Grading Christian Wood’s trade to the Mavs: instant reactions

Sure, the NBA Finals are still going on and we’re waiting to see if a new champion will be crowned Thursday night or if we’ll have to wait until Sunday. But that doesn’t mean the other teams aren’t working tirelessly to improve their rosters, acquire assets or start changing what their core looks like. With … Read more

Parents of Texas teenager who left Dallas Mavericks game speak out on human trafficking case

8:00 AM ET Anthony OlivieriESPN.com DALLAS — The parents of a 15-year-old Texas girl who in April left a Mavericks game with an unidentified man, ultimately prompting a human trafficking investigation, are speaking out to raise awareness about human trafficking. Kyle and Brooke Morris, in an interview with ESPN and “Good Morning America,” said they … Read more

Dallas Mavericks get Christian Wood in deal with Houston

Christian Wood could be the piece Dallas needs.Image: Getty Images Late last night, after Dallas citizens had finished dinner and stretched out on the couch, ready to watch reruns of Cheaters, the Mavericks front office and The Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped a bomb out of nowhere. The Mavericks would be trading the No. 26 overall … Read more

Hollinger’s Top 75 NBA Draft prospects: Jabari Smith No. 1, plus tiers and breakdowns of 2022 class

Are you watching the NBA Finals? Are you watching them and thinking about what they might mean for this year’s draft? We’re in a little bit of a weird place, right? The consensus top three players are fours and fives, but all the value is in big wings. Unlike a year ago, there isn’t an … Read more

NBA’s top free-agent shooting guards in 2022: James Harden, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine and more

Hollinger’s Free-Agent rankings and projections:Top 25 free agents by BORD$ projectionsTop point guards by BORD$ projections At least in theory, it’s a stellar NBA shooting-guard market when free agency begins. Three max-caliber All-Stars headline the offerings at this position, although that excitement might fade quickly with the reality that all three players seem overwhelmingly likely … Read more

NBA’s top free-agent point guards in 2022: Kyrie Irving, Jalen Brunson and more

Point guard is probably the strongest position in this year’s free-agent market, with a max-ish player in Kyrie Irving, a rising star in Jalen Brunson and several other players worth more than the midlevel exception. Center is the only other competition, and we’ll get to that in a few days. We’ve already broken down the … Read more

NBA Finals: Luka Doncic Doesn’t Need 2nd Star; What Dallas Mavs Need is This

Being able to assemble a roster with multiple star players is something general managers around the league dream of. Despite all the company lines about how much a team loves it’s role players and doesn’t want to risk hindering chemistry, if your team hasn’t won a championship yet, there’s a good chance they’d shake things … Read more

‘Miles of Heart’: Dallas Mavs’ Value of Dorian Finney-Smith – Ideal Team Player

DALLAS – In 2000, the movie “The Replacements” told a tale about a bunch of guys who were never given a thought, filling in for professional football players during a strike. In that movie, the Washington Sentinels were trailing at halftime of a big game.  When asked what his team needed to make a comeback, … Read more

Add ‘COVID outbreak’ to the list of reasons Phoenix Suns burned out in the playoffs

The Suns allegedly had a COVID outbreak during their series with Dallas.Image: Getty Images Having a season end the way it did for the Suns — finishing with the best record in the NBA and failing to make it out of the second round — will leave any organization aimlessly ambling around the neighborhood asking … Read more