Mavericks Don’t Make Big Splash, but Position Themselves For Success

July 17th, 2010 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
I covet basketball players. LeBron and Wade, of course, but players like John Salmons, Al Jefferson and Emeka Okafor have also been on my list for players I would like to see on my beloved Mavericks. 

Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood are two of those players as well, and now they're both part of Cuban's boys. 

But at what cost? Haywood cost them Josh Howard (which I am actually OK with), and he will cost them another $55 million until age 35 or so. 

And Chandler required the biggest chip of all: The vaunted Erick Dampier expiring contract. Going into the summer, my wildest fantasies included Dampier being turned into LeBron James. While it was technically possible, we have learned that it wasn't in the cards much at all. 

While I didn't react well (I may or may not have left several Mel Gibson-style messages on friends' phones the night of July 8), in the end, the Mavericks made a smart move, getting bigger and securing some financial flexibility for the future.

We learned in the NBA Finals that size still matters most. The Celtics were six offensive rebounds away from winning game 7 on the road. The ...

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