The Dallas Mavericks already have Chris Kaman at center, but a long-term upgrade would make sense in a lot of ways.
Even the most delusional Mavericks fans are not entertaining the idea of a return to the glory days that we're only a couple years removed from. The Mavs took the title in 2010, but Dirk Nowitzki is older (and injured) and the pieces that surrounded him are long gone.
Let's get this straight: Kaman is not a bad player, and he's playing very well. But Kaman's injury history, not to mention the fact that he is exiting (or perhaps way past) his prime make the acquisition of Marcin Gortat a near no-brainer, and a Polish newspaper claims the Mavs are interested (according to Hoops Hype).
And then there is the fact that the Mavericks already took a shot at Gortat in 2009 but struck out because then-Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith was smart enough to match the offer to retain a player whose value greatly exceeded his statistical production at the time.
In Gortat, Smith saw a potential trade chip who could be used to acquire some valuable talent at positions the Magic needed to fill.
That never happened. Gortat ended up in Phoenix and now he wants out.
Obtaining Gortat would give the Mavericks a center that could remain valuable and vital through the next four to five seasons, a span in which the Mavs could reasonably return to contention.
Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo are a very good and young backcourt, and having a 28-year-old big man with the pick and roll capabilities of Gortat would make sense.
Gortat is also a very good defender, and that is an asset on any team. He's a capable shot-blocker and great rebounder, and for all the good nights Kaman has, he just doesn't have enough of them. Gortat is more consistent, better and a great option for the Mavs.
Thus, quasi-GM and owner Mark Cuban is pursuing a player he struck out on three years ago, hoping he has better success this time. The Phoenix Suns are rebuilding and under the cap, so they don't need to ship out equal salary to obtain Gortat.
That keeps the Mavs options open, and a reasonable package that featured anyone other than Mayo or Collison (or Dirk Nowitzki, of course) would be in the Mavs' best interests.
While the Mavs may not have the best package to offer the Suns, expect them to make a strong run at a player they've been wanting for three seasons.
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