I am absolutely stoked at the game being played between the Mavs and Rockets.
For the last few years people have lauded the skill of the Rockets front office. The Rockets have been the gamblers who spent big bucks on guys on the cusp of stardom (Lin & Harden). They hit a home run on a top star (Howard). They developed young talent and reaped the rewards of cheap labor (Parsons). I heard the terms "wizard" and "genius" attributed to GM Morey.
For the last few years people have laughed at the Mavericks front office. The team owner meddled too much. They blew up a championship team to chase stars that never came. They don't know how to draft and so have to overpay for talent (Calderon). They had to take selfish re-treads that no one wanted (Carter, Ellis). The national media gave the Mavericks no respect.
In one move, the Mavs stuck a dagger in the heart of the brilliant Rockets GM. Houston's advantage gained by identifying and developing young talent just crumbled. If they do match the Mavs offer sheet, they probably doom themselves to a cap situation where they have no depth without any significant upgrade to their roster. How much would you overpay for a good player, while at the same time significantly damaging one of your division rivals?
In retrospect, the Mavs have reaped huge benefits by evaluating undervalued talent in Ellis and Carter. They have earned enough loyalty and respect from players that they are actually getting their guys to re-sign below market rates. They went farther in the playoffs than the Rockets despite playing the top seed. Their meddling owner just partied with the Rockets young talent and may just steal him away from Houston.
The team of Nelson and Cuban might just deserve a little more respect. I might even have to call this most recent move "Genius".