After the debacle that was DeAndre Jordan. The Mavs are left with a bunch of questions and no answers. We traded a second round pick to the Bucks for Zaza Pachulia, he’s no DJ but there isn’t much option for Dallas and we must welcome him with open arms.
With the playoffs only a few weeks away and barring a massive collapse over the course of the next 7 games, the Mavs look like they have a shot at staying in playoff contention. With that in mind, who would we rather see them play?
If you look at the Mavericks 26-12 record and 5th place spot in the West, you think we are in good shape. Which we are don’t get me wrong, but when you break down that record and see who the wins and losses are against it can raise a red flag.
As of 12 games the Maverick’s offense is the best in the league, and in a league where offensive teams are in abundance this is a great achievement. What makes the Mavs offense so good is a number of things. From their passing, the ability to get to the rim, or their excellency in pull up jumpers.
The game against the Kings on Tuesday had many historic moments.
Even though the NBA schedule hasn’t officially come out yet, many sources have confirmed the season will open with our Mavericks taking on the Spurs in San Antonio.
In the wake of the Paul George injury, Mark Cuban cane out with some words against FIBA and the IOC. Stating that “The IOC is an organization that has been rife with corruption, to the point where a member was accused of trying to fix an Olympic event in Salt Lake.” and “The IOC pulls in billions of dollars. They make a killing and make Tony Soprano look like a saint.”
We still have a couple months before the season begins, but it’s probably safe to start making some early predictions on who’s going to finish where. Free agency is wearing down and all the major impact signings have already been made. Rosters have been set for the most part and John Schuhmann of nba.com has already come out with preseason power rankings, putting the Mavs in the number four spot behind the Spurs, Thunder, and Clippers respectively.
When the Dallas Mavericks signed Chandler Parsons to the 3 year 46 million dollar contract, people pointed out that he is overpaid. It was mainly in part due to Gordon Hayward’s 4 year 63 million dollar contract, which is not even in the ballpark of what he’s worth (No offense Gordon). He is around the same price of Parsons which realistically is in the 12 million range. Regardless of the size of the contract, Mavs fans feel like it was a bold move on our front office’s part, and our hopes are high for Parsons’ future in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks summer league is underway in Las Vegas, and after three games we are 2-1 after yesterdays 88-57 beat down of the Raptors. The Mavs shot 50% from the field and 44% from deep. Ledo had the game high, scoring 18 points and going 4-9 from the field and 2-3 from 3 point range. Sarge had 6 points while pulling down 7 rebounds, and Mekel had 11 while going 5-8 shooting the ball.
According to ESPN Chris Broussard, the Dallas Mavericks believe they likely will lose out on both Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony, will attempt to explore other options. The Mavs front office needs to sit down and figure out their next move. Us MFFLs have heard a lot of rumors, but haven’t heard much news this offseason. The transactions of Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris were expected, but who is next?
According to Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine), Lebron James’ agent Rich Paul has met with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Houston Rockets in the past few days. Even though LeBron likely won’t change teams, this will be a good chance to lay the groundwork and see if he is actually an obtainable goal. Getting the best player in the world is huge, but he is going to ask for a max contract. Mark Cuban may not be willing to do that with Melo, but Mark Cuban would find a way for Lebron James. The Dallas Mavericks signed Dirk Nowitzki to a 3 year, $30 million contract this afternoon so the Mavs would have to trade Brandan Wright to have the cap space to sign a max player.
With the addition of Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton, talks of the Dallas Mavericks acquiring Carmelo Anthony have increased greatly over the past few days. Now the thought of getting Melo isn’t so distant anymore, we have actually become serious contenders.
Mavs have a sit down meeting with Melo on Wednesday as do the Rockets. Mark Cuban said, “We are going to swing for the fences.” Which is a good strategy if getting Melo is a legitimate possibility, but we can’t put all our chips in one bag.
Now if I were in that meeting I would be listing all the reasons why being a Dallas Maverick is the best option for Carmelo.
When Monta Ellis signed that 3 year 25.08 million dollar contract, many of us were unsure which Monta we were going to get. Is it the one who produced and was the main scorer for the Warriors or the one who did not have fulfilling seasons in Milwaukee? Well clearly by what we’ve seen this season, especially in the playoffs, we have the best Monta Ellis yet.
With the Finals underway and free agency looming, the Dallas Mavericks have some big offseason questions. Who do they bring in from free agency and will they re-sign any players from the 2013-2014 squad?