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Does a Danny Granger (T) and Tyreke Evans (S&T) use of cap space appeal to anyone?

I know we missed the playoffs, but, over the years I have become convinced that it takes 3 things to win playoff basketball: (1) a go to star at crunch time (check-Dirk); (2) and inside-out offensive approach (post-up game or penetrating guard play-high shooting percentage looks); and (3) stiffling defense. Indiana has no top tier stars, but their overall athletic ability and length allowed them to take the Heat to 7. With 6'7 215 SF Marion guarding the other teams PG, 6'6 225 PG Tyreke Evans 6'6 225 guarding their SG, and 6'8 225 Danny Granger playing the SG but guarding the SF, added to a bruiser in Sarge and with Carlisle at the helm, we could be talking about possibly the best Defensive and Rebounding lineup in the league even with Dirk. Length and athletic ability to spare. Additionally, Evans is a penetrating finisher who would pair well with Dirk on the pick and roll. If Granger was traded for and Evans could be acquired as a RFA for $9m/yr, the $ should work plaus a MLE player and Granger, Marion, Dirk and Vince would all come off the books next summer freeing up over $35m in cap space again. Also, as a side note, I think in today's salary cap climate, your bottom 5 bench slots have to be filled with $500k rookie or 2nd year players who you can develope, and if they don't pay out you can divest yourself of and replace every year or other year. They make good trade fillers, they don't hamstring your cap long term, and you might get lucky (ie: Danny Green with the Spurs). I'd love to see the Mavs buy 2-4 more 2nd round picks to place on the roster now rather than waste over-seas. I don't want to see anyone making more than $1.5m riding the bench. Its a waste of cap space. One scenario which would work is as follows: Trade 1 (predraft): Trade Cunningham and #13 to Cleveland for #19 & #31 & #33 Trade 2 (predraft): Trade 2014 #1 (or next in line) to Atlanta for #17 & #18 (Atlanta fgoes allin on Dwightmare and CP3 and seeks to clear guaranteed salary) Trade 3 (predraft): Trade #19 to Indiana for Danny Granger 68' 225 (they save $14m to use on resigning West and signing a better PG) Draft: #17 C Dieng 6'10 245 Louisville #18 F Mitchell 6'8 235 NTexas #31 PG Canaan 6' 205 MurraySt. #33 F Ellis 6'7 205 LongBeachSt #44 C Dedmon 7' 240 USC FreeAgency: 1. Marion Opts Out 2. Marion resigns 4yr$6m/yr 3. Sign&Trade Tyreke Evans 6'6 225 4yr $7.7m,$8.7m,$9.7m,$10.7m trade Rookie Mitchell 4. Sign PG ChaunceyBillups 6'3 205 4yr $4m/yr using part MLE 5. Sign SG/SF FranciscoGarcia 6'7 200 4yr $4m/yr using remaining MLE+RoomException 6. Sign RookieFA Travis Releford 6'6 210 Kansas for Rookie Min Below would be the 2013/14 lineup with 1 emply rosterspot ($7m over est $60m cap): PG Evans $7,705,991 Billups $4,000,000 R-Canaan $500,000 SG Granger $14,021,788 Carter $3,125,000 R-Releford $500,000 SF Marion $6,000,000 Garcia $4,000,000 R-Ellis $500,000 PF Dirk $22,721,381 Crowder $788,820 - $500,000 C James $788,820 R-Dieng $1,348,200 R-Dedmon $500,000 Trade 4

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