“You react to the circumstances you’re in,” Mark Cuban told SB Nation. “Some of the guys that were older were hurt. We’re not going to get any younger (that way).”
So the Mavericks jettisoned Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams when it was clear they weren’t helping. After signing 25-year-old Harrison Barnes and 26-year-old Seth Curry in July 2016, they nabbed undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell from the recycling bin and traded for 23-year-old Nerlens Noel on a steal of a deal. Now, they’ve added Smith, who might be the most important of them all.
(Noel, a restricted free agent, hasn’t re-signed yet — the two sides are still “not close,” a league source tells SB Nation — but it’s still a safe assumption he ends up back in Dallas before the summer’s up.)
It’s a sensational rebuilding project completed in Dallas in just a year. In a stacked Western Conference, there’s a good chance the Mavericks fall short of the playoffs. But for the first time in more than a decade, that’s fine. The team’s timeline to really compete remains in the future.
After scoring only five points on 2-of-15 shooting in his Summer League debut, Lonzo Ball bounced back with a triple double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) in game two against the Celtics.
But Ball wasn’t the only Laker who shined on Saturday. Rookie wing Kyle Kuzma out of Utah scored 31 points on 5-of-10 three-point shooting. And rookie Josh Hart (Villanova) had 15 points through three quarters before landing awkwardly on his right ankle and asking to exit the game.
The Lakers lost to the Celtics, but their talented Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys youngsters were on full display on Saturday, giving fans hope for the near Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys future.