MacMahon said the Mavericks’ focus, while holding the worst record in the Western Conference at 4-15 heading into Monday, is to salvage the season. Dallas is six games out of the playoff race, but the Mavericks have dealt with the lengthy absence of Dirk Nowitzki and other key players.
MacMahon reported that while the Mavericks aren’t in a rush to ship the Australian big man they acquired this summer from the Golden State Warriors, management understands the value Bogut can give to a championship contending team. Sources told MacMahon that Dallas could pry a first-round pick out of a team for Bogut, who is in the final year of a three-year, $36 million deal.
Bogut hasn’t been the complete Tyson Chandler-like player Dallas hoped for, but he’s been a productive rebounder at 10.6 boards while playing 25.9 minutes per game. While Dallas’ record hasn’t shown it, he’s played decent.
Bogut can still rebound and play solid defense. If he’s in the right situation with a team that can win championships, he’s just as good of an X-factor as anyone in the league. That’s what Dallas was hoping for, but not even the Mavericks thought they’d start 11 games under .500 in the first week of December.
Unless Dallas turns this thing around and finds itself back in playoff contention, don’t be surprised if the Mavericks become sellers at the trade deadline with Bogut as a highly-coveted name.