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Chandler Parsons has Surgery on Knee

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(DALLAS) --  Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons had surgery Friday to repair cartilage in his right knee.

Parsons, who missed 10 out of the Mavericks' last 11 games, had the surgery performed by Dr. T.O. Souryal at Texas Sports Medicine.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound Parsons signed a three-year, $46 million deal with the Mavs before the season.

The 26-year-old averaged 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and one steal per game this season.

There is no timetable for Parsons' return.

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Nowitzki & Parsons Lead Mavericks Past Trail Blazers in OT, 111-101

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki had 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting as Dallas (35-8) outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers (34-17) in overtime Saturday night, 111-101.

Trailing the Trail Blazers, 94-83 with 2:49 to play in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks went on a 13-2 run, capped off by a three pointer from Nowitzki to force overtime. In the extra period, forward Chandler Parsons scored 10 of his 20 points, sending Dallas to their second consecutive victory.

Guard Damian Lillard led Portland with 26 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals while forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds.

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Report: Mavericks Likely to Sign Jermaine O'Neal

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images Sport(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are inching closer to signing center Jermaine O'Neal.

The 36-year-old center, who is currently rehabilitating from numerous injuries and chronic ailments, is likely to join the Mavericks around the All-Star break, according to ESPN.

O'Neal, an 18 year veteran, last played in the 2013-2014 season with the Golden State Warriors. He has had multiple surgeries to repair both wrists and undergone plasma-rich therapy on both knees to alleviate tendinitis.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics on Dec. 18, the Mavericks are now seeking to add depth to their front line.

For his career, O'Neal has averaged 13.2 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game. 

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Nowitzki Moves to 7th on Scoring List in Mavericks Win

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- With a three-point shot, Dirk Nowitski put away the Brooklyn Nets and passed Moses Malone for seventh on the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Nowitski drained the three with 34.8 seconds left in overtime of Monday Night's 96-88 win over the Nets.

"Yeah, it's been insane, crazy ride in Year No. 17, and Moses was obviously an unbelievable player," Nowitzki said. "So it has been a humbling experience to pass all these all-time greats. It's a tribute to obviously the hard work, but all the great coaches and teammates that have gotten me to this point, and obviously staying healthy is a big part. I am proud of it but I am more proud that we got the win."

Nowitzki passed Hakeem Olajuwon for ninth in November and now trails -- in order -- Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Shaquille O'Neal. 

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Rondo Shines in Return to Boston

NBA via Boston Celtics(BOSTON) -- Rajon Rondo hit a career-high five 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 29 points in his return to Boston Friday night to help the Dallas Mavericks top the Celtics 119-101.

Rondo, who was traded to Dallas last month, also had six rebounds and five assists for the Mavericks (24-10) which have now won four straight.

Rondo received a standing ovation from the Boston fans before the game. Then the Celtics played a video tribute to the point guard after the first quarter that ended with a picture of Rondo hugging the Larry O'Brien Trophy from when the Celtics won the 2008 Championship, along with the caption, " Thank You Rajon!"

"Obviously, it was a special day," Rondo said. "I'm emotionally tired. I'm physically tired, and I'm drained."

Monta Ellis scored 22 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 17 and seven rebounds in the win.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics (11-19) with 22 points.

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Kobe Bryant Defends his Contract, says Players shouldn't take Discounts

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- With the losses piling up for the Los Angeles Lakers, many wonder why Kobe Bryant didn't take a pay cut in order to help the team assemble a better roster. According to Bryant, he shouldn't have to do that.

The 36-year-old Bryant signed a two-year extension with the Lakers prior to the start of last season worth $48.5 million. Even though some players like Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed to below market value salaries for the good of the team, Bryant isn't going for it.

"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.

"So did I take a discount? Yeah. Did I take as big a discount as some of you fans would want me to? No. Is it a big enough discount to help us be a contender? Yeah. So what we try to do is be in a situation where they take care of the player and the player takes care of the organization enough to put us in a championship predicament eventually."

Heading into Saturday, the Lakers have the second-worst record in the Western Conference. Nowitzki's Mavericks have third-best record in the West while Duncan's Spurs won the NBA title last season.

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Nowitzki Passes Hakeem Olajuwon on All-Time Scoring List

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(DALLAS) -- Dirk Nowitzki moved past Hakeem Olajuwon into ninth place on the all-time scoring list on Tuesday night, making him the only international player in the top-ten

Nowitzki finished with 23 points in their 106-98 victory over the Kings to give him 26,953 in his career.

"It's an honor," Nowitzki said. "To do it at home, it was even more special. Getting a standing ovation, it was great."

"Hakeem, to me, was one of the greatest," Nowitzki continued. "I grew up watching him in the 90s. His footwork, his touch, was next to no other. I'm really humbled to keep climbing the ladder, blessed to stay healthy, and play at a semi-high level, I guess."

The 12-time All-Star had his longtime short doctor and mentor, Holger Geschwindner, in the crowd to see it as well.

"It's great for him to be here and see it," Nowitzki said. "He meant so much to me in my career and he still does. I'm 36 years old and we still work on my game like I'm 21 years old. It's fair to say that without him I wouldn't be sitting at number 9 right now."

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ESPN: Mavericks Sign Dirk Nowitzki to 3-Year Deal

NBA via Dallas Mavericks(NEW YORK) -- The greatest player to suit up for the Dallas Mavericks isn't going anywhere as, according to ESPN, the team has agreed on a three-year contract with forward Dirk Nowitzki.

The deal is expected to be in the $30 million range. ESPN also is reporting that the new deal contains a player option that would allow Nowitzki to return to free agency in the summer of 2016.

Nowitzki took a below-market value deal due to his allegiance to the team, and the team's desire to use the saved money to go after free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng.

Nowitzki has been with the Mavericks for 16 seasons, making his NBA debut back in 1998.

When all is said and done, Nowitzki will likely suit up for the Mavericks for the duration of his 19-year career, something rarely seen in professional sports these days.

During his NBA career, the 36-year-old Nowitzki has averaged 22.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, and led the franchise to its only NBA Championship back in 2011.

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Nowitzki Makes Plea for 'Melo in Dallas

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Anthony, projected to be one of the top free agents if he chooses to opt out of his contract, may have a new suitor. Over the weekend, Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki made his pitch for Anthony.

"If Carmelo would really love to come here, we'd love to have him," Nowitzki said in a radio interview.

Despite being under contract for next season, Anthony is expected to opt out of the final season of his contract with the New York Knicks and test free agency.

Along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Miami Heat have also been rumored to have interest in the small forward. Still, Knicks president Phil Jackson has publicly stated his desire for Anthony to remain in New York.

"Listen, I think I've showed over my 16 years that I can play with anybody," Nowitzki said. "The only tough season I think we've had is when we had [Antawn] Jamison and Antoine Walker and myself who are all three kind of the same four-men, but other than that I think I've shown over my career that I can play with anybody. I'll adjust, whether I have to get out of the way or go to the corner more, post up, pass. I'll do whatever, really, that needs to be done out there to win or for this franchise to be a winner."

Anthony, who has said he would like to remain in New York, has stated on multiple occasions during the season that he planned to become a free agent this summer. Should he choose to re-sign with the Knicks, 'Melo could ink a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years. If Anthony signs with another team, his contract would only be able to be a maximum of $96 million over four seasons.

Dallas won 49 games last year and made the playoffs as the eight seed. The Mavericks were champions in 2011 and are projected to have more than $30 million in cap space.

The Knicks won just 37 games this year and are not expected to have enough cap space to create a contender for the 2014-15 season.

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Spurs Blowout Mavericks in Game 7, Host Trail Blazers Next

San Antonio Spurs/ NBA(SAN ANTONIO) -- The San Antonio Spurs rolled past the Dallas Mavericks 119-96 in Game 7 on Sunday for a trip to the second round against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Tony Parker scored 32 points and was followed by Manu Ginobili, who scored 20 off the bench in the blowout win.

"Whenever you win, you're thrilled," Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said.  "I thought our best game was tonight and that worked out for us."

"I'm certainly glad it's over. (This series) kept many of us up, night after night, trying to figure them out. We're thrilled, and I think our best game was tonight. We played very, very well, and I think it was one our best games of the year." 

Dallas was down by 29 points at the half and cut the lead to 14 with less than five minutes remaining, but the Spurs answered with a 14-5 run to end the third quarter.

"We got hit by a tidal wave early," Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said.  "They had their best game today. They're the best of the best, and they've been great for a long time. They've got a great chance, obviously." 

Dirk Nowitzki had 22 points and nine rebounds in the loss and Devin Harris had 17 off the bench.  

The Spurs split the season series with the Trail Blazers and will host them on Tuesday night.

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