As it stands now, there have been no reported talks between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers regarding veteran swingman, Luol Deng. Given Deng’s exorbitant contract and the reduced role he’s seen since joining the Lakers, that’s not much of a surprise. However, despite no known talks having occurred, that doesn’t mean Dallas wouldn’t be interested in Deng as part of a larger move. In fact, Dallas is one of the few teams that could take on his contract while still improving their roster. It’s no secret the Lakers firmly believe they are in the mix for guys like Paul George and Lebron James this Summer, so a deal with Dallas kicking them some expiring contracts would be mutually beneficial. What Dallas should do is insist on LA tossing in Deng as part of a deal to bring Julius Randle to Big D.
Following their second consecutive 3-14 start, the Dallas Mavericks appear to be going nowhere fast, even with their promising rookie point guard, Dennis Smith Jr. Making matters worse, franchise icon Dirk Nowitzki appears to have fallen off a cliff with regard to his play and the once believed “foundational piece,” Nerlens Noel is now on the outskirts so bad with head coach Rick Carlisle that his minutes are almost nonexistent.
Things didn’t quite go the way Nerlens Noel had hoped this past Summer. Not only did he not come to terms on the max contract he wanted from the Mavericks, but he failed to entice any other team to make such an investment in him. Had he found somebody -anybody- to grant him a max contract, he could at least rest assured Dallas would either match, or let him walk. Either way, he would have his money. Instead, after turning down an offer for 4 years and $70 million, Noel fired his agent and accepted a qualifying offer for roughly $4 million this season. For those wondering, that’s less money than he played for even last year, and it’s made all the worse when you consider that he didn’t start enough games to qualify for even a starting QO dollars. Put simply, Noel decided to bet on himself.
Talent evaluation and financial planning around an NBA salary cap is a tough, often thankless job. To look at a player, in some cases a kid who may be 19-20 years old, and determine whether or not he’s going to develop into a real player or maintain current form is a near impossible task. And […]
Last season the Dallas Mavericks amassed just 33 wins against 49 loses to complete one of their worst seasons in recent memory. To put things bluntly, the roster Dallas walked into the season with provided little hope to fans eager to see the return of playoff basketball in Big D. The starting lineup of Derron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki, and Andrew Bogut was never going to set the league on fire, and it resulted in the Mavs getting off to one of their worst starts since the 90s. Things were so bad, in fact, Dallas ultimately took out a flier on a kid named Yogi Ferrell and opted to revamp its young core by trading for the 23-year-old rim protector, Nerlens Noel. Sure the moves teased the possibility of Rick Carlisle’s squad sneaking into the playoffs, but in the end there just wasn’t enough depth or, frankly, talent, to overcome an abysmal 9-21 start. Dallas would get the number 9 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and land the electric point guard, Dennis Smith Jr.