UPDATE JULY 14, 7:42 p.m.: Mike Miller,huh?
ESPN sources say Houston and Dallas have barged into the Mike Miller race trying to keep LeBron's sharpshooter buddy from choosing Cleveland— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 15, 2014
UPDATE JULY 13, 3:33 p.m.: Luol Deng will sign with the Miami Heat on a two year, $20 year deal that includes a second-year player option.
Luol Deng has committed to the Miami Heat, league source tells RealGM.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 13, 2014
If Houston matches Chandler Parsons, the small forward market appears to be Lance Stephenson and Shawn Marion. This is the saddest sentence I've ever written.
UPDATE JULY 12, 7:09 p.m.: If the Mavs don't get Parsons, Deng AND Stephenson are in play. Monta-Lance-Luol sounds pretty good right?
Luol Deng to Miami is definitely a strong possibility, but I'm told he's weighing the lay of the land in Dallas first before deciding.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 13, 2014
Dallas may pursue Lance Stephenson on a bigger money, shorter deal before turning to Deng -- assuming Houston matches on Chandler Parsons.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014
UPDATE JULY 12, 6:30 PM: Well the small forward market is drying up. As you know by now, Ariza has signed with the Rockets and they can still match Parsons. But other guys are starting to go too...
Marvin Williams agrees to two-year, $14 million deal with Hornets, source tells Yahoo. Fully guaranteed, no option.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 12, 4:16 p.m.: Looks like the Mavs are looking for their Vince Carter replacement. Will Miller really pick the Mavs over buddying back up with LeBron in Cleveland? Who knows, but it's worth a shot...
The Mavs lost Vince Carter last night. They're now making a serious run to try to replace him with Mike Miller, a source told @CBSSports.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 12, 12:00 p.m.: more back up plans for Parsons:
Lance Stephenson is in now in tier with Trevor Ariza and Luol Deng if Rockets match Chandler Parsons. http://t.co/t8dXocm9Ba— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 12, 10:24 a.m.: I don't want to get our hopes up but...
Hearing that Rockets are having advanced talks with Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza. Good sign for Mavs re: Chandler Parsons.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 11, 10:57 p.m.: Parting is such sweet sorrow. :'(
Vince Carter has agreed to a three-year, $12M deal with Memphis, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 11, 10:45 p.m.: GO AWAY GRIZZLIES.
Mavericks have been hopeful of retaining Vince Carter but ESPN sources say Grizzlies in serious talks to try to swipe Vinsanity from Dallas— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
UPDATE JULY 10, 9:30 p.m.: I have no idea what's going on here.
Mavs want to use $2.7M cap-room exception on Vince Carter. If Carter declines, likely offered to Mo Williams. Also on list: Birdman— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 11, 2014
UPDATE JULY 10, 6:01 p.m.: You want Isaiah Thomas? Multiple people report that the Mavericks are still talking with him and are on his short list of destinations. He's a restricted free agent and I know what you're thinking, but it seems like Sacramento is prepared to let him walk -- or at least reach a sign-and-trade agreement.
For the record, Isaiah Thomas told me yesterday that his top three choices are the Lakers, Suns and Dallas. Very interesting trio.— Brett Weisband (@weisband) July 10, 2014
SUMMARY JULY 9: News about the exact amount of cap increases come out.
SUMMARY: JULY 8: Dallas is meeting with Mo Williams. Reports surface that Dallas MAY get to meet with Lebron in Las Vegas if he's still a free agent..
SUMMARY JULY 7: Chris Broussard says Dallas is one of the few teams interested in Lance Stephenson. More hopeful news about Vince Carter. The price point for Trevor Ariza ($9-11 per year) comes to light. WHOA #WOJBOMB The Mavs push an offer sheet to restricted free agent Chandler Parsons.
SUMMARY JULY 6: No news. LAME.
SUMMARY: JULY 5: Mavs find out they're out of the Melo running rather quickly and proceed towards getting Devin Harris locked down to a three year, $9 million deal. The Mavericks are later linked with guard Kent Bazemore in terms of interest. Ivan Johnson, Atlanta Hawk vet, is on our summer league team! Dwain Price says between Marion and Carter the Mavs feel more comfortable about the likelihood of resigning Carter.
SUMMARY: JULY 4: Freedom! And freedom from free agent rumors of note.
SUMMARY: JULY 3: Dirk resigned, prompting outbusts of joy every where. His contract was universally hailed as the best thus far during the off season. Spirits dampened a bit when it was rumored that Melo may have just needed an ego boost during his whirlwind tour of NBA destinations. Later reports indicated Melo wants to play in NYC with Pau Gasol. Given the weaker conference, it makes some sense. The internet nearly blew up later in the evening when reports surfaced that 4-5 teams spoke with the agent of Lebron James and one of those teams was Dallas. Three teams will be given a call back next week.
SUMMARY: JULY 2: #MeloWatch was the theme of the day, with Melo meeting the Rockets in the morning followed by a meeting that evening in Dallas. Most of the media was locked out of any Melo-proceedings, resulting in some hilarious tweets from the local beat guys. The Houston meeting ran for nearly six hours, putting an early damper on his Dallas meeting which ended up being in a local restaurant followed by a visit to Mark Cuban's house. Later evening reports from Marc Stein indicated that Dallas felt compelled to meet with Melo despite knowing it was a long shot. His report also said Dallas planned to move on to both Luol Deng and Chandler Parsons.
SUMMARY: JULY 1: The day started with Tim MacMahon reporting that Cuban and Devin Harris had a late dinner. Later reports indicated Dallas put out feelers for Isiash Thomas and Kyle Lowry. Morning reports indicated Cuban and the front office contacted as many as twenty free agents in the opening salvo. Late morning reports indicated both Shawn Marion and Vince Carter are targets of the Miami Heat. A deal with Dirk was openly discussed as low priority so Cuban could pursue other free agents first, including Carmelo Anthony. Early afternoon reports tied Dallas to being interested in former UT star DJ Augustin. Evening reports tied Doyle Rader-favorite Josh McRoberts to a number of teams, including Dallas.
SUMMARY: JUNE 30 - Dallas started the evening by making calls to literally every free agent we could've imagined their interest in. It was a breath of fresh air after the past few years of veiled secrecy after initial plans to land big free agents.