As the Mavericks enter their offseason they turn their attention to roster-building. With Vince Carter and Shawn Marion potentially leaving via free agency, the Mavs must effectively fill roster holes AND get better in the process.
The 2013-2014 season ended with the Mavs doing exactly what was expected of them; make the playoffs as an eight seed and lose in the first round. The Mavs should be commended for forcing a game 7 against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, but the results are still a predicted first round exit.
A hot Mavericks trade rumor this offseason involved reuniting with former Championship center, Tyson Chandler. The current Mavericks starting center Samuel Dalembert, underperformed much of the season. An upgrade at center, would go a long way into upgrading the entire team defense. In Tyson’s previous tenure with the Mavs be was the unquestioned defensive leader and had the respect of all. He held teammates accountable and indirectly improved everyone’s game.
The Mavericks starting guards, Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis, provide excellent offense but poor defense. Always a step behind, opposing guards seem to penetrate at-will. Having an enforcer like Chandler would go a long ways in protecting the paint. Speaking of Calderon, early trade speculation hinted that he would be the most likely trade chip involved in a Tyson Chandler trade.
Last week we looked at Jose Calderon as an asset (offense) and as a liability (defense). The liability is magnified when matched with Monta Ellis in the starting lineup. Moving Calderon to a sixth man role or trading him altogether were both listed as possible solutions. A Calderon for Chandler trade would certainly hurt but would not be impossible.
Replacing the offensive productivity of Calderon would be no easy task and the Dallas offense would likely suffer. The idea is that a move like this would make a greater positive impact on defense than it would negatively impact offense.
A Chandler for Calderon trade is something certainly worth pursuing but the Mavs need to also fill holes. Carter and Marion could both depart along with Harris and Blair. The Mavs will make an effort to resign Devin Harris and DeJuan Blair, but both are getting interest from other teams so much will depend on market price.
Tyson Chandler would be a great addition but the Mavericks have a long way to go beyond that one move. That probably involves bringing in a player like Kyle Lowry, Luol Deng, Lance Stephenson, or Trevor Ariza.
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