He’s got his own challenges.”

Besides Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle also weighed in, adding that the comparison game is categorically unnecessary when it comes to describing Doncic and the skill set he’s able to bring to the court.

“This kid has really carved out an amazing record of accomplishments,” Carlisle said. “I think he comes to the NBA on his own merits and I think going forward he should be judged on being the first Luka Doncic and not the second coming of this guy or that guy or the other guy, and I think that’s fair based on what he’s done.”

While playing for Real Madrid this past season, Doncic was named the Most Valuable Player of the EuroLeague as he put his stamp on being that league’s most prolific player. He also was the MVP of the EuroLeague Final 4 after he led Real Madrid to the championship last week.

Still, while the Mavs are well aware that Doncic was arguably the best player in this year’s NBA Draft, making the transition from European basketball to the NBA is not always an easy proposition. It also isn’t an easy proposition making the transition from NCAA basketball to the NBA.

“He’s got his work cut out,” Nelson said. “It’s a whole different level from where he’s played to where he’s about to play.

“He’s going to be pushed and challenged and chiseled.”

All of that dissecting aside, the Mavs are well aware of what they have in Doncic. That’s why they shipped the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft and a protected No. 1 pick in next year’s draft to the Atlanta Hawks to secure Doncic, who was the third pick in last Thursday’s draft.

Teams already in the Top 5 don’t move up a mere two spots in the draft to land a player unless their eyes and scouts tell them they’re on the verge of landing someone who can truly change their franchise’s landscape for many years to come. Such is the case with Doncic.

The Mavs view Doncic teaming up with 20-year old point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and giving NBA backcourts severe migraine headaches for the next decade and beyond. They also see a potential seismic shift that could also make the Mavs an attractive free agent destination for the next decade and beyond.

“He’s definitely got the special stuff that as he puts in the work is going to be a special player for us,” Nelson said. “If you look at his achievements across the board – whether it’s youth, national team, Spain – it’s very rare air. It’s special stuff.”

Nelson discussed how Nowitzki “got thrown around like a rag doll” during his first two NBA seasons before elevating his game to superstar status. He hopes Doncic can avoid getting thrown around like a rag doll, but gladly welcomes the possible elevation of his game to superstar status.

“When you have a young guy like Dennis that just went through that, to have a person of Luka’s age as well as a guy like Dirk that has seen and done it all in basketball, you get both perspectives and both are extremely valuable,” Nelson said. “It’s not lost on Luka how unique of an opportunity to play with one of the all-time greats in his golden years.”

Playing in the NBA period, is a dream come true for Doncic, a 6-7, 218-pound multi-purpose guard from Slovenia.

“When I came up I was playing with older guys and saw that maybe I could be somebody,” Doncic said. “When they say you’re going to be good, I like to be challenged.

“When they say you’re not going to be good, I say, ‘Let’s see.’ When I step on the court I need to show it. No matter the (draft) pick you are, you need to show it on the court.”

In a matter of a few months, Doncic will have an opportunity to show the stuff of which he is made of. Until then, the Mavs believe the comparisons to any other former or current NBA player is completely unnecessary.

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Hamels aims to continue success vs. Padres

Cole Hamels opens a three-game series against the Padres when he takes the mound at 7:05 p.m. CT Monday at Globe Life Park. Hamels is 3-3 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in his last 10 starts. He is 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in seven home starts. Hamels, who is from San Diego, is 9-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 17 career starts against the Padres, but will be facing them for the first time since 2015. Left-hander Joey Lucchesi will pitch for the Padres.


Win streak streak snapped as Colon outdueled

Bartolo Colon was good on Sunday afternoon, but Twins starter Jose Berrios -- who is 21 years younger -- was overpowering and the Rangers' seven-game winning streak is over.


Rangers look toward future at Trade Deadline

The Rangers approach to the upcoming July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline is to do whatever they can to make the team better for the future.


16U Davis Champs at Perfect Game NTX

Congrats to 16U Dallas Tigers Davis who won the 16u PGBA NTX Championship last weekend!

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Mavs knew they had to do everything possible to get their hands on Luka Doncic

DALLAS – Just to make sure they were going to be able to secure Luka Doncic in this past Thursday’s NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks decided to execute a trade.

So while the Phoenix Suns were in the middle of drafting Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick in the draft, the Mavs were busy consummating a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, who had the third pick in the draft. Ultimately, the Sacramento Kings drafted Marvin Bagley III with the second pick and the Hawks drafted Doncic for the Mavs with the third pick.

With the fourth draft pick, the Memphis Grizzlies chose Jaren Jackson Jr. Then with the fifth pick the Mavs drafted Oklahoma point guard Trae Young for the Hawks.

Shortly thereafter, the high-powered trade was announced that the Mavs were sending Young and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to Atlanta for Doncic.

For the Mavs it was mission accomplished. It also was time to celebrate.

“This deal that we were able to get done, got done during the first pick,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We’re very fortunate. Luka Doncic was the guy that we targeted to get in this draft if there was any way possible to do it.

“At one point we thought that there might be a slight chance he could fall to us. But then a couple of days ago it was pretty clear that there was no way that that was going to happen. He’s just too good, and so we made this deal — we moved up.”

And when the Doncic deal was sealed, it almost was if happy days immediately began again for the Mavs.

“We got a guy that we think is a franchise foundation piece, and so it’s a really great day for the Mavericks organization,” Carlisle said. “This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he’s done it at an age that’s unprecedented.”

Doncic is indeed a rare talent with exceptional skills. The 6-7, 218-pounder won Most Valuable Player honors during this past season in the EuroLeague, and also led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title last Tuesday when he was named the MVP of the EuroLeague Final 4.

A Slovenia native, Doncic was considered by many to be arguably the best player in that year’s multi-talented deep draft. But since his season overseas didn’t conclude until two days before the NBA Draft, Doncic wasn’t able to come to Dallas and workout for the Mavs prior to the draft.

Then again, Doncic’s resume spoke for itself. Additional workouts weren’t really necessary for the 19-year old kid who the Mavs believe could become a budding NBA superstar.

“We had a chance to have a short Skype interview with him a few days ago,” Carlisle said. “He seems like a humble kid that really loves to play, loves the game and was really anxious at that point to finish up his international play on a high note, which they did, and then move to the next stage of his career, which is the NBA.

“From a skill perspective he’s very polished, he’s very refined for a kid that’s 19. In the interview that we had with him we talked to him a little bit about things that we do from a functional training standpoint for strength and the fact that we’re very proactive about doing things really on a day-to-day basis. And I get the sense that that’s an area where he can really see some gains.”

So what position does the Mavs forsee Doncic playing? Doncic himself said he could play point guard, shooting guard, small forward or power forward.

“He is a playmaker, he’s a basketball player,” Carlisle said. “I’m not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor playing and making plays and making people better.

“It’s becoming a reality in this league that if you don’t have the ability to play a couple of positions and guard a couple of positons – and in many cases you’re going to have to guard three or four positions because of all the switching that’s happening now – then you’re going to be up against it a little bit in terms of being able to get on the floor and stay on the floor.”

If Doncic is not playing in the backcourt, the Mavs know they can employ him as sort of a point forward. His versatility will allow them to do that.

“Doncic has terrific size – 6-7, 6-8, whatever it is – he has play-making ability, he can score,” Carlisle said. “He’s a joyful passer is the way I would describe him.

“He plays with a pass-first sort of view of the game, and guys like that are a blast to play with.”

In fact, Doncic is so much of “a blast to play with” that the Mavs knew that they had to do everything possible to secure his services.

Mission accomplished.

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Rangers miffed after Profar hit 3 times

Rangers manager Jeff Banister was fuming after a 9-6 win over the Twins on Saturday because third baseman Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch three times.


Gallo expects to play Sunday after exit

Joey Gallo left the Rangers' game against the Twins on Saturday in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Gallo was starting at first base and was replaced by Ronald Guzman.


Six-run 2nd fuels Rangers to 7th straight win

The Rangers scored six runs in the second inning and needed to wiggle out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to beat the Twins, 9-6, on Saturday for their seventh straight win. Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered in the win. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs. Eddie Rosario hit his 17th homer and drove in four runs and Logan Morrison also homered for the Twins, who lost their third in a row.


Gallo leaves early with tightness in hamstring

Joey Gallo left the Rangers' game against the Twins on Saturday in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his left hamstring. Gallo was starting at first base and was replaced by Ronald Guzman.


Colon seeks historic win in finale vs. Twins

Right-hander Bartolo Colon goes for his 245th career win when he pitches against the Twins at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday at Target Field. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, needs one more win to tie Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua for the most by a pitcher from Latin America. Colon set the record for a pitcher from the Dominican Republic with a 6-3 victory over the Royals last Monday. Right-hander Jose Berrios (7-5, 3.38 ERA) pitches for the Twins.


Chavez getting more prominent role in bullpen

Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez has gone from mop-up to setup and earned a more prominent role in the bullpen. Chavez even picked up the third save of his career when he pitched two scoreless innings in the Rangers' 8-1 victory on Friday night. Chavez entered the game in the eighth inning with a three-run lead. Rangers manager Jeff Banister wanted to give setup relievers Jake Diekman and Jose Leclerc extra rest so he called upon Chavez.


Choo wears South Korea World Cup kit

It's even No. 17, Choo's jersey number!


Gallardo makes second Rangers start in '18

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to make his second start for the Rangers against the Twins at 1:10 p.m. CT Saturday at Target Field. Gallardo allowed five runs in five innings in his first start on Sunday against the Rockies. He was 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A Round Rock before being brought back to the big leagues. He is 4-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 11 career starts against the Twins. Right-hander Jake Odorizzi pitches for the Twins.


Minor deals as Rangers slug to win 6th straight

Mike Minor held the Twins to one run through six innings and the bullpen did the rest in an 8-1 victory over the Twins at Target Field. Shin-Soo Choo's two-run home run in fifth was the big blow to allow the Rangers to win their sixth straight game.


Choo reaches in 35th straight game, smacks HR

Shin-Soo Choo extended his on-base streak to 35 straight games with a two-run home run off Twins starter Fernando Romero in the fourth inning Friday night.


Rangers hit pause on Mendez in Majors

Rangers left-hander Yohander Mendez was going to be given a chance to pitch in a Major League rotation. That is no longer the case.


Reliever Martin returns from second DL stint

The Rangers have activated right-handed reliever Chris Martin off the disabled list for Friday's game against the Twins.


The Mavericks got the player they wanted — and the player they needed — in Luka Doncic

I don’t want to get you too excited, and I certainly don’t want to overhype a guy who’s never played an NBA game, but there has really never been a prospect like Luka Doncic.

At just 19 years old, he’s already conquered the Euroleague, the Spanish domestic league, and Eurobasket. He was the alpha dog on Real Madrid, the best team in the world outside of the NBA, which won 64 of its 82 games across all competitions last season. He’s been playing professional basketball at a high level for nearly two years straight with precious few breaks — he won the ACB title two days before the draft — establishing himself as one of the most skilled and most accomplished young players in the history of Europe.

OK, so we know the guy can play, and we know the Mavericks took a liking to him long ago and have targeted him since last fall. Clearly they’re all-in. But while they’re excited, they also made it clear that Doncic is still going to be a rookie in the NBA. Players are going to go at him — and not just guys on other teams. So instead of the beginning of a coronation, last night’s press conference with a relieved Donnie Nelson took an interesting turn when the man who traded up to get Doncic warned that it might not be smooth sailing right away for the Slovenian wunderkind. Rather than talk up Doncic’s achievement and potential the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki, they reminded us — almost as if to remind themselves — that this latest mountain will be a challenge to climb no matter how good Doncic is.

“He’s going to have his rear end handed to him,” Nelson said. “I’m not going to make the same mistake we did 20 years ago. But (Nowitzki had) the comparisons of Larry Bird roll off the tongue. We’re going to steer away from any of those comparisons.”

“We’ve got to understand that he is 19,” Rick Carlisle added. “NBA stardom doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to be a process.”

Cautious excitement is the responsible way for them to feel. Nelson, Carlisle, Mark Cuban, and the rest of the Mavericks invested quite a bit in Doncic — not only the No. 3 pick, but also likely their first-round pick next season as well. They need to get this right.

But that’s their job. My job is not nearly as important, but here we are. And considering Doncic was the No. 1 prospect on my board — and was for many, many brighter basketball minds than mine both locally and across the internet — there’s certainly plenty to be excited about. Here’s why you should be, too.

Pick-and-roll scoring

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but offense matters. The way the game is played now, every player on the floor has to be multi-dimensional; we often talk about the small ball revolution, but what’s really happening is a skill revolution. If you can’t shoot the 3-ball at above 40 percent, you’d better either be a world-class defender or able to create at least a little bit off the dribble. In Doncic’s case, he can handle the ball and read the floor like a point guard, though he stands about 6-foot-7 with a strong frame. He is a 1 in a 3’s body.

Doncic averaged 6.5 assists per 36 minutes in 73 games for Real Madrid last season. It’s important to say here that generally young players hardly even receive playing time at the highest levels in Europe, let alone the responsibility to carry the offense. Veteran legends like Sergio Rodriguez and Vassilis Spanoulis — whose No. 7 jersey inspired Doncic to wear the same number for Madrid — are supposed to control games in Europe, not teenagers. But Doncic isn’t your average teenager. Word spread quickly overseas that Doncic was legit, and not just among the European players. Americans are impressed, too. “I doubt 99 percent of this year’s draft class could do what he did in the Euroleague this season,” former Maverick Pierre Jackson told Alex Kennedy. “I think he is super talented, man. The sky’s the limit for the kid.” When you’re that good, you become the focal point.

He earned it all. His derived offense in the pick-and-roll — which includes possessions he used himself and also those finished off by teammates he passed to — generated 1.119 points per possession last season, ranking in the 93rd percentile among all international players in the entire world. That mark ranked 31st out of more than 1,600 players across the world who tallied at least 100 possessions in the pick-and-roll, per Synergy Sports, and fourth out of 163 with at least 500 possessions. And he was by far the youngest of anyone anywhere near the top.

He was an elite playmaker for Madrid. Doncic is not a burner when it comes to speed, but he’s shifty, dynamic, and strong in ways similar to players like James Harden and even to a degree J.J. Barea. (In fact, thinking of Doncic like a 6-foot-7 Barea is a good way to get an idea of the kind of player he is, though it’s not totally accurate.) For example, he’s able to use his sturdy frame to drive right into big men and still finish at the rim, which both tricks them into committing touch fouls and creates some extra space to compensate for not having a 40-inch vertical.

He can also use that same size to his advantage against smaller players. Doncic has an advanced ability to feel his defender. Instead of constantly turning the corner in the pick-and-roll at full speed, he’s able to sense both what’s happening in front of and behind him, and he can patiently wait for his window of opportunity. Pinning defenders to your hip is a veteran move that has served shorter players like Chris Paul and Barea extremely well throughout their careers. Doncic can already do it.

Again, he does not appear to have top-end speed for a wing, but neither does Harden. What makes Harden such an elite player is his ability to stop on a dime and shift direction with more power than almost any other player in the NBA. Deceleration is not something we talk about very often, but that’s been Harden’s most lethal weapon as he’s risen to superstardom. He can lull you to sleep with some between-the-legs dribbles, then will take two hard steps to the right, and by the time you move that way, he’s already gone back to his left and scored two points — or, more dangerously, three. Harden dominates by slowing down.

This season more than ever, Harden’s quiet explosiveness unlocked the step-back 3-pointer, his go-to move on the way to averaging 30.4 points per game and the scoring title. I am not saying Doncic will be Harden. (Repeat: I am not saying Doncic will be Harden.) But I don’t remember a prospect coming along that had a step-back J similar to Harden’s at such a young age. Doncic is able to free himself up for a jumper almost any time he wants — and his ability to decelerate is a huge reason why.


He shot just 31.0 percent from deep with Madrid this season, though most of his attempts were off-the-dribble while fewer were of the catch-and-shoot variety. A combination of slightly more space in the NBA, more catch-and-shoots, and of course plenty of hours in the gym with coaches (Holger, anyone?) will almost surely result in an uptick in accuracy in the coming months and years.

Playmaking

Good scorers are hard enough to find, but it’s even more difficult to find guys who can fill it up and also create for their teammates. There’s been a shift in the NBA in recent seasons where point guards must now be able to be a threat to score, otherwise your entire offense shuts down because of the way teams can defend you. The same holds true for playmaking wings, and Doncic certainly qualifies as one of those. He was often the primary facilitator for Madrid whenever he was on the floor, whether it was with the second unit or, eventually, even the starting lineup. Again, we cannot say enough how rare it is for such a young player to carry as much responsibility as Doncic did. Even the brightest European prospects in recent seasons didn’t come close: Mario Hezonja played 15.1 minutes per game for Barcelona before coming to the NBA, and Kristaps Porzingis played just 21.4 for Real Betis. Doncic, meanwhile, led his team in points and assists per game and often had the ball in his hands late in crunch time.

As point guards have become scorers, so too have guards and forwards become playmakers. Everyone must now be able to do both. That holds true for Dennis Smith Jr., who learned to play off the ball last season next to J.J. Barea, in what now seems like an eerie bit of foreshadowing. He will certainly play off the ball every now and then while Doncic is on the floor; it’s relatively safe to assume the rookie will be either a day-one starter or will receive tons of playing time as a sixth man. They will share the floor together often. But that does not mean Smith won’t touch the ball. Believe me, the ball will fly all over the place. Dallas was a top-half team in passes per possession last season, and I would believe they could climb into the top-five this season. Both Doncic and Smith will have plenty of chances to eat.

That’s a terrific thing for the Dallas starting lineup in particular. Last season, the most-frequent starting lineup (Smith, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, Maxi Kleber) collectively assisted on 60.3 percent of their made field goals. That’s a more than respectable mark and would have ranked top-10 in the league last season. But the second unit of J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris, Dirk Nowitzki, and Dwight Powell assisted on an astonishing 70.2 percent made buckets, which would have led the entire NBA and it wouldn’t really have been close. That group’s assist percentage ranked second among the 48 lineups with at least 200 minutes played, standing only behind the Curry-Thompson-Durant-Green-Pachulia unit in Golden State. After swapping Harris for McDermott, that number rose all the way to an absurd 72.2 percent. The Mavericks can move the ball well — they were one of six teams in the NBA to have multiple players average at least five assists per game, and their assist percentage ranked 10th in the league — but adding Doncic could help them morph from one of the better ball movement teams to one of the very best.

Doncic is capable of manipulating the defense with his ball-handling and as a threat to score. Because he’s so dangerous as a driver and shooter coming off screens, defenses have to respect him. That’s going to open up small passing lanes, but Doncic is so clever that he can turn small rooms of space into wide-open jump shots for his teammates.


Doncic is especially adept at finding players for corner 3s, which has become one of the most important shots in the NBA. Dennis Smith Jr. is also excellent at finding guys there, which could mean great things for Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes — Matthews shot a ridiculous 46.4 percent on corner 3s last season, per Basketball-Reference, and Barnes was no slouch either, hitting 41.2 percent. (On a side note, that could be very beneficial for Barnes, who will likely spend much more time at power forward this season. All that bruising could take a toll on his legs throughout games, and as corner 3s are shorter, taking more of them and fewer long-distance treys could result in a jump in his 3-point percentage.)


Doncic’s presence on the roster will allow Rick Carlisle the freedom to keep two of the trio of Smith, Doncic, and Barea on the floor at all times if he so chooses. Jalen Brunson, who they drafted No. 33 overall, is a terrific facilitator in his own right, leading the Villanova offense to one of the best seasons we have seen in some time. And to be clear, Carlisle is very happy about it. “I never think you can have too many playmakers on a team,” he said.

The Mavericks needed to add a quality young player in this draft. Earning pick No. 5 was a good start, but it wasn’t good enough to get the guy they wanted. Instead of standing pat and taking someone else, they went and got him. Credit to the organization for pulling it off, for forming one of the most intriguing young duo in the NBA in Smith and Doncic. They complement each other extremely well in nearly every way. Both can get a shot off at virtually any time, and while Smith can get to the rim at will, Doncic prefers step-back Js. Both can find shooters on the perimeter, and while Smith can terrorize defenses by driving hard with a rim-rolling buddy stampeding alongside him, Doncic can look for cutters (including Smith) as he finesses his defender 20 feet from the rim. As both continue to improve from distance, the Mavs’ offense looks like it could be a major problem in the near future.

The questions will be answered, the potential possibly fulfilled, in time. Maybe in one year, maybe in several. But the Mavericks now have the foundation — a core featuring Smith, Doncic, and a constantly improving Harrison Barnes — for the future, with more money and flexibility to pull off other moves this summer. No matter how this ride ends, whether it’s in five years or 20, it’s hopefully going to be an exciting era of Mavericks basketball.

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Mavericks acquire draft rights to Ray Spalding and Kostas Antetokounmpo

DALLAS— The Dallas Mavericks announced that they have acquired the draft rights to 56th overall pick Ray Spalding and 60th overall Kostas Antetokounmpo from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights to 54th overall pick Shake Milton.

Spalding (6-10, 215) was an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending three seasons at Louisville. As a junior, he averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting .557 from the field. He ranked third in offensive rebound in the Atlantic Coast Conference and registered 11 double-doubles on the season.

Antetokounmpo (6-10, 197) was an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending one season at Dayton where he averaged 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Flyers. He is the brother of All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.

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In a night for the ages, Mavs get the player they wanted in Luka Doncic

BROOKLYN – In a night for the ages, the Dallas Mavericks finally got their man!

In one of the biggest nights in franchise history, the Mavs created a big buzz in Thursday’s NBA Draft when they acquired highly-touted Slovenian guard Luka Doncic in a widely anticipated trade. That smooth move sets up one of the most dynamic young backcourts in the NBA in 20-year old Dennis Smith Jr. and Doncic, who turned 19 in February.

With their two second-round draft picks, the Mavs selected Villanova guard Jalen Brunson with the 33rd selection and then took SMU guard Shake Milton with the 54th pick.

Earlier in the night, the Mavs drafted Oklahoma guard Trae Young with the No. 5 pick. But shortly thereafter – in a pre-arranged trade – the Mavs shipped Young and a protected 2019 first-round draft choice to the Atlanta Hawks for Doncic.

After the trade was announced to the crowd at the Barclays Center, the crowd was abuzz. In essence, this was the most high powered draft-day trade the Mavs have executed since they acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for Robert “Tractor’ Traylor on the day of the 1998 NBA Draft.

As if he could hear a chorus of cheers coming from folks in North Texas, Doncic was all smiles after learning the Mavs had picked him up in a trade. It was as if he and the Mavs were joined at the hip, even though he never visited Dallas prior to the draft.

“I had been talking a lot to Dallas,” a jubilant Doncic said. “They really wanted me and I’m happy to be a part of them.

“They really wanted me and they were very, very nice. They were very nice to me and I think we had a very good relationship.”

Doncic also is looking forward to having a very good relationship with Smith, who was the ninth overall pick of last year’s draft and averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists as a rookie. The Mavs could conceivably roll out an opening-day starting lineup that includes Smith and Doncic in the backcourt.

“Especially, I really like Dennis Smith,” Doncic said. “I saw a lot of Dennis (this past season). He’s an amazing point guard.”

Doncic comes to the Mavs carrying some absolutely amazing credentials. The 6-7, 200-pounder was the EuroLeague Most Valuable Player this season and also was the MVP of the EuroLeague Final Four after he led Real Madrid to the EuroLeague title a few days ago.

In 33 games this past season, Doncic averaged 24.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. And the reason why he was so coveted is because he put those impressive numbers on the boards in only 25.9 minutes in the second-best league in the world.

“It feels amazing just to be an NBA player,” Doncic said. “I’m just happy to attend the draft and I’m very happy to be part of the Dallas Mavericks family.”

Doncic said one reason his stock was high is because he can play point guard, shooting guard, small forward or power forward. That versatility will come in handy for a Mavs team that was 24-58 last season and are now in position to land one of the eight Western Conference playoff spots next season.

For his part, Doncic is very confident that his game was transdfer admirably to the NBA.

“I’ve been a professional since I was 15,” Doncic said. “I played against the EuroLeague stars, against ex-NBA players.

“I had four or five guys on my team that played in the NBA. They’ve been talking about the NBA to me a lot through this year so I think I’m prepared.”

After missing the playoffs the past two years, the Mavs desperately want to get their feet firmly planted back on the postseason track. And they believe the Doncic’s potential will help carry them there.

Not long after he had gotten traded to the Mavs, Doncic was on the phone talking to owner Mark Cuban, coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

“(Cuban) was excited,” Doncic said, “and I’m so excited to meet him.”

In all, Donic had to wait before he was told he was officially a member of the Mavs. He initially was walking around wearing a Hawks cap – and had to be hidden away until the trade was announced.

After that, Doncic strolled down the walkway in the arena grinning from ear to ear while being hounded by a throng of media types from America and Europe. he even stopped to pose for a picture while carrying his country’s flag.

“I really hope we can it to the playoffs and I think with this team that we can make it,” Doncic said

Meanwhile, Young was taken aback about being traded by the Mavs.

“Naw, I’m not very surprised,” Young told Mavs.com. “I knew if I got picked at five I would be traded to the Atlanta Hawks.”

In addition to playing alongside Smith, Doncic is anxious to play with Dirk Nowitzki, who is a legend in American and in Europe.

“He’s just a legend, he’s an amazing player,” Doncic said. “I’m really happy to be a part of this trade.”

Doncic didn’t arrive in New York until Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET and admitted to being a bit sleepy. He said he couldn’t sleep much Wednesday night, so he played some video games.

“For sure it’s been the best week of my life,” Doncic said. “When I was a little kid I always dreamed about being an NBA player, so it’s been an amazing week.”

The Mavs will have a Friday afternoon press conference in Dallas to introduce Doncic to the local media.

“First of all I want to meet the city, I want to meet the players, I want to meet the staff, the coaches and everybody,” Doncic said. “And then play some basketball.”

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Mavericks select guard Jalen Brunson with 33rd overall pick

DALLAS— The Dallas Mavericks announced that they have selected guard Jalen Brunson with the 33rd overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Brunson (6-3, 190) is a two-time NCAA Champion (2016, 2018) and an early-entry candidate to this year’s draft after spending three seasons at Villanova. As a junior, he averaged 18.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists on his way to winning Big East Player of the Year, Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year and the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard. He was also the only player in a Power 6 conference last season to shoot better than .520 from the field, .400 from behind-the-arc and .800 from the foul line.

The New Jersey native moved to Lincolnshire, Ill., in high school and became 2015 Mr. Illinois Basketball as a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Brunson was named McDonald’s All-American, Parade All-American and USA Basketball 2015 Male Athlete of the Year after leading Team USA’s under-19 team.

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Mavericks acquire draft rights to third-overall pick Luka Doncic

Mavs Draft Luka Doncic!

With the fifth pick, we mean third pick, the Dallas Mavericks select Luka Doncic!

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced that they have acquired the draft rights to third overall pick Luka Doncic (LOO-kuh DON-chitch) from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first round draft pick.

Doncic (6-7, 218) is the reigning EuroLeague Most Valuable Player and EuroLeague Final 4 Most Valuable Player after leading Real Madrid to the 2017-18 EuroLeague title. He was the youngest player ever to garner both awards. In 33 games with Real Madrid last season, he averaged 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting .443 from the field, .329 from behind-the-arc and .816 from the foul line.

The versatile guard was the youngest ever to debut with Real Madrid in 2014 when he was 16 years and 61 days old. He was twice awarded the EuroLeague Rising Star and was named the Spanish ACB Best Young Player in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

The Ljubljana, Slovenia native is a member of the Slovenian National Team that went undefeated on its way to winning the country’s first gold medal at EuroBasket 2017. In that tournament, Doncic was named to the All-Tournament Team and won EuroBasket 2017 Most Valuable Player.

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Vlad to be celebrated by Rangers on Aug. 3-4

The Rangers will honor outfielder Vladimir Guerrero on Aug. 3-4, during their series with the Orioles. Guerrero is being inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 29, and he played for the Rangers in 2010.


Pressing question facing the Rangers

Now that the season is close to reaching the midway point in the schedule -- the non-waiver Trade Deadline six weeks away -- most teams have a pretty good idea of where they stand in terms of contention. That makes it a good time to take stock and ask some serious questions moving forward.


Donnie Nelson just as excited about the Mavericks’ two picks in the second round

BROOKLYN – Donnie Nelson understands why Dallas Mavericks fans are all pumped about the team picking fifth in tonight’s NBA Draft. However, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations wants fans to be just as excited about the team’s two picks in the second round.

In addition to the No. 5 selection, the Mavs will also have picks numbers 33 and 54 when the draft is held tonight at 6 CT at the Barclays Center. And that’s when Nelson’s excitement level goes through the roof, mainly because of the exceptional across the board depth in this draft.

“This year there are really solid players all the way through the lottery,” Nelson said. “And then it’s a deep draft — call it in the 20-40 area — that’s also I think where we’re going to get something pretty good at 33 as well.

“We feel really good at five, we feel like we’re going to get another really solid swing at 33. And then besides that we’ve just got to play the 54 open.”

It’s not that Nelson is downplaying the treasure chest of potential franchise-type players the Mavs will choose from at No. 5. He simply knows that after beating the bushes while scouting for talent over the past few months, there’s some extremely quality players in the middle and lower end of the draft.

“Especially in this draft, I think there’s a lot of parity when you get into even the late teens all the way kind of through the 40’s,” Nelson said. “You never know.

“We might get doubly lucky if there’s a fall guy that gets down to 54. But there will have to be a lot of things fall perfect.”

Forward Dirk Nowitzki just wants the Mavs to use the draft to find players – especially with the fifth pick – who can have an immediate impact next season.

“When you pick at five you can kind of go in with a plan, but your plan can be overthrow by what’s going to happen right before you,” Nowitzki said. “I have no idea what’s going to happen, but I’m hoping we’re going to get a player that’s going to be exciting, that’s going to be young, that has a great upside, but can also help next year.

“A player that can play for 10-plus years and be a solid player for a long, long time, is eager to learn, is coachable. You want all these young guys to have the right intangibles, he wants to work hard and get better and learn from the coaches and some of the older players, so hopefully we’ll find the right guy.”

Whoever that “right guy” winds up being with the fifth selection, guard Wesley Matthews noted that he hopes the Mavs don’t put all of their eggs in that rookie’s basket.

“The fifth pick doesn’t guarantee us anything,” Matthews said. “We can’t be just like, ‘Oh yeah, we got the fifth pick, now we’re going to do this.’

“No, we’ve all got to be a part of it – coaches — everybody with the organization, players. We’ve all got to get better — guys that are already here and coming back to make this transition seamless and smooth so we’re playing in the postseason.”

That “getting better” mantra from Matthews also applies to the three players the Mavs draft tonight. Especially those two picks on the second round.

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Rangers' hyphenated battery powers sweep

Austin Bibens-Dirkx logged 6 2/3 strong innings and Rougned Odor belted an insurance home run as the Rangers swept the Royals for their fifth straight win. Shin-Soo Choo scored the game's first run after extending his on-base streak to 34 games. Mike Moustakas made things interesting in the ninth with his 14th home run for Kansas City, which has lost nine in a row.


Perez nearly ready for rehab assignment

Rangers left-hander Martin Perez threw approximately 75 pitches without any issues on Wednesday and he is hoping to be sent out on a rehab assignment on Monday.


Minor eyes continued success against Twins

Left-hander Mike Minor will be on the mound when the Rangers open a three-game series with the Twins at 7:10 p.m. CT on Friday at Target Field. Minor allowed two runs over seven innings in his last outing against the Rockies on Saturday and he is 1-3 with a 6.18 ERA in his past seven starts. Center fielder Delino DeShields and catcher Robinson Chirinos are expected to be back in the lineup after not starting on Wednesday. DeShields is hitting .400 (12-for-30) against the Twins while Chirinos is hitting .364 (16-for-44) against them. Right-hander Fernando Romero is scheduled to start for Minnesota.


Donnie Nelson confident the Mavs are going to “get something really good” with the No. 5 pick

BROOKLYN – For Donnie Nelson, this almost feels like an ice cream truck pulled up in front of his house and he has so many wonderful flavors to choose from.

The NBA Draft is Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at the Barclays Center, and it’ll be decision time for Nelson and the Dallas Mavericks as they’ll have a plethora of blue-chip prospects to choose from. However, with all of the choices at their disposal, Nelson is very confident that the Mavs will get their man.

In fact, Nelson — the Mavs’ president of basketball operations — all but guaranteed it. In this draft, variety truly is the spice of life as the Mavs can go big, small or in-between and still walk away with a can’t-miss prospect.

“It’s just exciting,” Nelson said. “We’re looking forward to Thursday.

“It’s some really, really good things in there (in the draft). We feel we’re going to get something really good and we can’t wait until Thursday night.”

A laundry list of the top players in this year’s draft include Arizona center Deandre Ayton, Real Madrid guard Luca Doncic, Duke center Marvin Bagley III, Texas center Mohamed Bamba, Michigan State center Jaren Jackson Jr., Duke center Wendell Carter Jr. , Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr., Villanova forward Mikal Bridges, Texas A&M center Robert Williams III, Kentucky forward Kevin Knox, Alabama point guard Collin Sexton, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges and Oklahoma point guard Trae Young.

One of those players could possibly find their way onto the Mavs’ roster next season.

Of course, like all executives across the NBA, Nelson wasn’t about to reveal the player the Mavs really want to draft. But since this is widely considered a deep draft, the Mavs – they have the No. 5 overall pick — truly are guaranteed of securing a player who should be in their rotation next fall if he puts in the necessary work.

This will be the highest draft pick the Mavs have had since they chose Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd with the No. 2 overall selection in the 1994 draft. Also, this is just the seventh time in the Mavs’ illustrious history that they’ve had the pleasure of owning a Top 5 draft pick.

“It’s a big draft, obviously, for the Mavs,” future Hall of Fame forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “We haven’t had such a high pick in a long, long time, so we obviously want to make it count.

“We’ve been having draft workouts here basically for three or four weeks, and scouts and Donnie and everybody in the organization have been looking forward and getting prepared for this moment for a long, long time. So it’s going to be interesting.”

Last year the Mavs used the ninth overall draft pick to select North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr. As a rookie, Smith developed into a very productive player who averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists and got progressively better and better the more minutes he played.

Combine Smith with forward Harrison Barnes and the No. 5 pick, and the Mavs believe they’ll have three critical cornerstones they hope will get them back in the playoffs as soon as next season.

“If you look at Dennis, he really had a really solid rookie season,” Nelson said. “He would be considered a building block. You’ve got guys like Harrison Barnes, with his maturity and versatility and ability to swing back and forth between the four positions.

“And you’ve got guys like Dwight Powell and some of our young core behind him. We’re looking at adding two really good young pieces in the draft – maybe three — and then kind of continue the youth trend.”

The Mavs also have the 33rd and 54th picks – both in the second round – of Thursday’s draft. For now, though, it’s that precious No. 5 pick that’s drawing all of the attention and is food for thought in barber shops and sports bars, and on talk radio all across the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“We’ve got the number five pick and I believe that we’re going to do a good job of getting somebody good for our franchise and I’m looking forward to it,” Smith said. “I’m fans of a lot of guys in the draft.

“There’s a lot of versatility with the big men in the draft. They’re pretty good defensively, they’re good offensively as well. So, like I said I believe we’ll get somebody that’s good for our team.”

Whoever the Mavs draft with the fifth pick, he’ll come to the Metroplex with very high expectations.

“We’ve got a chance to make a very good selection – whoever that is,” guard Wesley Matthews said. “We’ve got a chance to add to our roster and to build.

“And whoever (the fifth pick) is, as soon as they get here we’re going to put him right in the fire. They’ve got to work, they’ve got to grind and they’ve got to compete.”

Johnathan Motley, who was undrafted out of Baylor last year and ultimately signed a two-way contract with the Mavs, isn’t sure who the Mavs will land with the coveted No. 5 pick.

“It can go a lot of different directions,” Motley said. “I’m going to let them handle that and see who we get.”
Whoever the Mavs draft at five will likely determine the direction the franchise pursue during free agency, which starts July 1.

“After you get your pick, I think then that’s when — for us, because we’re a lottery team — you start to pay more attention to it,” Barnes said. “You start to realize, ‘OK, with this number, what are the picks that are probably going to be in our range?’

“If you have a top five pick you have to have a lot more room. Last year at nine was a little different and we got lucky. We’ll see what happens this year.”

Whatever happens, Mavs Nation is patiently sitting on pins and needles trying to guess – depending on the first four picks ahead of the Mavs – who their favorite team will select. Nelson, for one, said the Mavs have a player in mind, but he’s sworn to secrecy.

“Like I said, this draft is pretty deep,” Nelson said. “So we’re feeling really, really good at five.”

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Q&A with Mavs’ Donnie Nelson and Tony Ronzone

In less than 48 hours, the Dallas Mavericks will embark on the most important draft in the last 10 years. Armed with the fifth pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Mavericks are in position to grab another young cornerstone of the future on Thursday night.

At the helm heading into Thursday night is none other than the general manager, Donnie Nelson. By his side will be one of his closest friends and scouting guru Tony Ronzone. Officially, he holds the title of director of player personnel for the Mavericks.

They both took time to chat with Mavs.com ahead of the draft on Thursday.

On the main difference in scouting internationally compared domestically in 2018…

Tony Ronzone

Nelson: It is hard to hide (international prospects) anymore. Everyone has access to internet. Anyone with a phone is a reporter. It is not like the old days where you find a sleeper in Romania. You could kind of keep things out of the mainstream.

Ronzone: The only advantage is Donnie and I’s relationships around the world. Because we have done it for so long, certain relationships come into play. Sometimes I feel like we have the advantage because they trust us. Dealing with international people, trust is a big factor. I think that is a big factor here in Dallas is the trust factor around the world.

Nelson: We are not the only team in the NBA with a good track record with international players. But if you look at the success rate and the comfort from the coaching staff to the sports staff to the community here, it is as culturally diverse as it gets.

On scouting younger international prospects and their ability to translate to the NBA…

Nelson: Younger you are, the harder it is. Guys that are young, the more their body can change, the more variables there are. Also, the more upside there is. There is always going to be concern about translation to playing overseas to playing against the best athletes on planet earth. You are either confident in your (scouting) ability or not. Nobody bats 1.000. Projecting talent whether it is on this side of the pond or the other. There are some guys that are good at it and some are not.

On scouting big men coming into today’s NBA…

Ronzone: The game has changed because of the way the league is played. You have to have five guys who can switch on pick-and-rolls. You have to have 5s that can switch with 4s and 2s, even 5s that can guard 1s. Bigs that have those quicker feet and mobility, guys that have second and third jumps. Most bigs now are influenced by Dirk with the face-up game. Every kid that is big wants to be like Dirk and facing up. I think Dirk changed the game… Bigs have to be able to shoot the 3-ball.

Nelson: Threes are becoming 4s and 4s are becoming 5s. The game is becoming smaller and more versatile which is good because it means there is more skill injected into the game. I think when we drafted Dirk back in the day, here was a guy at the 4 position that could shoot 3s and stretch defenses in an era in the league where the 4s in the league were enforcers like Charles Oakley. I think it is a good thing that skill has been injected.

Nelson continued on talking about the center position in today’s NBA: I think if you look at the center position you really need to have a bullpen. You need to have your pogo stick shot-blocker. You need to have your stretch guy. Somebody that can slap up against the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns or one of these bulk center guys. It is almost like on any given night, depending what the matchups are, you kind of need to have three, four, or five looks at the center spot.

On if teams are trying to replicate team building similar to the style of Golden State…

Nelson: I think it is a function of the 3-point line more than anything. If you look at odds-making, a third more of anything, I don’t care if you are doing a real estate deal or playing poker in Vegas, if you are talking about a third more, that is a big jump. How Golden State has beaten everyone to the punch is they have three of the all-time great 3-point shooters in the history of the game. It’s like a Greyhound racing against a German Shepherd. We better invest in Greyhounds.

On the balance between drafting the best player available compared to system fit…

Nelson: I have always been best player. The way I was brought up was you find out what the skillsets of your best players are and then you construct the offense around them. Anyone who is about ‘fitting into your system’ when it comes to the uber-talented guys, I think that is short-sighted.

On the difference between this draft compared to past drafts…

Nelson:
Every draft is a snowflake. They are all cut differently with a different emphasis. They are similar in that there is lots of conversations and discussions. I think we have gathered more than the average draft. We really want to be thorough. The importance of this draft is not lost on us. I think more than ever myself, Mike, and other front office staff has seen a ton of games. I have been overseas more than I care to admit, making sure we cover every rock. Seen a ton of collegiate games as well. We are over-prepared if there is such as thing.

On the word they would give to describe the feeling heading into Thursday night…

Nelson: Exciting.

Ronzone: Fired up.

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Hamels sharp as Rangers roll past Royals

Cole Hamels went 7 strong innings and Delino DeShields' two-run double set an early tone as the Rangers rolled to their fourth straight win and a series victory over the Royals. Hamels struck out seven in picking up his first win since May 22. Jason Hammel gave up two runs in the second and third innings as Kansas City's losing streak reached eight games.


Beltre among leaders at 3B on AL ASG ballot

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre continues to show up on the leaderboards but designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo is being shut out in the latest updated balloting for the All-Star Game.


Mendez optioned following team rules violation

The Rangers have pulled rookie left-hander Yohander Mendez from Wednesday's start against the Royals and optioned him to Triple-A Round Rock after it was determined he violated team rules. Austin Bibens-Dirkx has been recalled from Round Rock and will start on Wednesday.


Bibens-Dirkx tabbed to start finale against KC

Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to start against the Royals at 7:15 p.m. CT on Wednesday in the series finale at Kauffman Stadium. Bibens-Dirkx is 0-1 with a 6.55 ERA in two starts with the Rangers and 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in 11 starts at Round Rock. Isiah Kiner-Falefa is expected to make his first start at catcher. Righty Jakob Junis is scheduled to start for the Royals.


Beltre among leaders at 3B on AL ASG ballot

An American League backstop battle has broken out on the 2018 Camping World MLB All-Star Ballot.