Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. updates and thoughts
By Kohl Rast
Lots of Dennis Smith Jr. news has been coming out from many of the Dallas Mavericks reporters over the past few days, so this can act as a place to find all the important stuff.
The Dallas Mavericks and 2nd year point guard, Dennis Smith Jr., are at a crossroads. We all know that the situation between the two parties is in disarray at the moment and are just waiting on more news to come out. Thursday brought us some more clarity.
Tim MacMahon and Brad Townsend have both been close to the situation that is currently going on between the Dallas Mavericks and their young guard. Their updates have been coming out regularly with a better understanding of how this situation began, what each party wants and the best way to get this resolved.
For what it’s worth, it is pretty evident that there is blame to be had at each level of this situation, from the Mavs organization to Dennis and certainly to Dennis’ agent/camp. Although there are some willing to work to fix the issues at hand, others seem set on holding out.
This tweet from MacMahon shows that the Mavs want to fix this and get Dennis Smith back on the court. This, of course, can be interpreted a couple different ways. Are the Mavs trying to fix this so they can get DSJ on the court for the betterment of the team, or just for added leverage in trade talks? Either way, it seems like it would be more beneficial for Dennis than sitting out.
This tweet from Nick Angstadt quoting Tim MacMahon clears it up a little bit that this “back injury” and “illness” from DSJ is not the Mavs way of keeping him off the court.
The holdout will continue at least until after Martin Luther King Jr. day. Although this is disappointing for a Mavs team that has struggled enough on the road as is, it is good news that communication is being had.
Rick Carlisle’s take on the situation seems similar to most everyone else’s.
Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News, sums it up the best with this one. There is a hope that the Mavs and Dennis can reconcile things, but they both see it as unlikely. Bridges that are burned are the hardest to repair.
Lastly, you can see again that this is about who Dennis has chosen to surround himself with. When one party is focused strictly on money, the chances of all parties fixing things is next to none.
We will continue to wait and see how this whole thing plays out, but simply put, it is not looking too good. We wish the best for the Mavs first and foremost, but for most Mavs fans out there, there is no ill-will towards Dennis Smith Jr. and we hope everything goes well for him too. Mostly, we just want this situation to be over with.