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NBA Trade Rumors: Dame Lillard to New York Knicks? Why Not Mavs?

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The Dallas Mavericks have had a roller coaster ride of a season so far, and it can be hard to keep up with every single thing that’s happening with the team.

Here, you will be able to keep up with a updates related to the Mavs and the rest of the NBA as a whole. From roster cuts, to trade rumors, to COVID updates and more, we’ll have it all covered for you right here. 

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FEB 1 DAME TO NEW YORK? HOW ABOUT DALLAS

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According to Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, superstar point guard Damian Lillard’s “next destination” could be the New York Knicks if he can’t workout another extension with the Portland Trail Blazers. It’s been a long time since the Knicks have had a star of Lillard’s level play at Madison Square Garden as a home player, but if Dame wants to truly contend in the final chapter of his career, there could be better options for him.

One of those options could be the Dallas Mavericks. Not only does Lillard already have a good relationship with Dallas general manager Nico Harrison, but adding that kind of true star next to Luka Doncic would immediately elevate the Mavs to title-contending status.

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Ultimately, Lillard’s love for Portland is strong. Every time rumors arise, he combats them swiftly, so until comes out and actually demands a trade, all of this speculation might be for nothing. But… if that day does come, the New York Knicks shouldn’t be the top destination on Dame’s list.

JAN 31 JAZZ LOSE JOE INGLES TO ACL INJURY

As bad of a night as the Dallas Mavericks had on Sunday by losing a close game to a lowly Orlando Magic team, their Western Conference foe Utah Jazz continue to have it worse than they do.

The Jazz lost by 20 points to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was Utah's fifth-straight loss and eighth loss in its last 10 games. But the biggest blow came when long-tenured Jazz role player Joe Ingles went down with a torn ACL according to multiple reports. Ingles' knee buckled with no contact on a drive to the rim in the second quarter.

The Jazz, Nuggets and Mavs appear to be a in a middle tier all to themselves, given that they're all separated by just one game in the West standings as we enter the final stretch of the season. Dallas and Denver are currently on much different trajectories than Utah is right now. We'll find out soon if any of these teams will do anything at the NBA trade deadline in attempt to graduate to the upper tier of the conference.

JAN 29 KP OUT WITH KNEE SORENESS

The Dallas Mavericks announced in the second quarter of their game against the Indiana Pacers that Kristaps Porzingis will not return with right knee soreness.

Porzingis had five points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field in just 11 minutes when he went out of the game. Hopefully this is more of a caution thing than it is an actual injury. Stay tuned to DallasBasketball.com for updates.

JAN 28 SHAQ - BEN SIMMONS BEEF?

As the Lakers took on the 76ers last night on TNT, Shaq didn’t beat around the bush when giving his thoughts on Ben Simmons, who has yet to suit up for Philadelphia this season by choice.

"The difference between (Joel Embiid) and his soft partner is he can take criticism without being a crybaby,” said O’Neal. “Great players step up to the criticism and perform. So this other guy, I don't respect him. I would get rid of him."

Shaq might would simply ‘get rid of him,’ but 76ers GM Daryl Morey apparently doesn’t share that same mindset, as the asking price for Simmons remains astronomically high. Will this change before the NBA trade deadline? We only have two more weeks to find out.

JAN 27 ALL-STAR STARTERS REVEALED... NO LUKA?

On Thursday, the NBA revealed the starters for the 2022 All-Star game, and Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic didn't make the cut after two-consecutive seasons of starting on All-Star Weekend.

The Western Conference NBA All-Star starters include: Ja Morant, LeBron James, Steph Curry, Nikola Jokic and... Andrew Wiggins. Yes, you read that correctly. Andrew Wiggins is starting in the NBA All-Star game.

The Eastern Conference NBA All-Star starters include: DeMar DeRozan, Trae Young, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Although Doncic has picked up his level of play lately, his sluggish start to the 2021-22 season was the biggest reason for him not being able to make it as a starter this time around. That, plus the rise of Morant and the fact that Wiggins somehow got enough votes to get in. Regardless, though, Doncic will surely still be at All-Star Weekend as a reserve having just as much fun as he always does.

JAN 26 NBA REFLECTS ON KOBE

Today marks two full years since the tragic passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, something that still doesn’t feel real for many people around the world. On January 26, 2020, Bryant, his daughter GiAnna, and seven others passed away in an unfortunate helicopter crash in Calabasas, California.

Bryant was a pillar in the NBA community and a global icon in both basketball and business. Many players still honor Bryant to this day, whether it’s on the court or on social media. Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, for example, still has pictures of Kobe and ‘Gigi’ as his Twitter profile and cover pictures.

The night before the accident occurred, LeBron James passed Bryant on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe’s final tweet was to congratulate LeBron on what he had accomplished while wearing the same purple and gold that Bryant did for two decades.

JAN 25 HARDAWAY JR. INJURY UPDATE

On Tuesday night against the Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his left foot and will not return to the game.

More updates should be made available later on, but it is likely that Hardaway Jr. will miss significant time with this injury.

JAN 24 MARK CUBAN GOING PHARMACEUTICAL

Mark Cuban is probably best-known as being the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a big part of ABC’s Shark Tank, but now the billionaire entrepreneur is getting into the pharmaceutical industry for the greater good.

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Cuban launched an online pharmacy on Thursday called the Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company. His mission is to provide pricing transparency with drug manufacturers to make many expensive drugs more affordable for Americans.

For example, the leukemia drug imatinib, which is normally retailed at $9,657 per month would only be $47 per month with Cuban’s new company. Could this potentially be another step in the direction of Cuban potentially running for President?

JAN 21 LAKERS MAKE OFFER FOR GRANT

According to NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers have put in a bid for Detroit Pistons’ Jerami Grant. The trade offer? Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn and their 2027 first round pick.

With all due respect to the Lakers, the Mavs would be more than capable of beating that offer, as we recently wrote about here. Will the Mavs try to put in their bid next? Stay tuned to DallasBasketball.com for all Mavs trade rumors and updates.

JAN 21 LUKA TOP-5 JERSEY SALES

On Friday, the NBA announced its jersey sales numbers through the first half of the 2021-2022 season. In order from top to bottom, here is what the top-five on that list looked like: LeBron James, Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic.

This comes as a surprise to no one, as Doncic's worldwide popularity continues to grow every season. The Dallas Mavericks, who currently sit at No. 10 in total NBA jersey sales, might be more towards the middle of the pack if it wasn't for 'Luka Magic.'

JAN 20 BARKLEY BLASTS LAKERS Charles Barkley is using his TNT forum to establish that the Los Angeles Lakers' problems aren't all the fault of "scapegoats'' point guard Russell Westbrook and head coach Frank Vogel.

“The way they have tried to throw Russell Westbrook and Frank Vogel under the bus is just really pissing me off,” Barkley said, adding later, "I’m not going to sit here like all those clowns from other networks that have their heads up the Lakers’ booties. They’re blaming Frank Vogel and Russell Westbrook. Listen, the people up top that put that trash together are running and hiding like cowards saying, ‘Oh, it’s Frank and it’s Russ.’ They put all them old geezers out there.”

The Lakers entered Thursday with a record of 22-23, good for eighth in the West.

JAN 18 FORMER MAVS PARSONS RETIRES

According to multiple reports, former Dallas Mavericks Chandler Parsons has officially retired from playing basketball. Parsons unfortunately suffered career-ending injuries from a car accident he was involved in back in 2020.