If we can't get Dwight or Paul this summer, we still have other options to bring a second star to Dallas this summer. What would you all think about either of the following ideas?
1.) Josh Smith for 1 year/max (or) 4 years/$64m with a player option after year 2. He gets a raise, a change of scenery and the chance to get the 10-year max level if he earns it (which according to his agent is a possible reason he'd take a shorter contract). Dallas gets the best player Dirk's ever played with, in his prime, and a great chance to be very attractive to free agents next summer when more salary opens up.
The problem is, we'd probably have to trade Marion if he doesn't opt out and take less money per year for a longer contract - otherwise, we'd have too much salary tied up in only two positions. If we get Smith, we should trade Marion to a team needing a quality SF/PF and veteran leadership in exchange for role players and trade assets, or else we'll be seeing a lot more smallball with Dirk at center and hoping the Marion-Smith tandem can make up for our lack of a good rim-protector.
2.) Andrew Bynum for max money/4 years with team options after years 1 and 3 (or only partially guaranteed money in the later years). I can't imagine a team giving him 4/5 max contract years with no team options considering his injury history, but I'd gamble on the second best 5 in the game if we have means to jump ship, worst case scenario. He gets a bad rap, but so does Cousins, and Bynum is bigger and (when healthy) better than Cousins on both ends of the floor.
I'd rather not overpay the second tier [or the third tier, including Mayo] just for the sake of "winning", but we do have some negotiating room. If these guys can get more guaranteed money to play on some desperate crap team and choose to go, we can still bid on quality RFAs like Tyreke Evans or Gerald Henderson or pick up a bunch of trade assets and quality UFA role players (Jose Calderon/Jarrett Jack/Samuel Dalembert/etc.) But I'd definitely do a compromise deal to get either Smith or Bynum if they'd take it.