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42-40, 2nd in Southwest

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Australian Andrew Bogut said he's learned about social issues related to recent national anthem protests during his years in the NBA. "Being around obviously a lot of African-American teammates, I've kind of been more and more educated about it throughout my career. In the same sense, it's hard for me. America's been a place that's let me live my dream and play NBA basketball at the highest level, make a boatload of money doing what I love doing. I understand from the African-American point of view, my teammates' point of view, if they didn't want to stand and [chose to] be a part of that kind of protest. At the same time, I'm thankful. America's provided a lot for me, so it's a tough one for me [because] I'm very supportive of my teammates."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes: "In terms of his message, I support what [Colin Kaepernick is] standing for. The persecution of black people is never an easy topic to talk about. It makes a lot of people uncomfortable, and there does need to be change about that. I'm definitely in accordance with him on that. In terms of the whole national anthem protest, I think that's an individual thing. We as a team haven't decided what we're going to do on that. As Dirk said earlier, whatever we do, we're going to do in unity. But there definitely needs to be change."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on national anthem protests: "Everybody has freedom of speech in this country. That's why we all love this country. I think it's definitely started a discussion. As preseason goes along, we'll have meetings with the team about stuff, what we want to do or how we can contribute to making this world a better place. We'll come up with a solution. I think if we do something, the whole team has to be on the same page. We'll go from there, but it's definitely something that has started a discussion in every locker room, and that's probably a good thing."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on retiring rival Kevin Garnett: "KG and I had a few battles just because he was so intense, and he was a competitor, the fiercest competitor. He always wanted to win, always wanted to get an edge on you early. He tried to intimidate you at times, but that was just his style. I have nothing but respect for him and what he did for this league. He was probably one of the best all-around players this league has ever seen. ... It's been fun to compete against him. At times, we got into it a little bit, but it's just because both guys wanted to win. That was his style – intensity. He had a passion for the game that was incredible."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs SG Wesley Matthews looks sleek compared to last season. "I'm down probably eight pounds, and a lot of it is just being able to train," said Matthews, who was recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon a year ago. "You've got to understand that at this time last year, I wasn't able to run, wasn't able to move around."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut said he "would have asked for a buyout" if traded to a team other than the Mavs. ESPN.com reported in July that the Warriors presented the big man the option of being traded to the Mavs or Rockets. Bogut declined to specifically discuss the Houston possibility. "I like Dallas," he said

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrew Bogut dismisses concerns about increasing his minutes. "I've never had an injury from playing too many minutes," Bogut said. "It's always been car-wreck type of collisions. I've walked under too many ladders, I guess."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

How much will Harrison Barnes watch the Warriors this season? "Zero," he said, emphasizing the point by forming an O with his right hand.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Harrison Barnes on Mark Cuban's involvement in the presidential campaign: "He's probably going to run in 2020, I think."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Harrison Barnes: "We think the sky's the limit for him. We want him to do a lot on offense. ... I think it's going to be fun to play with him, and he's definitely going to put in the work. There's been tons of guys who have told me they're gym rats and I've never seen them in there at nights. He's always in there."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki: "We should be able to have a great defensive lineup once I'm out."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban met with their team to discuss social issues and potential protests of the national anthem. "We're going to be 100 percent supportive of our guys with whatever they decide to do," Carlisle said. "My feeling is that our right to protest can bring important attention to the necessity to change. My further view is that protest backed by persistence and action always provides the best chance for meaningful change."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Carlisle on increased expectations for Harrison Barnes that come along with his max contract: "I talked to him this summer a lot about that. Bottom line is that it's a challenge that he's got to love to take on. The important thing is that an elevation in responsibility comes at the right rate."

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs will proceed deliberately with Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut and Devin Harris early in camp, coach Rick Carlisle said. The team is being cautious with Nowitzki and Bogut, who will be held out of contact work, and Harris is recovering from offseason toe surgery.

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SouthWest Division Preview

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Nowitzki backs Bogut to deliver in Dallas

Dallas superstar Dirk Nowitzki believes Australian Andrew Bogut's championship experience will make the Mavericks genuine NBA title contenders again in 2016-17.

Villanueva among available free agents

J.R. Smith has garnered much attention for not yet signing. But Marc Stein notes 32-year-old power forward Charlie Villanueva, who played the last two seasons with the Mavericks, is among the NBA free agents still available with camps opening soon. Free agents

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mavs filled their final camp roster spot by signing C.J. Williams, a former North Carolina State guard who played in France last season.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on Harrison Barnes: "I think he wants and he has the work ethic to develop into a great all-around player. I already heard all summer long whenever he was here, he's in the gym all the time. A lot of guys come here, sign here or get traded here and they're telling me they're gym rats, but I haven't really seen many in my 18 years, but he's the one guy that walks the walk. He's there in the morning, we're working out with the guys, he goes back at night and he wants to get better."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dirk Nowitzki on how much longer he plans to play: "We'll see how next year goes, how the body responds and then we'll make that decision next year. But obviously, I would love to play the next two years and then just see how it goes." The two-year, $50 million deal Nowitzki signed with the Mavs this summer includes only $5 million guaranteed in the second season.

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Team Stats

Points Per Game102.316th
Rebounds Per Game43.119th
Assists Per Game22.118th
Points Allowed102.614th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-164240.512
2014-155032.610
2013-144933.598
2012-134141.500
2011-123630.545

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