Description: Monta Ellis tied a season-high with 37 points Saturday in the Mavs' playoff-clinching win over the Suns.
Insight: Ellis (19.0 ppg, 5.8 apg) gave his team a monumental effort when it needed him most and now Dallas is back in the playoffs for the 13th time in the last 14 seasons. The Mavericks can lock up the No. 7 seed in the West with a win Wednesday in their regular season finale against Memphis.
Description: Mavs small forward Shawn Marion hurt his right foot Tuesday against Utah but expects to be back in action Thursday versus San Antonio. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: With Dallas fighting to save its season, Marion is determined to play through the pain. The Matrix has struggled against the Spurs this season, averaging 4.5 ppg on 18.8 percent shooting in two previous matchups.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday against the Clippers.
Insight: Dalembert has averaged 23.4 minutes, 8.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks over his last four games but is dealing with a stiff back. If he can't play Thursday, Brandan Wright and Vince Carter will see more playing time.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon had 22 points, eight assists, four rebounds and six triples in 37 minutes Tuesday against the Thunder.
Insight: Calderon (11.5 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.4 rpg) took an elbow to the face early in Sunday's game against the Nets and didn't return, but he's fine. The 32-year-old's assists are down as he's had to share the backcourt with Monta Ellis while also playing with Dirk Nowitzki, who doesn't put up shots after getting the ball as quickly as some of the other top-scoring power forwards in the NBA. However, Calderon has made a career-high 2.4 threes per game.
Description: Mavericks guard Jose Calderon took an elbow to the face Sunday against Brooklyn and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Oklahoma City.
Insight: Devin Harris would handle most of the point guard duties for Dallas if Calderon can't return though the offense would likely run through hot Monta Ellis (24 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 5.5 apg over the past two contests).
Description: Mavs center Samuel Dalembert came down with 15 rebounds Sunday in a loss to Brooklyn.
Insight: He also contributed 12 points and seven blocked shots. Dalembert has come on strong lately with averages of 13.0 rpg and 3.7 bpg over his last three contests. If you're desperate at center, you could do a lot worse than Dalembert.
Description: Mavs guard Monta Ellis will draw the start Sunday against Brooklyn. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: Ellis (18.8 ppg, 5.8 apg, 3.6 rpg) injured his thigh Friday against Denver but was never expected to miss tonight's game. His field goal percentage this season (45.7) is his highest since 2008 (53.1).
Description: According to the Dallas Morning News, Mavericks G/F Vince Carter dislocated his pinky twice on Friday, but X-rays came back negative and he played the rest of the game with his finger taped up.
Insight: Carter had 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, three threes and two steals in 24.5 minutes Friday night and has averaged a solid 14.4 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 threes and 2.4 assists his last 14 games.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis (thigh) is expected to play Sunday against the Nets, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Ellis missed Saturday's practice with a tight contusion. He has been a consistent second option to Dirk Nowitzki this season, averaging 18.8 points on .457 shooting, 5.8 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals. He has scored double-digit points in 65 of his 70 games.
Description: Mavs swingman Vince Carter dislocated his pinkie Friday against Denver.
Insight: His X-rays came back negative and he's already returned to action. Carter is still an excellent three-point shooter but he can't get to the hoop like he used to. He's worth having on your roster but isn't a must-start.
Description: Dallas guard Devin Harris (knee/ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against Miami.
Insight: Harris said his right knee buckled. He missed Wednesday's game against Indiana. He's only averaging 18.6 minutes per game this season so fantasy owners won't have much reason to start Harris (8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) even when he does play.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Pacers, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Nowitzki suffered a sprained ankle in the first half Tuesday at Charlotte but was able to return to the game and finished with 16 points in 24 minutes. The injury snapped a string of seven consecutive games with 20+ points.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki told reporters after last night's game that he would be available Wednesday against the Pacers. SOURCE: Chuck Cooperstein, 103.3 FM ESPN Dallas
Insight: Nowitzki suffered what is believed to be at least the 12th sprained ankle of his career on Tuesday. He played through the injury and scored 16 points in 24 minutes of action. Expect a similar output tonight in Indiana.
Description: Dallas guard Devin Harris may have tweaked his knee Tuesday when Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions stepped on his foot. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Harris said his right knee buckled but he doesn't expect to miss Wednesday's game against Indiana. He's only averaging 18.6 minutes per game this season so fantasy owners won't have much reason to start Harris (8.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) even if he does suit up on Wednesday.
Description: Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis is questionable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte
Insight: His right hamstring was reportedly tight at Monday's practice. It doesn't sound like Ellis will miss the game, but fantasy owners would be wise to check back before game-time. He has an off shooting night Sunday going 3-of-9 for just 11 points.
Description: It's official. Dallas shooting guard Monta Ellis will be in the lineup Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Mavs PR on Twitter
Insight: His status had been in question after straining his right hamstring Friday against Utah. It doesn't sound like Ellis (19.5 ppg, 5.8 apg) will be on any kind of minutes restriction, so fantasy owners can feel good about starting him.
Description: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle thinks guard Monta Ellis (hamstring) has a good chance to play Sunday against Boston. SOURCE: Earl K. Sneed, mavs.com
Insight: Ellis suffered a hamstring strain late in Friday's win over the Jazz. The guard has been very good all season, averaging 19.5 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting, 5.8 apg, 3.3 rpg and 1.8 spg. He's a game-time decision.
Description: Mavericks forward Shawn Marion is day-to-day with a shoulder injury, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Marion hurt his shoulder and ribs on a fall earlier this month and appears to still be dealing with it. He's questionable for Friday's game, and his absence would open up minutes for Vince Carter and Jae Crowder.
Description: Mavericks point guard Devin Harris has already claimed the backup point guard role from Shane Larkin and saw significant minutes in Sunday's contest.
Insight: Harris used to be a fantasy stud, but hasn't been healthy the past few seasons and has fallen off the radar screen. He's scored 14 points in each of the last two games and added 11 assist in 40 minutes of play. He'll backup Jose Calderon. He missed the first three months of the season with a toe injury.
Description: Mavs power forward Dirk Nowitzki was a late scratch Wednesday against Toronto. SOURCE: Josh Lewenberg, TSN 1050
Insight: We're going to assume it's just a rest day for the veteran. Shawn Marion (11.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg) is filling in at the four with Jae Crowder (5.5 ppg) getting the start at small forward. It's only Nowitzki's second absence of the season.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert will play Wednesday at Toronto despite a left shoulder strain. "I can manage the pain," he said. SOURCE: Eddie Sefko, Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Dalembert left Monday's game with the injury. He has played just 20 minutes per game this season so he isn't a good fantasy option, and with Dalembert active neither are DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis had 22 points, eight assists and two steals over 36 minutes Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Ellis is averaging 20 points per game while shooting 46 percent from the field this season. He has reduced his 3-point attempts by 1.8 per game from last season, when he made just 41.6 percent from the field.
Description: Mavs point guard Jose Calderon will suit up Saturday against Portland. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: A bruised knee limited Calderon to 19 minutes on Friday night. That broke up a string of four games in a row with double-digit points. Calderon should be good for his usual 12 points and five assists tonight against the Blazers, assuming he doesn't aggravate his knee injury.
Description: Dallas point guard Gal Mekel had surgery on his right knee to repair a lateral meniscus tear Friday and will be out indefinitely, the team announced.
Insight: Mekel has only played 9.5 minutes per game this season and wasn't a fantasy option. Shane Larkin will pick up extra playing time as Jose Calderon's backup, and Devin Harris will also slot in at the point when he finally makes his season debut.
Description: Mavs guard Devin Harris will need at least two more games to recover from toe surgery. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Harris returned to practice on Tuesday and there's a chance he could return Saturday against Portland. When Harris does come back, he'll provide depth at point guard behind starter Jose Calderon (12.0 ppg, 4.8 apg).
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion (shoulder) did not play Saturday and is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) suffered a bruised shoulder Tuesday against the Lakers and missed his third straight game Saturday. he doesn't put up "Matrix" numbers anymore, but he's still a useful fantasy player.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington sat out a second straight game due to an illness and is questionable for Monday's game against Orlando.
Insight: Ellington is missing out on the chance to start with Shawn Marion (shoulder, ribs) still out of the lineup. Jae Crowder started Friday night and played 40 minutes and another 35 minutes on Saturday.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki's 40 points helped Dallas take home a three-point win over the Pelicans Saturday night.
Insight: Nowitzki made 10-of-20 from the field, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range, and picked up another 15 points from the foul line. The veteran is having another terrific season, shooting .488/.410/.899 and averaging 21.3 ppg.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion (shoulder) will not play Saturday, according to Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) suffered a bruised shoulder Tuesday against the Lakers and will miss his third straight game Saturday. With Wayne Ellington (illness) also out Friday, Jae Crowder saw 40 minutes. Ellington will remain on the sideline with Marion on Saturday.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion was out for Friday's game and is questionable for Saturday's rematch with New Orleans.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been dealing with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday, but could only manage five points without a rebound or assist and he's also questionable. Jae Crowder played a season-high 40 minutes on Friday.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington wasn't in the lineup Friday against the Pelicans and is questionable for Saturday's game against New Orleans.
Insight: He's out with an illness. Ellington started at small forward in place of Shawn Marion Wednesday against San Antonio. With both players out on Friday, Jae Crowder (5.3 ppg) played 40 minutes and surprised fantasy owners with a season-high 12 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists.
Description: Mavs swingman Wayne Ellington wasn't in the lineup Friday against the Pelicans. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: He's out with an illness. Ellington started at small forward in place of Shawn Marion Wednesday against San Antonio. With both players out on Friday, Jae Crowder (5.3 ppg) filled in at the three.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion is out for Friday's game against New Orleans and also doubtful for Saturday's game, according to Earl Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has been dealing with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday, but could only manage five points without a rebound or assist. Vince Carter (11.4 ppg) gets a boost in value with Marion sidelined.
Description: Dallas small forward Shawn Marion is doubtful for Friday's game against New Orleans. Marion is missing his first game of the season tonight against San Antonio. SOURCE: Earl Sneed, Mavs.com
Insight: Marion (11.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg) is out with a bruised shoulder. Wayne Ellington started in his absence on Wednesday and would probably be asked to do the same thing should Marion miss Friday's game as well.
Description: Dallas forward Shawn Marion will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game with the Lakers.
Insight: The Mavs didn't hold a morning shootaround so we likely won't know til just before tipoff. Marion is averaging 11.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg. When he misses time, Jae Crowder and Vince Carter earn more of the workload.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright has made 75 percent of his field-goal attempts in nine games since making his season debut.
Insight: Wright has only played 20 minutes per game, but he's averaging 11.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.8 steals. He's competing with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair at center and is the best fantasy option of the three.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) will play Friday against the Clippers, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Nowitzki suffered a left ankle injury early in Wednesday's game and returned to play 32 minutes. He made just 3-of-14 from the field for nine points, however. He's less than 100 percent, so temper expectations for Friday.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hurt his ankle early in Wednesday's game and will be a game-time decision, according to the team's website.
Insight: Nowitzki struggled in his 32 minutes on Wednesday shooting just 3-for-14 from the field and 0-for-4 from beyond the arc. He obviously won't be at 100 percent so you may have to temper your expectations.
Description: Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki hurt his ankle early in Wednesday's game and limped to the locker room but he's expected to return to the game after having his ankle taped. SOURCE: Jeff Platt, espndallas.com.
Insight: Nowitzki came in shooting 49.3 percent from the field, his highest percentage since 2010-11, and a career-high 91.9 percent from the free throw line.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright (illness) went through shootaround and is expected to play Saturday, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. Wright missed Thursday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: Wright has averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning from a fractured shoulder but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright (illness) didn't practice Friday but will travel with the team for Saturday's game at Chicago, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com. Wright missed Thursday's game against the Spurs.
Insight: Wright has averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning from a fractured shoulder but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright missed Thursday's game due to an undisclosed illness, according to nba.com.
Insight: Wright missed the first 23 games of the season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. He's averaged 21 minutes in five games since returning but has put up 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game and may soon find himself in the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks PF/C Brandan Wright has averaged 13.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks despite playing just 22 minutes per game over four games since making his season debut.
Insight: Wright missed the first six weeks of the season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. He's seen his playing time grow to 27.5 minutes per game over his last two games and could soon enter the starting lineup at center.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert did not play (coach's decision) Saturday against the Bucks.
Insight: Dalembert began the season as the starting center but quickly fell out of favor, much like he did in Milwaukee. With Brandan Wright back and DeJuan Blair starting at center, there's no need to own Dalembert anymore.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright had 19 points (9-10 FG) and six rebounds in his season debut Saturday against Milwaukee.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited; Wright played just 19 minutes even though Dirk Nowitzki was out with an illness and Samuel Dalembert was a DNP-CD.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright (shoulder) will make his season debut Saturday against Milwaukee, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners can hold off on adding him, as he'll be part of a three-man rotation at center with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright (shoulder) returned to practice Friday and says there is an outside chance he'll play Monday or Wednesday, according to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
Insight: Wright has been out all season with a non-displaced shoulder fracture. Fantasy owners can hold off on adding him, as he'll be part of a three-man rotation at center with Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair when he returns.
Description: Dallas point guard Jose Calderon (ankle) is in uniform for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: After missing Saturday's game due to a bone bruise in his ankle, Calderon returned Tuesday and played 33 minutes. It looks like he's going to play in the second game of a back-to-back Wednesday as well.
Description: Dallas point guard Jose Calderon (11.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.9 apg) is questionable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte because of a bone bruise in his right ankle.
Insight: He is going to be a game-time decision. Gal Mekel would get the start if Calderon is sidelined again, though he won't be a great fantasy option. Playing 26 minutes against Minnesota on Saturday, he managed six points and seven assists.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis is dealing with soreness in his back and a sprained ankle, according to Earl K. Sneed of mavs.com.
Insight: Ellis had just four points on 2-of-16 shooting Wednesday against Golden State, but he handed out 10 assists and had two steals in 32 minutes of play. It was the first time this season he failed to score at least 18 points.
Description: Mavericks center Samuel Dalembert had 18 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks while making all eight of his field-goal attempts Friday night against the Jazz.
Insight: Dalembert (8.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 bpg) has grabbed at least 10 boards in three straight games and blocked two or more shots in four straight. He's only averaging 24 minutes per game this season but has played 28 or more in the last three.
Description: Dallas forward Shawn Marion (groin) said he isn't going to let something like a strained right groin keep him out Friday, according to Dwain Price of star-telegram.com.
Insight: Marion has provided his usual all-around production this season, averaging 12.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 threes while starting all 12 games. Expect to see him in the lineup Friday against Utah.
Description: Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki had a season-high 35 points Wednesday against Houston.
Insight: Nowitzki is averaging 25.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.5 threes over his last four games. He's shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from 3-point range and 93.5 percent from the free-throw line this season.
Description: Dallas point guard Shane Larkin has been practicing with the team and should play in a game soon. SOURCE: Mavs.com
Insight: Larkin broke his ankle over the summer and needed about four months to recover. Though it doesn't appear he'll be ready for Monday's game with Philadelphia, Larkin should be back in the lineup sometime in the next week.
Description: Dallas point guard Devin Harris is looking for a mid-December return, according to Bryan Gutierrez of MavsOutsider.
Insight: The Mavs have Jose Calderon and rookie Gal Mekel covering the position and Calderon, when healthy, is the best point guard on the team. When Harris finally can play he'll fill a backup role and both PG and SG.
Description: Mavericks F/C DeJuan Blair had a season-high 18 points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 25 minutes Saturday night.
Insight: Blair has played just 21.5 minutes per game this season but he's averaging 9.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and a surprising 2.2 steals. He has been cutting into Samuel Dalembert's minutes at center the last few games.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis has attempted just 18 threes in eight games this season.
Insight: Ellis finally seems to have realized that he's a terrible 3-point shooter and is sticking to what he does best. He's averaging 22.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting, up from 41.6 percent last season, and getting to the foul line a career-high 6.5 times per game (.885 FT).
Description: Mavericks forward Jae Crowder is averaging 17.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg over his past two contests.
Insight: Crowder should see more playing time as a result of the one-game suspension to Vince Carter. He had 17 points after Carter was elected Wednesday and 18 points in the previous game. He ll have solid fantasy value on Friday.
Description: Mavericks G/F Vince Carter will have to sit for a game after nailing Steven Adams with an elbow Wednesday night.
Insight: Jae Crowder should see more playing time as a result of the one-game suspension. He had 17 points after Carter was elected Wednesday and 18 points in the previous game. He
ll have solid fantasy value on Friday.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis poured in 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting with nine assists, three rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes Tuesday against the Lakers.
Insight: Ellis is off to a blazing start, making 34-of-64 (.531) from the field and 29-of-32 (.906) from the free-throw line to average 25 ppg in his first four games with Dallas. Perhaps he has finally realized he's not a good 3-point shooter -- he's attempted just nine threes so far.
Description: Mavericks guard Monta Ellis led Dallas to a 118-109 win the season opener Wednesday against the Hawks with 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting (8-8 FT).
Insight: Ellis handed out eight assists and had a pair of steals and threes, but also turned the ball over seven times. He's rarely this efficient when shooting the basketball, so his scoring will depend on volume of shots.
Description: Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon (hamstring) will return to action Saturday, according to Bryan Gutierrez of ESPNDallas.com.
Insight: Calderon suffered a left hamstring strain on Oct. 2 and hasn't played since. The 32-year-old averaged 29.6 minutes, 11.3 points, 7.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 threes with Toronto and Detroit last season.
Description: Mavericks center Brandan Wright is out indefinitely with a non-displaced fracture of his left shoulder, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com.
Insight: Wright won't need surgery but will be in a sling for at least 10 days. Once he's healed, he'll need to regain strength and range of motion so he's expected to miss regular season time. The team will reevaluate him on a week-to-week basis. With Wright out, Samuel Dalembert will see a boost in minutes.
Description: Mavericks point guard (hamstring) Jose Calderon will miss the next two preseason games, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Insight: Calderon suffered a left hamstring strain on Oct. 2 and hasn't returned to action yet, but he should be ready for the start of the season. The 32-year-old averaged 29.6 minutes, 11.3 points, 7.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.8 threes last season. He played 73 games, his most since 2007-08.
Description: The Mavericks have re-signed center Brandan Wright to a two-year, $10 million contract.
Insight: Wright was part of a three-man rotation at center with Chris Kaman and Elton Brand last season, but none of the three had much fantasy value. Dallas also signed Samuel Dalembert, so Wright's value will be limited again in 2013-14.
Description: Dallas waived Bernard James on Friday.
Insight: By letting James go, the Mavs were able to make enough cap room to officially sign Monta Ellis. ESPN's Marc Stein acknowledged that Dallas would consider bringing James back for the right price. James (2.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg in 46 appearances for the Mavericks in 2012-13) will have to pass through waivers first.
Description: Dallas owner Mark Cuban says the team is working on a restructured deal with point guard Devin Harris. SOURCE: Dwain Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Insight: The two sides agreed to a three-year deal a couple weeks ago but the Mavs backed out when they found out Harris had a dislocated toe. This new deal will probably be of the one or two-year variety.
Description: The Mavericks have reached a deal with center Samuel Dalembert, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.
Insight: Dallas will continue to pursue Greg Oden, however. If Dalembert starts, he'll have some fantasy value for his shot-blocking ability. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle was fickle with his big-man rotation last season, but Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Brandan Wright are no longer with the team.
Description: Mavs rookie Shane Larkin will be sidelined for 2-to-3 months after breaking his ankle at practice. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Larkin was awesome last season at the University of Miami, though he slipped to the end of the first round in last month's draft because of his lack of height (5-foot-11). Obviously, this injury will stunt his progress to a certain extent. When Larkin's ankle finally heals up, he'll provide depth at point guard behind starter Jose Calderon.
Description: Monta Ellis has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with Dallas. SOURCE: ESPN Dallas
Insight: It looks like Ellis would have been better off staying in Milwaukee. The Bucks offered Ellis three years and $36 million about a month ago but he turned it down because he thought he would get better offers. Ellis is replacing O.J. Mayo at shooting guard. Ironically, Mayo signed with Milwaukee, so he'll be filling the void left by Ellis.
Description: It looks like Devin Harris is coming back to Dallas.
Insight: ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that Harris is on the verge of signing a three-year, $9 million deal with the team he began his career with back in 2004. Harris averaged 9.9 ppg in 58 contests for the Hawks last season. He'll backup Jose Calderon at point guard next season.
Description: ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that former Raptors and Pistons point guard Jose Calderon has reached an agreement with Dallas on a new four-year, $29 million contract.
Insight: It's not Dwight Howard but Calderon is a decent enough consolation prize. The 31-year-old from Spain is a terrific passer (7.2 apg for his career) and an even better long range shooter (42.9 percent on three-pointers last season). The Mavs were fifth in the league in assists last season and they should be a top five team again this year with pass-first Calderon running the point.
Description: Now that Chris Paul has agreed to a new five-year deal, the Clippers are making O.J. Mayo their top priority. SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo Sports
Insight: Coach Doc Rivers talked with Mayo on Monday. Mayo reiterated Sunday that he'd prefer to stay in Dallas but he'll do his due diligence and see what's out there before making his final decision.
Description: Dallas guard O.J. Mayo declined his $4 million player option for the 2013-14 season and will be an unrestricted free agent.
Insight: Mayo produced 15.3 ppg in Dallas, his highest total since 2009-10 in Memphis. He also shot a career-high 40.7 percent from three-point range. Detroit, Minnesota and Cleveland have been rumored to be interested, but until we know where he lands, predicting his fantasy value will be near impossible.
Description: 1500 ESPN Twin Cities is reporting that the Timberwolves are interested in signing O.J. Mayo when free agency starts next month.
Insight: Mayo hinted that he'd like to stay in Dallas but if the price is right he'd probably consider playing elsewhere. The T-Wolves started two point guards last season (Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour) so the team is obviously looking to upgrade at shooting guard.
Description: Dirk Nowitzki has offered to take a significant pay cut in order to give the Mavericks more financial flexibility this offseason. SOURCE: Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Insight: If Dirk takes a pay cut, it will free up salary space that the Mavericks can use to sign top-tier free agents like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Nowitzki averaged 17.3 ppg in 53 games in 2012-13.
Description: Impending free agent O.J. Mayo is hoping to be back in Dallas next season. SOURCE: Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas.
Insight: Mayo signed a one-year contract with the Mavericks last offseason and for the most part he played well during the 2012-13 campaign. Certainly his numbers dipped a bit upon the return of superstar Dirk Nowitzki but Mayo's 40.7 percent three-point percentage was still a career-high and among the best in the NBA this season. If the Mavs return all their starters and maybe add a free agent or two in the offseason, this could be a top-four team in the Western Conference in 2013-14.
Description: Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison had his highest-scoring game since Dec. 27 Wednesday against the Hornets in the season finale. Collison scored 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Insight: Collison played 81 games and 29 mpg this season, but he was inconsistent and only averaged 12 ppg and 5.1 apg. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle never seemed fully committed to Collison as the starting point guard.