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Mavericks felt disrespected by Jazz before game

Jason Kidd coaches from the sideline

Mar 16, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Utah Jazz learned a hard lesson this week — never underestimate anyone in the NBA.

The Jazz lost on Monday to the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks by the final of 124-111. The Mavs were without Luka Doncic, who remains sidelined with a heel injury, as well as new trade acquisition Kyrie Irving, who was not with the team yet either. But Dallas got huge contributions from rookie Jaden Hardy and third-year Josh Green, who put up 29 points each to lead the Mavs to the big win on the road in Utah.

After the game, Hardy said that the Mavs felt disrespected by how the Jazz handled themselves before the game, noting that Utah came out late for their pregame warmups.

“We felt like once they came out with 12 minutes on the clock to warm up, we felt like they were not taking us seriously,” said Hardy, per Mavs writer Grant Afseth. “Once we seen that, everybody locked in … [They were] nonchalant coming out.”

The Jazz had virtually their entire roster available for Monday’s game, including all their top scorers like Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Clarkson, and Collin Sexton. But sometimes, it is more difficult to play against a team full of players that you have neither game-planned for nor scouted extensively, especially if you are not taking them seriously in the first place.

The Mavs have done an excellent job of holding serve in Doncic’s absence, winning two of their last three since he went down and maintaining their spot as fifth in the Western Conference. As for the Jazz, the loss dropped them to below .500 on the season and might just accelerate some of the reported plans they have at the trade deadline.

Report: Kyrie Irving trade not yet official for 1 reason

Kyrie Irving in warmups

Jan 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) stands for the anthem before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks’ acquisition of Kyrie Irving is not yet official for one significant reason.

The Brooklyn Nets are still trying to find a third team to allow them to expand the Irving deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The deal is not in jeopardy, and a two-way trade will be confirmed by the end of Monday if the Nets cannot find a third team to bring in.

It is not clear what the Nets might be looking for as part of an expanded trade. They certainly have interest in other notable players, but where they fit in the existing framework of the Irving deal is not clear.

The Nets are poised to receive Spencer Dinwiddie and Dorian Finney-Smith as part of the trade, so it’s possible they could be used as potential trade chips with someone else. Ultimately, it sounds like this is still likely to be a simple two-team trade, but the holdup does not indicate any problems with the deal.

Nets reportedly chose Mavericks over 1 other team with Kyrie Irving trade

Kyrie Irving wearing his Nets uniform

Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James will not be reuniting this season, but the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly tried to make it happen.

The Brooklyn Nets on Sunday traded Irving to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and draft picks. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets had detailed talks with the Lakers about a potential Irving trade. Brooklyn ultimately preferred the package the Mavs offered.

The Mavericks gave up a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks in the Irving deal. L.A. probably would have been willing to do the same, but the Nets were able to bring back Dinwiddie and add a solid wing player in Finney-Smith. That was likely the difference.

For what it’s worth, Irving is said to be thrilled with where he ended up.

It seems obvious that LeBron wanted the Lakers to get Irving, even with the tense history between the two players. James was accused by one former Laker of tampering with the way LeBron reacted to Irving’s trade request.

L.A. will have to explore other ways to improve ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Report reveals Mavericks’ stance on Kyrie Irving contract extension

Kyrie Irving in warmups

Jan 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) stands for the anthem before a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks made a big move to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how permanent the arrangement will be.

Irving’s contract expires at the end of the season. The Mavericks could sign him to a two-year contract now, but according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the organization is set to wait until the summer to discuss any possible extension.

The Mavericks are in no rush to get something done. They would have a huge amount of cap space this summer if Irving walks, and they may as well see if the partnership with Luka Doncic works before they rush into anything.

Dallas acquired Irving from the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday for a fairly significant package of assets. That would be a steep price to pay for a rental, but that is a risk the Mavericks are comfortable taking.

Nets trade Kyrie Irving to Western Conference contender

Kyrie Irving in a jersey

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrie Irving on Friday informed the Brooklyn Nets that he wanted to be traded, and the team has already granted his wish.

Irving has been traded to the Dallas Mavericks, Shams Charania of The Athletic first reported. The Nets will get Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks in the deal.

Irving was linked to the Mavericks almost immediately after he requested a trade. One report said Mavs head coach Jason Kidd was in favor of the team acquiring Irving.

Dallas entered Sunday with a 28-26 record, which was sixth-best in the Western Conference. They had been looking for a second star to pair with Luka Doncic, who may have put some pressure on the front office to make a move.

There was at least one other Western Conference contender that showed some interest in Irving.

Irving has had a good season thus far. He is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is in the final year of his contract and was seeking an extension from the Nets before he told them he wanted out of Brooklyn.

Report: Kyrie Irving has 1 prominent backer in Mavericks organization

Kyrie Irving in a jersey

Apr 25, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts during the second quarter of game four of the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

One notable Dallas Mavericks figure appears to be on Team Kyrie Irving.

Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports reports this week that the Mavericks are looking to find a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. Fischer adds that Dallas head coach Jason Kidd has been considered a proponent of adding the Brooklyn Nets guard Irving, who formally requested a trade this week.

Kidd, like Irving, played the point guard position during his NBA career and won a title as an assistant in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers (where he was on the same coaching staff as close Irving confidant Phil Handy). Additionally, Kidd used to be the head coach of the Nets (but never overlapped with Irving there).

The Mavericks are one of several teams that have already been named as potential Irving suitors. Doncic, meanwhile, could really use an explosive scoring threat operating next to him in the backcourt, especially after the departure of Jalen Brunson last summer. Irving’s arrival would also allow Spencer Dinwiddie, Irving’s ex-Nets teammate, to transition into a more natural sixth-man role.

3 big-name trade suitors for Kyrie Irving revealed

Kyrie Irving looks on during a game

Mar 15, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second half against the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Playoff hopefuls appear to be lining up around the block for Kyrie Irving.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks have emerged as potential suitors for the Brooklyn Nets All-Star Irving. After rejecting an extension offer from the Nets, Irving has requested a trade before the Feb. 9 deadline.

The Suns can offer Irving an immediate path to contention alongside Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton on top of having Chris Paul’s big contract to play with in a trade. The Mavs are also in the hunt in the West with Luka Doncic leading the way and have another talented piece on an expiring deal to offer.

Then we have the Lakers. They are further from the playoff hunt at 25-28 on the year. But the purple and gold may actually have a built-in advantage in pursuing Irving.

Report: 1 Mavericks starter unlikely to remain with team

Jason Kidd coaches from the sideline

Mar 16, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd coaches against the Brooklyn Nets during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After less than eight months together, the Dallas Mavericks may be giving one player his walking papers.

Morten Stig Jensen of Sports Illustrated reported on Thursday that Mavs big man Christian Wood may no longer be on the team past the trade deadline. Jensen said that he will be surprised if Wood is still on the Mavs in a week’s time based on what he is currently hearing.

This matches up with a recent report by veteran NBA writer Marc Stein, who said a few weeks ago that the Mavericks were widely expected to explore the trade market for Wood ahead of the Feb. 9 deadline.

The 27-year-old Wood is a fine player. He fits well alongside Luka Doncic as a floor-spacer (38.5 percent shooting from 3), inside presence (8.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game), and all-around scorer (18.4 points per game on 53.5 percent from the field overall). Wood, after coming off the bench to start his Mavs tenure, has also now earned the team’s starting center job.

But there are a couple of complicating factors here. Wood has been out for two weeks now with a thumb injury, giving Dallas a chance to see what their team looks like without him. Additionally, Wood will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and has failed to reach an extension agreement with the Mavs to this point.

The latest rumors are that Doncic, Dallas’ franchise player, is pressuring the front office to upgrade the team’s roster. Thus, using Wood as part of a trade package for an even better player makes sense, especially since the Mavs just might lose him for nothing in the summer.

Cowboys’ playoff game having interesting effect on local NBA action

Jerry Jones at a press conference

Jul 26, 2022; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at training camp press conference at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The city of Dallas is all-in on the Cowboys as they try to win their first divisional playoff game of the 21st century.

The Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers, who play each other on Sunday in Dallas, both announced on Thursday that their tip-off time has been moved to 1:30 PM CST (instead of the initially-scheduled 5:30 PM tip).

It was revealed on the Clippers’ broadcast Wednesday that the reason for the change is to accommodate Cowboys fans ahead of the team’s playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers, which is also happening on Sunday. That game will begin at 5:30 PM CST, providing some buffer from the Mavs-Clippers game (now projected to finish at 4 PM).

Sunday’s Cowboys-49ers game will take place in San Francisco (since the 49ers finished with the better record and also won their division). But now the fans in Dallas will have plenty of time to get home (or get to bars) after the Mavs-Clippers contest.

In addition to trying to get their first divisional playoff victory since the 1995 season, the Cowboys are going for a bit of revenge against the 49ers. They lost to the 49ers in the wild-card round last year on a really brutal ending.

Luka Doncic putting pressure on Mavericks’ front office?

Luka Doncic smiles

May 15, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts against the Phoenix Suns in game seven of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks clearly need to make some changes ahead of the trade deadline if they want to contend for an NBA title this season, and Luka Doncic may be starting to get impatient with the team.

Doncic has carried the Mavs to a 24-21 record this season, which was good enough for fifth place in the Western Conference heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. The three-time All-Star is averaging a career-high 33.8 points per game. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Doncic has made it known that he wants Dallas to upgrade their roster before the Feb. 9 trade deadline.

MacMahon adds that Doncic has not shown a desire to be consulted on personnel decisions in the past. That is why it is noteworthy that the star guard has “strongly indicated” he would like the Mavericks to do something over the next few weeks.

That is significant when you consider the current landscape of the NBA. Doncic has given the Mavericks no reason to think he will request a trade. If he did, no one would be surprised. Such is life in the modern-day NBA. He is signed through the 2025-26 season, but similar situations have not stopped other superstars from making demands.

A recent report claimed the Mavericks could consider trading away one of their key players. Unless the return made their roster better, Doncic probably would not be pleased about that.