DeAndre Jordan Signs 4-Year Deal With the Dallas Mavericks

Deandre Jordan is flying south for the winter

The Los Angeles Clippers are undoubtedly still reeling from their Western Conference Semi-Finals collapse, in which they lost a 3-1 lead to the Houston Rockets en route to losing Game 7 of the series in a game that was only close at the opening tip. To ensure the same doesn’t happen next year, the Clippers front office got right to work, trading for Lance Stephenson, a younger, stronger, faster version of Matt Barnes, and Paul Pierce, a veteran presence who can take the pressure off Chris Paul in late-game situations. Though it’s early in the summer, the Clippers were looking like serious contenders in the West next season.

Deandre Jordan, a Defensive Player of the Year candidate, won’t be around to find out if the Clippers can rebound. After fielding offers from several teams, including the Knicks and the Lakers, Jordan has decided to join Dirk Nowitzki and newly signed Wes Matthews in Dallas, who lost their starting center, Tyson Chandler, to the Phoenix Suns earlier this week. Jordan has reportedly signed a 4-year, $80 million deal with the Mavs, filling the hole Chandler left.

As far as the Clippers are concerned, they’re in a sticky situation. As it stands, the only players they have that can potentially fill Jordan’s spot are Glen Davis and Ekpe Udoh. Will Blake Griffin moonlight at center? Who knows. It’ll certainly be interesting to watch their moves for the rest of the month.

Monta Ellis Will Opt Out Of His Contract To Become A Free Agent

The scoring machine will throw his name amongst other superstars like Kevin Love into the free agency pool

The Dallas Mavericks was hit with some major news that may make this summer’s free agency period a lot more interesting. Shooting guard Monta Ellis has decided to not pick up his player option of $8.3 million dollars and has decided that he will become a free agent on July 1st.

The 29-year-old veteran averaged 19 points and five assists for Dallas on 45% shooting. The decision came right on time as he was faced with a June 24th deadline to decide whether to pick up the option or not. Citing attitude problems and refusing to rest an injury which led to a month long slump, Dallas had came up with the decision that they were going to move on if Ellis decided to opt out of his 3 year contract he signed in 2013.

Dallas is aiming at 3 point sharpshooting specialist Danny Green as a potential replacement for Ellis. If they were to add Green to the roster this could be a major pick up, as he was a huge asset for the Spurs during their championship run. As for Ellis, there are teams who are showing interest in him. Turning 30 in October, there are squads such as the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers who are willing to add the Mississippi bred guard to their roster.

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Rick Carlisle Taped His Mouth Shut to Avoid Criticizing Referees

The Mavs coach saved himself a little money with a little packaging tape

Despite their convincing Game 4 victory, the Dallas Mavericks still trail the Houston Rockets 3-1 in their opening round series, and unless they do what’s never been done–come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series–they’ll be home watching the Rockets take on either the Clippers or the Spurs next week. Following Game 3’s 130-128 loss to the Mavs, putting the Rockets in an 0-3 hole, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was critical of the refereeing, and was subsequently fined $25,000 for his comments

Following the Mavs Game 4 win, Carlisle was again asked by reporters about the game’s refereeing, and to avoid bringing his fine total to $50,000 for the series, employed an interesting tactic to keep his comments politically correct. Genius.

Mavs will attempt to stave off elimination once again in Game 5, tomorrow night at 8 PM.

Rajon Rondo’s Future In Dallas Is Looking Futile

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Steve Nash Retires After 18 Seasons In The NBA

“Hair Canada” decides to step away from the game after a outstanding 18 year career
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Rajon Rondo Got Into A Huge Argument With Coach Rick Carlisle Tonight

Things are off to a rocky start in Dallas for Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo should be in a relatively great mood. After two of the superstars that helped him win his first NBA Championship in 2008 as a Celtic–Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett–left Boston for Brooklyn, and his coach Doc Rivers took a job with a much more promising Los Angeles Clippers team, Rondo’s Celtic future looked pretty bleak. He was surrounded with a couple decent role players, 1st and 2nd round draft picks, and a rookie head coach in Brad Stevens.

Just over a month ago, Rondo was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. Good-bye 10th place in the East, hello thick of the playoff race.

Judging by Rondo’s attitude as of late however, he doesn’t seem to be as happy as most would imagine. He was already benched for a few minutes by coach Rick Carlisle back in January, and this evening, things got very, very heated between the two former NBA Champions.

Carlisle called out for Rondo to call a timeout, and Rondo, completely oblivious to Carlisle’s half-court screams, casually dribbled the ball up-court. Naturally, Carlisle didn’t take this insubordination well, and he called out to the referee to call timeout himself. As Rondo made his way to the sideline, Carlisle can be seen–understandably besides himself–screaming at Rondo, presumably for Rondo to, as the announcers described it, “sit his butt down.”

Something tells us Carlisle’s terminology wasn’t nearly as PG-13. Hopefully these guys get on the same page very soon. If Dallas plays their cards right, they could finish the season as high as 3rd in the Western Conference standings, which is fathomable, considering as of tonight, they’re only 2 games behind the Rockets for that spot.

Hours After Parting Ways With NY Knicks, Amar’e Stoudemire Agrees To Join Dallas Mavericks

Stoudemire finds a new home.
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Mavs Make a Comeback From 16 to Beat Trail Blazers 111-101

The Dallas Mavericks used scrappy defense and clutch shooting down the stretch to come back and beat the Portland Trailblazers 111-101 in overtime.

With the rare win over a Western Conference playoff contender, the Mavericks (35-18) pulled percentage points ahead of Portland (34-17) for fourth place.

Earning that win is one of the best wins we have had in the seven years I have been here,” said Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.  “Now we need to take some strength from this and build on it. We cannot suffer a letdown when Clippers come into town on Monday.”

For the first three-quarters of the game, the Mavericks’ season theme of not rebounding, giving up 3-point shots and turning the ball over while making things difficult for themselves on offense was on full display.

After watching Portland’s Wesley Matthews drain a 24-foot three pointer to make it  86-70 and give them their biggest lead of the game, many in the American Airlines Center began mentally chalking this one up in the loss column for the home team.

Fortunately for Dallas, Portland couldn’t quite put them away. The Blazers turned the ball over nine times in the period which turned into eight critical points and gave the Mavericks a chance to steal a game they didn’t seem to want.

Dallas closed the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run, capped off by a Dirk Nowitzki 3-point basket with 20.9 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.

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“It didn’t look good there for a while with them up by 10 and only a couple of minutes left,” Nowitzki said. “I just slipped out and had a little daylight and was able to make a big shot. I like our defensive intensity in the fourth quarter along with our ability to make big timely shots. Our defense definitely won us the game due to us contesting shots and forcing them into tough shots and was pretty solid all night long.”

Nowitzki would go 5-of-8 in the fourth quarter for 11 points to help get the Mavs into overtime while setting the stage for Chandler Parsons to carry them to the finish line.

In overtime, Parsons would score 10 of his 20 points while scoring or assisting on 5 of the first 7 points to give the Mavericks a lead they would never relinquish. He would go 3-of-3 from the field to single handily outscore the Trailblazers 10 to 5.

“It just kind of happened,” Parsons said of his overtime outburst. “I got to the foul line pretty easy, and then I hit a shot. I saw they were switching [Damian] Lillard onto me. I just tried to make plays. I had struggled all game long, so I needed to help our team. This was a big win for us.”

By pulling off a big character comeback win, Dallas avoids losing for the 12th time in 14 games against teams currently in the West playoff picture. With two home games this week before the All-Star break, the Mavericks now have a golden opportunity to head into the second-half of action with a ton of momentum.

“The key thing in sports is to keep fighting, stay persistent and keep believing in each other. That’s what our guys did tonight.” Carlisle said.

Check Out All of Stephen Curry’s 51 Points Against The Dallas Mavericks Last Night

By now you should’ve definitely heard Drake’s song “0-100/The Catch Up.”  In that song, he mentioned that he’s “been Steph Curry with the shot/ Been cookin’ with the sauce, chef, curry with the pot, boy.”

Well, it’s only right to showcase when Steph Curry is Steph Curry with the shot. Last night (2.4) Curry killed the Mavericks with a total of 51 points. 10 of 16 of his shots from were from beyond the arc, shooting 16 of 26 overall.

“Sometimes Steph plays his best when we’re down big and he just senses that he has to put the Superman cape on,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, according to NBA.Com. “And he’s so good at it. He loves the freedom of being down and saying, ‘All right. I’m going to let it fly and bring us back.’ And that’s what he did.”

Even Mavs coach Rick Carlisle had to applaud Curry’s performance saying, “He had one of those extra-special nights. I’ve never seen anybody in this league hit shots like that from that distance.”