Ever since the dismantling of the Mavericks 2011 Championship team, Mavericks fans have been waiting for The Big Move. The Big Move refers to a max contract signing on a superstar player entering free agency (Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Chris Paul are the primary three). A Big Move was sold to Mavericks fans as a better long-term investment than if the Mavericks overpaid team-leaders Tyson Chandler and Jason Terry. It would be a better investment than paying starter money to key backups such as JJ Barea and Deshawn Stevenson. It would pay off in the end and justify the breakup of the first and only Mavericks title Title Team.
Fans and media had no choice but to go along with it. Afterall, Mark Cuban and the front office had earned some goodwill after building a team so beautiful it could collapse the Mighty Heat before they even got started.
Last off-season Deron Williams passed on the Dallas Mavericks and Howard delayed his decision one more year. Devastating news to the Mavericks. Now, in year two of “The Great Gamble”, the Mavericks had hoped they could get that shot at Howard they missed before and/or get the biggest fish of all, CP3.
While he hasn’t publically stated it yet, Chris Paul (CP3) is off the market. He is currently with the Clippers, a young and fun squad located in the exciting city of Los Angeles. The only problem CP3 had with the Clips was their head coach situation. Well, just a few days ago that was resolved when the Clips came to an agreement to bring in CP3’s favorite coach, Doc Rivers. That alone is more than enough to keep Paul in LA. When you factor in his current team can offer him close to $30M more than any other outside suitor – and this is a done deal.
Chris Paul will be staying in LA.
The city is more attractive to the young star, the team around him is considerably better, the coach is optimal, and the money is fantastically better.
CP3 is now off the table. That leaves one last Superstar for the Mavericks to target. If they fail, the team has failed. The team has failed the fans, Dirk, and themselves. One more chance waits.
It’s all about Dwight Howard now…
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