The Dallas Mavericks find themselves in a precarious and familiar position this offseason. They go in with high standards and high hopes. They are dead set on signing the premier (or close to premier) free agent and are willing to miss out on other opportunities to do so.
First it was Deron Williams. The Mavs let their own free agents walk away for nothing, just for a shot at signing the All-Star point guard. Then it was Dwight Howard. The Mavs refrained from signing top-end free agents so they could try to sign the All-Star center.
Neither Williams nor Howard were signed (some argue that’s for the better). The Mavericks scrambled last season and were able to acquire a couple excellent finds in free agency. One of those finds (Jose Calderon) was traded for Tyson Chandler. Another signing turned out to be a relative steal (Monta Ellis).
Regardless of the favorable outcome last year, the Mavs placed themselves in a precarious position last year by focusing so much attention on Howard, and not getting a jumpstart on signing more attainable talent right out of the gates.
History Repeats Itself?
Despite the lack of success in signing topnotch free agents, it appears that is the plan again as the Mavs go all in on Carmelo Anthony. Melo indicated he may wait until the weekend to make a decision on which team he will sign with. If the Mavs wait it out and lose the Melo Sweepstakes they may miss a chance at signing their 2nd and 3rd choices as well.
Perhaps if the Mavs ignored Melo and just focused all their love and attention on Luol Deng and/or Trevor Ariza, they could lock up their 2nd/3rd choice right away. By patiently standing by for Melo to decide, they play a risky game of chicken with the rest of the top free agents.
It’s my opinion that focusing all attention on either Deng or Ariza, and then maybe Harris, D.J. Augustin and Spencer Hawes ,the Mavericks could walk away with a better team rather than risk each or all of these players while they wait for Melo to decide (which I still think is New York).
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