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DERON WILLIAMS (PG)
  • Jun 21 2016, 18:42 PM

    Update: Williams will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Mavericks, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Analysis: Williams, just like his teammate Chandler Parsons, is looking to take advantage of the increasing salary cap and seek a significant pay raise for the 2016-17 season. While Williams' age is definitely a factor going forward, the Mavericks may be reluctant to sign the former All-Star if his price gets too high.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Jun 09 2016, 09:37 AM

    Update: Williams recently underwent surgery to repair the sports hernia that hampered him throughout the end of the Mavericks' season, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams suffered the injury late in the season and was forced to miss time during the playoffs after an aggravation. He was always expected to undergo offseason surgery, so this news comes as no surprise for the 31-year-old guard. The expected recovery timeline is six-to-eight weeks, so he should be good to go by early-to-mid August. Williams recently declined his $5.6 million player option for the 2016-17 season in hopes of securing a multi-year contract. The Mavericks remain the favorite to retain his services, although they may wait for a clean bill of health before committing to a new deal.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 29 2016, 10:39 AM

    Update: 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.

    Analysis: 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 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.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 26 2016, 11:06 AM

    Update: 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.

    Analysis: 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.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 24 2016, 12:14 PM

    Update: Williams (hernia) is done for the season according to head coach Rick Carlisle, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams aggravated the injury on Saturday during Game 4 against the Thunder. He's struggled with injuries for much of the season and with the playoff series hanging by a thread, he won't have time to make his return. Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea will likely handle the ball-handling duties in Williams' absence.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 23 2016, 16:59 PM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is in the starting lineup for Saturday's Game 4 against the Thunder, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Coach Rick Carlisle said he expected Williams to play earlier Saturday, so it comes as no surprise he'll be available. Williams will move back into the starting lineup, pushing J.J. Barea back into a bench role. The Mavericks will likely look to limit Williams' minutes a bit, so that's something to keep in mind moving forward. With Williams back in the lineup, Barea, Raymond Felton and Devin Harris could all see a slight hit to their playing time.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 23 2016, 15:53 PM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is expected to play in Game 4 against the Thunder on Saturday, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

    Analysis: Williams was considered questionable coming into Saturday, but after going through shootaround, it appears he'll make a return to the court. It remains unclear what kind of minutes Williams will see if he does indeed take the court, but considering the amount of pain he's been in recently because of a sports hernia, it wouldn't be surprising to see his playing time limited a bit. If Williams is able to play, J.J. Barea, Raymond Felton and Devin Harris would likely see a slight decrease in minutes.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 23 2016, 08:31 AM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is considered questionable to play in Saturday's Game 4 against the Thunder, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams was held out of Game 3 as he continues to battle a sports hernia, and at this point, his status is firmly up in the air for Game 4. The Mavs will likely wait until closer to game time to make a decision, and it may ultimately be a matter of pain tolerance on the part of Williams. If he's ultimately held out, expect to see more of J.J. Barea (groin), Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 21 2016, 15:19 PM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) will not play Thursday against the Thunder, Tim McMahon of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams got off to an excellent start in Game 2 on Monday but he was only able to play 26 minutes after the pain in his sports hernia flared up. With Williams sidelined, Raymond Felton and J.J Barea (groin) figure to pick up most of the minutes at point guard for Game 3. Williams will have two more days to rest and recover before the team needs to make a decision on his status for Game 4 on Saturday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 21 2016, 14:30 PM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) technically remains questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Thunder, though coach Rick Carlisle told the media he doesn't believe he'll play, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman reports.

    Analysis: While Carlisle stopped short of ruling any of his players in or out, he noted that he doesn't believe Williams will be able to play through the sports hernia that's plagued him since before Game 2. Carlisle clarified that Williams remains a game-time call, but at this point it appears as though Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea (hamstring), who Carlisle believes will play, will handle most of the backcourt duties Thursday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: OUT

  • Apr 20 2016, 15:39 PM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Thursday's Game 3 against the Thunder, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.

    Analysis: Williams was expected to be a game-time decision for Thursday's tilt, and this announcement merely confirms that status. He played through his hernia for 26 minutes in Monday's win, and could face a similar minutes restriction if he plays again on Thursday. If he's restricted, look for Devin Harris and Raymond Felton to see some extra minutes once again.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 20 2016, 11:29 AM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is expected to be a game-time decision for Thursday's Game 3 against the Thunder, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams continues to nurse a sports hernia that limited him to 26 minutes in Monday's Game 2 victory. The veteran made the most of his time on the court, however, finishing with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and five assists while battling severe pain. Williams was forced out of the game in the third quarter and sat the entire fourth as the Mavericks held on for the one-point win. If he's cleared to play Thursday, Williams will likely face similar limitations, but he apears poised to again play through discomfort as the series shifts to Dallas. J.J. Barea (groin) is also questionable for the Mavs, so both Devin Harris and Game 2 hero Raymond Felton figure to take on expanded roles if either or both Barea and Williams are limited.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 19 2016, 11:25 AM

    Update: Williams (abdomen) is hopeful to play in Thursday's Game 3 against the Thunder, Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Analysis: Williams battled through a sports hernia to play 26 minutes in Monday's upset win over Oklahoma City, finishing with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and five assists. 'I felt good to start the game,' Williams said. 'It was still bothering me. First layup I shot, it was still bothering me. But as soon as I went out [of the game], and came back in, it was pretty bad. And then it got really bad after I made that last layup.' Williams was held out of the final period by team trainers, despite attempting to plead his way back onto the floor. Now, with two days off before Game 3, Williams will rest in hopes of gutting out a similar performance Thursday. As of now, though, his status is firmly up in the air. 'Ask mother nature,' coach Rick Carlisle said postgame when asked about Williams' chances of playing Game 3.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 18 2016, 15:50 PM

    Update: Williams (sports hernia) is now being listed as a game-time decision for Game 2 on Monday against the Thunder after originally being listed as doubtful, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams successfully made it through pregame warmups and now it seems that the veteran will be a true game-time decision for Game 2 after playing 22 minutes in Game 1 on Saturday, despite dealing with lingering abdominal soreness.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 18 2016, 12:40 PM

    Update: Williams (sports hernia) took part in Monday's morning shootaround, but the Mavericks are still listing him as doubtful for Game 2 against the Thunder, Mavs.com's Earl K. Sneed reports.

    Analysis: Williams was given the doubtful tag after he experienced renewed abdominal soreness in the Mavs' blowout loss Saturday to the Thunder, during which he was limited to two points (1-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt) and three assists over 22 minutes. While he's still not fully healthy, Williams' participation in shootaround at least provides a glimmer of hope that he might suit up in Game 2. An official word on that front should arrive after pregame warmups, but if Williams is ruled out, the Mavericks will be missing both him and J.J. Barea (groin) from their backcourt, leaving Raymond Felton, Devin Harris, and Justin Anderson to take on increased responsibilities.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 17 2016, 13:23 PM

    Update: Williams (abdominal) is listed as doubtful for Game 2 against the Thunder on Monday, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Williams says the pain in his left abdominal is back to the level when he first suffered the strain, which is very bad news for the Mavericks. J.J. Barea has also been ruled out of Game 2, leaving the Mavericks extremely thin in the backcourt. With Williams and Barea both expected to be out, it should leave a ton of minutes to be split between the likes of Raymond Felton, Devin Harris and Justin Anderson. We should see an official word on Williams' availability following the team's morning shootaround Monday.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 17 2016, 00:28 AM

    Update: Williams collected two points (1-9 FG), three assists, a rebound and a block over 22 minutes in Saturday's 108-70 Game 1 loss to the Thunder.

    Analysis: The veteran point guard simply couldn't find the basket, with the number of personal fouls he amassed (four) doubling his point total. Williams' presence and ability to generate offense will be particularly vital going forward if J.J. Barea (groin) is forced to miss any additional time during the rest of the series.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

  • Apr 14 2016, 09:27 AM

    Update: Williams (rest) scored 13 points to go with seven assists and two rebounds in 37 minutes during the Mavericks' 96-91 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Analysis: Williams logged 37 minutes in consecutive contests to finish the regular season, averaging 17 points, 5.3 dimes, and 3.3 rebounds in 34 minutes over the final three matchups. His return from a sports hernia last week helped the Mavericks sneak into the playoffs, and Williams must be fairly healthy all things considering.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 16:58 PM

    Update: Williams (rest) will start in Wednesday's season finale versus the Spurs.

    Analysis: Williams will start at point guard, and should see a relatively decent workload. J.J. Barea and Devin Harris have already been ruled out. He will matchup against Andre Miller.

    Injury: NO

    Injury Status: No

  • Apr 13 2016, 09:26 AM

    Update: Williams (rest) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.

    Analysis: Though the Mavericks have clinched a spot in the playoffs, there's still some implications on the line for Wednesday's game, which could prompt the team to keep Williams active. Although rest in advance of the postseason would surely be beneficial for Williams, who recently returned from a multi-game absence due to a sports hernia, the Mavericks are currently positioned as the sixth seed in the Western Conference and could climb as high as the fifth seed or fall as low as the seventh seed if a couple of scenarios play out Wednesday. A matchup with these same 66-win Spurs would be on the docket if the Mavs fall to the seventh seed, so there's plenty of incentive for coach Rick Carlisle to keep Williams active Wednesday and play to avoid a loss, especially with fellow point guards Devin Harris (thumb) and J.J. Barea (groin) also hurting and uncertain to be available.

    Injury: YES

    Injury Status: Day-to-Day

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