Sports Report: Only Doncic, Porzingis untouchable as Mavs seek 3rd star

20:01  28 october  2020
20:01  28 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Dirk on declining Nets job: 'Don't know if I could do it anywhere' but Dallas

  Dirk on declining Nets job: 'Don't know if I could do it anywhere' but Dallas Dirk Nowitzki confirmed he turned down an offer to join friend Steve Nash as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets. "First of all, I don't know if I could do it anywhere but here," Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News' Brad Townsend. "Second, I just think the timing is not right. I love being with the family. I'm so over basketball at this point that it wasn't even a thought for me." Nash, who played with Nowitzki on the Mavs from 1998-2004, gauged his former teammate's interest in joining the Nets after he was named Brooklyn's head coach last month.

The Dallas Mavericks are in pursuit of a third star player, with only Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis off limits in a potential trade, sources told the Dallas News' Brad Townsend.

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The Mavericks are also reportedly interested in trading into the lottery of the upcoming Nov. 18 draft. Dallas currently owns the No. 18 pick in the first round and the No. 1 pick (31st overall) in the second round.

Though the precise salary cap and luxury-tax threshold for the 2020-21 season have not yet been agreed upon by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, Dallas is unlikely to possess the financial flexibility to add a marquee player via free agency when the 2020 offseason begins.

Nowitzki cancels buddy: What Mavs have to do with it

 Nowitzki cancels buddy: What Mavs have to do with it The complete NBA Finals LIVE on TV on SPORT1 + and in LIVESTREAM Only then did Nowitzki mention the inconvenient point in time and added: "I like being with the family. About basketball I'm so gone right now that I haven't even thought about it. " Nowitzki canceled a close friend with Nash. The two played together for the Mavs and formed a brilliant duo before Nash joined the Phoenix Suns in 2004.

The Mavericks do have a number of players who could prove valuable to opposing teams, however.

Assuming Tim Hardaway Jr. opts into the final year of his contract, the 28-year-old shooting guard will be on an expiring deal worth just under $19 million. With a potentially star-studded 2021 offseason on the horizon, the timing of Hardaway's deal could prove to be a major asset to a team looking to clear or maintain cap space.

Guards Seth Curry and Delon Wright and big man Maxi Kleber are rotation-caliber NBA players under team control for multiple seasons. Each is making equal to or less than $9 million per season over the length of their respective deals.

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Start date for free agency, salary cap established for 2020-21 NBA season .
The NBA and NBPA have agreed to start dates for free agency, salary cap and luxury tax thresholds for 2020-21 and how to handle salary reductions.Beyond agreeing to those proposed dates on Monday night, the NBA and National Basketball Players Association agreed that salary reductions will be spread across this upcoming season and potentially the following two years to account for the $1.5 billion the league lost in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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