Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

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Report: Dennis Smith Jr. Not At Practice; Won't Travel On Upcoming Road Trip

January 18, 2019 - 10:06 am

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - According to ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Dennis Smith Jr. is not at practice Friday and won't travel with the team on their upcoming road trip.

105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reported Friday morning that Dallas was prepared to announce at practice that Smith Jr. wouldn't rejoin the team for the trip and everything "will be OK." Fish isn't buying it, however, calling it "nonsense from all involved."

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported late Thursday that Smith and top team officials have been in contact in the past several days and have had positive communication. He also is reporting that Smith hasn't requested a trade.

Charnia's report that "top team officials" have spoken to Smith is an ecouraging sign, but what if that means only Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson? That's great, but it still doesn't solve the real problem as Fish has reported the past several days. 

According to Fish, head coach Rick Carlisle is at the center of the issue and needs to mend the fences with the point guard. And until that happens, Smith will have a sore back, and a stomach bug, and whatever other excuse you can come up with instead of showing up to work.