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Wesley Matthews injury update

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks announced today that guard Wesley Matthews sustained a fracture to his right proximal fibula during the first period of the game vs. Memphis on Friday, March 10.

At this time, there is no timetable for his return.

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That’s What’s Up: Episode 27

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Dallas Mavericks announce new official Chinese name

Dallas Mavericks Chinese name reveal

The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with help from Chinese basketball fans!

January 3, 2018 (Dallas, Texas, USA) After nearly two decades of the name “Mavericks” being translated into Chinese as “Little Cows,” the Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese team name with much help from Chinese basketball fans. Announced tonight during Tencent’s live broadcast of the Dallas Mavericks home game against the Golden State Warriors, the official Chinese name of the Mavericks has been changed to 独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes.”

The search for the Mavs’ new Chinese name began on September 10, 2017 with an announcement from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban posted a video on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) asking Chinese-speaking fans to submit their ideas for a better translation for the word “Mavericks.” The Mavericks worked closely with Chinese media platform Tencent Sports to ensure this request reached as many Chinese NBA fans as possible.

Two weeks later, the Mavs had received more than 50,000 comments from fans suggesting new monikers. From those submissions, the Mavericks selected the top three names as finalists — 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”) — setting the stage for fans across China to vote for their favorite.

One month and more than 100,000 votes later, the fans have chosen. Announced at halftime during tonight’s live online broadcast in China, the Mavericks will now be known as 达拉斯独行侠 (“Dallas Lone Ranger Heroes”) in all Chinese-speaking regions of the world.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

The Mavericks became the first NBA team to sign a Chinese-born player with the drafting of center Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and have continued to maintain strong ties to Chinese basketball. Most recently, CBA star Ding Yanyuhang played for the Mavericks’ 2017 Summer League teams in Orlando and Las Vegas.

The Mavericks are among the most active NBA teams in China, engaging Chinese fans through localized social media, content and events. All official Mavericks Chinese-language social media now bears the new name, and over the coming weeks, the new name will be adopted throughout Greater China’s digital, print and broadcast media. The Mavericks can be found on Sina Weibo at http://www.weibo.com/mavsnba and on WeChat @MavsNBA.

The Mavericks would like to thank all of the fans who participated in selecting the new Chinese name.

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Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth to two-way contract

DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed guard Kyle Collinsworth to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on guard-forward Antonius Cleveland and center Jeff Withey.

Collinsworth (6-6, 210) has spent the past two seasons with the Mavericks’ G League affiliate, the Texas Legends. He holds averages of 8.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.7 steals and 30.1 minutes per game in 54 career G League games (34 starts). In 18 games (all starts) for the Legends in 2017-18, he averaged 11.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 35.8 minutes per game.

After going undrafted in 2016 out of BYU, Collinsworth competed for Dallas at the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. He spent the 2016 preseason with the Mavericks before being waived by the team on Oct. 22, 2016.

A native of Provo, Utah, Collinsworth played four years at BYU and averaged 12.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 30.9 minutes per game in 140 games. He was a three-time First Team All-WCC selection (2014-16) and set the NCAA career triple-double record with 12.

As a senior for the Cougars (2015-16), Collinsworth averaged 15.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 33.8 minutes per game en route to being named the WCC Player of the Year. The 6-6 point guard also tied the NCAA single-season triple-double record (set by himself in 2014-15) with six.

Collinsworth will wear No. 8 for the Mavericks.

Cleveland (6-6, 195) played in 13 games for Dallas in 2017-18, averaging 0.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 6.2 minutes per game.

Withey (7-0, 230) appeared in 10 games for the Mavericks this season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebound in 3.9 minutes per game.

The 2017-18 season marks the first year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.

Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

Mavericks to retire Derek Harper’s No. 12 jersey

DALLAS — The Mavericks announced tonight they plan to retire Derek Harper’s #12 jersey on January 7, 2018 vs. the New York Knicks. He joins Brad Davis (#15) and Rolando Blackman (#22) as the only Mavericks to have their jerseys hung in the rafters.

“Like every Mavs fan around the world, we are proud of Derek and everything he has done and continues to do for Mavs fans,” said Owner Mark Cuban. “His contributions can’t be overestimated. We are excited that he will join Ro and Brad in the rafters as we retire number 12 forever.”

Harper played a total of 12 seasons (1983-94, 96-97) with Dallas in his 16 year NBA career. In 872 total games with the Mavs, he started 620 times and averaged 14.4 points, 5.7 assists while .468 shooting (4,899-10,454 FGs) from the field.

Among Mavs franchise leaders, he ranks fourth in points (12,597), first in assists (5,111), fourth in field goals (4,899), fifth in field goal attempts (10,454), fifth in 3-point field goals (705), fifth in 3-point field goal attempts (2,030), fourth in free throws (2,094), fourth in free throw attempts (2,804), first in steals (1,551), third in games played (872), third in starts (620) and third in minutes (27,985).

The jersey ceremony, sponsored by Budweiser, will occur at halftime of the Knicks game. Owner Mark Cuban, former Mavericks Head Coach Dick Motta (1980-87, 1994-96) and several Mavericks greats will speak on Harper’s behalf.

For tickets, please call 214.747.MAVS or visit mavs.com.