I should have posted this earlier in the day, but I do need to make a clarification about the roster deadline of March 1. In today's paper I reported that free agents must be signed by March 1 in order to be on the playoff roster. This is not true.
The scenario I should have stated is that a late-season roster addition is NOT eligible for the playoff roster only if that player was on another team's roster as of March 1. So, for example, Jamaal Magloire, a center the Mavs are interested in signing, he can be added to the 15-man regular season roster at any point and still be eligible for the playoff roster because the Nets resleased him prior to March 1. Last season the Mavs signed Kevin Willis at the beginning of April, but because he was not on another team's roster at any point from March 1 on, he was eligible for the Mavs' playoff roster.
Magloire is being pursued by several teams so he will likely be signed quickly this week. A good example of a player that could be an addition to some team after March 1 and still be eligible for the playoff roster is P.J. Brown. Brown decided not to play this season, but he hasn't ruled out a return to help a contender in the postseason.
I certainly regret the error and hope it didn't cause too much confusion. In this business, accuracy is everything, and I take that very seriously. My credibility is on the line. Unfortunately, mistakes do happen. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
-- Jeff Caplan