Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle recently said that he expects Powell to be a rotation player during the 2016-17 season, ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon reports. "The last two years we've been working toward this period where we could get [Powell] signed to a longer-term deal and integrate him to our everyday rotation," Carlisle said. "He's a combination 'four'/'five.' I see him playing both positions. Time will tell how much at each, but I do believe there are going to be a lot of situations where he'll play both positions in the same game." Though he appeared in 69 of the Mavs' 82 regular-season games last season, Powell was only a fringe rotation option for the team, averaging just 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes per game. With the Mavs stepping up this summer to re-sign Powell to a four-year, $37 million contract, the third-year big man will now have a chance to see an expanded role as a primary backup to either starting power forward Dirk Nowitzki or starting center Andrew Bogut. Given how injury prone Bogut has been historically, Powell represents a quality insurance option down low for the Mavs, and could produce some sneaky fantasy value during the upcoming season.
Powell agreed to a four-year, $37 million deal with the Mavericks on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. The Stanford product showed some improvement in his second season in 2015-16, bumping his minutes up from 8.1 to 14.4 per game. With that, his production improved across the board as he averaged 5.8 points per game on 49.3 percent shooting to go with 4.0 rebounds and .3 blocks. A four-year deal with the Mavericks suggests that they feel he's in their plans moving forward, so Powell could be looking at a slightly increased role this season, especially if Zaza Pachulia is not re-signed.
Powell produced 16 points (6-7 FG, 4-6 FT), nine rebounds, and three assists across 28 minutes during Monday's 118-104 Game 5 loss to the Thunder. Powell had only played 15 combined minutes in the last three games of the series, so it was a bit surprising to see him receive such high usage in an elimination game. The second-year big man's elevated court time may have been largely a byproduct of Salah Mejri (hip) dealing with an injury, as coach Rick Carlisle leaned heavily on Powell and Zaza Pachulia to assume most of the minutes at center. While Powell wrapped up the season on a high note, he doesn't project to hold a big role for the Mavs in 2016-17, especially if the team brings back Zaza Pachulia in free agency or adds another player to their frontcourt ranks.
Powell made a brief cameo in Friday's game after starting Dallas' last two outing. He collected one foul in less than a minute played. Powell was a virtual DNP-CD, entering the game for the sole purpose of committing an intentional foul. Coach Rick Carlisle continues to think with his front court rotation, limiting Powell's value.
Powell will return to a bench role for Friday's game against the Pistons, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports. Powell has started the last two games for the Mavericks, but will now move back to the bench with Zaza Pachulia reclaiming his starting spot. By moving to the bench, Powell will also likely see a slight decrease in minutes, further limiting his fantasy potential. It remains unclear if this is a permanent move for the Mavericks, so we'll have to wait and see if coach Rick Carlisle continues to rotate players.
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