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Mavericks to sign veteran Derek Fisher

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Mavericks to sign veteran Derek Fisher

CHICAGO (AP) The short-handed Dallas Mavericks will sign 16-year veteran point guard Derek Fisher on Thursday, coach Rick Carlisle said after team's 101-78 loss to Chicago on Wednesday night.

The move is contingent on Fisher passing a physical.

Dallas played Wednesday without Darren Collison, who had started 14 of its first games at the point, because of a sprained right middle finger sustained Tuesday night in loss to Philadelphia.

``We need help at point guard,'' Carlisle said. ``I found out on the way over here that Collison would be out, and we were fortunate to get (Jared) Cunningham active.

``We feel (Fisher) can help us. It's not a cure-all to all of our team challenges, but his expertise and experience will help.''

Third-year guard Dominique Jones started for the second straight game at the position, getting 10 points and five assists in 24 minutes. Rodrigue Beaubois also saw time at the position.

The 38-year-old Fisher has won five titles, all with the Los Angeles Lakers, during his 16 NBA seasons. He played in all 20 of Oklahoma City's playoff games last season as the Thunder made the finals.

``We're just struggling a little bit right now,'' center Chris Kaman said. ``Having Fisher come in tomorrow could help. Having a vet come in like that is great, who can help some of our young guys.''

Fisher is a stout defender who has averaged 8.6 points over his career. He will rank fifth among all active players in games played when he takes the court for Dallas.

Fisher is the current president of the NBA Players Association and was a prominent figure in last season's lockout that limited the season to 66 games.

Dallas will have to release one of its current 15 players to make room for Fisher. The Mavericks (7-9) have played the entire season without star forward Dirk Nowitzki as the former NBA MVP recovers from right knee surgery.

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

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NBA Draft 2018: Mavs trade up to select Luka Doncic, send Trae Young to Hawks

The Dallas Mavericks traded up two spots to select Luka Doncic with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Mavericks swapped its first round pick, No. 5 overall, with the Atlanta Hawks, who then took Oklahoma star Trae Young.

The Hawks had been interested in trading back to select Young all week.  

Along with the No. 5 overall pick, Dallas will send a 2019 protected first round pick, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania. No players are involved in the trade.

Doncic, the 19-year-old guard, dominated in Europe this past season. He was named EuroLeague MVP, finishing the year averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists over 25 minutes per game.

Young broke out in his freshman season at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to a March Madness berth. He scored 27.4 points and picked up 8.7 assists per game, leading the country in both categories. Young will likely become the replacement to Dennis Schroder, who is expected to be traded by the Hawks.  

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The NHL salary cap numbers are in, what does it mean for the Caps?

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The NHL salary cap numbers are in, what does it mean for the Caps?

The NHL released the salary cap range for the 2018-19 season on Thursday. That sound you hear is the general managers frantically typing numbers into adding machines to figure out which of their players they can afford and which they are going to have to let walk.

The cap ceiling will rise from last year's $75 million all the way up to $79.5 million with the cap floor set at $58.8 million.

So what does this mean for the Capitals?

Here's a look at the team's pending free agents:

Unrestricted free agents: Jay Beagle, John Carlson, Alex Chiasson, Tyler Graovac, Jakub Jerabek, Michal Kempny, Anthony Peluso, Zach Sill, Wayne Simpson

Restricted free agents: Riley Barber, Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Adam Carlson, Philipp Grubauer, Tim McGauley, Liam O'Brien, Devante Smith-Pelly, Tom Wilson

We will not know exactly who will make the roster, so to project how much money the Caps will have to work with, let's assume Nathan Walker makes the team and Shane Gersich goes to the AHL. That will give the Caps a little less than $14.8 million with which to work.

Considering the team will need to use about half of that number if not more to re-sign Carlson, that's not a whole lot to work with.

Is $7 million enough to re-sign Beagle, Kempny, Bowey, Smith-Pelly and Wilson? Probably not and that does not even account for prospects who will try to compete for the NHL roster such as Barber and Boyd.

Here's what the cap ceiling tells us:

  • The team's entire offseason will depend on if the team can re-sign Carlson and for how much.
  • Carlson's cap hit last season was just under $4 million. A $4.5 million increase in the salary cap ceiling doesn't mean much when Carlson is going to get a raise of $3 million or more.
  • Grubauer will almost certainly be traded because he is an asset and because there won't be enough money for the team to commit $1.5 million or more to the backup goalie like they did last season.
  • If Carlson returns, fan favorite Beagle has almost certainly played his last game as a Cap. Everyone wants him back, but he would have to take a severe discount for the Caps to fit him and even then, he would be taking away a roster spot from a young prospect ready to make the jump to the NHL.

Free agency opens July 1.

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