Mavericks May Not Have Backup Plan
What now, Mavs?
No, seriously. What now?
The free agent prize, what they’ve seemingly sold their soul for, is gone as Deron Williamsre-signed with the Nets for five years. It was down to Brooklyn or Dallas. And Williams left the Mavericks hanging. All their eggs were put in the D-Will sweepstakes basket, and now they’re empty-handed.
Consider what the last year has looked like for Dallas basketball. The Mavs won their first championship, and did it with an incredibly likeable team and one with an incredible chemistry and structure that lended thought to them being able to do it again.
Dirk Nowitzki was hitting a new stride as maybe the most impossible offensive player in the league, they had clutch stones galore in Jason Terry, a lockdown defender in Shawn Marion, a scrappy scorer in J.J. Barea, the best interior defender in the game in Tyson Chandler and some knockdown shooters sprinkled through the roster.
Instead of re-signing Chandler, Barea and even DeShawn Stevenson, who played a major role in their title run, the Mavs let them walk away, pieced together the roster with players like Vince Carter and Delonte West, and settled in for what appeared to be a big summer of 2012.
Free agents were hitting the market, including hometown hero Williams and the player so many assumed he was destined to play with, Dwight Howard. And the Mavericks rolled their dice, giving away a legitimate title defense in lieu of financial flexibility.
So far, 0 for 1. And with Howard in the mix for Brooklyn and at least signed in Orlando for the remainder of this season, the Mavs might as well be 0 for 2.