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The ideal off-season guide for 2013
Entering the 2013 off-season, the Mavericks have had a very busy decade with the ‘Bank of Cuban.’
Listen here, I don’t mind having a Chris Paul, or a Dwight Howard in Dallas.
I’m just saying, it wouldn’t be the greatest fit for either one of the superstars to not come to Dallas for financial reasons and the team’s future.
Rick Gosselin stated it the best: “The Clippers can offer more money and they have Blake Griffin. Just those two elements tell me that if the options are Dallas and L.A., he’ll stay in L.A. I just don’t see what’s attractive about this market. Dirk (Nowitzki) is an aging star. He’s no longer a superstar. You got a bunch of spare parts that you played with last year. If Chris Paul comes here, it’s me and what else. No matter what the money is, I don’t think that’s going to be attractive.”
The past has also shown the Mavericks have had trouble in the off-season picking up the big names. Mark Cuban foresaw the summer of 2013 and realized that Dwight Howard and Deron Williams would change the future of his team. Cuban made his power play for Deron Williams, but more money and the sudden unexpected move of the trade for Joe Johnson enticed Deron to stay a Net.
I think it’s pretty convincing the Mavericks will have a lot more financial flexibility this Summer if you don’t go for the clear cut best players on the market.
Why not focus on the future? Maintaining your current roster? Coach Carlisle would sure appreciate it, and so would the fans. The problem is with ‘The bank of Cuban’ is that the bank often gambles for the most popular targets on the market, and fails most of the time and punishes the organization for a whole season when you grab all the left- overs on the market in the last minute, have seven new players on the roster, and then fail to reach the playoffs.
2013 will be a considerable year for many teams in free agency with quality players. The ‘Bank of Cuban’ needs to re-think this process and go after quality players and focus on the financial flexibility for the organization. Now the Mavs have enough cap to sign a couple of quality free agents. Howard is definitely the largest name, but what about Josh Smith? A large offer to Brandon Jennings? The possibilities are endless here if the ‘Bank of Cuban’ can focus.
The smart move is to move Beaubois in any possible way, cut James, and look to bring back Mayo, Brandan Wright, and Darren Collison on exceptions. They will probably miss on Howard….and Chris Paul. Hopefully that process won’t take the whole off-season. But striking out twice might get them a better, younger player on a poison pill type deal like Jeremy Lin received. The Mavs should be making a move for their future, and the major piece signed this summer is only part of the plan. After Dirk comes off the books in 2014, the Mavs may once again be major players, but that groundwork must start this Summer. It’s time to make the splitting of the title team pay off, and make it back to the playoffs.
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