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Chandler Parsons: ‘Huge Honor’ to Wear U.S.A.

by Damian Jackson on July 28, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons has started his quest to make the cut and be part of the final 12 to represent the United States Men’s Basketball Team.

Parsons is one of 19 high-quality NBA players competing for the opportunity to represent their home country in the upcoming World Cup. He expressed to those covering Team USA his thoughts on wearing the red, white and blue:

“Man! It’s a huge honor. I get goose bumps on my arms every time I put it on and every time you see U-S-A across your chest, it means something. It’s flattering. It’s humbling. I look forward to working extremely hard this week and doing whatever I can to help this team win and to make the team.”

It’s exciting for the Mavericks organization to have the 25-year-old Parsons represent the team in an exclusive club of many of the NBA’s finest young talent. The talent pool is headlined by Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans).

Parsons certainly wants a crack at the final roster and chance at gold in the 2016 Olympics among other lead-up competitions. Durant, Davis and Parsons’ former teammate James Harden (Houston) all own a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics.

What will Parsons do to stand out?

“…Continue to get stronger and work on my all around game and be a mismatch when I go to the perimeter at the four and play stretch-forward. Just as tough as it is for me to guard those big guys down low, it’s tough for them to guard me on the perimeter. So I think I can present mismatches and just continue to work. I’m willing to do whatever it takes for me to help this team win.”

This summer work will be beneficial as it falls into what the Mavericks will look for in Parsons come training camp. His versatility isn’t found in just anyone and it’ll be a weapon on display this week and going forward for Team USA before the NBA season gets started in camp.

“I’m sure it will get more competitive and as the week goes on, it’s going to get more serious and more serious.”

Here’s a fantastic capture by the NBA’s Instagram account featuring Steph Curry, John Wall and Parsons finishing on the break in the very cool phantom cam effect:

Check out NBATV on Tuesday for the Behind-the-Scenes look into Team USA Men’s Basketball. It will begin at 2 p.m. CT and run for two hours.

Parsons continues to fight for a spot, backed by plenty of determination to prove his worth following his free agency signing which has him atop Dallas’ payroll. We along with a nation of Mavs fans are pushing for Parsons’ success on this journey to rock the jersey he’s so honored to wear.

Mandatory Credit: USAB.com (Quotes); Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Sports Images

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Shawn Marion: Never Forget The Matrix

by Damian Jackson on July 27, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Continuity didn’t quite follow through in the Dallas Mavericks’ offseason. While Dirk Nowitzki and Devin Harris re-signed, the Mavs watched Vince Carter (Memphis), DeJuan Blair (Washington) and now likely Shawn Marion leave.

Marion, speaking with Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:

“It was memorable, baby,” Marion said. “It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”

The Mavs always knew Nowitzki was coming back, felt strongly about the returns of Harris and Carter before he chose to take a three-year, $12 million contract with the Grizzlies. But a comeback for ‘The Matrix’ always seemed in limbo and more strung on hope.

It appears rather clear now, Marion’s five-year tenure in Dallas is all but officially over.

Dallas has 15 players under contract, including a new starting small forward in Chandler Parsons. The Mavericks also signed forward Richard Jefferson, want Jae Crowder to play more and will soon officially sign 23-year-old Al-Farouq Aminu.

The Matrix also owns one of the most unique basketball styles ever. While he spent his best statistical seasons with the Phoenix Suns, Marion came to Dallas and anchored the team defense for five seasons.

Marion exemplified team basketball and fit perfectly next to Nowitzki whom he guarded year in and year out as a member of the Suns. Dallas shifted to the Matrix after the falling out with Josh Howard whose off the court antics clouded a mostly successful six-plus year run with the Mavericks.

A combination of tricks and talents, Marion impacted the game in a multitude of areas. He reduced his three-point shooting in favor of a back-to-the-basket game. Stellar, hard-nosed defense always came first for the former UNLV Running Rebel.

Movement without the basketball to create easy scoring opportunities for himself, crashing the boards (led Dallas for two seasons) and contributing with his most baffling unorthodox versatility all made Marion special.

Marion provided us with plenty of ‘No, no, no’ and ‘What was that?!’ moments, but they were easily overshadowed by his relentless motor and drive to be the best teammate possible in a Mavericks uniform.

Shawn Marion, NBA Champion and Dallas Mavericks great.

So if this is goodbye, we will never forget. Thanks for everything Shawn!

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Mavs Void Lewis Contract; Sign Aminu In Response

by Ryan Wilson on July 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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That didn’t take long. When news struck late Tuesday night of the possibility of Rashard Lewis needing knee surgery, the Mavericks front office knew that they were most likely going to need to look for another player. On Wednesday morning, the Mavericks voided the Lewis contract, and responded that night by signing Al-Farouq Aminu to another mind blowing deal.

Aminu is only 23 years old, and shows incredible potential. He is a very strong defender, which will most likely signal the end of Shawn Marion‘s tenure with the Mavericks. Last season, Aminu averaged 7.2 points and 6.4 rebounds for the New Orleands Pelicans, while shooting 47.4% from the floor in the process. He is exceptional at defending the pick-and-roll and does an above average job of cleaning up the glass. On December 4th, Aminu poured in 16 points on the Mavericks, while grabbing 20 rebounds in the process. That was the 2nd time Aminu put up those numbers against Dallas. The video below is the first time, back in 2013.

While the Mavericks might not be replacing Lewis’ shooting ability with the signing of Aminu, it appears as if they will add that with the signing of Jameer Nelson. Aminu wasn’t one of the “cornerstone players” for the Pelicans, but he was given the difficult task of guarding the best perimeter player on a nightly basis. This was essentially what Marion provided, and while Marion offered a little more on the offensive end, offense will not be a requirement asked of Aminu, as they have plenty of weapons in that area as it is.

The Mavericks roster is starting to take it’s full shape, and with all of the additions this team has put together, it’s safe to say this has been one of the best off-seasons in the history of this franchise, and all signs point towards a very entertaining season. The Mavericks have scoring, a defensive presence in Chandler and Aminu, a very deep roster, and a front office who continues to give this team a chance to put the best squad on the floor.

Welcome to Dallas Al-Farouq!

 

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What Jameer Nelson Would Bring To New Look Mavericks

by Michael Lark on July 23, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Last night, it was reported by Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com that the Mavericks front office has scheduled a face-to-face meeting on Thursday with recently cut veteran point guard Jameer Nelson.  The Mavs only have the room level exception of $2.7 million to offer Nelson, but there have also been reports that Mavs have also met with veteran combo guard Mo Williams who lives in the Dallas area.  The Mavs currently have three roster spots open (Rashard Lewis’ contract has been voided due to injury) and sources have indicated to ESPNDallas.com that Bernard James is expected to take one of those slots and the other should go to a backup power forward.

This is your latest update regarding the Mo Williams/Jameer Nelson update.

This was meant to be a debate between the two guards, but due to this recent development, I will break down what the Mavs and all of Mavs Nation can expect with an addition of Jameer Nelson to the Mavericks.

This summer the Mavs were able to bring 2011 championship defensive anchor, Tyson Chandler back to Dallas, but in return left a gapping hole at the starting point guard position by giving up Jose Calderon in the process.  The Mavs were fortunately able to re-up with oft-injured guard Devin Harris for four-years, $16.5 million to add to an already crowded backcourt that included firearm enthusiast Raymond Felton and little known, second-year Israeli point guard Gal Mekel.   The Mavs currently have Harris penciled in as the starting point guard for the 2014-15 campaign.  Defensively Harris is quick and fulfils the defensive inabilities that Jose Calderon had. Offensively, he leaves a lot to be desired and is not the pass-first, veteran starting point guard Rick Carlisle envisions, which is why the Mavs are on the prowl for another guard.

Enter recently waived veteran, point guard Jameer Nelson, the all-time leader in assists for the Orlando Magic.  At 32, Nelson is a savvy, pass-first point guard who can defend well with adequate size (6′ 0″, 190 lbs).  He has excellent ball handling skills and has vastly improved his jumpshot since entering the league in 2004. From behind the three-point arch, Nelson has shot 38% for his career, something that Mavs will desperately need after the departure of Calderon who shot 45% from three last season.  Nelson is a great floor general who can facilitate the offense and consistently knock down big shots.  Last season Nelson put up solid numbers, averaging 12.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for the lowly Magic, while showing little drop off in his game despite being on the wrong side of 30.  Most importantly Nelson is known around the league as a leader and great locker room guy.

Nelson can also help stick it to Houston Rockets forward, Dwight Howard.  In March 2013, after whining and crying his way out of Orlando, he publicly declared the Orlando Magic a team “full of people that nobody wanted.”  Nelson responded back calling Howards antics unprofessional, reacting to the implication that Howard said he didn’t need him.  Wow, trashing your teammate on the way out the door? It seems to be a common trend for Howard who recently said that Chandler Parsons’ departure from the Rockets wouldn’t affect them at all.  Also, let’s not forget how Howard chose the Rockets over the Mavericks last offseason.  I would bet that Nelson is ready for some payback as a Maverick against an important division rival.

Take a look at what type of game Nelson put together back in February against Cleveland. 14 points, 4 3PM, 6 Rebs, 9 Asts. With a much more talented group behind him in Dallas, he figures to get plenty of good looks and have a plethora of options for him in the passing game as well.

 

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Optimism At An All Time High In Mavs Nation

by Ryan Wilson on July 23, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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My, how things have changed. It was around this time last year when the Mavericks were once again left scratching their heads in disbelief, after failing to land yet another big name free agent. Dwight Howard had given the Mavericks the opportunity to woo him, but in the end, he chose to join forces with James Harden and Chandler Parsons in Houston. How he could pass up on a pitch of this magnitude I’ll never truly understand.

 

Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson, as they typically do, found the best way to make do with what was left, eventually striking gold with Monta Ellis, a player that was labeled selfish by many of his critics.

The 2013-2014 season proved to be a season of ups and downs for the Mavericks, and dealing with the Western Conference night in and night out didn’t help their cause much either. After finishing the season in the eighth and final spot, many NBA “analysts” gave them no chance whatsoever in competing with the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round. What the analysts failed to understand was the Mavericks were ready for the challenge, as they pushed the eventual NBA Champion Spurs to the brink of elimination in 7 games, ultimately falling short.
TysonChandlerFast forward to June 26, 2014. What had been rumored as a possibility had finally became the reality all Mavericks fans had dreamed of. Tyson Chandler would be returning to the Dallas Mavericks in a 6-player trade that would also land them troubled point guard Raymond Felton. Dallas gave up quite a bit to get Chandler back in the Mavericks blue, including Samuel Dalembert and Jose Calderon. In completing the trade, the Mavericks would once again have that big defensive presence in the middle, which was an obvious weakness in the San Antonio Spurs series.

That brings us to July 1, 2014, a Christmas of sorts for NBA fans everywhere. Free Agency was finally underway, and all of the MFFL’s clung to their social media apps waiting for news of who the Mavericks were going to bring in. Once again, they had their sights set on another big time name in Carmelo Anthony, as the Mavericks were one of five teams to get a sit down meeting with the highly coveted forward. In typical fashion, the Mavericks were left waiting for a response from Carmelo, ultimately allowing other free agents to sign elsewhere. That was until they prepared a huge offer sheet for Houston Rockets forward, Chandler Parsons. Later that night, Parsons would meet with Mark Cuban in a Florida nightclub, and sign the offer.

We were all prepared for the Rockets to eventually match that offer sheet, but the curveball that Chris Bosh delivered in the Rockets direction was something they couldn’t swaChandlerParsonsllow. It had seemed likely that after hearing the news of LeBron’s return to Cleveland, Bosh would sign with Houston, and they would match Parson’s offer sheet, giving them a “Big Four” in Howard, Bosh, Parsons, and Harden. When Bosh decided to return to Miami, Houston couldn’t convince themselves to match the Parsons offer sheet, officially landing him in Big D.

The Mavericks now featured a starting lineup that looked like this:

C – Chandler

PF – Nowitzki

SF – Parsons

SG – Ellis

PG – Felton/Harris 

A week or so later, the Mavericks would replace Vince Carter with Richard Jefferson, who still appears to have plenty of gas left in the tank, and should still be able to provide a spark off the bench with his shooting ability.

The Mavericks won the NBA championship back in 2011, and the team was ultimately dismantled in the wake of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Act. Many people were hard on Mark Cuban and criticized some of the moves he made. It looked like Nowitzki’s best chance of winning a 2nd NBA Championship had ultimately vanished. Year after year of failing to land the proverbial “big fish” was hard for the Mavericks and their fan base to understand. Fast forward to now, and the Mavericks find themselves once again being talked about as possible championship contenders again. Credit everyone from the top down. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson stuck to their game plan. Rick Carlisle got the best from what he was given, which he always does, and Dirk Nowitzki showed just how valuable he is, and just how lucky all of us are to have him as the cornerstone of this franchise. He could’ve signed for a max contract in Houston or Los Angeles, but he wanted to give this city one more good run, so he signed for far less than he should’ve received, ultimately allowing the Mavericks to land Parsons and some others.

It’s a great time to be a Mavericks fan, and we have all of the organization to thank. They have given Nowitzki one final run at a title, and we may have found the future of the franchise in Parsons.

Good times ahead MFFL’s. Good times!

Mavs

 

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Dirk’s Act Of Humility, Generosity And Loyalty

by Michael Lark on July 15, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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While the big story around the NBA this offseason has been centered on the “Chosen One” deciding to “come home,” a more humble story was developing for the player who never left.

12-time NBA-All Star Dirk Nowitzki officially signed off on a $25 million deal to remain with the Dallas Mavericks for the next three seasons. Following the last year of a 4-year, $80 million contract, Dirk made it clear that he intended to come back to the Mavs on a discounted price in order to allow the team to go out and get other big time free agents.

The Mavs courted LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but ultimately took a free agent gamble and successfully landed restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, after trading for defensive stalwart, Tyson Chandler. Put those Chandlers Bings together and you have a team ready to compete for another championship.

The best 7-footer to ever play the game began his career with Dallas in 1998 as a skinny, awkward kid out of Wurzburg, Germany with uncertain expectations.

In his first season, he led the Mavericks to a mediocre 40-42 seasons and missed the NBA playoffs after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He continued to improve every season and successfully led the Mavs to their first-ever NBA Finals trip in 2006, before ultimately losing to the Miami Heat, 4-2.

The bitter end to the season didn’t have Dirk looking for the exit, and he didn’t need to collude with other free agents in order to win an empty championship, in a random town of bandwagon fans.


He instead chose to believe in his city and his owner. In Dirk’s eyes, if he was winning a championship, it was happening in Dallas.

In 2007, Dirk won the league’s Most Valuable Player awards after averaging of 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while leading the his team to a franchise record 67 wins – but fell short of an NBA championship yet again.

Finally in 2011, Dirk hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a parade in front of his town with the same fans that were there with him from the beginning.

In 16 seasons, Dirk has never had an NBA agent. He’s made over $200 million in his career and reportedly left max offers in the $60 million range from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets to remain with the only franchise he’s even known.

When the free agency period began at midnight on July 1, the Mavs never questioned his desire to compete for another NBA championship in Dallas. Dirk realizes the landscape of the NBA. He desires winning over money. Loyalty over royalty.

Dirk Nowitzki is Dallas Mavericks basketball and when he’s ready to retire, Mavs fans will remember this sacrifice that he took, because the one-legged fadeaway statue in front the American Airlines Center won’t have one ring on it. It will have two.

Photo credit - AP Photo/LM Otero

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Chandler Parsons, The Wait Is Over

by Greg Higgins on July 14, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Each year around this time, the NBA goes into a frenzy as marquee players are offered contracts by teams from all over. Every year, a group of elite players are wined and dined in hopes that they will wind up in their city.

Because there are only a few of these superstar players each year, usually it’s the next group of guys that make the difference. This next group of players don’t quite fit the “max contract” mold like the superstars but they are good enough to fill a role on a team.

This is where the Dallas Mavericks come into play. Every year, the Mavs take a shot at one of the big-named free agents on the market. Every year, these free agents flirt with the idea of making Dallas their home and yet ever year the Mavs wind up empty handed (unless it’s bringing back one of their own like Dirk Nowtizki.)

Even though there were talks with Carmelo Anthony, most Mavs fans knew he wasn’t going to sign with Dallas. There was too much money to be had with the New York Knicks. LeBron James was a good thought as well but we all knew that wasn’t happening. Instead of being left high and dry, though, Mark Cuban went on the offensive.

The Houston Rockets were in advanced talks with Chris Bosh and had offered him a max contract. Sources said Bosh was considering this move so Cuban went after Rockets’ small forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons, a restricted free agent, was offered a three year contract worth around $46 million. Being a restricted free agent, though, meant Houston could match the offer sheet the Mavs had in place.

As the waiting game ensued, reports came out that if Houston could land Bosh, they would match the offer made by the Mavericks. Luckily LeBron left the Miami Heat and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This caused the Heat to keep Bosh and the Rockets allowed Chandler to walk away and become a Maverick.

This was a move that almost all Mavs fans wanted to happen during this offseason. As great a defender as Shawn Marion was, the Mavs needed to get younger at the small forward poition. Chandler allows this to happen.

Chandler (25) will be replacing the 36 year old Marion. Parsons, in only his third NBA season averaged 16.6 points per game. He also had 5.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.2 steals in 74 games with the Rockets. Compare those numbers to Marions (10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals) and you can instantly see an improvement in the small forward position.

Last season the Mavericks won 49 games with Dirk, Marion and Samuel Dalembert in the front court. How many more can they win this season with Dirk, Parsons and Tyson Chandler? I don’t know the exact number but I can’t wait for the season to start so we can find out.

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Devin Deal: Mavericks Keep Harris with 3-Year Agreement

by MavsFanatic on July 5, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Devin Harris always considered Dallas his NBA home.

He’ll be calling it that for the foreseeable future as he and the Dallas Mavericks close in a new three-year pact.

The Mavericks were in need for point guard security with the recent trade which sent last year starter Jose Calderon to the New York Knicks. Raymond Felton and Gal Mekel are the other two point guards on Dallas’ roster.

Harris returned to the Mavericks last year after being traded away from the organization in 2008 for Jason Kidd. After stints with New Jersey, Utah and Atlanta he found his way back to Big D.

Originally agreeing to a 3-year $9 million contract last summer, a toe injury and surgery forced the Mavs to void his deal. It led Harris to delaying his return before eventually signing a one year contract at the veteran minimum.

The extra money allowed the Mavericks to strike a value signing in Monta Ellis who chose less money in Dallas to win than a 3-year $36 million extension in Milwaukee.

Harris played in 40 regular season games averaging 7.9 points and 4.5 assists. He also played an important role off the bench in Dallas’ playoffs series against San Antonio.

Fantastic keep by the Mavs.

 

 

 

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Carmelo Anthony: Free Agent Scouting Report

by Damian Jackson on June 28, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Strike One. Strike Two. Strike Thr

Let’s hold off on Strike Three for a moment and delve into Carmelo Anthony, the Dallas Mavericks’ most realistic ‘Big Fish’ option this time around. (LeBron isn’t happening)

The Mavericks half-heartedly whiffed on Deron Williams in 2012, followed by watching Dwight Howard pick neighbor Houston last summer.

Dallas enters this shopping season with ample cap space while also coming off an impressive season and playoffs in which they took eventual champions San Antonio to a complete seven-game first round series.

Already in good spirits, the Mavericks’ bolstered their roster by reacquiring defensive center and beloved 2011 champion Tyson Chandler in a six player trade with New York on Wednesday.

Take a closer look at what he brings to any squad in this loaded Free Agent Scouting video put together by Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress.com:

It’s important to take this information and analyze how Anthony’s strengths can be enhanced while also seeing his weaknesses reduced in the right situation.

We used the comparison of Mavs guard Monta Ellis and his adjustment to the Dallas system under head coach Rick Carlisle and playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

While Anthony is an even better talent than Ellis, this basic concept exists. Carlisle rests comfortably among the elite active coaches in this league. Carlisle does his best with veterans, pros, guys who relish the desire for ultimate success. Can Carmelo show he’s that dude?

The health uncertainty in Chicago paired with somewhat stripping away parts to make room for Anthony, leaves them with the hope Derrick Rose stays healthy and Joakim Noah recovering from a knee injury himself.

In the Eastern Conference your odds to make it to the NBA Finals are better, but winning always comes down to the best team. Indiana didn’t even get the chance and Miami got served a wealthy plate of whoop-ass from the Spurs.

If Anthony’s choices came down to Houston and Dallas, I look at it this way. Both would become better and closer to legit championship contender.

The difference for me is what Anthony said in his interview with VICE in which he said this free agency decisions depends largely on the family aspect just as much as the basketball side.

“The average person just sees opportunity to say that, ‘Oh, Melo should go here, Melo should go there. I think he should do this, I think he should do that.’ But they don’t take into consideration the family aspect of it. Your livelihood. Where you’re going to be living at.”

Dallas’ core of Dirk, Monta and Tyson share something in common that has nothing to do with basketball. They’re married, they have kids, they are family men.

I’m only pinging off Anthony’s comments about the importance of taking his family into consideration, not saying I have inside knowledge of any family members.

The Mavericks are a well-structured organization that focuses on the ultimate goal – WINNING.

Ellis wants to win. Dirk and Tyson want to win, again.

 

 

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Free Agent Forecast: Centers

by Marc Cashion on June 27, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The center position in the NBA has now become one of the hardest positions to come by.  A good healthy, lane closing center will very rarely just be picked up in free agency.

Unfortunately for the Mavs, as witnessed this past year, that is exactly what we need to play alongside Dirk. While there are opportunities for trade acquisitions, such as Omar Asik (Traded to New Orleans) or a Tyson Chandler (Traded to Dallas), only the free agents will be examined.

1. Chris Bosh | Heat (Early Termination Option)

16.2 PTS 6.6 REB

A Dirk/Bosh combination would not be ideal, but as far as the best basketball player in this free agent crop, Chris Bosh is the best center that could potentially be available.

While underutilized in Miami he could go back to his Toronto dominating days if he was on a team that ran an offense based off of ball movement. No center in the NBA can be a big factor with the amount of isolations the Miami Heat run.

He isn’t the defensive force the Mavs need but a Bosh/Monta Ellis pick and roll would be absolutely deadly.

2. Marcin Gortat | Wizards (Unrestricted)

13.2 PTS 9.5 REB

Gortat will surely be highly coveted player this offseason by just about every team with enough cap space. He is versatile, quick, and has a high offensive IQ. He also showed during the playoffs that he can patrol the paint and be a good defender.

Gortat averaged 1.5 blocks per game last season even with virtually another center playing alongside him in Nene. Gortat alongside Dirk would be a great fit as Gortat primarily plays inside the paint giving Dirk plenty of room to operate. He also is a smart passer making a potent Dallas offense even more intimidating.

UPDATE: Tyson Chandler trade takes Dallas out of potential chase for Gortat, whom the Mavericks like but understood a bidding war price might get too high.

3. Greg Monroe | Pistons (Restricted)

15.2 PTS 9.3 REB

At only 24-years-old, most teams in the NBA would love to give the young center a huge contract.  With not enough room in Detroit for Monroe and Andre Drummond, I anticipate Monroe being available.

Monroe has not proven to be able to be the guy that can dominate on the defensive end, however, he has not been given much of an opportunity since his teammate, Drummond, is one of the best shot blockers in the league.

While his chemistry with Dirk would need some work I’m always in for having a chance at an up and coming center like Monroe.

4. Pau Gasol | Lakers (Unrestricted)

17.4 PTS 9.7 REB

Pau Gasol as our starting center would be a huge upgrade. The 7 footer has proven to be able to patrol the paint on defense and is an outstanding rebounder. Gasol and Calderon are good friends from the Spanish national team so he can be our best recruiting tool.

He is a smart player and doesn’t need much coaching, he could immediately help this team greatly and would be an awesome piece for Dirks last years in the NBA.

Gasol appears much less likely with Chandler back and Calderon out the door.

5. Spencer Hawes | Cavaliers (Unrestricted)

13.2 PTS 8.3 REB

If we strike out on the top four in this list or can’t find someone to trade for the next best option is Dalembert/Spencer Hawes at center.

Hawes does not play a ton of defense, but at 7’1” Hawes is a viable option. The thing working for his favor is he has never played for a contender or with the true professionals that he would if he were in Dallas.

Hawes has shown flashes of brilliance the last few years and with the right teammates and coaching could turn into a threat down low that wouldn’t come at the price as the other centers on this list before him.

6. Andray Blatche | Nets (Unrestricted)

11.2 PTS 5.3 REB

Blatche is an under the radar center that could be a potential target for the Dallas Mavericks. At 260 pounds Blatche is a big body that could share time with Samuel Dalembert.

Although his character has been an issue, we have seen in the past there is hardly a better team that can control attitudes than the Mavs and Rick Carlisle.

As I have said before the center position is really a difficult position to obtain, while numbers 7-10 on this list may make you cringe, as far as free agents go they are our next best option.

7. Andrew Bynum | Pacers (Unrestricted) 

8.7 PTS 5.6 REB

Ever since Bynum took a cheap shot to J.J. Barea in the 2011 playoffs his career has spiraled.

Only playing 26 games last season injuries and character have taken the once superstar potential center into a nobody.

Rumors and scandals plagued his stay in Cleveland, then he went to the Pacers where he made virtually no positive impact. The only way the Mavs sign Bynum is through a cheap contract and an evaluation to see if he can still play.

8. Emeka Okafor | Suns (Unrestricted)

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Another injury plagued center, Emeka Okafor missed the entire 2013-2014 season and has really diminished as a player. Much like Bynum the only chance we have to sign Okafor would be a thorough evaluation to see if he still has something left in the tank.

9. Chris Andersen | Heat (Unrestricted)

6.6 PTS 5.3 REB

Certainly not a starter by any means the “Birdman” would only be a Mavs player coming off the bench, something the Mavs really don’t need. He shows flashes of being a solid center and comes off the bench with plenty of energy.

10. Jermaine O’Neal | Warriors (Unrestricted)

7.9 PTS 5.5 REB

Hard to believe the 35 year old is still playing in the NBA considering how many injuries the once star for the Pacers has gone through.

O’Neal absolutely shocked the NBA showing he still had room in the tank last season getting some pretty serious minutes after Andrew Bogut went down with injuries, which is something Bogut is known to do.

Another rotation player, O’Neal could help with depth at the Center postion for the Mavs, but again, the Mavs really need a starter.

 

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