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The Mavericks have been somewhat quiet this offseason which comes as kind of a surprise to me with the Dampier contract and all. I agree that resigning Dirk and Haywood were the number one priority to the team because without those two I don’t think that the little old mavericks have much a chance. Dirk is the cornerstone of this franchise and I don’t care how bad he does I don’t think the Mavericks can get rid of him now. He could’ve teamed up with another big free agent this offseason and won a championship but he chose to show his loyalty to the Mavs and sign here. The only way I can see the Mavs trading him now is if there is clearly zero percent chance that the Mavericks are never going to win a championship. Haywood is just a good starting center. No more no less but one thing did strike me as odd. He averaged three less points and two less rebounds than Dampier did when the Mavs signed him to that junk contract. But all that being said Haywood was playing with good players while Dampier was with the lowly Warriors. Plus we got him for a fair price at roughly 7 million a year. Speaking of Damp and his contract that’s the size of J-Lo’s ass, at first, I didn’t really like the trade that was made yesterday. The more I think about it though the more I like it. Chandler had an injury plagued year last year with the bobcats and before that failed a physical that would’ve sent him to the Thunder, All while averaging about 6 points and 7 rebounds per game. But saying all that I like how he fits in Dallas. He won’t get nearly the minutes that he was getting in Charlotte which could work in his favor giving his past of injuries. He will also have that energy that the mavericks have wanted and needed since the Mavericks acquired Dennis Rodman and he had his short stint back in 2000. Also the money Side of the deal works out very well in the Mavericks Favor. We take Najera off the books that we owed about 6 million over two years and then Matt Carrols three year 11 million dollar deal. The key to this trade was Chandlers Expiring Contract net year and also the 5 million dollar trade exception. This will allow a team that has a player that’s making 16 million to pursue a trade with the Mavericks for Chandler and his expiring contract of 11 million and that five million dollar trade exception. This deal will solely depended on how Roddy B does at the off guard position. If Roddy comes out and performs like a great player like the Mavs are making him out to be you have to like the Mavericks chances at least getting to the Western Conference Finals. If not, look for a trade made during the season preferably at the deadline. Some of the players that I think are good possibilities are Gilbert Arenas, Eric Gordon, Jamal Crawford, Gerald Wallace, John Salmons, and maybe, just maybe if the Hornets don’t do well, Chris Paul. Here’s how I see the Mavericks starting 5 as of right now.
PG: Jason Kidd– Getting way too old and will start to show his age
SG: Rodrigue Beaubois– Interested to see what this young kid out of France can do
SF: Caron Butler– Needs to be way more consistent than he was last year with the Mavs
PF: Dirk Nowitzki– Not as great as he used to be, but his mid range turnaround fade away is something that nobody in the league can duplicate
C: Brendon Haywood– Serviceable center that adds more scoring and defense to the middle. Needs to grab more boards and not get into early foul trouble
I also really like Dominique Jones out of USF so look for him to crack a spot in the rotation. Anyways, those are my Maverick thoughts for now. Baseball talk and what kind of mess the Rangers are in later.


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