The 2011 NBA free agency signing period officially started earlier this afternoon, even though the league is coming of a vetoed trade decision that has brought out more questions than answers. The team that is feeling this sense of “shock” the hardest would be the New Orleans Hornets, as they are owned by the NBA.
However, there is one team out there who is not being given enough attention and who are looking to make some short-term changes this year in the hope of making more wholesale changes next summer—the Dallas Mavericks. In my opinion, they still have not gotten enough media spotlight for winning the NBA Championship last year.
The Dallas Mavericks are the defending champions and even though they are looking to make wholesale changes during the summer of 2012, according to owner Mark Cuban, they are planning to move on after reportedly losing center Tyson Chandler to the New York Knicks and guard Caron Butler to the Los Angeles Clippers.
One player that they could possibly look into adding would be center Samuel Dalembert if they do a sign-and-trade in sending Chandler to the New York Knicks where they would reportedly acquire a large trade exception.
Dalembert spent the 2010-11 NBA season playing for the Sacramento Kings and he could be a cheaper replacement for the loss of Chandler. Dalembert would be an interesting addition to the Mavericks squad, as he would be joining a group of veteran players looking to make some noise in this upcoming shortened NBA season. He is similar to Chandler in that he is more of a defensive presence and a rebounder rather than a scorer.
The Dallas Mavericks already have invested in Brendan Haywood and youngster Ian Mahinmi, so whichever big man is brought in via free agency or through a trade would be for a short-term basis with the option of possibly being extended if needed.