Dallas Mavericks Roster
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Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has agreed to a supermax contract extension, totaling a whopping $207 million. Nonetheless, the former Rookie of the Year has undoubtedly earned every bit of it, averaging 25.7 points, 8.4 boards, and 7.7 assists throughout his first three seasons in the league. He should remain one of the most efficient fantasy options in redraft leagues moving ahead and also one of the first off the board in dynasty formats.
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis was frustrated with his role with the team last season. Still, new head coach Jason Kidd said that Porzingis is a "perfect fit" while adding that he wants him to be "more aggressive." The 25-year-old averaged 20.1 points and 8.9 boards during the 2020-21 campaign but continues to be plagued by consistent knee issues. He has plenty of talent, especially from deep, and if he can remain healthy, he has the potential to be a top-25 fantasy option, if not higher.
Dallas Mavericks forward Nicolo Melli is leaving the NBA and signing a three-year deal with Olimpia Milano in Italy. This is not shocking considering the two sides were close to a deal earlier in the week. Melli played for both the New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks during the 2020-2021 season. He averaged 3.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 47 games. Melli will likely have a bigger role in Italy, which is probably why he decided to take that deal over an NBA contract. His absence won't have much of an impact on the Mavericks roster or rotation.
Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson could be headed elsewhere this offseason. The New York Knicks are in search of a long term starting point guard and Jalen Brunson could be on their radar, according to Marc Berman. It sounds like Knicks president Leon Rose believes Brunson is a legitimate starting, playmaking point guard. The Mavs do have a team option on Brunson. However, Brunson may decide to decline without an extension in the works and force Dallas to trade him. In theory, Brunson's fantasy value would increase as the starter in New York instead of having his value diminished playing behind Luka Doncic in Dallas.
Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (Achilles) is probable for the Game 5 matchup against the Clippers. No surprise here, primarily since the big man has been a constant presence on the injury report because of the same issue for a while now. Kleber didn't score a point across 32 minutes in Game 4, so DFS managers may want to look elsewhere for fantasy production on Wednesday night.