Even had the Dallas Mavericks bagged the top lottery pick it would not have mattered - this class has been evaluated as one of the weakest in recent memories. No A-listers here at Pick 1, or 13, where your Mavs are selecting.
The Mavs have cornered their offseason in the pursuit of free agents Dwight Howard or Chris Paul. Paul is not leaving the Los Angeles Clippers. That leaves D12; all he must do is take roughly $30 million less to leave the Los Angeles Lakers. BTW - LA has already begun a We Love Dwight campaign as evidenced by these billboards.
If Howard does not leave the Lakers, there is no Plan B for the Mavs. The players available in the draft or in free agency aren't worth it. The Plan B that exists could look a lot like last summer when the Mavs scrambled and did the best they could by signing a load of players to one-year deals.
The end result wasn't awful, but a roster with so many players on one-year deals or expiring contracts led to a great deal of confusion and frustration; guys ultimately were worried about themselves, and how they were going to position themselves for their next deal.
The Mavs simply do not want to over commit to any one player with a bad contract they can't unload. That means free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo likely is not going to return because some team will give him more money and more years.
The Mavs are either going big on the right player, or they're not going at all.
Expect this: The Mavs are not going to land Dwight Howard not for any other reason than they can't offer as much money.
The Mavs are going to bring in a new cast of veterans to surround Dirk Nowitzki, but ultimately the team they put on the floor this season will look a lot like last season.
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