According to Marc Stein a team source says that there is a “good chance” Dampier is not traded this summer.â†µ
Sources say Minnesota has been urging Dallas to part with Dampier’s contract and draft considerations in exchange for Al Jefferson, who has three years left on his contract at $42 million. The Mavericks keep telling the Wolves that they won’t surrender Dampier’s contract in a Jefferson deal because they have it earmarked for a Gasol-type trade, such as a theoretical sign-and-trade arrangement for James or as the centerpiece of Dallas’ longstanding pursuit of Paul.â†µ
Having Dampier “earmarked for a Gasol-type trade” seems a bit foolish. With Haywood signed, I would have had no problem trading Dampier for Jefferson. The goal is to improve. Jefferson would have accomplished that. A team can not go into an off-season saying it’s Wade/Lebron/Paul or bust. Hopefully, this is just posturing and there is nothing to it. Has to be. If not, a lot of Mavericks fans will be disappointed, to put it lightly.â†µ
In the meantime, Cliff Lee!!