Free agency is upon us. On July 1 at midnight eastern, the Dallas Mavericks will go hunting for the final pieces they’ll be putting around Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Smith Jr, and now Luka Doncic. Who’s coming to Dallas... Lebron James, DeAndre Jordan, Julius Randle, Vince Carter, Jason Terry? Hard to say, at least with specificity.
As news breaks, we’ll be updating it here. Bookmark this page and check back often over the next week or so.
July 2, 8”55 p.m. CT: Since the Mavericks weren’t able to offload Wes Matthews during the DeAndre Jordan acquisition, it was likely the Mavs were going to lose some of their bench backcourt from last season. The first of those losses happened today, as Woj reports that Seth Curry is joining the Portland Trail Blazers on a fairly small deal.
Free agent guard Seth Curry has agreed to a two-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, league source tells ESPN. Deal -- which guarantees him $2.75M this year -- includes a player option on second season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 2, 2018
Curry missed all of last season with an shin injury in his left leg, which he eventually has surgery for toward the end of the season. It’s an injury that has plagued Curry since his days at Duke, which is why the Mavericks were never rumored or chomping at the bit to bring him back. With the Mavs cap pretty much all tied up to Jordan’s deal (and the Mavericks drafting Jalen Brunson), Curry is off to recover his career for a good Portland team that could use a little more outside shooting and scoring from the perimeter, outside of their star backcourt.
July 1, 2:04 p.m. CT: Looks like Dallas may have some room to make some additional roster moves yet, with reports that Dirk will sign a $5M deal and that DeAndre’s contract may be less than we thought.
The Dallas Mavericks will likely utilize remaining $5M in salary cap space to re-sign franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki, league sources tell Yahoo. Nowitzki's $5M team option was declined before start of free agency to give Dallas flexibility.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
June 30th, 10:55 pm CT: And Doug is gone. That’s the price you pay for wanting a center.
Doug McDermott has agreed to a three-year, $22M deal with Indiana, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
June 30th, 10:44 pm CST: IT’S HAPPENING:
DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks have scheduled a 12:01 a.m. meeting to immediately launch into free-agent negotiations and are expected to quickly reach terms on a new deal tonight, according to league sources.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2018
Do we believe anything until he’s in a Maverick uniform?
June 30th, 8:51 pm, CST: The NBA sent out a salary cap memo that was mostly boring, except for the inclusion that the cap’s going to rise again NEXT season. And there’s a rising assumption that many free agents are going to take one year deals. This could be big fore free agency:
Market will reset in 2019 and 2020 after the cap spike from 2016. Expect the one-year contracts to be the theme in free agency this summer. https://t.co/ZC18MVGarb— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 1, 2018
June 30th, 5:06 pm, CST: Both Woj and Zach Lowe have confirmed that the Pacers are very interested in Doug McDermott. Unless things move quickly for the Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan, McDermott may move on:
Barton has been a strong focus for the Pacers, who would pivot and search for perimeter free agent help elsewhere. Doug McDermott and Joe Harris are potential Pacers targets, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/gSQJnuIJT5— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2018
June 30th, 10:10 am CST: If you got your hopes up for DeMarcus Cousins (or were queasy about the Mavs pursuing him) well Woj has either some very good or bad news:
June 30th, 9:55 am CST: Welcome to the wild world of tracking social media for free agency scoops, Luka!
That’s a vet move right there. pic.twitter.com/1X1W4pB46d— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) June 30, 2018
June 29th, 6:15 pm CST: First, Marc Stein reports that Dirk has opted out.
The Mavericks, in a mutual decision with Dirk Nowitzki, are declining Nowitzki's $5 million team option for next season and plan to hash out a new contract with him in July, according to league sources. Full @NYTSports coverage: https://t.co/czXwb3EMow— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 29, 2018
Second, the Mavericks now have a ton of cap space to do something.
Mavs will enter the free agency with the ability to create up to $28M of cap room ($30M if they rescind Yogi Ferrell’s qualifying offer). They can repay Dirk for declining his $5M team option with, at a minimum, a two-year $9M R-MLE deal.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) June 29, 2018
June 29th, 5:45 pm CST: Woj says that Jordan will opt out with the Clippers and try to negotiate a deal with Dallas.
Jordan will become an unrestricted free agent, and pathway has been cleared to negotiate a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. https://t.co/B2vcb5xipA— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 29, 2018
June 29th, 4:48 pm CST: Just something to keep an eye on about Dirk. Eddie Sefko of the DMN said the smart money was for the team to pick up Nowitzki’s option this morning but that didn’t make sense from our perspective.
On related note, source says Mavs are seeing what develops before making a decision on Dirk Nowitzki’s $5M team option. They will decline it if they need that cap space and re-sign him, possibly for $4.4M cap-room exception. https://t.co/tk3ZiKMLtR— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 29, 2018
June 29th, 4:42 pm CST: So Wes Matthews being a part of the trade might not be totally dead, per Marc Stein.
DeAndre Jordan update: One source with knowledge of the Clippers’ thinking says they are NOT opposed to the idea of taking back Wes Matthews in a Jordan trade, which does keep some hope alive for an opt-in-and-trade scenario— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 29, 2018
SJune 28th, 10:35 pm CST: So the Clippers aren’t interested in taking back Wesley Matthews according to Marc Stein.
The Clippers are resistant to taking Wes Matthews back in a trade for DeAndre Jordan, league sources say, which means Dallas must either present an alternative trade scenario L.A. accepts or try to sign Jordan in free agency if he indeed declines next season's $24.1 million https://t.co/JcF22FAetY— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 29, 2018
The thing here that no one wants to seem to say on the Dallas side is that other teams have no interest in Matthews. Maybe something will happen, but as of Thursday night, we see no reason as to why that could change.
June 28th, 3:03 pm CST: Sham Charania is the third national reporter to confirm Dallas is pursuing DeAndre Jordan hard.
Sources: As Dallas remains engaged on DeAndre Jordan talks with the Clippers, Mavericks have rescinded qualifying offer tender on Salah Mejri.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 28, 2018
This means Dallas has now pulled two of the three offers they made yesterday to some of their bench players.
June 28th, 1:15 pm CST: Tim MacMahon reports that DeAndre Jordan is the primary free agent target for the Dallas Mavericks: