The Dallas Mavericks have introduced the franchise’s spoils from the free agency period in a press conference. OJ Mayo, Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones were all presented to the media as a group for the first time. An always exuberant Mark Cuban expressed his delight in signing to the group.
“With Chris and OJ available, we took a calculated risk….these players want to win…Our plan is to have these guys in a Mavericks uniform for a long, long time.”
– Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks
With the introduction, the Mavericks have set their roster for the 2012 season. The additions come after a somewhat tumultuous off season, where they lost floor leader and point guard Jason Kidd to the New York Knicks. This was preceded by an early exit from the playoffs from the then defending NBA champions. However, Rick Carlise says that the team has rebuilt, added new pieces and will be back on the way up
“We’re excited about this group of guys…we’ve got a little bit of everything here”
-Rick Carlise, Mavericks coach
As Carlise said, the Dallas Mavericks are most certainly welcoming these new additions with open arms.
Both Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings flirted with triple doubles as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards by 14. Jennings had 19 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds while Monta had 17, 6 and 5. The Wizards proved once again unable to hold up over the stretch. Jordan Crawford led the Wiz with a game high 23 points.
Goran Dragic had 21 points and Marcus Camby had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Houston Rockets upset the Chicago Bulls 99-93, despite Luol Deng’s 24 points. The Rockets shot 78 percent from downtown as they beat the Bulls in a big win for their playoff hopes.
The Memphis Grizzlies halted the Oklahoma City Thunders winning streak at 6 games as 6 players scored in double figures. O.J Mayo had 22 points off the bench to lead both teams as the Grizzlies continue their push for a top four seed.
Randy Foye’s 8 three pointers and 28 points along with Blake Griffins 15 points and 16 rebounds led the Clippers to a 19 point win over the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs didn’t offer too much resistance, Nowitzki scoring 19 points to lead the Maverick team.
Tyreke Evans had a near triple double with 24 points 10 rebounds and 7 assists as the Sacramento Kings dealt a big blow to the Wolves playoff hopes, winning by 8 in Sacramento. Kevin Love surprisingly failed to post a double double but still had 23 points for the TWolves.
Paul Millsap’s efficient 31 point game on 14-20 points led the Utah Jazz over the Portland Trailblazers and Wes Matthews 33 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points in the loss, while Gordon Hayward had 20 points for the winners.