Ever since the Dallas Mavericks blew up their NBA title winning team from two years ago the team's design was to spend money - namely to spend it on Deron Williams. The intent was to spend money without going into this punishing luxury tax that kicks in next year. It is difficult, however, to spend money when the free agent says, "No thanks."
Mavs owner Mark Cuban has announced, "We want everybody to know that the Bank of Cuban is open and if it’s the right deal, we don’t mind taking back money.''
The Mavs have won three straight and are 16-23, and four wins back of Portland for eighth in the Western Conference. Hooray!
Since he bought the team Cuban has always been aggressive and creative in trying to improve his roster; this "Cuban's bank is open" statement is consistent with his tenure.
The frustrating element isn't that he blew up the team from two years ago, but that he let the one guy - center Tyson Chandler - walk when the rest he could have replaced. Active, athletic centers such as Chandler are impossible to find.
That's gone, so ... moving on.
The Mavs have a load of one-year contracts they can use to trade to obtain real players to surround Dirk Nowitzki for a season or two as his prime years fade away. The Mavs aren't trading Dirk, so now the goal should be to start looking to dump players such as Elton Brand, Chris Kaman, Darren Collison and anyone else for serious talent from teams who no longer want to carry their big contracts.
The first thought is going to be Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins, who is a prime talent and a Grade-A a------. Cousins leads the Kings in scoring (17.6) and rebounds (10.2) but he has already been suspended by head coach Keith Smart this season, not to mention the few other alteractions he had last season.
The guy can play, but he is a tremendous risk.
Looking at the rosters of the 13 other teams who are not in the top 8 of their respective conferences and it's not as if these teams have parts the Mavs can just go buy. Or even may even want to. The T-Wolves are not going to give away Kevin Love, even if he tells management he refuses to sign a long term deal in Minny.
That Cuban is re-engaged and looking to improve his roster by spending a few bucks is good news. The scary news is that there does not appear a lot to spend his money on.
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