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Dennis Smith Jr. Not At Practice (Illness) Tuesday As Trade Rumors Fly

January 15, 2019 - 12:24 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. isn't at practice Tuesday, less than a day after ESPN reported the team was shopping him

Head coach Rick Carlisle told the media after practice Tuesday that Smith has a stomach bug and went to see a doctor. He's listed as questionable for tomorrow night's game against the San Antonio Spurs. 

"I expected that he was going to be at practice today but then he got sick. I spoke to his agent this morning. My expectation is that when is back is feeling good and he's feeling well from an illness standpoint that he'll be back practicing and playing," Carlisle said via 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher. 

"We all get into this business knowing everything is possible. It's already a boiling pot of water, couple of degrees here and there, big deal. We all got to come in here as professionals and play and coach regardless. That's how I feel about it. ... (I'm) just waiting for him to feel better," Carlisle said with a shoulder shrug.

Smith has missed the last three games with what the team described as back soreness. 

In an ESPN report Monday evening, Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim MacMahon reported the Mavs had discussions with the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic on a deal centered around Smith. 

The report also said that there's motivation in the organization to find him Smith a new home after he and coach Rick Carlisle haven't be able to get on the same page.