It’s the most wild, wonderful, heart-breaking, nerve wracking, gut-wrenching time of year for NBA fans: free agency news and rumor season.
Obviously, the rumor mill works years in advance but with our Dallas Mavericks, there’s usually so little to go off of. With a little over a week to go, we’re leaning into the credible news and rumors we see from around the league.
Here’s where we are, with newest information at the top going back to the first notice. Check back often!
July 2, 3:01 am - Mavericks in a strong position to land Danny Green
Per Green’s good friend and podcast cohost, Harrison Sanford. This is an interesting bit of news because it feels like a leverage play even if it might be true as well.
July 1, 1:58 pm - Dallas shows interest in Delon Wright
This according to Ian Begley. Wright’s an interesting player with a lot of upside despite being 27 years old. He did have a pair of triple doubles AGAINST the Mavericks, so they know he’s capable.
July 1, 11:42 am - Danny Green’s podcast cohost makes a good case for him to go to Dallas
This is weird and awesome, but I think we’ll take it. There’s a lot of reasons why Green fits what the Mavericks hope to do and they’re all spelled out by someone close to him.
July 1, 11:23 am - Seth Curry to sign with the Mavericks
FINALLY WE GOT SOMEONE, per Woj and Stein.
July 1, 12:20 am - Beverley will stay with the Clippers
Ughhhhhhhhh. (And I don’t even like Beverley!) Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Patrick Beverley will stay with the Clippers on a 3 year, $40 million deal. Mavs, you are trying my patience here.
June 30th, 11:31 pm - Mavs have talked with Danny Green
Per The Athletic’s Blake Murphy, Danny Green said on IG live he’s spoken with the Mavericks, Clippers, Lakers and Raptors today. It’s widely thought that Green will decide after Kawhi Leonard and it seems likely that, if possible, he’ll sign wherever Kawhi signs. All those teams other than the Mavs are serious Kawhi suitors, so I’m not getting my hopes up.
June 30th, 9:57 pm - Holy cow this is a disaster
Whatever is happening in this trade is wildly up in the air. No Dragic to Dallas at the moment. Other pieces are under consideration.
June 30th, 8:36 pm - Goran Dragic coming to Mavericks in Jimmy Butler sign and trade
Via Ramona Shelburne on ESPN’S The Jump. Goran Dragic will be sent to the Mavericks to clear up space for the Heat in the trade sending Jimmy Butler to Miami and Josh Richardson to Philadelphia.
June 30th, 5:34 pm - Danny Green a Maverick target
Via Brian Windhorst on ESPN’s The Jump. He’s apparently waiting on Kawhi Leonard which means we are going to wait a while too.
June 30th, 10:07 am - Dwight Powell expected to remain a Maverick for a while
Per the New York Times’ Marc Stein, the Mavs and Powell will swiftly agree on a 3 year, $33 million contract extension when free agency opens. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon confirms and clarifies that because it’s an extension, it won’t impact current cap space.
June 29th, 6:17 pm - Mavs will meet with Beverley
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, both the Mavs and the Bulls have set up meetings with Patrick Beverley as free agency opens. Beverley is in LA and (per Brad Townsend) it seems unclear at this time if the Mavs will meet in person.
June 27th, 10:43 am - Kristaps is in on Dallas
According to the DMN’s Brad Townsend, Porzingis’ priority is signing a long term contract with the Mavericks and then hitting the gym with Doncic. That’s should be a relief to the Mavs and their fans. When he came to Dallas, it appeared that Porzingis only wanted to sign a qualifying offer for next season. The Mavericks can offer him a maximum deal worth $158 million over five years.
June 27th, 10:08 am - Patrick Beverley wants a three-year, $40+ million contract
We now know what kind of money Beverley is seeking this summer, thanks to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. That breaks down to just over $13 million per season, at the low ball of just $40 million. For a player like Beverley, that’s more than a reasonable deal.
In a threaded tweet, MacMahon also notes that the Mavericks may be interested in Cheick Diallo, the newly unrestricted free agent. This theory that there is interest is because of agent Bill Duffy, who represents both Doncic and Beverley. Diallo is intriguing, but the Mavericks would have to squash their love affair with either Dwight Powell or Maxi Kleber to make bringing in Diallo it make sense.
June 27th, 7:53 am - The Celtics are the front runner for Kemba
This according to Woj of ESPN. Of course. This is why so many of us are always so dang pessimistic about the Mavericks free agency chances.
June 26th, 1:35 pm - The Dallas Mavericks extend qualifying offers to Dorian Finney-Smith and Maxi Kleber
The move, as reported by ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, makes the two role players restricted free agents. This was merely a formality.
June 26th, 11:17 am - Sources around the league think Walker is destined for Dallas
Per Reese Konkle listening to Charlotte Observer columnist Rick Bonnell n the radio. Woah.
June 25th, 2:50 pm - Mavericks plan to offer Kristaps Porzingis the full $158 million max
Shams Charania confirms what we’ve known in Dallas for a while, but it’s always nice to read a strong rumor has been confirmed.
June 25th, 2:49 pm - ‘Stealth’ Celtics interest no longer quiet in Walker
Marc Stein puts the Celtics firmly with Dallas as the other team interested in getting Kemba out of Charlotte.
June 25th, 2:21 pm - Charlotte Observer confirms Celtics quiet interest
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer confirms the Celtics have made their desire to sign Walker known.
June 25th, 11:49 am - Celtics interested in Kemba Walker?
According to Marc Stein, the Celtics are interested in Walker but it’s been quiet prodding to date. The Mavericks were the main suitor for the Charlotte guard to date.
June 25th, 10:02 am - Patrick Beverly is a real option, Nikola Vucevic is not
This news, coming to us from Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, updates us on two pieces of information that seemed reasonable in the whirlwind of Dallas Mavericks hearsay.
Townsend says his source describes Beverly as the “perfect fit” next to Doncic, which we happen to agree with here at Mavs Moneyball.
Vucevic is not a real option, per Townsend’s source, confirming an opinion long held here that all the noise was nonsense fluffing for agent Bill Duffy. A Doncic-Porzingis-Vucevic front court would have the foot speed of a dead dinosaur.
June 22, 10:00 am - Mavericks are the wildcard team in free agency
ESPN’s Bobby Marks thinks Dallas has the potential to surprise everyone in free agency. Which considering how quiet it was for weeks is pretty interesting to hear.
June 21, 3:38 pm - June 21, 8:00 pm - Mavericks mystery team for Horford? Yes? No?
It’s been a weird series of rumors since the Mavericks were initially discussed as a contender for signing Al Horford. On an ESPN podcast Friday, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon said that despite being told no from his Mavs sources on them being the team to have a 4-year deal on the table for Horford, he’s skeptical that the Mavs might be “playing dumb.” MacMahon later followed up on the rumor again, and again was rebuffed, while his ESPN colleagues think otherwise. Marc Stein also followed up with his source that also said the Mavericks are not the mystery team for Horford.
Numerous teams and agents believe Al Horford has a four-year offer awaiting him in free agency worth an estimated $112 million. Sources with knowledge of the Mavericks’ thinking continue to insist that such a deal will NOT be coming from Dallas. Free agency starts in eight days— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 21, 2019
So far, no other reports have come out on who the team is, so either the Mavericks are bluffing or Horford’s agent is using Dallas as leverage. We’ll find out in about a week.
June 20, 3:38 pm - Pacers trade for Warren, send 32nd pick
While this is a Mavericks site, since the team was linked to Warren earlier in the day it’s worth noting. Considering the Pacers received draft compensation, there had better be a very good reason why Dallas wasn’t in on this deal first. In other words, I hope they have a use for their cap space other than hopes and dreams.
June 20, 10:45 am - TJ Warren linked to the Mavericks in potential trade discussion
Ian Begley of SNY reports that Dallas is one of many teams who have shown interest in TJ Warren of the Phoenix Suns. Before you scream into the void, Warren’s offensive numbers were better than Harrison Barnes in many ways last year. If he’s able to stay near 40% from three, he’d add to a potentially potent Maverick offense. But it’s also just a report of interest and it’s unclear what the Mavericks would offer.
Update, 1:13 pm - MacMahon confirms Begley’s report on Warren
June 20, 7:08 am - Malcolm Brogdon is a longshot
According to Mike Fisher of Dallasbasketball.com the Mavericks think Brogdon is a longshot at best due to his restricted free agent status. This is another one we’ve all known in our hearts but no one wants to say out loud. The Bucks have made a number of moves to clear up some space in order to keep their core together.
June 19, 12:44 pm - National media members link Al Horford to Dallas.
The Mavericks are considered favorites to land Celtics free-agent big man Al Horford, according to league sources, and the two Los Angeles teams are said to also have interest, though they both have their sights set on bigger fish like Kawhi Leonard.
Given that sources outside of Dallas say the Mavericks are interested and sources in Dallas say they aren’t, it’s fairly easy to assume this is an agent leverage ploy where the Mavericks are a pawn and not an actual suitor.
June 19, 9:06 am - Khris Middleton opts out of contract with intent to re-sign in Milwaukee
A long time Maverick fan target, this move should come as no surprise as the Bucks were a top 5 team for most of the year. He should receive a very large contract from Milwaukee.
June 18, 7:54 pm - After opting out of his contract with the Boston Celtics, Al Horford is not considered a target by the Dallas Mavericks
Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com claims the Mavericks have “great respect” for Horford but he might be too old for their current long term plans. ESPN’s Tim MacMahon confirms Dallas’ disinterest in Horford on 103.3 ESPN mid-day on June 19th.
June 18, 8:37 am - Patrick Beverly will grant the Dallas Mavericks a meeting
Per Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com, the popular free agent guard will meet with the Mavericks at the official opening of free agency on June 30th. This news should be a welcome surprise for a segment of Dallas fans who believe Pat Bev could be a key in upgrading their toughness. He’s also got a strong reputation as a defensive stalwart despite his size.