Quite frankly, the Dallas Mavericks over-achieved to a certain extent this season. They won 49 games and pushed the San Antonio Spurs to the brink of elimination in the playoffs.
All in all, it was a great season for Dallas. Which will, unfairly, bring even higher expectations for next season. Thus, the need for the Mavs to make some sort of splash this offseason. And as always, when it comes to Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks, rumors are already beginning to trickle in.
According to ESPN Dallas reporter Tim MacMahon, the Mavericks “could” potentially pursue Carmelo Anthony (at the right price) and perhaps former Maverick Tyson Chandler?
The Dallas decision-makers are well aware that the Mavs need major boosts of length and athleticism. Time is of the essence, considering the franchise player turns 36 this summer.
The Mavs might not enter the summer with a clear-cut plan. It’s not like last year, when the Mavs were on a mission to get a superstar to join Nowitzki and missed out on Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. Dallas would certainly like to be involved in the Carmelo Anthony derby but not if he demands a super-max deal with a starting salary of more than $22 million.
The Mavs will have interest inPhoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe and Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, but it’ll likely be extremely difficult to woo them away from their current teams, particularly with Bledsoe being a restricted free agent. Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng, whose defensive ability and toughness appeal to Carlisle, will likely be near the top of the Mavs’ wish list. (Indiana Pacers shooting guard Lance Stephenson, on the other hand, will not be.)
And the Mavs will aggressively explore the trade market, as usual. Is there a Tyson Chandler-type deal to be made? (Hey, how about trying to trade for Chandler if the New York Knicks go into rebuilding mode?)
Dallas will have more than $30 million of cap space this offseason. They need help and they’ll be looking for some. Dirk Nowitzki’s window is definitely closing, and if the Mavs have an opportunity to pull a franchise-evolving move this offseason they’ll pull it.
Though, expect Cuban and the Mavs to be smart and tactical with every move they make or don’t make.