Tag:Dallas Mavericks
Posted on: January 20, 2011 3:38 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Raptors buy out Peja Stojakovic, where to next?

Peja Stojakovic and Toronto Raptors reach buyout agreement. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Update 3:49 p.m.
: The Raptors have announced the buyout is complete, Peja's on the market. 

22 minutes. That's the sum total of time that Peja Stojakovic has spent on the floor for the Toronto Raptors. And it's looking more and more like that's going to be the sum total for his career. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms a report from ESPN that the Raptors and Stojakovic are close on a buyout agreement that will put the 33-year-old fading shooter on the market, where Stein reports he'll seek to join a contender. The buyout is expected to be completed Thursday. 

Peja's top teams are apparently the Mavericks, Hornets, and Lakers. Let's take a look at the three options. 

Mavericks: A reasonable spot. They're in desperate need for a wing option. But Stojakovic's defense is the question here. The Mavericks can't surrender a defensive lapse at that position, the biggest reason they've targeted Stephen Jackson. The Mavericks do need a shooter, though, so this might be an option. He was shooting 38% from the arc with the Hornets in limited minutes, so it's possible he could be a fit. If the Mavericks don't think they can find an upgrade to replace Caron Butler through trade, this might be their default option, should he last that long on the market. 

Hornets: A return home. Peja has been in New Orleans for five years. He's used to playing with CP3, used to playing with David West. And he looked better than he has at the start of this season. But head coach Monty Williams has been very particular with his approach in regards to wing minutes, and it's unclear if they'll be willing to make the commitment to Stojakovic. But if he's willing to come in for cheap, and with the Hornets still trying to figure out that position between Marco Bellineli, Willie Green, and Marcus Thornton, it's possible they could bring in Peja. Then again, that's a lot of players at one position.

Lakers:  A pretty reasonable spot. Championship aspiriations. In need of shooters, with Ron Artest's shooting all over the place. Always shopping for improvements. But with Lamar Odom, Artest, and Barnes all getting minutes at the three-spot, room is short there, and with Bryant expected to play Bryant minutes and Shannon Brown mopping up the difference along with Artest, there may not be room there for Stojakovic, especially with their need for depth down low. 

We'll keep you apprised of Peja's landing spot.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 7:14 pm

With the Nets out, who's left to chase Carmelo?

Posted by Royce Young

I'm not sure the Knicks have felt this lucky since the 1985 draft lottery. But really, something tells me all along that Donnie Walsh knew. He knew that Carmelo Anthony wasn't going to end up in New Jersey. That's why he kept the Knicks so low key in the Melodrama.

Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov shocked most Wednesday by announcing his franchise was withdrawing from the Melo chase, citing that it was exhausting and taking up too many resources. He also said it was costing his team wins on the floor. I really think that Brook Lopez's desire to not rebound is probably doing that, but hey, he was looking for reasons.

(Now of course I have to mention that this could just be posturing or a threat to get Denver's attention, but general manager Billy King and Prokhorov seemed emphatic in saying it. These were public statements. It didn't seem like Prokhorov was trying to save face, even though that's what he really did. He knows Melo doesn't want to sign there. He feels like he's wasting time. So I don't buy the bluffing theory.)

With New Jersey pulling out, where does that leave the Nuggets? What does this mean for Carmelo? Denver had its best deal on the table with the four-team Nets deal that would give them assets in first-round picks, a young player in Derrick Favors and a lot of cap relief and savings. But that's gone now. Just like that, it's killed. Poof. Gone.

The hangup was always that Carmelo wasn't committed to signing an extension in New Jersey. If he was, this thing would've been done two months ago. But we kept hearing it over and over. Melo hasn't ever said he's willing to sign an extension with the Nets . Heck, Melo was basically saying it in every interview he did, but we just weren't listening. We were assuming that he was dancing around things. But he maintained he didn't know about the New Jersey stuff. All he ever said was he wanted to play in New York.

And now with New Jersey out of things, the Knicks are looking like the next, and really only option. Carmelo will sign an extension there. The Knicks have a decent package they can put together for the Nuggets. It all kind of makes sense now that the report dropped today about the Bulls re-entering the chase. The Nuggets are looking for leverage again and if the Knicks are the clear and only option, Denver won't get near the deal. Donnie Walsh sensed it when he said he was done talking about it. And Prokhorov was feeling it too. Everyone was starting to get played.

So here are the Melodrama options right now:

1. The Knicks spring into action. A New York offer will likely include Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields/Wilson Chandler, Eddy Curry's expiring deal and a first-round pick. At this point, this looks like the absolute best deal out there, but with other teams, well the Nets, backing off, that deal may not be as sweet. The Nuggets lost a lot of leverage today.

But it's been clear from the beginning that Carmelo wants to play in New York. He'll sign the extension there and the Nuggets can get a decent amount back. This clearly looks like the top scenario unless of course Denver just doesn't approve of what its getting back or the Knicks decide they'll just wait for the summer.

2. Someone tries to rent Melo. Ken Berger talked about the Mavericks getting into the mix a bit to rent Anthony. With the injury to Caron Butler, this makes a lot more sense. What it'll take is Dallas being willing to take on a big contract (like Al Harrington) in return. Dallas doesn't have a ton of assets so they'll likely have to bring in a third team, but Mark Cuban isn't shy about making moves. And this is something he'd likely see as a deal to get his team back in prime contention.

Another candidate for this would be the Rockets, but with them slipping out of the playoff picture a bit, they might not be willing to give up good assets just to make a run to the eight-seed. Dallas is the clear candidate to make a rental out of Melo.

What this scenario doesn't require is "approval" from Carmelo, because he won't sign an extension with his new team. But that's what he wants. This means the Nuggets will get far less because the Mavericks (or whoever) don't get Anthony for the long-term. Again, more indication the Nuggets will turn to the the Knicks to take over and make the deal.

3. A dark horse steps up and Melo approves. Chicago has already been looped in, but that just seems like a leverage ploy. The Bulls have never been rumored to be high on Carmelo's list and the Bulls have never appeared to be that interested in dealing.

The real dark horse here seems to be someone like the Clippers. They have a good package they could put together (Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman and some picks) and maybe Anthony gets excited about playing with Blake Griffin, who is taking over the league. Los Angeles is a big time market, the team is rising and with Anthony, they could even make a little run this year.

Probably pretty unlikely because Melo hasn't never wavered on his New York wishes, but in terms of scenarios, I think this is at least possible. Chances are slim, but it's an option. The Clippers can top New York's deal, but we'd likely be right back to square one with the "Will Melo sign an extension with the Clippers?" game. That's why it's going to end up being New York.

4. The Nets try and get back in right at the deadline. Again, with the way Prokhorov and King backed off, this doesn't seem likely. They know Melo doesn't want to sign with the Nets. It's that simple.

But walking away is the best negotiation tactic out there. The Nets are trying to buy a new car and the dealership isn't budging. So they got up and left the lot. Maybe this kicks Denver's rear into gear and talks fire up again in a few weeks. Maybe this was a ploy by Prokhorov to get the media off his team's back for a bit.

The fact is, New Jersey has the best deal for Denver. But Melo doesn't want to sign there. If Denver can't get anything it likes by the Feb. 24 trade deadline, the Nuggets might turn back to the Nets and the Nets might convince themselves that they can convinve Carmelo to sign.

5. Nothing. Melo wants that extension. He said recently that he's positive there will be a lockout and if he doesn't sign that three-year $65 million extension, he could lose as much as $80 million over the life of his next contract. I doubt he's willing to risk that much. However, if the Knicks aren't budging, because they know they can hold out for the summer and just let Melo sign with them as a free agent, and Melo doesn't want to go anywhere, else, we might just see the season get played out.

I don't see that as likely at all because if it comes to this, Denver will trade Melo to Dallas as a rental and get something back. But maybe Denver decides it can sign Melo itself again. Maybe they try and convince him that extension is better than waiting and signing with New York but losing money. I guess it's possible, but really unlikely.
Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:33 am

Mavs are exploring options at small forward

Posted by Royce Young

The Mavericks are just 2-9 since Caron Butler went down with a season-ending injury. They've fallen from the bell of the West, to a team with question marks all over the place.

So it's obvious that the Mavs would be interested in making a deal before the deadline to get back on track. And while they're looking, a report from ESPN Dallas says nothing is "imminent."

However, the Mavericks are still shopping, even if they aren't ready to buy. ESPN Dallas reports that the Mavs have interest in dealing with Charlotte, but not for Gerald Wallace. With Wallace's big contract still holding two more seasons, the Mavs are more interested in the versatile playmaking abiltiy of Stephen Jackson. The Bobcats are probably a five-game losing streak away from blowing things up, but with them playing better and after a big win over Chicago, Charlotte might be looking to hang on for a little while.

Jackson isn't the perfect fit though, as he has two years and almost $20 million left too. Plus, he's 33 years old. But he'd be easier to pry away from the Bobcats than Wallace and Dallas isn't looking to give up a whole lot right now.

Another player the Mavs reportedly have their eyes on is O.J. Mayo. However, Mayo is said to be off limits according to GM Chris Wallace (though that's probably not true). But what that means is that the Grizzlies probably want a lot more for Mayo than anyone would be willing to give up.

Finally, the Mavs would be willing to take on Al Harrington's four-year, $20.3 million contract if that meant they were getting Carmelo Anthony for the next few months, the report says. And if not Anthony, the Mavs would settle for Nene. But this scenario looks pretty unlikely.

Dallas is probably going to have its hand forced at some point to make a move. Caron Butler says he'll be back for the playoffs, but that's no guarantee. And with the way team is struggling, something might need to be done soon in order to keep pace atop the West. The Mavs know their window won't be open for long and Mark Cuban has never been shy about making a move for the now. So I would expect Dallas to be players in something by the trade deadline.
Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:47 pm

Video: Carlisle shows his devotion

Posted by Matt Moore

Rick Carlisle is known to be one of the most cerebral coaches in the league. But what's little known is his passion. His passion for his players and all members of Mavericks Nation.  This video brings that passion and devotion to life.  

Happy Friday, everyone. 

Category: NBA
Posted on: January 13, 2011 6:23 pm

Mark Cuban suing the UFL over $5 million loan

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban suing for lost investment in alternative football league. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Mark Cuban wants his money back. He wants his money back. He wants his money back, you United Football League. You see, Cuban loaned $5 million in the NFL-rival (technically anyway) football league in 2010.  Cuban filed suit in federal court Thursday claiming the league failed to repay him on that investment, missing deadlines both in October and December.  Which is shocking, considering their overwhelming commercial success. 

That was a joke, see? "Haha" one person said. 

Regardless, Cuban has his wallet in a seemingly endless series of ventures, as well as having an on-going feud with the FCC.  Plus he's trying to instantaneously create a college bowl playoff.  Oh, and he owes Nash Bridges $50 million. I have no idea how Cuban keeps up with all this stuff. Does he have a ledger? Does an assistant keep track of it? How many accountants does he need? And how does he find time in-between suing and getting sued like this to yell at players and constantly be looking to upgrade his team, including possibly making a pull for Melo?

Guy's a busy dude, I'll tell you that. 
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 11, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 8:41 pm

3-Up, 3-Down 1.11.11: Lakers back in business

Magic and Lakers are trending up while the Suns and Nuggets tailspin in this week's 3-Up 3-Down.
Posted by Matt Moore

Each week we give you three teams trending up and three teams trending down in correlation with our Power Rankings. Check out the latest edition of CBSSports.com's Power Rankings here .


Orlando Magic (3): Nine wins straight for the Magic since The Trade, and in their last four since the start of the year have outscored their opponent by nearly 14 points.  Stunningly, it has been Hedo Turkoglu, not Jason Richardson or Gilbert Arenas who has come on strong for the Magic. Turkoglu is playing exceptionally well, especially in passing, where his assist percentage is at 29.5%, a ridiculous number and by far the highest of his career since returning to Orlando.  The Magic are now firmly back in the race for homecourt advantage, even as Miami keeps them at arm's length in their division. Big rematch in Boston looming on MLK Day. Win two against Boston with what will likely be Kevin Garnett a few days after his return and you've really got something going.

Los Angeles Lakers (4): What can an easy schedule do for you? A four-game winning streak. That's what. Even with Matt Barnes going down, the Lakers are getting back in their groove, thanks in large part to Andrew Bynum. Bynum's size advantage makes the Lakers a completely different team. Letting Gasol focus on just being taller than other power forwards in tandem with Bynum and having Bynum clean up all the misses the Lakers are chucking lately is a pretty sure fire secret to success. Now if he can just stay healthy.

Charlotte Bobcats (21): Sure, the roster is headed nowhere, they have no legitimate star, they fired their coach and their attendance is terrible. But they've won three in a row and have gotten back to being a failry dangerous team with D.J. Augustin taking big leaps now that he's out from Larry Brown's oppressive point guard yoke. Throw in Stephen Jackson keeping up his leadership and you've got a team that's... okay, it's still not going anywhere. But it's might have options at the trade deadline.


Dallas Mavericks(6): Dirk, hurt. Butler, out for the year. Beabuois, still not back. The Mavericks just couldn't keep pace and injuries have slammed them in the face. When healthy, the Mavericks are a Western Conference Contender. But getting healthy isn't inevitable with the age they have on roster and the fact that some years, you're just injured. The question that looms over the franchise is if Cuban will consider himself compelled to make a splash at the deadline to find a replacement for Butler. Cuban made a huge splash over All-Star weekend last year, and he doesn't seem to be content to wait with a roster on a deadline.

Denver Nuggets (15): Ujiri. Please, please, please make it stop. No one believes Melo will be in Denver past June. No one. Make it end. Please. We're dying of boredom waiting for this deal to go through and the team is dying on the vine with all the distractions. End it.

Phoenix Suns (22): You ever seen those bands who are desperately trying to cling to their popularity, playing smaller and smaller clubs while playing the same songs that are now relics, only with replacement band members? Meet the Suns.  Marcin Gortat seems to have thought he was quite a bit more than he was. This is what it's like on the wrong side of the playoff tracks.
Posted on: January 11, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2011 3:00 pm

Mark Cuban tried to get TCU and Auburn to play

Posted by Royce Young

Remember how Mark Cuban wanted to try and set up a college football playoff? And then how the BCS quickly directed him toward the door?

Well, Cuban went ahead and called TCU, Auburn and Oregon to ask if they'd be open to a "plus-one" game this year. The schools, he says, were not opposed. They didn't agree, but they didn't say no. He didn't take it much further than that because he was told the NCAA would say no very loudly.

Cuban writes on his blog:
We projected that there would be about $50M available to the schools. But it wasn’t a question of money. It was a question of yes or no from the NCAA. We decided it was better not to actually pop the question to the NCAA. We decided to rethink the question of whether or not there should be a BCS playoff.
The interesting thing is, Cuban is not completely opposed to the BCS system. He says, "When you look at the system, the current BCS system it is actually a very, very good starting point for determining a national champion. It is not perfect. It is far from  perfect from a financial perspective. It leaves a lot of money on the table.  But maximizing revenue is not a stated goal of the BCS system. So you can’t really blame them for that."

But at the same time, he wants a playoff because as he says, you can't guarantee the two best teams play for the championship under the current system. While he's right, the current system does give you a better chance of it than a playoff would. For example, if the Seattle Seahawks stay hot and make a run all the way to the Super Bowl to play the Jets, can we really sit here and say the two best teams are competing for the Super Bowl trophy?

Playoffs don't always guarantee the best teams play. If any sport has a playoff system that comes closest, it's the NBA. Because of the seven-game series format, the best team almost always has a chance to prevail in the end. In tournaments like March Madness and the NFL playoffs where it's one-and-done, upsets happen. Of course there are some examples of big upsets in the NBA (Golden State over Dallas being one freshest on everyone's mind) but in the end, most of the time in The Finals, we get a pretty accurate representation of the two most dominant teams during the regular season.

However, I do find it cool that Mark Cuban is at least trying to stick his nose into the current system and make some changes. The BCS format is far from perfect. A playoff might work better in the end. Until this point we haven't had a lot of noise made outside of some grumpy Utah senator and the president making a couple passing statements about it. Cuban is someone that has connections, money and the necessary tools to at least shake the tree a bit.

Like he said, all he did was ask.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:44 am

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

Posted by Royce Young

That Devin Harris trade to New Jersey a few years ago that brought the Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd is still something people debate and discuss. It happened in Feb. 2008 with the Mavs sitting near the top of the West at 35-17. After the deal, Dallas finished just 16-14 and didn't make much noise in the postseason.

Though Harris has played for the terrible Nets since the deal, most have always felt that Dallas got the short end of the deal.

The reason I bring all of this up? Because Dallas could be potentially interested in bringing back Harris. According to ESPNDallas.com, if the Nets, Nuggets and whoever else consumate the trade being discussed that sends Harris to Denver, the Mavs have talked about trying to deal with the Nuggets to get Harris.

The logic is this: First, because Jason Kidd isn't playing for forever. Dallas had Rodrigue Beaubois and J.J. Barea, but the Mavs are certainly interested in a long-term option at point guard. Second, Dallas needs some scoring help. Harris is a point guard by trade, but he's one of those that can score the ball as well as create. So there's an option to play him together with Kidd in the backcourt to provide Dallas the much needed scoring since Caron Butler's injury.

And third, Dallas knows that the Nuggets really don't have a ton of use for Harris. Denver likely would want to turn over the future at point guard to Ty Lawson who has given the Nuggets every reason to think he can handle it. Plus, Denver is looking to save a bit on its luxury tax bill and there's the potential that Chauncey Billups would get a buyout and want to return to Denver. Harris wouldn't have a lot of use then obviously.

Dallas's main focus is a wing option to actually fill the Butler opening. According to the report, the Mavs aren't locked in on a Harris deal, but would be if this whole mega-deal goes through. And on top of that, other teams would be looking to get in on Harris, something the Mavs don't want to see happen. (Portland is mentioned as one of those teams.)

Kidd has actually done well in Dallas. The Mavericks were doing great this season, before injuries started to become an issue. So Dallas looking into this trade isn't at all about Kidd. It's about the future as well as the present. The Mavs are trying to think about what comes next (Kidd is 37) as well as getting some scoring help now.

First through, Carmelo Anthony has to get freaking traded. And the world waits.
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