What a difference seven months can make.
Fresh off an incredible NBA championship run, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson weren’t allowed a whole lot of time to bask in the glory of Dallas’ improbable Finals defeat of the Miami Heat.
Instead, Mavericks management was forced to deal with a more pressing issue: what to do with free agents Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea, and DeShawn Stevenson.
All three played key roles in the Finals run, but would understandably look to cash in as free agents.
Mavs fans are well aware of what transpired. Management allowed the trio to walk in hopes of making a run at the high-profile free agents available in 2012 (read: Deron Williams, Dwight Howard).
Acquired in a trade from the Lakers in his final contract year, Lamar Odom was supposed to help fill a temporary void left by Tyson Chandler and co. So far, Odom has performed miserably, appearing apathetic, disinterested and a little more Kardashian every day.
With that being said, here are three moves that Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson wish they could’ve foreseen.