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Report: Mavs Hope To Reconcile With Dennis Smith Jr.

January 17, 2019 - 3:14 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Mavericks "are optimistic" they can repair their relationship with point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and insist they won't trade him unless they get "good value in return," ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports.

Per Macmahon, the Mavs haven't received any offers that have enticed them to trade Smith and believe he can still be developed into a star. 

"Plan A is still to fix this," a team source told MacMahon. 

This comes a day after 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reported that owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson didn't want to move Smith and that coach Rick Carlisle needed to sit down with the former lottery pick and mend the fences, so to speak.

That can't happen until Smith comes to the team's practice facility, which is something he was expected to do Tuesday before his agent called Carlisle to say he was sick. Carlisle described Smith's illness as a "stomach bug," however, the guard was seen out in Dallas having lunch Wednesday afternoon. 

Smith has missed the last four games, three with a sore back, and the latest (last night's loss to San Antonio) with an illness. 

Smith's availability for the upcoming road trip to Indiana and Milwaukee is currently unknown. Dallas didn't practice Thursday. 

Several sources told MacMahon that Carlisle is open to coaching Smith again and downplayed the friction between the two. 

Smith is averaging 12.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.