Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat recently. Thanks to all who joined!
Who stands to gain the most playing time after the Wes Matthews injury?
Eddie Sefko: This is a good question that I plan on addressing on SportsDayDFW later today. It would be a far more meaningful question if the Mavericks actually were playing for something as a team. But since the only thing that can happen the rest of the way is for players to improve (or not) their stock for the future, I would say this is a grand opportunity for players like Kyle Collinsworth, Dorian Finney-Smith, Doug McDermott and maybe even Jalen Jones. We know Yogi Ferrell has put together a solid second season, so I wouldn’t throw him in there.
Was Wesley Matthews going to be on the trade block this offseason? Does his injury change that?
Eddie Sefko: Every player is on the trade block on this roster except Dennis Smith Jr. and Dirk Nowitzki. And maybe J.J. Barea, although if he has to be in the right package to complete a no-brainer trade, that would happen to. I don’t think the injury changes anything in that regard.
Noel, Yogi, McDermott, Mejri, Curry — which pending FAs are most likely to be back next season?
Eddie Sefko: Yogi is very likely to be back. Ditto for Curry, who will need a season to rebuild his market value. Not sure about the others. If Doug McDermott keeps shooting nearly 50 percent from 3-point range, you can be sure the Mavericks will do what they can to keep him around. Salah and Nerlens? Much depends on which big man the Mavericks bring in via the draft (if any).
Any scouting report on Jameel Warney? Have a chance to become a permanent NBA player?
He’s a banger and a tough dude. That’s always a good combination as a skill set. I don’t know that he has a place on the Mavericks, but I love those type of players. I suspect he’ll get a long look (20 days, at least) to give the Mavericks some film to watch. And he’s a humble, solid kid who knows he has to find the right situation to make it in the NBA. It’s out there. May just take a while to find.
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