Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Mavericks will likely follow a timeline on how they structure each signing by using up to the $6M in available cap space to sign Dirk Nowitzki ($5M team option was declined in June to create room) first. Once Nowitzki is signed, Dallas will exceed the cap by signing Yogi Ferrell (early bird rights), Ryan Broekhoff (minimum exception) and Salah Mejri (minimum exception). The Mavericks will have the $4.4 million room midlevel exception still available to use with 14 guaranteed contracts.

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In Dan Graziano’s predictions column ☝, he explains there are reasons to like the Cowboys as contenders

In Dan Graziano's predictions column ☝, he explains there are reasons to like the Cowboys as contenders

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dallas Mavericks hired former WNBA head coach Jenny Boucek as assistant to the basketball staff/special projects, Rick Carlisle announced. Boucek spent last season as a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings, becoming the third woman to hold an NBA coaching position. "I consider her one of the brightest minds in our game and welcome her to Dallas," Carlisle said in a statement.

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Rhule 'able to do a lot more football' in 2nd year

After much of his first year was spent working to change the culture in the aftermath of a sexual assault scandal that occurred at Baylor before he got to campus, coach Matt Rhule feels more of his focus can now be on football.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Randy Gregory is grateful he will have another chance to earn a living with the Dallas Cowboys after being conditionally reinstated by the NFL. “It is (my final chance) and if it's not I'm definitely treating it like it is,” Gregory told ESPN. “I feel like a lot of other organizations wouldn't have stuck around for this ling. I think part of it is just the faith in what I can do on the field, but they also saw that I was a struggling kid that was trying to get himself back on the right path ...I'm a totally different person than I was coming into the league. In some ways better. I think Jerry (Jones) and the whole organization, they understood the situation fully and there was going to be some setbacks. Hopefully this is the last one as far as all that.”

Vander Esch visits hometown high school (2:13)

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Because of the two suspensions, the Cowboys have Randy Gregory under contract through 2020. He signed a four-year deal as a second-round pick in 2015.

Schefter: Gregory improves Cowboys' pass rush (1:10)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

South Korean Star Chin-Soo Choo taking in the Home Run Derby with one of his boys.