I wouldn't start hyperventilateing over the Mavs trading for New York Knicks power forward Zach Randolph. The New York Daily News reported earlier that the Knicks are working on sending Randolph to the Mavs for Jerry Stackhouse...of course it would take about another $5 million in salary to make the deal work.
A play for Randolph doesn't make much sense for the Mavs in the present or future. The Mavs would have to find a way to play Randolph, who can score and rebound but can't defend, and Dirk Nowitzki together.
But, it also makes no sense if the Mavs want to be a player in the 2010 free-agent extravaganza.
Getting Randolph now locks him into the Mavs payroll for three years for big, big money -- $14.7 this season, $16 million in 2009-10 and $17.3 in his final year, 2010-11, virtually taking the Mavs out of the picture in the summer of '10 when Dallas native Chris Bosh can become a free agent, along with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and others.
-- Jeff Caplan