The Dallas Mavericks have had horrible luck in free agency. Even last year when they got a verbal agreement for big man DeAndre Jordan, he ended up going back on that verbal agreement and stayed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Mavs could really use a win in free agency outside of throwing a lot of money at Wes Matthews coming off an Achilles tendon rupture.
Their next big target will be Hassan Whiteside. Tim MacMahon of ESPN went on the radio in Miami discussing the Miami Heat's free agent center. He told the show that the Mavs get the first meeting with Whiteside on Friday when teams can officially start pitching to free agents. But the Mavs are well aware their lack of success in these meetings shouldn't necessarily cloud how the feel the signing will go.
In a radio interview yesterday, Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com said that the Dallas Mavericks will be getting the first meeting with Whiteside when the clock hits 12:01 a.m on July 1st. He noted, "It's not like the Mavericks have had a ton of success in free agency recently," which just points to the fact that Mark Cuban is on the edge of his seat waiting to make a big splash this offseason.
So how do you get Whiteside's attention right off the bat? Offer him the max. If you're not offering the max, you're not going to have a chance of signing Whiteside this summer, MacMahon said.
"Absolutely, no questions asked. The financial negotiations with the Mavericks will take all of one second. Max. One second max for the max," MacMahon stated emphatically.
"If you're going to try and recruit Hassan Whiteside you can haggle about money, but he's gonna cross you off his list and move on," said MacMahon.
This is basically what happened with Greg Monroe a summer ago. The New York Knicks never had a real shot at signing Monroe once they offered him less than a max contract. The Milwaukee Bucks eventually signed him. We know the Heat want to retain Whiteside. We know the Los Angeles Lakers are hoping to sign him. And the Mavs have a pie in the sky plan of trying to convince Whiteside and Mike Conley to sign with them this summer, even if it costs them Chandler Parsons.