Carlisle says Smith Jr. will rejoin Mavericks

NBA.com Global on Jan 21, 2019 06:11 PM
Carlisle says Smith Jr. will rejoin Mavericks
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 28: Dennis Smith Jr. #1 of the Dallas Mavericks goes to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans on December 28, 2018 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)

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Disgruntled Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. will rejoin the team for Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) home game against the LA Clippers, coach Rick Carlisle said Sunday (Monday, PHL time) via a statement.

Smith also released a statement through the Mavericks: "I am thrilled to rejoin my teammates on Tuesday. I am feeling better and had a great workout today. It has been difficult to be away, but I look forward to getting back on the court and helping my team win."

Smith, averaging 12.6 points in his second season, has missed the past five games as various reports surfaced that the Mavericks have been exploring trade options.

Smith has also been frustrated by his reduced role -- he averaged 15.2 points last season as a rookie -- with the arrival of star rookie Luka Doncic, according to a report by ESPN.

The Athletic reported that Carlisle was able to coax Smith back after "productive" talks.

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