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Major Changes Coming for Mavericks?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 6, 2012 @ 6:59 am In All,Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
(Mark) Cuban likes to consider (Donnie) Nelson and himself to be the smartest, savviest, more creative front-office tandem in the NBA. If they don’t convince Deron Williams to bolt Brooklyn to come home, they better be.
But Cuban insists this summer isn’t D-Will or bust in Dallas. Never mind that after the Mavs didn’t make a move at the trade deadline, Nelson declared that the Mavs were positioned to land a “big fish” in free agency. And there is only one big fish remaining after Dwight Howard opted to commit, contractually at least, to the Orlando Magic for one more season.
But Cuban, who still hopes to flip Lamar Odom and his buyout-included contract for something of value, claims that it’s impossible for any player to be considered Plan A for the Mavs this summer. That’s because he says the Mavs have yet to set their plans and intend to take a reactive approach.
“We’ll make our judgments depending on what we see in the market,” Cuban said. “We’ll learn a lot leading up to the draft as assets change. We’ll learn a lot with amnesty. We’ll take that information, we’ll digest it and we’ll do our best. That’s what you’ve got to do.”
Added coach Rick Carlisle: “This summer will be long, so there will be plenty of time to plan things.”
Cuban also has to make a decision regarding the head coach after Carlisle’s contract expires. It would seem like an easy call to bring back the coach of the only title team in franchise history, but who imagined after last season that the Mavs wouldn’t make a competitive offer to Tyson Chandler?
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