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Mavericks' Deron Williams: Will decline player option for next season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Deron Williams is expected to decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season and enter free agency, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

Williams wants to secure a multi-year deal before heading into his 12th NBA season. The veteran hasn't ruled out returning to Dallas and even appears to favor that route, although it remains to be seen if the Dallas Mavericks want to pony up to a multi-year contract for a player who will undergo offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia. The surgery requires a six-to-eight week recovery, so Williams is still expected to be available at the start of training camp. Once he officially declines the option, Williams will be an unrestricted free agent and will have the option to sign with anyone. In 65 games during the 2015-16 season, he finished with averages of 14.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 0.9 steals over 32 minutes.

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Mavericks' Dwight Powell: Scores 16 points, grabs nine boards in Game 5 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Dwight 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.

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Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki: 'Definitely' not retiring
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Nowitzki confirmed Tuesday that he plans to return to the Mavericks next season, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "I definitely won't retire," Nowitzki said. "That's out of the question. I felt great this year."

Considering he'll turn 38 in just over a month, the question of whether Nowitzki would consider retiring is a fair one, but the future Hall of Famer appears intent on returning for at least one more season. Nowitzki was in vintage form for most of the past season, starting 75 games and averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 31.5 minutes while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and knocking down 36.8 percent of his three-point attempts. The banged-up Mavericks bowed out to the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, but Dallas figures to be a buyer on the free-agent market this offseason in hopes of gearing up for at least one more playoff run. Nowitzki holds a ludicrously cheap $8.7 million player option for his contract next season, which he'll likely exercise unless he and the Mavs end up working out a new deal.

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Mavericks' J.J. Barea: Requires meniscus surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Barea will require arthroscopic right knee surgery this offseason, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

Barea didn't miss any time due to knee issues during the regular season or playoffs, so the knee scope is just a cleanup procedure for his meniscus that will likely require a little over a month of recovery time. The 31-year-old did pick up a right groin strain near the end of the regular season that limited him in the playoffs, but taking time off to rest should be enough to allow that injury to heal. He's hopeful to be recovered from both injuries in time to suit up for Puerto Rico in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

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Mavericks' Deron Williams: To undergo surgery
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Williams will undergo offseason surgery to repair the sports hernia that kept him out of most of the final three games of the Mavs' first-round series against the Thunder, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Williams suffered the injury near the end of the regular season then aggravated it in the Mavs' Game 2 win, in which he scored 13 points and added five assists in 26 minutes. Williams went on to sit out Game 3 and return for Game 4, but he was forced out of the contest early in the first quarter after re-aggravating the injury. The 31-year-old was subsequently ruled out for Monday's Game 5, which the Thunder won to advance to the second round. Williams told the media at his exit interview Tuesday that he'll undergo surgery in about a month, as he'll need time to rest muscles in the abdominal area before the procedure can take place. After undergoing the procedure, Williams will require six-to-eight weeks to recover, which should allow him to return to full health by August. The former All-Star holds a $5.6 million player option to return to the Mavericks next season, and while he indicated that he'd like to be back, Williams has yet to make up his mind.

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2015-16 Team Leaders
PPGDirk Nowitzki , PF18.3
RPGZaza Pachulia , C9.4
APGDeron Williams , PG5.8
FG%Chandler Parsons , SF49.2
FT%Dirk Nowitzki , PF89.3
3P%Chandler Parsons , SF41.4
BLOCKSDirk Nowitzki , PF52
STEALSWesley Matthews , SG78
MPGWesley Matthews , SG33.9
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