As Mavericks fans enviously watch the NBA Conference Finals, it’s only natural to look ahead to the offseason and dream of a new and more competitive roster. This week I selected two emails regarding the Mavs offseason moves.
“I think the Mavs will be really active in free agency. I think they can get Melo, Chandler and Deng.”
Another emailer suggested this starting lineup:
Both of these suggestions will make the Mavericks immediately better but are they the right moves? Are they even realistic?
I’ll start off by saying I fully support a trade for Tyson Chandler. I would be perfectly willing to trade Calderon and Dalembert for his services. The Carmelo Anthony element is harder to accept. I’m admittedly not a huge fan of his because I think he’s one dimensional and rarely makes those around him better. He’s a legitimate superstar but I don’t see Dirk and him coexisting on the same team nor do I see him wanting to play in Dallas.
Luol Deng has been recognized as the Mavericks’ top target. What kind of money he asks for will determine his fate. The Mavs are interested but they will not throw max money at him. Deng is a great #2 guy and an all-around force. He’s not a superstar. But it only takes one team to see him as a max deal kinda guy so I fear the Mavs lose out on Deng because someone is willing to greatly overpay (ala Joe Johnson).
Finally Lance Stephenson. Lance is a very polarizing individual. Akshay wrote about him today in this article, Mavericks Should Avoid Lance Stephenson . Lance is great asset who puts up strong numbers. He’s tough and has a well-noted edge to him. He’s also a distraction and a bit of a loose cannon. His antics have likely limited his suitors as many teams would never consider adding someone like him to their team.
Most teams like Lance on a short-term contract but he is looking for something much longer than what most GMs would feel comfortable with. If his market value is low I expect the Mavs to pounce but I doubt they would want to commit big money to an arguably volatile player.
I think the Mavericks will be very active this offseason and have the best chance at signing Deng. They will probably overpay to do so but that comes with the territory. Chandler is also a very real possibility but I’m not holding my breath. Melo ain’t happening and that’s probably a good thing, and Stephenson is a longshot but still a possibility.
Right now it’s all speculation but once the postseason ends, expect a boatload of great rumors to pop up. This should be a fun and extremely important offseason once again. What are your thoughts? Who do you project as the starting lineup next season. Email me and you may be in next week’s mailbag.
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