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Mavericks Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 6, 2016

Mavericks Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    The Dallas Mavericks finished 41-41 last season, which marked the first time since 1999-2000 that the team failed to post a winning record.

    That being said, the silver lining is that the Mavs turned around what could have been a terrible year, as the team started 13-23 before contending for the playoffs in April.

    With Dwight Howard committed to the Houston Rockets, the Mavs will have to look elsewhere to make their desired splash.

    Who else is on their radar? 

    Let's find out.

Monta Ellis to the Mavericks?

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Friday, July 12, at 4:36 p.m. ET by Greg Swartz

    Ellis and the Mavericks have reached a deal in the range of three years and $30 million, says Marc Stein of ESPN

    Stein also reports that the minimum amount of the contract is $25 million.

     ---End of update---

     

    According to ESPN's Chris Broussard, free-agent guard Monta Ellis has narrowed his choices down to four teams, including the Mavericks.

    Other potential destinations include Sacramento, Charlotte and Atlanta

     

    Buying or Selling?

    I don't doubt that the Mavericks have shown interest, but Ellis just isn't a good fit for the team.

    Aside from providing some additional scoring and playmaking, Ellis is likely to cost much more than Dallas should be willing to spend.

    Ellis isn't going to keep Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas on his own, and there's no guarantee he helps turn them into a fringe playoff contender either.

    The loss of O.J. Mayo definitely stings statistically, and the Mavericks have a hole at shooting guard, but with regards to Ellis, they should proceed with extreme caution.

Samuel Dalembert Signs with Mavericks

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 3:01 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Samuel Dalembert's deal with the Mavericks will be for two years and $7.5 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Only part of Dalembert's salary is guaranteed leading into the 2014-15 campaign.

    ---End of update---

     

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 8:28 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Samuel Dalembert has verbally agreed to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Terms of the deal haven't yet been made public.

    It appears the Mavs have settled on their big-man consolation prize after striking out on Dwight Howard and passing on Andrew Bynum.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Wednesday, July 17, at 5:50 p.m. by Zach Buckley

    Stein reports that the Dallas Mavericks are "closing in" on a deal with Dalembert.

    After coming up short in both the Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum sweepstakes, Dalembert could well be plan 'C' for Mark Cuban's team. Short on star power, the 32-year-old still gives Dallas a 6'11" rim protector with a soft shooting touch from midrange.

    He's not the blockbuster acquisition that the Mavericks were hoping to land, but he's a productive veteran who should hit the ground running for his fifth different franchise in the last five years.

    --End of update--

     

    UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 9:10 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    According ESPN's Jared Zwerling, the Mavs aren't the only team still making a push for Dalembert.

    The Knicks are also believed to have interest in signing the big man, but Zwerling says that the Mavericks are considered the favorites to land him.

    ---End of update---

     

    After missing out on Andrew Bynum, the Mavericks plan to meet with Samuel Dalembert, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Dalembert spent last season with the Bucks.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Can't sell the Mavs chasing a big men. They need one badly.

    At 32 and limited offensively, Dalembert isn't the ideal target. Or even close it. Still, he's better than what Dallas has.

    He can rebound at a high rate and gives the Mavs a body to place between opposing ball-handlers and the rim. At this point, that's really all they need.

    Assuming Dalembert can be had at a reasonable price and on a contract that spans no longer then two years, this would be a decent pickup for Mark Cuban and crew.

    Bet you never thought you'd be saying that.

     

Devin Harris Heading Back to Dallas After All?

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, 1:56 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes

    The deal to bring Devin Harris to the Dallas Mavericks is back on, at least according to Mark Cuban.

    Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that  Cuban indicated that the team had restructured its original deal with Harris. Dallas and the free-agent guard mutually agreed to pull a three-year, $9 million contract off the table after it turned out that Harris would need toe surgery.

    ---End of update---

     

    UPDATE: Tuesday, July 16, at 12:11 p.m. ET by Dan Favale

    The Mavericks and Devin Harris are in talks to negotiate a new deal, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Dallas and Harris were forced to scrap their previous three-year, $9 million deal after word hit that the point guard had a toe injury.

    ---End of update---

     

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Dallas Mavericks and Devin Harris have agreed to "scrap" their three-year, $9 million contract because of a reported "toe injury."

     

    Buying or Selling?

    All's well that ends well for Harris and the Mavericks. But things looked pretty bleak for the Mavs after the initial deal with Harris didn't work out.

    Instead of landing Harris at a budget rate, Dallas ended up shelling out big bucks for his volume-scoring replacement, Monta Ellis. Now there's a talent gap between Ellis and Harris that doesn't favor the former Wisconsin Badger, but it's hard to say that gap is great enough to warrant millions of extra dollars in each of the next three seasons.

    Harris spent his first three-plus years in the league with the Mavericks. He made statistical improvements in each season in Dallas, then earned his first (and only) All-Star Game appearance shortly after leaving.

    And now he'll be returning at a bargain price.

Mavericks Joining the Greg Oden Sweepstakes?

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Monday, July 15, at 8:17 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    Greg Oden will sit down with the Mavericks in the coming week in Las Vegas, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    He is also expected to meet with the Kings and Pelicans.

    ---End of update---

     

    ESPN's Marc Stein reports that even before the Dallas Mavericks were officially passed over by Andrew Bynum, the team contacted Greg Oden's camp and have "formally" joined the Oden race.

    Chris Broussard of ESPN The Magazine had previously reported that the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Bobcats and Indiana Pacers were all in the running to sign Oden.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Regrettably buying this rumor, which is probably how the Mavericks view a potential Oden signing as the team appears dangerously close to another wasted summer of superstar chasing.

    The top pick in the 2007 draft had a bright future as a shot-blocking big at one time. But the Ohio State product has appeared in just 82 games since arriving in the league and hasn't logged a single minute of game action since the 2009-10 season.

    Multiple knee surgeries have since sapped that potential, but he's been feverishly working toward a comeback for the 2013-14 season. Fellow Buckeye and San Antonio Spurs rookie DeShaun Thomas said Oden looks "unbelievable" in workouts, and a number of teams are reportedly lining up to host Oden's return.

    The star-gazing Mavericks have settled for mostly budget signings so far, so if they want Oden bad enough they should have the funds to land him.

     

     

Mavericks Interested in Jamaal Tinsley

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    The Buzz

    Dallas is among the list of teams that have expressed interest in Jamaal Tinsley, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.

    The veteran point man is also drawing overtures from Houston, Charlotte and Phoenix as well.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    With Devin Harris out in Dallas for the time being, the Mavs interest in another point guard, especially an affordable one, is understandable.

    Jose Calderon and even Monta Ellis will provide some much-needed playmaking, but Dallas still lacks a true backup floor general who can direct the offense.

    The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons in Utah, where he was primarily used as a backup.

    As far as Dallas' options are concerned at this point, they could do far worse than to sign Tinsley to a one-year deal.

Wayne Ellington Agrees to Deal with Mavericks

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    The Buzz

    Wayne Ellington has agreed to a two-year deal worth more than $5 million, sources told Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

    After being traded from the Grizzlies to the Cavaliers, the 25-year-old shooting guard averaged a career-best 10.4 points on 43.9 percent shooting, including a 37.1 percent clip from downtown?

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Dallas needs help at the 2, and though Ellington isn't the star the Mavs have coveted all offseason, he's a serviceable shooting guard.

    His contract is far from ridiculous, putting Dallas in a low-risk high-reward situation. He'll likely compete with Devin Harris for a starting job and should prove to be a valuable acquisition since he's a deadly shooter. Players who can knock down the three ball are perfect complements to Dirk Nowitzki.

    Will Ellington help the Mavs get back to the postseason? It sure doesn't seem like it, though there's no telling how much he will or won't improve, so it's not out of the question.

Dallas Signs Jose Calderon

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    The Buzz

    UPDATE: Monday, July 8, 8:40 a.m. ET by Dan Favale

    The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a four-year, $29 million contract with free agent point guard Jose Calderon, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Dallas has added three point guards this offseason after the signing of Calderon, drafting Shane Larkin, and coming to an agreement with Israeli guard Gal Mekel.

    Calderon spent his first seven seasons in the league with the Toronto Raptors before being traded to the Detroit Pistons last season.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    The Mavericks picked up a terrific offensive point guard with Calderon, but it's going to mean a bit of a struggle for their defense.

    They still have a lot of roster to fill out following the Dwight Howard decision to move to Houston.

Anthony Morrow Is Leaving Dallas

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    The Buzz

    Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Mavericks free-agent Anthony Morrow is "close to accepting" a contract offer from the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Spears adds that Morrow's deal is "expected" to be for two years.

    Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld.com reports that Morrow has agreed to a two-year contract with New Orleans "worth a little more than the minimum." There is a player option for the second year of the deal.

     

    Buying or Selling?

    Mark Cuban and Co. took a mid-season gamble on the sharpshooter, landing Morrow in a deadline deal with the Atlanta Hawks for Dahntay Jones.

    Morrow never cracked Dallas' rotation and averaged less than five minutes a night during his 17 games with the Mavericks. The career 42.4 percent three-point shooter is a potential bargain if he can find a way to supplement his perimeter game with enough secondary skills to stay on the floor.

    If Morrow looks anything like he did last season, though, this is an easy loss for the Mavericks to stomach.

Dallas Trying to Bring Back Brandan Wright?

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    The Dallas Mavericks finished 41-41 last season, which marked the first time since 1999-2000 that the team failed to post a winning record.

    That being said, the silver lining is that the Mavs turned around what could have been a terrible year, as the team started 13-23 before contending for the playoffs in April.

    With Dwight Howard committed to the Houston Rockets, the Mavs will have to look elsewhere to make their desired splash.

    Who else is on their radar? 

    Let's find out.

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