With the anticipated signing of Marcin Gortat and Jason Kidd the Maverick have ran out of money to sign any body else out of free agency most of the valuable free agents have already signed with other teams any way. Artest with LA, Trevor A, with Houston, Shaq with the Cavs and then of course some of the trades that made teams in our conference better…and better than the Mavs.
I personally don’t really like the idea of spending the MLE on Gortat but its obvious that this was high on the priority list for the Mavs front office along with Kidd…Kidd I understand there was no other option.
So if you really think about it logically something else is bound to happen most likely something unexpected. If I am Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle they cant with a straight face say they are going into this season with this roster. It seems like the media and fans are up in arms about the moves thus far. Really Kidd at the PG a huge ???? at the shooting guard, Howard at the SF , Dirk at the PF and Gortat at the center. Bass is probably on the move ironically Orlando seems to be the most likely scenario. If Orlando and Dallas were smart they would do a sign and trade both teams would get what they want and keep the MLE.
With bringing in Gortat there is really no need for Damp so they are going to move him and they have the coveted Jerry Stack house contract too. Cuban, Carlisle and Nelson aren’t dumb surely the plan is to move Damp and Stack. Logic and Cubans competitiveness and knowing that LA and SA got way better the plan is TRADE I would be completely shocked being a fan of the Mavs since the early 90s and an NBA fan my whole life it is inevitable that they will be bringing in some new faces, some proven NBA talent. So we know Stack and Damp are gone. I would also be as bold as to say Terry, Wright and Howard are tradable. Bass is most likely going to sign somewhere else. The Mavs are essentially going to be building around 3 players maybe 4 Dirk, Kidd, Gortat, and Howard if they cant get anything of equal value in a trade.
So if you get the Free agent signings out of your head and look at teams that might have financial troubles or are rebuilding that’s most likely where your going to find the new Mavericks. Now you have to think like Carlisle and Nelson and put aside your personal opinion and the “Trade machine” trades about who you think they should trade for. So who are the new Mavs going to be? Just an FYI I wouldn’t think center we have that in Gortat and Hollins…I wouldn’t think PG either. I would be looking at PF back up to Dirk and legit SG a decent Small forward. I would look at teams the Mavs have done business with in the past and hope there are teams that are rebuilding or hurting financially. Phoenix, Charlotte, Golden State, LA Clippers, Memphis and maybe New Orleans or even teams that just signed new players and now are back logged at positions. Marion? Gerald Wallace? Raja Bell? Jason Richardson? Corey Maggette ? Just a few ideas I have that I bet the Mavs would look at. Who do you really think the Mavs are looking to trade for? And be realistic. Wade, Kobe, Carmelo, Lebron, Bosch, Durant players like that aren’t going any where this year. Keep it real.