Who Can it Be Now?

14 12 2011


The Mavericks have decided to undergo a crazy offseason filled with key players such as Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, and J.J. Barea being let go while also grabbing some interesting players such as Vince Carter, Lamar Odom, and Delonte West. What about the future of this Mavs team? Well, Mark Cuban recently made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM) to help people have a better understanding about what direction this team is headed in:


“All of it has that in mind, but I think what people are misreading into it, everybody thinks it’s about getting that one big free agent. I don’t know that we’re going to go in that direction. The way I look at the market place, with the new CBA, is that the max-out [contract] guys are still going to be the max-out guys, the minimum players are still going to be the minimum players, but everybody in between, and I think there are only 23 max-out guys in the league, everybody else I think is going to be priced a lot lower.

“So you’re going to be able to get, I think and this is just my guess, hope, whatever you want to call it, we’re going to be able to get some really, really good players. And it might not be that we go for the one superstar. It might be that we go for three or four stars and package them together around Dirk and our team and whoever else we bring back. And that gives us flexibility to re-sign current roster guys and to bring in more quality guys as opposed to just shooting for the one guy.”

“Dirk’s not going away. Dirk’s not built on athleticism and Kidd will get more rest. But if we can bring in guys that are stars as opposed to guys that are top three or four, there’s a lot to be said for that. We’ll look at all the options. We’re not going to be opposed to bringing in the biggest names, but there’s nothing that says that we can’t be just as successful building around guys that come in a little less expensively and are 90 percent of the way there and challenged that way. And that I think builds a great foundation going forward.”


Even though Cuban clearly wanted to emphasize that he will not be tunnel-visioned this offseason, I believe the big names (Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, and Chris Paul) are Cuban’s primary targets. His most recent move to send Fernandez and Brewer to the Nuggets for practically nothing signifies he wants cap-room. I just have a gut feeling that Cuban knows something – has been told something. Why else would he toss away so many valuable championship pieces and (as many speculate) move on to sign more veterans to one-year contracts? Mark Cuban must be anticipating a superstar to come to his team in the summer of 2012. If not, Cuban and the rest of his staff will be inundated with angry fans in the Big D telling them how they should’ve handled the 2011 offseason.

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