While the NBA offseason can at times seem to drag, there are still quite a bit of stories to help get us to tip-off. With that being said, let’s take a look at the latest news around the NBA:
Draft Picks Coming: 2014 second round (Boston); 2016 second round (Memphis)
Draft Picks Going: 2014 first round (to Oklahoma City, protected 1-20)
Trade Exceptions: None
Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax
Amnesty Provision: Used on Brendan Haywood (2012)
Stretch Provision: Available
|DeJuan Blair|| $950,000
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You can argue that owner Mark Cuban’s decision to break up a championship team two summers ago was necessary simply because it wasn’t strong enough to repeat. But it was strong enough to contend, which the Mavericks haven’t done since.
All Dallas has done is put together a string of substandard summers while being swept out of the playoffs as defending champions and missing the postseason altogether as Dirk Nowitzki got two years older. Every targeted top-tier free agent – Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, etc. – has signed elsewhere.
The alternative plan is to surround Nowitzki with second-tier free agents such as Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington, which certainly will upgrade an awful backcourt. However, the Mavs went from wooing Howard to having a dalliance with Andrew Bynum to settling for Samuel Dalembert at center. In retrospect, keeping Tyson Chandler was the better move.
Dallas also held onto free agent center Brandan Wright, whom they have developed from the brink of Bustville into a useful backup big, and added DeJuan Blair, who should be able to reprise Elton Brand’s role.
Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter have expiring deals worth $35 million that can serve as trade chips at the deadline or cap room next summer. Nowitzki doesn’t figure on going anywhere and has said he will take a pay cut to bring in a top-flight free agent.
If one will come to Dallas, that is.
Only the best doctors and lawyers pull down more than a million a year. Before bonuses, most of the world’s top bankers draw salaries in the low seven figures. Some veteran TV news anchors have climbed above $10 million annually, but most operate in the seven-figure statosphere. And no one in politics comes close to $1 million a year until they leave public office and become a lobbyist, which can pay seven figures.
But if you are an NBA player, it’s almost impossible not to make a million dollars a year.
The Dwight Howard signing had a humongous effect on the futures market for who will win the NBA title.
And then it started a trickle-down effect.
For the most part, the traditional powers remain — Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Chicago — while a few franchises will look to make the leap into elite contention — Indiana, Houston, Golden State, Brooklyn, New York, Los Angeles (Clippers).
Once upon a time, the Dallas Mavericks were a part of this class.