Mavs Moving On Without Jordan
- Updated: July 10, 2015
In an interview with 1310 The Ticket in Dallas last Friday, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban more or less stated that the Mavs would have gone into tank mode if they had struck out in their attempt to get DeAndre Jordan here to Dallas.
His exact words: “We had the discussion that if we couldn’t get a serious free agent, whether it was one of the guys still out there or one of the guys who already went, then it was time to take a step back.”
He said that right after he thought BOTH Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan. Well, it has been well chronicled by now that Jordan is not coming to Dallas. Wes Matthews will in fact be coming here after officially signing a 4 year, $70 million deal Thursday.
Getting Matthews, plus the Jordan situation playing out as poorly as it did, has seemingly pushed the Mavs out of their tank-mode mindset.
Thursday they sent a future second round draft pick to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for center Zaza Pachulia. The 12 year veteran from Georgia isn’t a sexy headline-grabber like Jordan, but he will be a very serviceable stop-gap option for the Mavericks as his contract expires after next season. He averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Bucks last season while starting 45 games.
Rumors have also began to surface Friday morning that Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is pushing the organization to either work a buy-out of his contract that still has 2 years and $42 million remaining or outright release him so that he can pursue a contract with the Mavericks. Yes, this is the same Deron Williams that spurned the Mavericks back in the summer of 2012 when they so desperately pursued him in their first pursuit of a “big fish.”
There was a five or six season stretch where you could count on Williams for 20 points and 10 assists each night and he was mentioned in the same breath as Chris Paul. That’s what the Mavericks were so hungry to get three years ago. The last two seasons haven’t been that kind to Williams.
After averaging 21 points per game in 2012, Williams has dipped down to 14 and 13 points per game the last two seasons. Could this be attributed to the iffy management/environment that has been the Brooklyn Nets the last few seasons? Perhaps it is just a couple years marred by unlucky injuries. Williams just turned 31 in late June, so even if completely healthy, he’s like at the end of or past his prime. Could a change of scenery be what propels Williams back to an NBA star?
While this is nowhere close to a certainty, it definitely is worth pondering as the Mavericks try to move past their short lived fling with DeAndre Jordan.
Follow me on Twitter for more Mavs posts: @DylanDuell