With free agency kicking into high gear July 1, the Dallas Mavericks are in a position where they have to be ready to make some moves.
The Mavericks can get better with creative trades and salary cap maneuvering that would allow them to sign a free agent or two.
I think it would be a mistake if the Mavs are thinking if the best plan isn’t simply to mark time until the free agent class of next summer. Too many teams have the same thought.
Do you really think LeBron or D-Wade are thinking about coming to Dallas?
Should the Mavs sit back and hope they can convince Joe Johnson to come to “Big D” in the summer of 2010?
More importantly, the Mavs have other pressing concerns. It appears two of their key players will be leaving town this offseason.
All indications are Jason Kidd is looking for a deal somewhere else. The Knicks are reportedly in a full court press to add Kidd as early as tomorrow.
Plus if Kidd wants to go “ring-shopping” the Cavs, Celtics and Lakers are also rumored to be interested in the 36-year-old point guard.
In addition, Brandon Bass is going to have suitors. The Magic are the latest team expected to pursue the power forward who is one of the Mavs most athletic pieces.
So what can the Mavs do now? What assets do they have that they can use to acquire impact players this summer?
They have four valuable resources to offer. First, they have team owner Mark Cuban’s cash. Cuban has had little success in luring meaningful free agents to Dallas. But there are always players out there where it is all about the money.
Small forward Josh Howard is another resource the Mavs have that they could include in a sign and trade package. Howard had a solid season averaging 18 points per game.
They could also acquire an impact player by trading Jerry Stackhouse's expiring contract, perhaps pairing it with Erick Dampier's contract, which also expires after next season.
So let’s take a look at five players the Mavericks should take a serious look at adding to their team this summer.