Say this for Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson, when they wanted to go for cap space they really wanted to go for cap space. The way this summer is shaping up for the Dallas Mavericks, they may have $34 trillion dollars in cap room in the summer of 2013 to sign a collection of free agents to play next to Brendan Haywood and Yi Jianlian.
Not that keeping veteran point guard Jason Kidd was going to solve the many problems this team faces, but watching Kidd sign with the New York Knicks for a three-year, $9 million deal is almost depressing.
What are we going to watch when the season starts - Dirk vs. the Thunder?
It was this time one year ago when the Mavs were coming off their first NBA title with this roster. Here is that roster, and where they are now.
G JJ Barea - signed with Minn last offseason
G Roddy Beaubois - Mavs
F Corey Brewer - signed with Nuggets last offseason
F Caron Butler - signed with Clippers last offseason
F Brian Cardinal - Mavs
C Tyson Chandler - signed with Knicks last offseason
C Brendan Haywood - Mavs
G Dominique Jones - Mavs
G Jason Kidd - close to signing with Knicks
C Ian Mahinmi - Mavs
F Shawn Marion - Mavs
F Dirk Nowitzki - Mavs
G DeShawn Stevenson - signed with Nets last offseason
G Peja Stojakovic - retired last offseason
G Jason Terry - close to signing with the Celtics
This is what the Mavs have right now ...
G Roddy Beaubois
F Brian Cardinal
G Vince Carter
F Jae Crowder
F Jared Cunningham
F Tadija Dragicevic
C Brendan Haywood
C Bernard James
F Yi Jianlian
G Dominique Jones
C Ian Mahimni
F Shawn Marion
G Delonte West *
F Dirk Nowitzki
F Brendan Wright
* A free agent but expected to return, although at this point take nothing for granted.
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