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It is unlikely that Brazilian big man Rafael Hettsheimeir will end up a member of the Dallas Mavericks, according to the Dallas Morning News' Eddie Sefko.
Hettsheimeir is a 6'10, 260-pound center who has caught the attention of several NBA teams. The Mavericks have been mentioned among those teams but, with 15 players with guaranteed contracts already on the roster, the Mavericks would have to lose one of their three rookies or a veteran (either waived or by trade) to commit to Hettsheimeir.
The Mavericks' reshaped roster could still use some more size along its frontline. Chris Kaman and Bernard James are the only true centers. Dirk Nowitzki, Elton Brand and Brandan Wright are capable of sliding over to center, but only in special situations. If anything, Hettsheimeir will provide a big body but, again, it doesn't seem likely to happen.
While the Dallas Mavericks finished their 2012 offseason with O.J. Mayo, the bloggers at SB Nation's Mavericks site, Mavs Moneyball, aren't supremely impressed with the moves the Mavs made over the summer. In fact, it's the moves they didn't make that are the cause for complaints.
For me, I was most disappointed in myself, for not trusting the Maverick front office to have a backup plan after they failed to sign Deron. Things looked pretty bleak, that's for certain, and there were people from all different directions of the interwebs damning the coming season to the lottery.
Deron Williams was a target that the Mavericks made no secret about going after and didn't get much else after missing out on that sweepstakes. Instead, they'll have to be satisfied with Mayo.
Mark Cuban broke up a title team in the name of salary cap flexibility only to see how little that actually mattered in terms of acquiring superstars.
While most of the basketball world's attention has been focused on the London Olympics, the story that just won't die continues marching on, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has the latest trade talks to enter into the rumor mill:
There are other players involved in these fluid talks, but a framework of the possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports.
This deal would close a door on one franchise center (Howard), but open one towards another (Bynum), as the enigmatic center would probably explore free agency in 2013 if dealt to Philadelphia.
By adding the Nuggets and the 76ers to the trade negotiations, LA and Orlando may have found their way around the biggest hurdle of sending Howard to the Lakers -- the Magic's unwillingness to take on Bynum without a guarantee that he would sign long-term.
Pau Gasol wouldn't offer as much upside, but the addition of him and Arron Afflalo would probably be enough to keep Orlando in the playoff picture out East. However, it still wouldn't be nearly as promising a deal long-term as the package the Houston Rockets have reportedly been dangling.
Either way, these talks could end up having a bigger effect on the Mavericks long-term plans than anything the team does on the court in the 2012 season.
The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free agent center Joel Przybilla on Monday night. Przybilla had reportedly entertained offers from the Mavericks before settling on Milwaukee.
Przybilla's agent Bill Duffy had this to say about his client:
"Joel sees a need there in Milwaukee and he likes where the Bucks are going," Duffy said. "Last season, with the strike and coming off the (knee) injury, he was a little reserved about coming back.
"But now I sense a whole new commitment from him."
Przybilla played for the Trailblazers last season, appearing in 27 games and starting 19 of them. He averaged just two points but grabbed 5.1 rebounds in 16.6 minutes a game
Former Dallas Skyline basketball star C.J. Miles is headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, reportedly after being courted by the hometown Mavericks, Rockets and Lakers as well. Jazz beat writer Brian T. Smith says this decision was more about opportunity than money.
C.J. Miles' deal with Cleveland Cavaliers is for two years, source says.— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) August 3, 2012
Multiple teams — Lakers, Rockets, Bucks, Mavericks — showed interest in Miles. He chose Cavaliers not because of money, but opportunity.— Brian T. Smith (@tribjazz) August 3, 2012
Miles was drafted by the Jazz in 2005. He's averaged 8.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in his seven-year career.
He's up against Portland interim coach Kaleb Canales, who took over the job in the middle of the season after Nate McMillian was let go.
Stotts has been an invaluable assistant for Rick Carlisle since the 2008 season, and he would be Carlisle's second Dallas assistant to move on to a head coaching job in as many years, as Dwyane Casey took over in Toronto in 2011.
Carlisle has emphasized adding assistants with previous head coaching experience, as both Stotts and Casey had previous runs as a head man in the NBA before joining the Mavericks.
As someone on his third job in Dallas, Carlisle understands that the success or failure of an NBA team often has a lot more to do with off-the-court and personnel issues and not the caliber of the man on the sidelines.
The Dwight Howard circus is now at a tenuous impasse, as the Orlando Magic wait for an offer they find suitable while the soon to be free agent continues to demand a deal.
While the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers have been the two most aggressive teams in pursuing Howard, the Dallas Mavericks have been looming in the background of the entire melodrama. Now, according to a report from Mike Fisher of Dallasbasketball.com, they have had discussions with Orlando about their recalcitrant superstar.
Howard's people have repeatedly cited Dallas as a back-up plan, since the Mavericks, unlike the Nets or the Lakers, would have the cap space to sign Howard outright in 2013.
However, Dallas doesn't have much to offer Orlando in terms of trade assets, as they don't have extra salary cap space to absorb any of the Magic's bad contracts or the type of high-upside young players a team like the Houston Rockets could dangle.
The same can be said for both the Lakers and the Nets, which is why the Magic are in such a pickle right now. If none of the three teams Howard has said he will accept a trade with can offer them a good deal, why would a team like Houston, with no re-assurance that they can keep the All-NBA caliber center long-term, mortgage their future to Orlando?
All Dallas can do is stay by the phone and hope, as they may end up backing their way into one of the three best players in the NBA.
After losing out on the Deron Williams sweepstakes, the Dallas Mavericks have carefully hoarded their salary cap space for the summer of 2013, where Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Chris Paul could all be free agents.
However, according to the latest reports out of LA, Bynum may never hit the market:
It was always a long-shot for the Mavericks to beat out a glamour franchise like the Lakers for one of their most important players, but Bynum's free agency plans are still vitally important for Dallas.
If he was already signed to a long-term deal, the Orlando Magic would have already sent Howard to LA, but since Bynum is unwilling to sign an extension with any team but the Lakers, he has effectively eliminated them from the Howard sweepstakes.
The Dallas Mavericks fully guaranteed the first-year of second-round pick Bernard James' contract on Wednesday, moving their roster total to the full complement of 15 players.
James and fellow second-round pick Jae Crowder did enough at the Las Vegas Summer League to convince the Mavericks front office to keep them around for a whole season, although high second-round picks almost always receive at least one year of contract guarantees.
He'll likely need to beat out Wright, a similarly long, athletic and lanky big man, to earn any minutes on the Mavericks next season. There's still a chance that James ends up making a few stints in the D-League with the Texas Legends this year.
The Dallas Mavericks are finalizing their roster for the 2012-13 season as they've agreed to a contract with guard Delonte West according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News. Terms of the contract are unknown at this time, although the Mavericks had $2.5 million worth of cap space to use on West.
Delonte was a reliable option for Dallas off the bench, averaging 9.6 points and 3.2 assists a contest in 44 games last year. With Darren Collison looking like the prohibitive favorite to be the starting point guard next year, West will continue to provide a veteran presence for Rick Carlisle off the bench.
West is the 14th guaranteed contract for the Mavericks this year. Second-round draft pick Bernard James looks like the favorite to land the 15th and final roster spot on the team next year.
The Joel Przybilla era might not be over in Portland. According to his agent, Bill Duffy, the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks, and the Milwaukee Bucks are the three teams that have shown the highest level of interest in signing the free agent center.
Przybilla is fourth on the all-time blocks list in Trail Blazers history. Last season, the 12-year veteran averaged 2.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game in 16.6 minutes per game.
Cunningham was the 24th overall selection in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was acquired by the Mavericks last month, along with the draft rights to Bernard James, the 33rd overall pick, and 34th overall pick Jae Crowder, in exchange for guard Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to the 17th overall pick in the draft, Tyler Zeller.
Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed and Cunningham was forced to sit out of the Mavericks summer league games in Las Vegas due to a hamstring strain. As a junior at Oregon State, Cunningham was named first-team All-Pac 12.
Guard O.J. Mayo officially signed a two-year contract with the Mavericks on Thursday, with the second year being a player option.
Mayo talked with reporters about his decision to come to Dallas. From the Dallas Morning News:
"I felt that with Kidd and Terry leaving, it's an opportunity to go play with a team that's definitely a contender right away," said Mayo, 24. "A great player like Dirk, after the exit last year, I'm pretty sure he wasn't too happy, so I know he's going to come back this year fired up, as well as the rest of the guys."
Translated: Mayo sees Dallas as an opportunity to start, or at least play a lot, for a team with some talented players. Mayo averaged 12.6 points in 26.8 minutes per game with the Grizzlies last year. He mostly came off the bench the last two years after averaging 38 minutes in a starting role with Memphis in his first two seasons. Again from the DMN:
"I think the last two years of my career, I've been pretty much sacrificing for the betterment of our team. I understood that and did that, but coming here is definitely a fresh start. I'll put my past behind me and come ready to play."
While Dwight Howard signaling that he would agree to a possible extension with the LA Lakers removes one possible hurdle to a deal that would send him to LA, another one still remains, according to a report from the Akron Bacon Journal:
Andrew Bynum's agent, David Lee, told me he has had zero conversations with #Cavs GM Chris Grant about a possible trade. "I would imagine any team involved in this trade would be smart enough to talk to us," Lee said, referring to the fact Bynum is entering the final year of his deal.
The only way for the Lakers to acquire Howard is to deal Bynum, either to Orlando or a third team like Cleveland and Houston, and neither team is going to give up the pieces to get a franchise-caliber center without Bynum agreeing to a contract extension.
The Dallas Mavericks are one of the many teams ready to pounce if Bynum is dealt by LA, and there's no indication as to who the enigmatic center would agree to on an extension.
It's looking like the Lakers will end up with either Howard or Bynum, with Dallas ready to pounce on the other in free agency. Of course, pouncing isn't enough, one must catch the target, but at least there will likely be a conceivable target for the Mavericks headed into the summer of 2013.
According to the latest report from RealGM's Jarrod Rudolph, an Orlando-based writer who broke the news that Howard would opt-in to the final year of his contract with the Magic, the All-NBA center is now willing to sign a long-term extension with the LA Lakers:
Sources: Dwight Howard is ready to join Lakers. If traded to Los Angeles Howard will re-sign long-term with team after 2012-13 season.— Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) July 19, 2012
However, while Howard has been notoriously reluctant to play out in LA, his extension is only the second most important domino in any possible trade.
If Orlando acquires Andrew Bynum, they'll be undergoing the same scenario they are dealing with in Bynum, who is set to be a free agent and would seem unlikely to sign a long-term extension with a Magic team who weren't enough to keep Howard in town.
That's why the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged as a possible third-team in a deal who would take on Bynum and then flip a few first-round picks and Anderson Varejao to Orlando. However, while this scenario is probably the ideal situation for Howard, which is why his people are likely pushing this story out, it still doesn't make all that sense for the Magic.
None of the potential trade scenarios sending Howard to either New York or LA would bring in anywhere close to the amount of assets (future first-round picks, high-upside young players, salary cap space) that the Houston Rockets could give.
So while Howard and the Lakers are ready to move forward, there's no reason to think Bynum and the Magic are, which means this deal is probably as dead as the one that would have sent him to the Nets for a package built around Brook Lopez and a few late first-round picks.
The Rockets scenario is still the best-case scenario for Mavericks fans if they are hoping to poach Howard. However, if Bynum is dealt, he'd be just as coveted on the free agent market and would immediately become Dallas' biggest target in the summer of 2013.
It wasn't Deron Williams or Dwight Howard, but the Mavericks upgraded their roster and could make a run at a top 4 seed in the West.
The one big question left is the ultimate fate of Delonte West, who impressed as a combo guard and occasional starter for the Mavericks last season.
While Mayo and Collison will soak up most of the minutes in the back-court, Dallas still wants to bring West back:
On bringing back G Delonte West, #Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said: "We’re continuing to be engaged and we just have to see how things pan out."— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 18, 2012
To return, West would likely need to sign a one-year $2.5 million contract to fit into the team's last salary cap exception.
How good a fit will OJ be in Dallas and can he ever live up to the expectations of being the No. 3 overall pick in 2008?
Humphries, an undersized 6'9 235 power forward who can't create his own shot or play above-average defense, is best suited as a back-up 4. Darrell Arthur, a Dallas product from South Oak Cliff High School, is a similar player and he received a 3-year $9 million deal from the Memphis Grizzlies.
He'll be a useful player for the Nets, but his real value comes as a trade asset. After giving big money to Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez, Brooklyn won't have the salary cap flexibility to add any more free agents, but they are still allowed to exceed the cap to pay Humphries because they have his "Larry Bird" rights.
As a result, his salary slot can now be used in trade deals with other over the cap teams (i.e Orlando) to absorb some of their bad contracts. He can't be dealt until January 15, but if Howard is still with the Magic, you can bet the Nets will be calling.
Humphries' contract is another sign that Mikhail Prokhorov won't be constrained by the new luxury tax penalties in the CBA, something which has given Mark Cuban pause. If the Howard trade comes down to who is willing to spend the most money, for the first time in Cuban's reign, the Mavericks won't have the upper hand.
While the Dallas Mavericks have been steadily improving their talent level over the last week, they've been doing it while still keeping an eye on 2013 and the two biggest prizes -- Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum.
Lakers pushing hard to land Magic center Dwight Howard & meeting with Magic today,sources tell Y! LAL wants DH contract extension commitment— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 17, 2012
But while Howard has gotten most of the press, the real decision-makers could be Bynum and his people. With Brooklyn out of salary cap room, the Lakers might be willing to roll the dice on acquiring Howard while counting on their tradition as well as the addition of Steve Nash to keep him long-term.
However, Orlando couldn't possibly make that same gamble with Bynum, not when they don't have much to entice him to stay with the Magic long-term. So if Bynum isn't willing to work out an extension, it doesn't seem likely that Orlando would deal Howard to the Lakers.
That, in turn, would increase the Mavericks chances of going after both centers in free agency next year, especially if Howard winds up in Houston.
O.J. Mayo will be signing with the Mavericks, according to O.J. Mayo.
Wuzzup DALLAS!— OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012
I will be signing with dallas! #Mavsnation— OJ Mayo (@JuiceMayo32) July 17, 2012
A few days ago, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that Dallas was among four teams interested in Mayo. The 24-year-old guard averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists off the bench for Memphis last season.
Now, we've seen players mistakenly say things on Twitter, like when James Harden incorrectly thought he was traded, but considering this move is up to Mayo, and not a team, this would appear to have some credibility. We'll see if the team or any reporters follow up on this.
The Dallas Mavericks haven't talked about Dahntay Jones much since they acquired him in a trade last week, which makes this tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe all the more interesting:
As a basketball player, Jones doesn't have much left, as the 31-year old guard averaged 5 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist on 40% shooting last season. He could still offer Dallas three-point shooting and hard-nosed defense in a small role ala DeShawn Stevenson, but letting him go would be no great loss either.
The Mavericks picked up the former No. 1 overall pick as an amnesty waiver over the weekend. A conversation with a Philadelphia sportswriter about what he could do for Dallas.
The Phoenix Suns have been awarded former Rockets power forward Luis Scola after placing the winning bid in the amnesty waiver auction. The Dallas Mavericks had previously been rumored to have interest in Scola but that could have wained some after they won out on Elton Brand in his waiver auction.
Several teams were rumored to be interested in Scola who saw his production drop in the 2012 season. The Suns have now been aggressive in remaking their team after the trade of Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers. Scola joins his Houston teammate Goran Dragic who signed with the Suns as a free agent earlier this offseason.
To make room for Scola the Suns used the amnesty provision on swingman Josh Childress who will now be subjected to the waiver auction process.
The Charlotte Bobcats have announced today that Brendan Haywood has been claimed off of waivers from the Dallas Mavericks after the big man was the team's amnesty candidate this season. Rod Higgins released the announcement today that the Bobcats won the claim since they are the first team in the order to claim any player placed on waivers given their league-worst record in 2011.
An 11-year NBA veteran, the 7-0 Haywood has played in 733 career games for the Wizards and Mavericks, with 531 starts. He has career averages of 7.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23.7 minutes. His career field goal percentage of .534 ranks seventh among active players and 28th in NBA history.
Haywood was a member of Dallas' 2011 NBA Championship team, and has appeared in 53 career playoff games, averaging 6.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, while shooting .564 from the field.
The move brings Haywood home near his alma mater at UNC.
While Dallas has been extremely busy in the last week, they still have around $4 million in salary cap room left. And if they lose out on the amnesty bidding for Luis Scola, they'll have enough money to add one more contributor.
One name that they are reportedly interested in is OJ Mayo, the former Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard who was the No. 3 overall pick in 2008:
Free agent G OJ Mayo getting interest from Lakers, Chicago, Phoenix and Dallas and hopes to make decision in next 10 days, source tells Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 14, 2012
Mayo hasn't accomplished much as fellow 2008 draftees like Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose and Kevin Love, but he's an accomplished player in his own right. He's not an elite athlete at 6'4 210, but he's an excellent shooter (36% from deep) who can create his own shot off the dribble (16.9 points per 36 minutes) and swing between both back-court positions on either side of the ball.
He's a slightly better version of current Maverick Delonte West, and he'd help Dallas, especially if he's willing to take a one-year deal.
Young players looking for their second NBA contract (and first without the rookie-wage scale) tend to go after money in free agency, but the Phoenix Suns are the only team on that list with the cap room to make him a substantial offer.
If he's more interested in a one-year deal on a playoff contender where he could rehabilitate some of his market value, the Mavericks would be a good fit for him.
A large portion of Houston's bid to the Orlando Magic has been based around the cap flexibility they have to absorb several of the Magic's bad contracts in return for acquiring Howard, but if they successfully acquire both Lin and Chicago Bulls C Omer Asik, that could change.
Having Howard go to Houston would give the Dallas Mavericks a much better chance of wooing the star C in free agency than if winds up in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, which is why Mavericks fans should hope that ESPN's Marc Stein is correct in reporting that the Rockets have the flexibility to deal for Howard regardless:
Also told Rockets, even if they unexpectedly land Lin AND Omer Asik, still think they've got Dwight trade offers (yes, plural) to please ORL— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 15, 2012
If Houston has multiple trade offers lined up with Orlando, a safe assumption is that they run the spectrum between how many future assets (young players, future first-round picks) verse bad contracts they take, so acquiring Lin and Asik might mean the Rockets thrown in several more of their high-upside young prospects into the mix.
Howard's defensive presence and finishing ability on the rim would make Lin a much better player, but it's still unclear how much of an effect, if any, Lin's presence would have in his free agency decision. Playing with the cultural sensation that is "Linsanity" would probably help Howard sell shoes, as no one quite knows what Lin's appeal as a cross-over figure is outside of the media capitol of the US.
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Jason Terry has already agreed to joining the Boston Celtics as a free agent, but the deal is not officially complete since the Celtics have been trying to see if a sign-and-trade can be worked out to acquire Terry from the Dallas Mavericks.
The Celtics want to make this move so that they can use their $5 million mid-level exemption on a different player than Terry, but what the Celtics are offering is not of interest to the Mavericks:
The Mavericks and Celtics did discuss sign-and-trade scenarios to facilitate Terry's move to Boston early in free agency. But Dallas has since made other plans with its cap space, such as Friday's amnesty claim on Elton Brand, and are thus resistant to taking back Keyon Dooling or Sasha Pavlovic in a sign-and-trade, which would be necessary to make such a deal work.
This deal is not likely to happen since the Mavericks have already move on in free agency, and they still have plans to go after other players such as Luis Scola and others. Plus, the Celtics did not want to give up young talent such as JaJuan Johnson or E'Twaun Moore.
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While it's unclear how much interest the Dallas Mavericks still have in Luis Scola now that they have acquired Elton Brand, it appears they will have a lot more competition if they want to bring in yet another veteran post player to their team:
More amnesty scuttle: I'm told Charlotte, New Orleans and Sacramento all have levels of Scola interest and weighing whether to lodge bids— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 14, 2012
Making things more complicated is Scola's contract, which still has three years left on it, as opposed to Brand, who is entering the last year of his deal.
While he's still a skilled and tough player capable of making an impact at the power forward position, he's also on the down-swing of his career and replicates (rather than complements) the games of the three veteran big men -- Dirk, Brand and Chris Kaman -- already on the Mavericks roster.
Dallas has about $4 million in cap room in which they can use to bid on Scola, but they are probably better off letting him go somewhere else.
The 33-year-old Brand averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds for the 76ers last season. He joins Chris Kaman as new members of Dallas' frontcourt. The Mavs will pay Brand 2.1 million next season, according to Wojnarowski.
Philadelphia used the amnesty clause to clear Brand, 33, and the $18.2 million owed him this season off its salary cap. Under the amnesty provision, the Mavericks will pay $2.1 million and Philadelphia will be left to pay the remaining $16.1 million.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reached Brand for comment. Brand expressed excitement to join the Mavs.
"It's going to be great playing with someone of Dirk Nowitzki's caliber," Brand said. "Chris Kaman is still a really good player and is going to show everybody that. And I've heard a lot of good things about Coach [Rick] Carlisle."
With the Houston Rockets trading Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors this offseason, that leaves six-year veteran Jose Calderon in an awkward position as the teams perennial point guard. ESPN's Marc Stein says the Raptors and Mavericks have discussed trade possibilities that would bring Calderon to Dallas.
However, it's a priority for the Mavs to put themselves in position to bid for amnestied forward Elton Brand, who will be awarded to the highest bidder among teams with cap room when Brand clears waivers at 5 p.m. Friday after his amnesty release this week by the Sixers, according to Stein's report.
Calderon, if he were to be traded to Dallas, would compete for playing time with newly acquired point guard Darren Collison.
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With their impending use of the amnesty provision on Luis Scola, the Houston Rockets are clearly going all-in on Dwight Howard, as they now have by far the best possible package -- salary cap space, young players and future draft picks -- the Orlando Magic could receive in any trade.
So unless Orlando is willing to gamble on Andrew Bynum (who is also a free agent at the end of the 2012 season) or keeping Howard long-term, it's looking like Houston could end up having the superstar they've coveted since Yao Ming's retirement.
The real question, for teams like the Dallas Mavericks, is whether Howard would be willing to sign with the Rockets long-term. Houston has had to gut their roster to acquire Howard, similar to the way the Brooklyn Nets went all-in on Deron Williams two years ago.
And like Brooklyn, the Rockets would have the cap space to go after another max player in free agency, with their likely target being Los Angeles Clippers PG Chris Paul, who would be the last star player from the draft classes of 2003-2007 not to sign a long-term deal.
Would Paul be more interested in teaming up with Howard or staying in LA with Blake Griffin? And could Dallas convince the two to take slightly less money to team up with Dirk Nowitzki for a Big Three?
If any of this sounds familiar, it's because people were asking many of the same questions about Deron Williams last off-season. Mavericks fans can only hope the sequel has a better ending.
Make that two undersized power forwards the Dallas Mavericks are chasing in the amnesty process, as Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas is reporting that the team is planning on pursuing Luis Scola if they miss out on Elton Brand.
However, there are substantial differences between the two players contracts, as Brand is entering the last year of his deal while Scola still has 3-years and $21 million left on his.
That's a big difference to the Mavericks, who are trying to hoard their cap room in 2013 as much as they possibly can. As a result, there's a good chance the team doesn't submit a bid through the amnesty waiver process, instead hoping that Scola's hefty price tag will have to be eaten by the Rockets and the team can offer him a smaller one-year deal in free agency.
At this point in his career, Scola, a jump-shooting big man who struggles defensively, is an inferior version of Elton Brand, who himself is a smaller and less useful version of Chris Kaman.
Both Scola and Brand are basically insurance in case Kaman once again struggles with his health, as a three big man rotation that featured either player with the Mavericks starting front-court of Dirk and Kaman would be a huge defensive liability.
With talks between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic now officially dead, at least until Jan. 15, when Brook Lopez is once again eligible to be traded, Dwight Howard's ultimate destination remains shrouded in mystery.
The Dallas Mavericks, who have carefully maintained their cap space headed into 2013, remain (for now) on his short-list, at least according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford:
If the Magic hold onto him all year? Yes. My guess is he'll go to Dallas. They'll have the room and he's made it clear that's his second option after Brooklyn.
There are two important caveats here:
1) It's extremely unlikely Orlando will keep Howard all season. So wherever he does end up, the Mavericks would be bidding against a team with his Bird Rights who could offer him a fresh start and a much more competitive roster than the Magic.
2) Ford, like practically every national observer, is guessing. He says so himself. Without sources "close to Howard" (i.e. Howard himself), there's really no difference between Ford's speculation and any plugged-in fan. There was no logical way to predict that Howard would opt-in and then demand a trade, so how can anyone really know what he'll do next?
Mavericks fans shouldn't get their hopes up, but at the very least, there's reason for those hopes to be alive.
Veteran Elton Brand was a victim of an amnesty cut by the Philadelphia 76ers, who shed Brand's remaining $18 million contract off their books, but left the 33-year-old guard homeless. Now he's trying to land in Dallas, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge:
The Mavericks, the source close to Brand said, provide the best fit among the teams under the cap. They are well-coached and have an obvious superstar in Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks missed out on free-agent guard Deron Williams, their top target, who re-signed with the Nets. But Dallas made several moves to bolster its roster on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with free-agent center Chris Kaman on a one-year deal.
Dallas became a better team with Chris Kaman and Darren Collison while still "keeping their powder dry" for 2013.
The Dallas Mavericks have have agreed to trade for point guard Darren Collison and guard/forward Dahntay Jones from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Ian Mahinmi, according to a report by ESPN. This is a sign-and-trade deal that sends Mahinmi to the Pacers to back up Roy Hibbert, who they just signed to a max deal this offseason.
Collison is a decent pacifier for the disappointment of not getting Deron Williams and also seeing guards Jason Terry and Jason Kidd go to the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks in free agency. The Mavs are going to look a lot different this upcoming season, but having acquired Chris Kaman and now Collison and Jones gives Dallas a chance to still be competitive in the west.
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Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks have had a busy Wednesday -- so much so, that they probably can't even enjoy free Slurpee day.
Coming on @ESPNDallas -- Source says Mavs will use amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 11, 2012
Though it's not a done deal, as it's just one of MacMahon's sources, there's little reason to doubt the report.
Haywood appeared in 54 games for the Mavericks in 2011-12, starting all 54 games. The 7'0" center did not put up good numbers for the then-defending champions, averaging just 5.2 points per game, while grabbing just six rebounds per game.
By using the amnesty clause on Haywood, his salary will not count toward the salary cap or luxury tax for the Mavericks.
Well, it's not quite the big splash that Dallas Mavericks fans were looking for (hi, Deron Williams), but at least it's something. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Mavericks are on the verge of signing former All-Star center Chris Kaman to a contract.
Just going up online: Mavs on verge of signing All-Star center Chris Kaman. Deal should be finalized later Wednesday— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 11, 2012
Kaman spent the first eight years of his career with the Los Angeles Clippers before headed to New Orleans for the 2011-12 season. Now, Kaman is on the verge of his third team in as many years.
Kaman, who was an All-Star in the 2009-10 season, has seen his production slip each year since. In the 2009-10 season, Kaman averaged 18.5 points per game while grabbing 9.2 rebounds per game. In 2010-11, Kaman was hurt, appearing in just 32 games while starting only 15. As a member of the Hornets, Kaman averaged just 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.
Per Stein, Kaman is receiving a one-year contract worth $8 million dollars.
There will be some familiarity for the Mavs with Kaman, as both he and Nowitzki have played for the German national team.
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The trade that was once all but done is now on death's door, as the Brooklyn Nets, according to a report from ESPN's Ric Bucher, want "resolution" on their pursuit of Dwight Howard by the end of business Wednesday.
Now that the moratorium on signing free agents is over, Brooklyn can't wait any longer on making a deal with Orlando because it depends on signing-and-trading several of their own free agents who may accept offer sheets from other teams.
The most prominent is Brook Lopez, whom the team is negotiating a max-level contract extension, despite his lack of production and injury history over the last two seasons. The restricted free agent would have been the centerpiece of any deal sending Howard to Brooklyn, and without him in the picture, there's no way for the Nets, who are now way over the salary cap, to absorb Howard's contract.
This is great news for Dallas, as Brooklyn was the one team who Howard has said he will sign a contract extension with, which would give the Mavericks an avenue to pursue the All-NBA C when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Magic are now likely to pursue some sort of three-team deal with the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers, which would affect the Mavericks other likely target, Lakers C Andrew Bynum. Dallas would likely to pursue whichever of the enigmatic free agent C's -- Howard or Bynum -- ends up in Houston in such a deal, counting on the team's higher media profile and the presence of another legitimate superstar in Dirk to be the difference.
Of course, this strategy didn't exactly work with Deron Williams, but it does offer some hope. And after one of the darkest weeks in franchise history, hope is all Mavericks fans have left.
One of the main reasons he broke up the Mavericks championship team was because he thought the new CBA would force teams to spend less money. That ... hasn't happened.
Dallas Mavericks guard Delonte West came to the team before the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season. He averaged 9.6 points per game and the Mavs are hoping to bring him back for another season. Now that Dallas has missed out on the Deron Williams sweepstakes and will be losing Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics, it seems even more vital that they be able to lock up West.
Mike Fisher of FOX Sports Southwest reports that the Mavericks and West should both know what will happen regarding the situation by Friday night. Considering that Wednesday is the first day that free agents can sign new contracts, this seems likely to be true.
Mavericks fans will just have to stay tuned and find out whether West will be yet another casualty of this already-rough 2012 offseason.
According to a report from ESPN Insider Ric Bucher, the Orlando Magic woke up this morning and realized that the deal they were getting from the Brooklyn Nets wasn't very good.
As a result, the team is now re-opening trade talks with the rest of the NBA as they shop their unhapppy franchise center.
The Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks are two of the only playoff teams with the salary cap space to sign Howard in 2013, so they will likely be two of the teams dialing Orlando the most in the next few days. However, Dallas doesn't really have many trade assets to offer the Magic, so their best chance of acquiring Howard is trying to be a vulture and pick him up in free agency.
That wouldn't be an option if the Nets acquired Howard, so, for now, Dallas fans should be hoping that the seemingly unworkable deal between the two teams stays dead.
Dallas Mavericks fans are likely a bit upset at the impending mass exodus of free agents this offseason. Jason Terry is set to sign an offer with the Boston Celtics, although he has wanted to stay in Texas.
Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mavericks were unwilling to offer a third year on a new deal for Terry, so they never made a counter-offer to the Celtics contract.
"I had three teams looking at me and Dallas didn’t come to the table,’’ Terry said. "Had I got the same phone call from Dallas, I’d still be there. But I didn’t.’’
Terry admitted that he is surprised the matching offer never came from the Mavs, but only had nice things to say about the organization.
"I look back and if I never went to Dallas, would I be where I am today? I don’t think so,’’ Terry said. "I had great teammates, a great coach and a great owner. And what the city meant to me was priceless. The fans, without them, I’m nothing. The Jet was born in Dallas and hopefully, when I’m done, I can go back and end my career there.’’
Mavs fans would certainly welcome him back with open arms.
For a small-market franchise rebuilding from the loss of a Hall of Fame player, the worst possible outcome is a team capable of contending for a No. 8 seed. The only way to replace a talent like Howard is at the top of the NBA draft, which is why Orlando should focus on bottoming out after Howard’s departure.
Sending Howard to Brooklyn would be a best-case scenario for the enigmatic center and the NBA as a whole, as it would create a legitimate rival for LeBron’s Miami Heat in the biggest media center in the US. However, none of that should concern Orlando, who would be paying Lopez, Nelson and Turkoglu a lot of money for an outside shot at the playoffs.
The best possible deal for Orlando is with the Houston Rockets, a franchise that has been acquiring assets for years precisely for the chance to grab a superstar like Howard. Houston, if they are willing to gamble on picking up Howard without an extension, would give the Magic their best chance to accelerate the rebuilding process. The Rockets have a first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors, who are probably still at least one year away from playoff contention, the cap space to eat some of Orlando’s bad contracts as well as some extremely intriguing high-upside young players locked into rookie scale deals.
What Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is thinking is anyone's guess at this point.
After losing out on the Deron Williams sweepstakes, Cuban agreed to let Jason Kidd walk to the New York Knicks and Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics in free agency this summer, a year removed from letting Tyson Chandler go to the Knicks last summer.
Now the current Mavs roster is a mere shell of the one that won the NBA Championship just one year ago.
Needing to shore up their interior, the Mavericks are showing interest in Brazillian center Rafael Hettsheimer, according to a report by ESPN Dallas.
The team has reportedly made an offer to the 6-10 big man who has been playing professionally in Spain and has drawn wide interest from NBA teams after coming stateside and taking meetings and medical examinations.
With most of the NBA focused on the (possible) conclusion of the Dwight Howard soap opera, one of the side players in the talks -- LA Lakers center Andrew Bynum -- is an interesting story in his own right.
Bynum, who is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of 2013, is rumored to be interested in Dallas.
However, according to the latest report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that may depend on whether he's dealt in a possible deal with Howard:
If Bynum remains with the Lakers past the Howard derby, he'll have strong incentive to accept a maximum contract extension to stay in L.A., sources said. Otherwise, he has expressed a desire to test the free-agent market.
It's important to note that almost all of the information out there at this time of year is being leaked by agents or front offices looking for leverage and posturing for the rest of the league.
Bynum, and his agent, certainly have no interest in leaving a title-contending team in LA for a rebuilding operation in Orlando, which is why these things are being floated right now. It certainly sounds like Dallas will have a better chance of wooing Bynum if he is dealt to Orlando, which is probably why it won't happen.
With Howard reportedly dead-set on joining Deron Williams in Brooklyn, the Nets have been trying to find a third team to the deal in order to give Orlando the cap room and draft picks they want to begin a full-scale rebuilding process:
A key component of the proposed deal with Orlando would be finding a third team to take the Nets' Kris Humphries in a sign-and-trade arrangement. Cleveland has emerged as a "possible destination" for Humphries in such a scenario, in which the Nets would attempt to accumulate at least three first-round picks to send to the Magic in their package for Howard, one of the sources said.
Dallas, which has cap space but no great future assets in terms of draft picks or young players, can only wait and hope the deal falls apart as the Nets assemble the super-team based around Howard and Williams the Mavericks were hoping to build.
But while the buzz and chatter around Howard's move to the Big Apple has been deafening, it's still very far from a done deal, especially on Orlando's end. The Mavericks, if they are going to have any hope of luring Howard in the off-season, need Howard to either stay with the Magic or go to a team like the Houston Rockets that he has no interest in re-signing with.
That scenario is still possible, but it's looking increasingly grim by the day.
The Dallas Mavericks struck out on convincing Deron Williams to leave New Jersey and then watched as Jason Kidd signed with the Knicks. The Mavericks' need for a point guard interests free agent Ramon Sessions who is looking for a new team after splitting 2012 between Cleveland and Los Angeles.
Sessions has interest in Dallasand Houston because of potential to start.— Jeff Caplan (@ESPN_Caplan) July 8, 2012
Sessions was acquired in a trade by the Lakers last season and served as the team's starting point guard. After the Lakers acquired Steve Nash this offseason returning to L.A. was no longer an option for Sessions In 23 games with the Lakers last season Sessions averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists. In all he played in 64 games and averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 assists.
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum doesn't have a contract extension and may already be looking at potential destinations once he becomes a free agent in 2013. According to a report by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski both Dallas and Cleveland are teams that have ample cap space that interest Bynum.
Dallas and Cleveland are among teams with cap space that would interest Bynum in 2013 as a free agent, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2012
Bynum has been the involved in trade rumors for Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard for the last two offseasons and just perhaps his contract situation and demands are also something that should be considered. Bynum averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game for the Lakers during the 2012 season.
The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly registered interest with Randy Foye as they continue to try and build their roster for next season.
Foye played in 65 games and averaged 11 points and 2.8 assists while shooting 40 percent from the field. The Clippers recently brought back Chauncey Billups and signed Jamal Crawford as a free agent. Dallas is looking for help in the backcourt after failing to lure Deron Williams from New Jersey and losing Jason Kidd to the Knicks.
The Rockets, Knicks, and Hawks are also rumored to have interest in Foye who has played for three NBA teams in his career.
The Dallas Mavericks have had some kind of week. After sacrificing an entire season to have the cap flexibility to go after marquee free agents in the 2012-13 season, the week that wasn't ended in the Mavs swinging and missing on every player they tried to bring to D-Town.
Nelson on Deron:
"It was tough. We thought we had a good chance. ... It was a tough decision (for him) and a close call. I can't tell you at the end of the day what the main reason was. Maybe it was the excitement of a new city or arena. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Listen, that happens in sports, in business, in life. You've got to pick yourself back up and get back at it. Which we immediately started doing."
Nelson on the Mavericks pitch to Steve Nash:
"When you make these decisions, a lot goes into it and everyone is different. With Stevie we had a nice presentation but he wanted to be close to his family while making a run for the roses. Three years was something that was important to him and at his age it was a heck of a deal for him."
Nelson on Jason Kidd switching up and signing with the New York Knicks:
"It's a really personal thing. He went back and forth on this thing. It was really a gutbuster for him. Family certainly has a place. There are a lot of reasons. I don't feel slighted in any way. We gotta take our hats off, shake his hand, and wish him nothing but the best." but we're not gonna rest until we get this thing right.''
The good news about all of this is that it can't get much worse for the Mavericks, but now is the time for the Mavericks to come up with a new plan. Whatever that new plan is, craft it and stick to it. Maybe free agency just isn't the business the Mavs need to play in (think who was the last big name free agent to come to Dallas) and come up with a new strategy instead. Lets see what Mark Cuban and Nelson come up with next.
Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Brooklyn's trade for Joe Johnson gave Williams the push to stay with the Nets.
Deron Williams says he was close to choosing Mavs but acquisition of Joe Johnson pushed him to Nets.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 6, 2012
While the Nets were criticized for picking up the questionable contract of Johnson, the decision appears to have paid off two-fold. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are missing out on big names, as well as losing players.
For the last year, Dwight Howard's ultimate fate has been the biggest domino hanging over NBA player movement. There's been twists, turns, opt-ins and accusations of blackmails, and it doesn't seem like the soap opera is set to end anytime soon.
According to a report from Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Dallas Mavericks are one of five teams still in the running for Howard:
The Mavericks don't have nearly the trade assets of the Rockets or the Lakers, but they're the only of the three teams Howard originally asked to be traded for who have the cap space to sign him in free agency.
It doesn't seem like the Orlando Magic would risk letting their All-NBA center walk for nothing, but they haven't been very proactive in trying to move him. It's a situation that is "fluid", to say the least.
The big free agent shake-up on Friday was the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to amnesty power forward Elton Brand. The veteran will now hit the amnesty waiver wire, where a host of teams are expected to make a run at him. Teams under the salary cap get the first shot at bidding for Brand. According to Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, the Mavericks will be one team to make a push for him:
The Dallas Mavericks have eyes on one high-dollar player.
Veteran forward Elton Brand, owed $18 million next season, will be amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers when NBA business operations resume Wednesday, and the Mavs have already expressed interest in claiming him in the amnesty waiver process.
Brand is owed just over $18 million on his deal for 2012-2013. The winning waiver bid will pay that portion of his salary while the 76ers will pick up the remainder of his deal, with no hit to their salary cap.
The Dallas Mavericks will meet with free agent forward Anthony Randolph, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Randolph did not receive a qualifying offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, putting the rangy 6'11 forward on the open market this offseason. According to Spears, he will meet with the Atlanta Hawks this weekend before visiting with the Mavs:
Wolves free agent forward Anthony Randolph meeting with Atlanta Hawks this weekend, source tells Y! Dallas native meeting with Mavs Tuesday.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 6, 2012
Randolph was once a salivating prospect, a long and freakish athlete coming out of LSU. But he never lived up to his potential and fell out of favor with the Golden State Warriors. He's bounced back-and-forth between Minnesota and New York the past two seasons with injury problems and limited productivity.
The Mavericks would be taking a flyer on a local kid who still has some potential if he can find the right fit. He played in just 34 games for the Timberwolves last season, averaging 7.4 points in just 15.2 minutes per game.
The Dallas Mavericks are one of five teams reportedly interested in free agent veteran point guard Derek Fisher, according to Howard Beck of The New York Times. Fisher is an unrestricted free agent who could help a contending team in a very limited role, and Beck reports that Mark Cuban and the Mavericks may be interested in adding him:
The Nets are now among the front-runners to sign Fisher, along with the Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Fisher, who won five titles with the Lakers, joined the Thunder in February and was a key part of the rotation for Oklahoma City, which lost to the Miami Heat in the finals.
Fisher certainly doesn't have much left in the tank so it would likely be a short-term deal for limited money. But one day after losing Jason Kidd to the New York Knicks, adding another old timer in the backcourt could be one way to make up for some of Kidd's lost minutes.
After losing out on Deron Williams, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, the Dallas Mavericks have to move to plan D at the point guard position. That apparently includes Los Angeles Lakers free agent Ramon Sessions, who was last seen going 4-25 from beyond the three-point line in the post-season.
According to a report from Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, the Mavericks have reached out to Sessions, who is seeking stability and job security after playing for 4 teams in 5 seasons.
However, there's a reason the 26-year old has bounced so much around the NBA. He's not athletic enough to be a defensive contributor and he's an abysmal outside shooter, which means he's only effective with the ball in his hands. In LA, once he entered the ball into the post, teams felt free to double off of him, nor was he a dynamic playmaker that you would want him to have the ball in his hands over the primary offensive option of any NBA team.
He's an ideal change of pace PG off the bench, but he wants to be the starter. If Dallas is willing to give Sessions a long-term contract, they might as well keep Delonte West, a better shooter, defender and scorer.
The Mavericks have two young PG's better than Kidd who will finally have a chance to play, as the team can now get younger and more athletic around Dirk.
Early in the day on Thursday, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that free agent point guard Jason Kidd had intended to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks on a three-year deal that would pay him $9 million dollars. But by Thursday afternoon, shockingly, that all changed:
In another unforeseen twist of this wild offseason, sources say Jason Kidd has decided to leave Mavs and join Knicks on a multiyear deal— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 5, 2012
On Wednesday, the New York Knicks were rumored to be the frontunner to acquire former Mavericks point guard Steve Nash but instead, Nash decided to take his game from Phoenix to Los Angeles and team up with Kobe Bryant and the Lakers.
This apparently opened the door for the Knicks, who were desperate for help at point guard, to come in and steal Kidd away from the Mavericks making it two consecutive summers that Dallas has lost a key member of their roster in free agency to New York.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Howard has been dubious of the Lakers due to Kobe Bryant's preference to shoot the ball as much as humanly possible. However, Nash's ability to distribute the ball could change his mind:
"I think with Nash in the house now, they wouldn't need an assurance up front," one league executive tied closely to the Howard trade talks told Yahoo! Sports. "They know that Dwight can be impressionable and craves Hollywood. I think they would take that chance."
With the Nets lacking the salary cap room to obtain Howard, the Mavericks have been trying to position themselves as a potential suitor in 2013.
However, a deal to LA may keep Howard off the market permanently, but it could still become an opportunity for Dallas. Any deal between the Lakers and the Magic would send Andrew Bynum to Orlando, but Bynum, who is set to be a free agent in 2013, may not see much of a reason to re-sign with the Magic either.
Apparently, the Mavericks didn't they think could live without a 39-year old point guard who shot 36% from the floor and was no longer useful defensively.
It would be one thing if Kidd's "veteran leadership" and "locker room experience" could attract free agents like Williams and help make Dallas an NBA destination, but if the Mavericks are just paying him for his on-court value, anything more than a one-year veteran's minimum is a drastic overpay.
Kidd is a bigger Derek Fisher: he can't penetrate into the lane and he can't defend anyone. At this point, I'd rather Rodrigue Beaubois and Delonte West get minutes at the 1. Kidd should only be back in Dallas in an advisory role like the one he played on the 2008 Olympic Team.
Dragic, according to the source, would likely also be considered, but only became part of the team's internal discussions in recent days. Dragic, meanwhile, is hoping the Mavericks see him as the best combination of age (26) and talent (far more proven than Lin) and move him up their point guard totem pole.
Dragic, a 6'3 190 PG, averaged 12 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists on 46% shooting while backing up Kyle Lowry for the Houston Rockets last season.
He could be an interesting long-term starter for the Mavericks, but the team will have to be careful in terms of what they offer him if they want to remain players in the 2013 free agent market.
Former Dallas Mavericks PG Steve Nash has been rumored to be one of the team's fall-back options after losing the Deron Williams sweepstakes, but it seems like the team may be losing another PG target to the Big Apple.
According to a report from Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, the Knicks have emerged as the front-runner for Nash, and are working on a sign-and-trade deal that would send promising rookie G Iman Shumpert to Phoenix:
Knicks, Suns are in the critical stages of discussions on a sign-and-trade deal that would pay Nash $27M-$30M over 3 years, sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2012
Dallas would have the cap room to give Nash a similar contract, but they couldn't offer the same chance of competing for a title, not with former Mavericks and Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler in New York.
Regardless, North Texas isn't exactly the cosmopolitan destination the Big Apple is, and the Mavericks may have put themselves in a position to fail by trying to compete in free agency with either New York team.
The Dallas Mavericks are among five different teams who have been linked with Lee:
Lee, an athletic 6'5 200 shooting guard, is a good player who put up decent stats in Houston last year (11 points, 3 rebounds and 1.5 assists on 43% shooting). However, he's not a great defender, only plays one position (SG) and doesn't have any one exceptional skill.
This is the type of player you can find at the end of the first round; he's not someone you want to commit a large sum of guaranteed money too, not in the new post-lockout CBA.
After losing out on Deron Williams, the last thing the team should do is panic, not when there are two far more valuable stars who could be available next summer.
As source indicated earlier, Kidd won't join Deron with Nets. Deciding between Mavs and Knicks.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) July 3, 2012
Surely part of the reason the Nets are off Kidd's list is because he would have to sign the veteran's minimum with Brooklyn, given the amount of salary already committed to players.
Sorry for confusion on last tweet: Jason Kidd -- not Humphries --- would have to take veteran's minimum to sign with Nets.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2012
Last season, Kidd averaged 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 48 games, along with a team-best 5.5 assists and 1.7 steals.
Made a very tough decision today.... lockerz.com/s/222071318— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 3, 2012
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports had the contract details.
Deron Williams has reached agreement on a 5 year, $100 million extension with Brooklyn, a league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2012
The Mavs had been hoping to sign the Dallas native Williams, but couldn't offer the same amount of money. From ESPN.com:
Williams chose the Nets over his hometown Dallas Mavericks, who could only offer four years, $75 million based on the rules outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
Having missed out on a star player, the Mavs' focus at point guard likely will turn to re-signing Jason Kidd at the moment.
While many people around the NBA believe the Dallas Mavericks have put themselves in the best position to pursue Dwight Howard after the Nets forfeited their cap room to acquire Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace, Orlando is reportedly focusing on a deal centered around LA Lakers center Andrew Bynum.
LA offered a similar deal at the trade deadline last season, but that was before Howard opted-in to the final year of his contract and let it be known that he wouldn't sign a contract extension with the Lakers.
Bynum is the best basketball deal the Magic could get for their franchise center, but there's no chance the Lakers would deal him unless they could be assured Howard would commit long-term.
Howard's reluctance to commit could put a huge crimp in Orlando's ability to deal, which would rebound to the Mavericks advantage, as long as they were able to come out on top in the Deron Williams sweepstakes.
On Tuesday, there was a brief flurry of reports indicating that Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry was close to reaching an agreement with the Boston Celtics. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Terry to the Celtics is now a done deal. Terry has agreed to terms with Boston on a three-year contract.
The Celtics will use their $5 million midlevel exception to sign Terry. The total value of the contract will be worth more than $15 million.
Terry spoke with Celtics president Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers on the first day of free agency Sunday. Rivers told Yahoo! Sports he hopes Boston can still re-sign Ray Allen, in addition to adding Terry. The Celtics have also already reached agreement with Kevin Garnett on a three-year, $34 million contract.
If the deal is indeed done, Terry will be able to sign his new contract on July 11. The Celtics appear to be hard at work assembling a team for the 2012-13 season that will make them even stronger than the squad that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals this year.
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It appears as though the Dallas Mavericks may soon be parting ways with one of the most effective bench players in the NBA. Former Sixth Man of the Year Award winner Jason Terry appears to be on the verge of becoming a member of the Boston Celtics.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Celtics are in final discussions with Terry on a multi-year deal. Spears added that Terry's deal is expected to be for three years and will pay the mid-level exception. The value for a three-year deal of that type would be just under $16 million.
Marc Stein of ESPN clarifies that Terry is expected to give the Mavericks an opportunity to counter the Celtics' offer before he signs.
The 34-year-old guard has been with the Mavericks since 2004 and helped the team win an NBA title in 2011. In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season, Terry averaged 15.1 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for the Mavs.
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The team he'd be leaving has more talent than the team he'd be coming too, and there's no guarantee that will change going forward.
The top free agent in the market should leave the Eastern Conference, return home to Dallas and team up with Dirk Nowitzki (and possibly Dwight Howard).
One of the sleeper free agents this offseason has to be guard Brandon Roy, who was forced to retire due to health reasons after the 2010-11 season but is ready to make a come back. General managers and basketball minds haven't forgotten about Roy, who averages 19 points a game for his career, and the Dallas Mavericks are among several teams in the running for the former All-Star's services.
The Mavericks have been in pursuit of bigger names like Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, actually preferring to land both before everything is said and done. But adding a player of Roy's caliber would be a nice consolation if Williams decides to remain with the Nets, and Howard lands elsewhere.
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While Mavericks fans have been driving themselves crazy following the 24/7 internet rumor mill that is the Deron Williams sweepstakes, they can take comfort in knowing that it will all be over soon enough:
Nets had a "good" meeting with their free agent PG Deron Williams and are hoping to have a decision within next 24-48 hours, sources told Y!— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2012
Williams has long stated that he wanted to resolve his free agency before going to training camp for the Olympic team on July 6. There's no way to know what the Nets would consider a "good" or a "bad" meeting, but it seems unlikely that anything would make a difference at this point.
Both teams cards have been on the table for awhile. Now, it's just a matter Williams sleeping on whatever decision he's made.
As a result, ESPN's Ric Bucher has put out a report saying Dallas is now Howard's preferred destination:
Currently, Dallas has $22 million committed to Dirk Nowitzki in 2013, as well as $9 million each for Brendan Haywood and Shawn Marion. They'll have to amnesty one and find a taker for the other, presumably with Cuban offering an extra first-round pick to a team with cap space, to clear up the room to go after Dirk, Deron and Dwight.
And, at this point, what "unnamed sources" say about Howard's intentions probably isn't worth the 140-character Tweets they're being written on.
Nevertheless, the Mavericks have a chance to come out of this whole messy situation in the catbird's seat.
Multiple sources say Joe Johnson deal is not contingent on Nets re-signing Willams as team is committed to nabbing Nash if D-Will bolts— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) July 2, 2012
Instead, the deal feels like a hedge from the Nets front office to ensure they will have a respectable team as they open their new stadium in Brooklyn, regardless of what the top free agent on the market decides.
The one thing the Nets had over the Mavericks in the Williams sweepstakes was the opportunity of cap room to more easily pursue Dwight Howard; now they are offering a capped-out team with Brook Lopez, Gerald Wallace and Johnson.
It's not a bad squad, and it could even make the second round of the playoffs, but it's certainly not that more appealing than Dirk Nowitzki and maneuverability into the future, which is what Dallas is offering.
After giving $40 million to a declining 30-year old forward whose game depends on athleticism, the Nets front office continues their quest to blow through their salary cap room as fast as they possibly can.
According to a report from ESPN.com, one possible deal involved the Nets sending all of their expiring contracts (Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and DeShawn Stevenson) to the Hawks for the rights to Johnson.
Brooklyn is apparently comfortable with this deal, but they are trying to fill up some of the salary they're sending to Atlanta with a sign-and-traded player like Gerald Green in order to use their mid-level exception.
More importantly, they'll only do the deal if Deron Williams agrees to stay with the team, although there''s little reason to think Williams would be interested in a "Big Three" of him, Johnson and Wallace.
If this is the Nets best plan, Dallas may still have a shot at signing him.
Jason Terry has held firm to his word that he prefers to play for the Dallas Mavericks next season, and he made that even more clear as sources tell The Dallas Morning News that he will allow his old team to match any offer he receives.
As with the rest of the Mavericks offseason, though, everything hinges on whether they can sign Deron Williams.
"If you look at the top teams, they all have two or three guys you can just throw the ball to and make plays," Dirk Nowitzki said. "We need another guy you can get the ball to and can make stuff happen for himself. He’s a great pick-and-roll player, he can break down the defenses on his drive, he’s a good 3-point shooter, so we feel like he’s got a lot of weapons he can bring to the team."
Terry will be one of the many dominoes that fall after that decision.
The Mavericks will get the first shot at Williams, as he is scheduled to be in Dallas on Monday morning before heading back to Brooklyn that evening, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Brooklyn can offer more money to Williams, but Dallas has the appeal of being Williams' hometown team. Dallas also has the more talented roster, but Brooklyn is looking to add Dwight Howard and Joe Johnson.
Williams has said he wants to have the situation resolved by July 5 so he can report to Team USA training camp.
His decision is also of great importance to Jason Kidd, who has said he will join Williams on whatever team he signs with.
While breaking news is an obsession for many NBA reporters at this time of year, Twitter has allowed players to talk directly with their fans.
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Unrestricted free agent center Marcus Camby has listed the six teams that he is interested in signing with this offseason, and of those six the Dallas Mavericks are on his list. The other teams that Camby is interested in are the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtic and Houston Rockets.
Camby is not expected to take any visits to these cities since he has been in the league for so long and he knows exactly what he is looking for in a team.
This past season Camby spent time with the Portland Trail Blazers for the first half of the season, and then was traded to the Rockets for the remainder of the season. Camby averaged 4.9 points, nine rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game this past year.
At least seven teams contacted free agent center Ian Mahinmi when free agency opened Sunday night and he reportedly already has a top three list of potential destinations.
Mahinmi served as a solid back up center option for the Mavericks last season before losing playing time to Brendan Wright towards the end of the season. Rick Carlisle turned to Mahinmi again in the playoffs against the Thunder and he responded averaging 7.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
Dallas has its hands tied from adding salary until they hear from Deron Williams. The Mavericks will need to amnesty either Brendan Haywood or Shawn Marion to get far enough under the cap to offer Williams a max-contract. By the time the Williams situation plays out Mahinmi will probably already have a good offer from another club.
The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the most active teams on the first day of free agency, as the team has been connected to free agents throughout the NBA.
Dallas does have a lot of cap room, but it's hard to know, from the outside, which rumors are real and which are being floated by an agent in order to boost his client's leverage in free agency. After all, if Mark Cuban is on a player, they're price is likely to rise.
Celtics G Ray Allen to take his time in deciding where he will sign, source tells Yahoo! Interested teams: BOS, MIA, MEM, ATL, DAL, LAC, BK.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 1, 2012
The Grizzlies have reportedly offered Allen a two-year mid-level extension, which is more than Dallas would likely be interested in giving him. Meanwhile, if Allen really wants to join a title contender, the Heat would probably be a better option.
The Dallas Mavericks are reportedly interested in former Minnesota big man Anthony Randolph. The Timberwolves chose not to tender Randolph a qualifying offer therefore making him an unrestricted free agent.
Randolph is a local product who starred at Woodrow Wilson High School. He was the 14th pick of the Golden State Warriors in the 2008 draft. He appeared in 34 games for the Wizards in 2012 averaging 7.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Randolph had shown a lot of promise the season before when he scored 11.7 points and 5.2 board in 23 games after being acquired in a trade from the New York Knicks.
Randolph is still young at 22 years of age and at 6-foot-10 has taken on a similar path of the Mavs' Brandan Wright who revived his career in Dallas during the 2012 season.
Brooklyn, who have been linked to both Joe Johnson and Dwight Howard, re-signed Gerald Wallace, who they acquired from the Portland Trail Blazers in a mid-season deal, to a 4-year $40 million contract.
What makes the signing so bizarre is the Nets gave up the No. 6 overall pick to Portland in order to acquire Wallace, but if they were willing to pay him this much money, they surely could have signed him as a free agent this summer and kept their lottery pick.
Wallace, a 6'8 230 swing forward, depends on athleticism to thrive, and as he loses foot-speed in his early 30's, his contract may end up becoming an albatross on Brooklyn's cap.
But for now, it's a signing the Nets front office can show to their biggest star to prove that they are committed to building an elite team around him.
Bass is 26 years old and averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He played for the Mavericks for two seasons from 2007 to 2009 appearing in 160 games as a reserve forward. Bass reportedly met with Celtics officials on Sunday to start discussions about a new contract.
As many as six other teams are interested in Bass according to his agent which could drive the price to above the mid-level exception which is about $6 million per season.
The Dallas Mavericks will sit down with free agent Deron Williams on Monday but their efforts could be dealt a significant blow if Dwight Howard successfully forces his way to Brooklyn via trade.
Howard reportedly requested a trade to Brooklyn while in a meeting with new Magic GM Rob Hennigan on Friday. The Nets had also reportedly been discussing contingency plans to strengthen their roster to convince Williams to stay if they couldn't land Howard.
Rumors surfaced on Saturday that had the Nets discussing separate deals with the Rockets and Hawks involving Luis Scola and Joe Johnson. Those deals would likely be put well on the back burner if the Dwight Howard rumors crank up again. Dallas could have a very difficult time prying Williams away from Brooklyn should the Nets acquire Howard.
Brooklyn and Atlanta are engaged in talks on a possible Joe Johnson trade, sources tell Y! Nets plan would be to pair with Deron Williams.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
It's hard to see what assets they could offer the Hawks, asides from the possibility of allowing Atlanta to get out from under the massive contract they gave Johnson in 2010. But with Josh Smith approaching free agency, the Hawks may be willing to sell Johnson for pennies on the dollar to avoid paying the luxury tax.
Such a move could help the Nets bolster their roster to counter a Mavericks pitch to Williams based around playing with Dirk Nowitzki. Of course, the whole thing may be nothing more than a smoke-screen to placate Williams, but it's definitely something Dallas fans should be paying a close eye on as one of the most important free agent periods in franchise history begins.
Deron Williams is the most wanted free agent in the NBA this offseason, and Williams has already said the intends to only play for the Brooklyn Nets or Dallas Mavericks. Williams has been spending time with the Mavericks Jason Kidd of late, and those two players are reportedly considered to be a package deal.
Williams is set to meet with both teams on Monday, according to ESPN New York:
Deron Williams, the most coveted player in this summer's free-agent class, will meet with representatives from the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks on Monday before deciding which team to sign with this July, according to a source privy to Williams' plan.
Mavericks free-agent point guard Jason Kidd will also join whichever team Williams chooses, sources said.
That same ESPN report is saying that there are sources saying that Williams has already accepted a deal to play with Kidd and the Nets next season, but then there are other sources saying that Williams has yet to make up his mind.
The Nets can offer the better financial package over any other team and can sign him to a five-year deal while the Mavericks can only offer Williams a four-year contract.
The Lamar Odom to Los Angeles Clippers trade has finally become official. The Dallas Mavericks were part of a four-team deal that sent Odom to the Clippers, and the deal also involved the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.
Here is how the trade broke down:
In the deal, Dallas will send Odom to the Clippers and the draft rights to Shan Foster to the Utah Jazz.
In exchange, Dallas will receive the draft rights to forward Tadija Dragicevic from Utah and cash considerations from the Houston Rockets.
Los Angeles will trade guard Mo Williams to Utah and the draft rights to the 53rd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft forward Furkan Aldemir to Houston.
With July approaching, Deron Williams is bound to make a decision on his NBA future pretty soon, but don't count on Dirk Nowitzki for any insight on the free agent choice of his possible future teammate. The sentiment around the NBA is that Williams is likely to return to the Nets, perhaps to attract the attention of Dwight Howard in the next offseason.
However it goes, Nowitzki doesn't know anything. That's what he told ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
"I still think it's 50-50. I just don't know."
A lot is riding on Williams' decision, like whether or not Jason Kidd sticks around.
Williams is from the area and playing with the Mavericks would be an unquestionable upgrade from playing with the units he's played with in New Jersey for the past couple of years.
The Mavericks saved themselves and picked up a lot of money on Thursday, as Lamar Odom was sent to the Clippers for cash, and LA guard Mo Williams was sent to the Utah Jazz in a three-team deal, according to multiple reports.
The move was reported earlier in the day by the Dallas Morning News, but not official until Williams picks up his option. The AP reported that Williams will do so.
It is not known yet whether the Clippers will keep Odom, who could provide versatile depth off the bench behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, or if they will buy him out on Friday. Odom is owned $8.2 million next season but can be bought out for $2.4 million. While you can say the Clippers can use him on the court, don't underestimate owner Donald Sterling trying to save money.
The LA Clippers have coveted Odom for awhile, but the Mavericks have been uninterested in picking up the salary of Mo Williams, which LA would need to dump to pick up the former Sixth Man of the Year.
Now, according to a report from ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Utah Jazz have emerged as the third team in the deal, as they have the salary cap space to absorb Williams' contract without sending anything back to Dallas or LA.
The Jazz could use some perimeter shooting to open up the floor for their roster of big men. With Al Jefferson, Paul Millsapp, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter on their roster, Utah runs more offense through the post than almost anyone else in the NBA, which would be a perfect fit with Williams, a spot-up shooter whose not a great playmaker off the dribble.
Dallas, totally focused on salary cap space, has reportedly declined the Jazz offer of former Maverick Devin Harris, preferring to walk away from the disastrous Odom experiment with as few strings attached as possible.
The deal now depends on Williams, who will need to exercise his $8.5 million player option and forgo free agency.
It's so thinly sourced that it's practically non-existent, but the whispers about Steve Nash returning to Dallas have been persistent throughout the off-season.
How this seems to work is that one person "speculates" about where Nash could end up while an "anonymous source" confirms that there is interest between both sides. Of course, this source is very possible a friend or an associate of the writer in the basketball industry who is playing a little connect the dots.
After all, why wouldn't Dallas at least explore the possibility of bringing back the seemingly ageless Nash and why wouldn't Nash want to return to a franchise that built a championship caliber squad only two years ago? That being said, has either really given a strong indication of interest to a source connected to a basketball writer? There's no way to really know.
At the same time, the Mavericks are trying to get younger, and the absence of Tyson Chandler makes playing the defenseless duo of Nash and Nowitzki fairly unpalatable. Meanwhile, Nash could assuredly make much more money staying in Phoenix, and if he really wants a ring, Miami is a far better bet at this point.
Either way, it's a fun bit of speculation, but the only thing we know is that we don't really know. Everything in Dallas waits on Deron Williams' decision, which, one way or the other, will have dramatic effects on everything else the Mavericks do this off-season.
While most of the discussion has centered around Deron Williams, the Mavericks have four free agents of their own who could generate interest around the NBA.
Four rival executives and a fifth person familiar with Williams' thinking told CBSSports.com Tuesday that the Mavericks are becoming increasingly worried that the All-Star point guard will stay with the Nets when the free-agent floodgates open Sunday.
If there's a grain of salt to be found, it's that this latest report contradicts rumors from just a week ago. CBS Sports reported that a high-ranking executive in the sneaker industry said that Williams preferred to join the Mavs - even at a hometown discount - rather than stay with the Nets organization.
One things' for certain - the silly season has begun for those vying for Williams' services:
Williams' birthday was not overlooked by the Nets, who sent a truck to Williams' New York City apartment with a "Happy Birthday Deron" sign and the new Brooklyn logo emblazoned on the side.
Roy's nearly-miraculous comeback over Dallas in Game 4 of their first-round series last year helped fuel the Mavericks run to their first NBA title, but the Portland guard was forced to take a medical retirement due to problems in his arthroscopically-repaired knees.
However, the three-time All Star, once considered one of the NBA's rising stars, is now reportedly planning a comeback. Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Dallas is one of several teams interested:
As ex-Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy plans his comeback to the NBA, the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers and Minnesota Timberwolves have emerged as serious suitors to sign the former All-Star guard, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Roy averaged 12 points on 40% shooting in his final season in the NBA, and even if he never regains the lift in his legs, his size and skill at 6'6 215 should enable him to be an effective role player in an NBA rotation.
But, like many of the free agents Dallas could be interested in over the next few months, he'll need to wait on the resolution of the Deron Williams sweepstakes before the Mavericks can do much of anything.
The good news for Mavericks fans holding out hope that Dallas can call home native son Deron Williams is that the growing buzz around Dwight Howard potentially landing with the Houston Rockets won't affect Williams' decision, according to Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick:
Source close to Brooklyn PG Deron Williams says Houston not likely to be added to his free agency wish list even if the Rockets get Dwight Howard. Williams is focused on the Nets or Dallas, his hometown team. If Williams felt differently and headed for Houston, and Howard signed the extension that no one thinks he'd ever sign, I'm guessing Rockets GM Daryl Morey would then be given a 27-year extension of his own.
Obviously, one scenario analysts and reporters have projected since the lockout had been Dallas finding a way to trade for both Williams and Howard.
A look at how accurate is the rumor mill this time of year, the role Dwight Howard is playing and why any Plan B may have to wait until 2013.
Nowitzki has long wanted to play in front of his home country as a member of the Mavericks.
"I think it’s been long overdue. A couple years ago there was a game in Kolnarena [in Cologne, Germany] where Phoenix played Philly and everyone was like, 'Where are the Mavs at?' So, it’s been disappointing to see all these teams go over there and play and we were never a part of it. I think it’s going to be great."
The Boston Celtics will also take part in the trip to Europe. They will be traveling to Turkey and Italy.
Both teams will be allowed to begin training camp earlier because of the trip.
After following a championship season with a first-round sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to re-tool and reload for another shot at a title while Dirk Nowitzki is still a championship-caliber star.
And there may be help on the way.
The big fish of NBA Free Agency this summer is the Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams and sources have told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Williams will choose between the Nets and Mavericks as the location of his next long-term contract.
Williams, 28, was a star high school basketball player in Dallas and there have long been talks of a possible return to his roots to continue his playing career. The first thing on his mind is the opportunity to compete for an NBA title and the Mavericks have proven capable of doing so under the triumvirate of Nowitzki, owner Mark Cuban and head coach Rick Carlisle.
"I want to go to a place where I feel like they will have a chance to build and build fast," Williams told the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not really in the mood for being part of a rebuilding process. I'm getting older. I'm about to be 28. I want to win. I want to win now. Also, I want to live in a place where I want to live and my kids will enjoy living. That's pretty much it."
Sounds like Dallas fits all the criteria. And according to his mother, Denise Smith, Williams will not prolong his decision.
"I think he and his agent have gone over all of the possibilities and I think it (his decision) will be made pretty fast," Smith told ESPNDallas.com by phone. "I think he wants it out of the way, just because I know I'm asked every day, so I know he's asked a million times."
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The Dallas Mavericks have a decision to make about what they want to do with Lamar Odom, regardless of what decision is made Odom will not be on the team next season. There is a June 29 deadline where the Mavericks have to decide to trade or waive Odom; plus there is a possible third option which is to extend that deadline.
If Odom is on the Mavericks roster after June 29 they are responsible for his $8.2 million contract, but if the Mavericks waive Odom before June 29 they will be on the hook for only $2.4 million.
The Mavericks are trying to save as much cap space as possible if they are going to be able to sign Deron Williams, and by even waiving Odom that will still clog up $2.4 million that could go toward landing Williams.
To move back the deadline the Mavericks need Odom's approval which is about 50/50 at this time, but if moved back it would give the Mavericks more time to work out a trade and get some value for Odom.
NBA free agency does not officially get underway until July 1, but Dallas Mavericks backup center Brandan Wright should plan on going nowhere this offseason. Wright has a team-option for the 2012-13 season and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is calling it a "formality" that the team will exercise their option to keep Wright.
Wright has been injured during his first three years in the NBA career which started with the Golden State Warriors, and then was traded to the New Jersey Nets who let Wright walk this past off season.
The Mavericks took a chance on the former lotter pick this past season at a bargain deal of less than $1 million, and so far it has paid off. This past season, Wright averaged 16 minutes and 6.9 points per game.
With the 2011-12 season in the books, and the championship residing in South Beach, the focus turns to the 2012-13 season.
Who is the favorite to win it all next season? Vegas has its idea.
Vegas is expecting a rematch between the Heat and Thunder in the 2013 NBA Finals. The last time two teams met in back-to-back finals came in 1997-98, when the Bulls defeated the Jazz both times.
The era of the superteam is now upon us, and if Williams is going to have any chance of beating the Heat in a playoff series, he had better have players just as talented with him.
Since LeBron James won't be taking his talents to North Texas, how can the Dallas Mavericks build a team to take out the Thunder?
Now it's become even more clear how serious Kidd's desire to play with Williams is. Kidd, knocking on 40 years old and toward the end of his NBA playing days, believes he and Williams would do well playing off each other. So it's not just the Mavs that Kidd is willing to sign with this offseason. It's the Nets, too.
This, from the Twitosphere:
Jason Kidd said he would be fine returning to play for the #Mavs with just a one-year contract.— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) June 18, 2012
Asked J Kidd about free agency, he said its early but brought up two teams -- Mavs and Nets. On Nets, re-signing Deron "is the key."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 18, 2012
J Kidd - "My days of playing 38 minutes are over. ...me and Deron can play off each other."— Stefan Bondy (@NYDNInterNets) June 18, 2012
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To continue his career with the Mavericks, Jason Terry wants a long-term contract.
A year after Dallas beat Miami in the 2011 NBA Finals, the ability of an aging Boston team to push the Heat to a Game 7 should give hope to the Mavericks as they try to rebuild around Dirk.
Nick Calathes is a former 2009 draft pick by the Dallas Mavericks, and now that his three-year contract with Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague is up he wants to join the Mavericks summer league team in hopes of making a roster spot.
While the Mavericks front office felt that Calathes was a first-round talent they picked up with the No. 45 overall pick a few years back, but now the team is not sold on offering him even a minimum contract:
However, a team source indicated that it's far from a sure thing that Calathes will join the Mavs this summer. The source said Calathes is being heavily recruited by several European teams, and the Mavs will be cautious of making even a minimal financial commitment before they've finished their free agency shopping.
The Dallas Mavericks have some big decisions to make in the upcoming draft and pending free agency period, but one key player they need to make a decision on is center Brendan Haywood. The Mavericks are looking at using the amnesty clause so that they can waive Haywood and not have him count against the salary cap.
Haywood's contract is $8.349 million in 2012-13 to $9.073 million the following season and $9.798 million in 2014-15. On the surface that seems like a lot of money to pay Haywood if they want to trade for him.
However, Hawyood's contract includes some interesting language that could enhance his value in a trade, and allow the Mavericks to use Hawyood as an asset rather than just cut the player. His contract has a clause that would allow a team to spread out his payments if Haywood is waived:
... any team that waives Haywood can spread out the payments for the remainder of his contract until 2026, according to an NBA source. That means the team that owns his rights and waives him would be responsible for no more than $2 million per year over the next 14 years. That clause in the deal is a huge incentive when it comes to including Haywood as a possible sweetener in trade talks...
Now the Mavericks have some options for what to do with Haywood, and it will save them the option to save the amnesty clause for another player.
Dallas would likely come up empty if they pursued Indiana's Roy Hibbert or any of the other restricted free agents they've been linked to in the last few weeks.
The Dallas Mavericks have their sights set on some of the biggest potential free agents out on the open market, but there's one player who wants to come back despite the chance to leave for larger markets. Jared Zwerling from ESPN New York is reporting that Delonte West could come back to the Mavs this offseason:
I was told today that another possible FA candidate for #Knicks, Delonte West, who could play some backup 1 & 2, wants to re-sign w/ Dallas.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) June 6, 2012
The Mavs have a lot of decisions to make in the backcourt this offseason. They could bring Jason Kidd back. They could chase Deron Williams. It's likely to play out over the next several weeks and beyond, and West might have to wait his turn.
According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle, the Golden State Warriors are interested in bringing Kidd back home to the Bay Area to back up Stephen Curry:
The Warriors think Andre Miller might have played his way over mid-level money with a strong playoff showing, but they believe they have a good chance at landing Jason Kidd. If Deron Williams signs with Dallas, the Warriors can tempt Kidd with the mid-level exception and offer the Bay Area native a front-office job after he retires.
In a new CBA where salary cap flexibility is at a premium, paying Kidd anything more than the league minimum would be a tough pill to swallow. He averaged 6 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds on 36% last season all while his defense continued to regress in his 18th season in the NBA.
Wednesday night was a huge success for Dallas, as any chance they had of convincing Deron Williams to return home depended on the Nets not winning the lottery.
Petteri Koponen could finally make his NBA debut, five years after being drafted.
With the start of NBA free agency still over a month away, it's far too early to panic about the Dallas Mavericks off-season, but this quote in a recent SI.com piece by Sam Amick can't make Mavericks fans feel too good:
The source said Williams' preference, however, is for the Nets to improve the roster sufficiently enough that he can feel good about staying put rather than fear a repeat of this season, when they finished 22-44. As for Dallas, which sacrificed its best chance to defend the title by preserving salary-cap space last summer in anticipation of this free-agent class, the source said of the Mavericks: "There's no longevity there." If owner Mark Cuban can clear enough space to sign a worthy sidekick for Williams, though, then maybe he'd join his hometown team after all.
That was always the concern with letting Tyson Chandler walk last season, as now the only thing the Mavericks have to offer free agents is the chance to play with the 34-year old Dirk Nowitzki.
The last sentence, though, is probably the kicker: with the Miami Heat beginning the super-team era, Williams likely sees playing with Dwight Howard as his best chance of being relevant over the next five seasons.
If Dallas can offer him that opportunity, he'd likely jump at the chance, but just a home-town team push isn't going to be enough.
One of the biggest free agents on the market during the NBA offseason -- at least where the Dallas Mavericks are concerned -- will be guard Deron Williams. The New Jersey Nets will be hoping to retain the player's services as they make the move to Brooklyn and Williams has been high on the Mavs' most-coveted players list for some time.
Kurt Hellin at ProBasketballTalk reports that Williams has made no decision about where he will end up in the fall of 2012.
"I want to reiterate, I don't know what I'm doing next year," Williams said. "Still. Nobody does but me. Not even my mom, my brother, my uncle, my cousin. I haven't talked to anybody about where I'm going next year.
"I just hate that people think they know where I'm going, because I don't know where I'm going," said Williams, who isn't allowed to talk with other teams since he hasn't opted out yet. "So there's no way for them to know, or assume that I'm going to Dallas or that I'm staying here. I don't know. There could be another team that comes into the picture."
Still, Williams' comments make it seem as though his choice is likely to be between the Nets and the Mavs. We will all just have to wait to find out.
Mark Cuban will be wooing Deron Williams with a roster that has far more questions than answers.
The SB Nation Dallas news team tries to make sense of the Thunder series and figure out what the Mavericks next moves are in the draft and free agency.
Howard, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, is the best center in a league that is becoming increasingly perimeter-oriented. However, after a bizarre season where he put in a trade request before rescinding it and signing a one-year extension with the Orlando Magic, his future is still completely unknown.
The Magic apparently do not want to go through the same opera again in 2013, as team CEO Alex Martins told a local TV station that his franchise center needed to sign a contract extension this summer:
Dallas' best case scenario was always getting Howard in free agency, as they don't have any trade assets Orlando would want in a possible deal.
Their biggest concern is the Magic getting so fed up that they deal him before Williams decides on a free-agent destination, as New Jersey's best chance of keeping the All-NBA PG is convincing him that he could team up with Howard in their new Brooklyn stadium.
The good news is, after Howard's indecision last season, Williams is unlikely to agree to any long-term plan contingent on where Howard is going to play.
One player who will likely be coveted in free agency is reserve center Ian Mahinmi, a former first-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs in 2007 who came into his own as a member of the Mavericks rotation this season.
An athletic 6'11 230 center, he out-performed incumbent starter Brendan Haywood on a per-minute basis, averaging 6 points, 5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks on 54.5% shooting in only 18 minutes a night.
With the dearth of quality big men in the NBA, Mahinmi, who had been playing for the league minimum, will likely receive the first big contract of his NBA career this summer.
In an interview with ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon, he said that staying in Dallas would be his first choice:
"Obviously it's been two great years for me," Mahinmi said. "The Mavs organization really gave me a chance to play and show the world what I can do, so I really want to stay here. But on the other part, you know that the NBA's a business. We all know that they're going to try to make the NBA better. Right now, I don't know if I'm in their plans, but me, I really want to stay here."
But with Brandan Wright likely slotted to fill in the backup center role next season, Dallas will have to decide whether Mahinmi can be a starting caliber center on an elite team.
If they view him as more of a reserve player, they'll have a hard time re-signing him to a significant contract even if they bring in Williams, especially with the dream of Dwight Howard not dead yet either.
The Dallas Mavericks run at repeating as NBA champions is over but a few of the veteran players aren't quite ready to give up on the team making a furious comeback next season, pending a certain hometown hero and free agent named Deron Williams signs on.
Jason Kidd came out and said backing up Williams would be an easy job and one the 39-year-old veteran would definitely be willing to sign up for if the opportunity presented itself. This is what Kidd told Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
"Oh, I can definitely back him up," Kidd said. "That's an easy job. I can be a penalty killer, minutes killer. I'll just have to watch a little hockey and figure out how to kill time, but I could definitely accept that role."
Dirk Nowitzki also expressed his interest in playing alongside Williams, which would give the Mavericks two legitimate superstars on the roster.
"It's May, and he knows he's got a big decision to make," Nowitzki said. "It's obvious that we'd love to have him, but so would a lot of other teams, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens there this summer.
"I was fortunate enough to spend some time around him during All-Star games. He's a great dude and he's from here, so I think it would be a great fit, but hey, that's not my decision."
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With the Mavericks now officially eliminated from the 2012 post-season, all eyes in Dallas have turned to the summer of 2012 and the potential for the team to re-shape itself in free agency.
One source well-acquainted with Williams' thinking told ESPN.com this weekend that the Mavericks, in their current state, have no better than a "50-50 shot" of getting D-Will's signature in July ... despite the fact that the Nets aren't any closer to landing Howard than they are.
The two teams with the most cap space this summer are the Nets and the Mavericks. New Jersey doesn't have the player the caliber of Dirk Nowitzki, but they are in a much bigger market and they could offer Williams the chance to be the face of their franchise as they make the move to Brooklyn.
The All-NBA PG's desire to play on a championship contender may give Dallas the edge in what will be an extremely high-profile process.
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