Free-agent center Jeff Withey, who spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz, has been signed by the Dallas Mavericks.
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Restricted free agent Nerlens Noel remains unsigned, and the four-year NBA veteran may drop agent Happy Walters after signing with him in December.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Source: Former Jazz C Jeff Withey agreed to a two-year, partially guaranteed deal with the Mavs.
Simmons leading the pack in ROY odds
Ben Simmons, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, missed all of last season due to a foot injury. That qualifies him to be considered a rookie in 2017-18. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gives the Sixers foward the best chance to win the Rookie of the Year award this season.
Our panel sees the Mavericks staying in place this season, but the addition of Dennis Smith Jr. will at least make things more exciting in Dallas.
Bobby Marks ESPN
Six weeks (October 1) until the qualifying offer (QO) for restricted free agents expire (unless extended). There are still five players that can sign the QO; Nerlens Noel ($4.2M), Mason Plumlee ($4.6M), Nikola Mirotic ($7.3M), Alex Len ($4.2M) and JaMychal Green ($2.8M). A player will see still be a RFA past October 1 but with no qualifying offer on the table. A player signing the QO would have veto power to any trade.
Seth stops by Cowboys camp
Showing love to a fellow Dallas sports team, Mavericks guard Seth Curry visited Cowboys practice in Oxnard, Calif. on Tuesday and snapped photos with a few players, including quarterback Dak Prescott. (@DallasCowboys/Twitter)
Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season will begin at home vs. the Hawks on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The regular-season finale will also be at home, on Tuesday, April 10 against the Suns.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Dennis Smith Jr.'s NBA debut will come when the Mavs open at home Oct. 18 against the Hawks.
Add Thursday's #NBACereals Twitter thread to the list of surprises over the offseason.
Mavs add FA guard
The Dallas Mavericks announced the signing of Maalik Wayns on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 guard was undrafted out of Villanova in 2012. Wayns has averaged 2.7 points and 7.3 minutes in 29 career games. He last played for the Clippers in 2013-14.
The ninth overall pick in the NBA draft used the Las Vegas Summer League to stir interest in his explosive game and get a three-year deal with Under Armour that could be worth up to $2 million per year.
Dennis Smith Jr. appears to be a steal for the Mavs with the No. 9 pick in the draft. Our panel believes that he will push Lonzo Ball for Rookie of the Year.
Marc J. Spears The Undefeated
Team World forward Dirk Nowitzki said his wife, Jessica, whose family is from Kenya, wanted to sit on the Team World side during a dinner for both teams this week.
Smith Jr. was the No. 9 pick, but he primed to play above his draft position as he has plenty of talent to work with including Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews and, of course, Dirk Nowitzki.
Although owner Mark Cuban has described the Mavericks as rebuilding, there's enough talent on hand for Dallas to remain competitive in the West.
Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer
It looks like Kristaps Porzingis and Dirk Nowitzki have been working out together. Here's a photo from Porzingis' Instagram account:
The Dallas Mavericks have signed free-agent guard Gian Clavell, an undrafted rookie who has played for Puerto Rico's national team.
Dallas sat back while watching other teams in the West go crazy, and then got a steal in the draft in Dennis Smith.
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