NBA Free Agency Rumors: 10 Possible Landing Spots For Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki's free agency may well be the biggest sham of the entire free agency period.
At least with Paul Pierce, there's a hint of possibility that he may truly find another home with a new coach likely headed to town.
Meanwhile, you won't find a single reliable NBA source that believes that Dirk Nowitzki is a legitimate free agent.
His opt-out Tuesday is seen as a perfectly timed ploy to land that one last long-term contract with the Mavs that gets him to retirement.
But just for giggles, let's assume that the negotiations in Dallas absolutely fall apart.
Who would want the big-man scoring machine? Yes, we know, everybody.
But who could logistically swing a deal?
Again, assume that Mark Cuban is angry at Dirk's departure but still smart enough to know a sign-and-trade can net him something as a parting gift.
Then it's fairly easy to nail down 10 new homes for the Dirkster.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder
It's the only Western Conference team I could see Cuban dealing with, mostly because they're in a different division.
The Mavs could get Nenad Krstic back in the deal. Durant would get a star to pair with.
It would be a last-ditch effort by Cuban to get anything back for Dirk leaving.
9. Orlando Magic
Cuban gets Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus back for Nowitzki and DeShawn Stevenson.
Again, a serious stretch in a serious stretch of a topic.
But if the Magic are convinced they're not winning with the current mix and the Mavs want to get something back, why not?
8. Detroit Pistons
This is all about a sign-and-trade. It's the identity the Pistons are so desperately looking for.
Trade Tayshaun Prince, Chris Wilcox, and Jason Maxiell to Dallas for Dirk.
Do you want to be saddled with a 32-year-old with a gigantic contract? It all depends on what you think you can build around him and how quick you can do it.
7. Washington Wizards
The Wizards have some cap room.
This may be just about the only big name that Ted Leonsis would open his pockets for.
Wall, Arenas and Dirk? You have an exciting team there.
6. Boston Celtics
So Pierce bolts town, Rasheed Wallace retires, and Ray Allen finds a suitor to overpay for his services.
All of a sudden, the Celtics have a huge hole in their lineup and a serious lack of star power.
This might be maneuvered as a straight-up signing, but could even happen as a sign-and-trade that sends Kendrick Perkins back to Dallas.
5. Philadelphia 76ers
The Mavs get Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala in the deal.
The 76ers get Nowitzki and Matt Carroll, a three-point sniper who has fallen off the cliff in Dallas.
4. Toronto Raptors
We're talking about two massive sign-and-trades here.
How about Bosh for Dirk?
The Raptors could even get rid of the Jarrett Jack contract in the deal.
3. New York Knicks
No sign-and-trade needed here.
Boy, what a Plan C this would be for New York.
I could see the Mavs' negotiations dragging on until a lot of the big fish sign.
All of a sudden, the deal falls apart in Dallas and the Garden gets a marquee name who will keep fans in their seats.
2. Miami Heat
What, you didn't hear Dirk was in that summit this past weekend?
No, he wasn't. But what if the Heat truly get burned in all this talk. Being the hot team two days before free agency starts is a little like being Texas in the Pac-10 before they wimped out.
Nowitzki would be a heck of a Plan C here as well. It would be enough to bring Wade back.
1. New Jersey Nets
The new owner has a five-year plan to get a title won. Dirk likely wants a five-year deal.
The Nets have enough pieces in place to take a shot on Nowitzki and a less expensive piece like a Ray Allen.
Devin Harris with Courtney Lee, Derrick Favors (pictured), Dirk, and Brook Lopez? I'll run with that.