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thebac
02-18-2004, 12:33 PM
Are there any big deals left to be made?

Rumor mongers . . . start your engines.

With about 36 hours left until the NBA's Thursday trade deadline, the rumors were flying fast and furious Tuesday night as teams talked and talked and talked about making deals.

The big question on everyone's mind? Will there be yet another huge trade before Thursday?

There's a lot of small talk right now about cap positioning, draft picks and minor players, but after an unbelievable trading season that's seen big names like Stephon Marbury, Rasheed Wallace, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Ricky Davis, Bonzi Wells, Keith Van Horn, Tim Thomas, Theo Ratliff and Penny Hardaway already traded, is there anyone left out there to trade?

Here's what we we're hearing as of late Tuesday night . . .


--Allen Iverson's latest antics, including missing practice in Denver on Monday and seething on the bench Tuesday night, haven't helped things in Philly. Iverson is already complaining about new head coach Chris Ford, and tensions continue to rise.
"I don't want to be treated like this," Iverson said after Tuesday's game. "If I get treated like this every day, I'd tell my family we've got to go. We've got to get out of here."

Philly has several smaller trades that it can make if it believes that moving a player like Eric Snow or Aaron McKie will fix things. But with the Philly media beginning to turn on AI as well, GM Billy King may have a rare opening to trade Iverson as the climate sours in Philly.

Allen Iverson
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
40 27.4 3.9 6.5 .396 .753

The problem is getting equal value for the 28-year-old draw. Speculation has centered on Atlanta, where the Hawks are shopping Rasheed Wallace. Iverson is an instant draw in Atlanta, even though he would eat away most of the team's cap room this summer. Wallace, a Philly native, would help a very weak Philly front line with minimal risk because his $17 million contract comes off the books next season. The problems, however, are obvious. Wallace could very well leave this summer or bomb there, leaving the Sixers with nothing in return for Iverson.


--The other speculated destination for Iverson, Houston, isn't going to happen. While an Iverson-for-Steve Francis swap sounds sexy enough, a source in Houston told Insider that Francis isn't going anywhere right now. This summer? That's a different story.

--Speaking of Rasheed, rumors are going to continue to swirl until the deadline about Detroit and New York's interest in 'Sheed. As Insider first reported on Tuesday, the Pistons' offer for Rasheed (the expiring contracts of Bob Sura, Zeljko Rebraca and Lindsey Hunter and a 2004 first-round pick) also included the contract of Chucky Atkins -- essentially killing the deal before it ever got started.
Pistons president Joe Dumars, who spoke on the record about the deal to the Detroit News in Wednesday's editions, confirmed our story.

"There is no deal," Dumars told the Detroit News. "There is no deal pending, no deal is imminent. Have we talked to Atlanta? Yes, but I guarantee you that every team is talking to everybody right now."

While the Pistons can refashion the deal by taking out Atkins and putting in the expiring contracts of Darvin Ham and Tremaine Fowlkes, Dumars claimed he hasn't done that. He likely won't. Dumars needs that first-round pick to package with either Atkins or Williamson to clear the cap room necessary to re-sign Mehmet Okur this summer. If he can get either of those two players off the books before July 15th, Okur is as good as gone.

The Knicks are working hand in hand with Wallace's agent, Bill Strickland, to try to get 'Sheed to New York now.

"Our preference is to make that now, before the deadline, but Rasheed would be willing to explore the option of a midlevel exception this summer," Strickland told the New York Times.

The hurdle for Strickland is that the Knicks don't have the expiring contracts the Hawks are looking for. The Times claims that a combination of Kurt Thomas, Othella Harrington, Dikembe Mutombo and either Mike Sweetney or Frank Thomas could get a deal done . . . but none of those players has the type of expiring contract the Hawks are looking for. Unless the Knicks can find a third team with expiring contracts that is willing to take on all of those contracts, chances are 'Sheed stays put.

Erick Dampier
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
51 11.9 11.6 0.7 .517 .636

--The Knicks' pursuit of Erick Dampier also appears to be a pipe dream. The Warriors want expiring contracts for Dampier, and, again, the Knicks don't have any. They could try to package Kurt Thomas and Mike Sweetney together with the thinking that Thomas would opt out of his contract this summer to get out of Golden State . . . but that's a pretty big risk by both sides at this point.
Memphis is the other team that likes Dampier. The Grizzlies pursued him hard last summer and came close to a deal, but now things are trickier. If the Grizzlies put together a package of Stromile Swift, Jake Tsakalidis and either Earl Watson or Troy Bell, you have to believe that the Warriors would jump . . . but is Dampier really worth it?

If I were Bulls GM John Paxson, I'd try to see if the Warriors would be willing to swap Dampier and Jason Richardson for Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford and Marcus Fizer. The move would give the Warriors much more cap flexibility and a couple of prospects in Curry and Crawford as well give the Bulls their more traditional two guard and a center who would clean up in the East.

Jerry Stackhouse
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
6 16.0 3.5 4.2 .478 .706


--Speaking of the Bulls, there was talk on Tuesday that the team was talking with the Wizards about a possible Crawford-and-Fizer-for-Jerry Stackhouse swap. Clearly Paxson is trying to figure out a way to add the missing piece that turns the Bulls into a playoff contender. Why would the Wizards even consider it? The move would give them a little over $10 million to play with in free agency should they decide not to re-sign Crawford or Fizer. Sources claim that the deal is unlikely to happen, but I thought it was an interesting proposal.

--Speaking of the Wizards, they are resisting the sudden surge in interest toward Kwame Brown. Says one Wizards' source: "Our phone hasn't stopped ringing about Kwame but we're not moving him. Our investment is just now paying off. Why would we move him?" What's interesting is that last year the Sonics turned down an offer of Brown for Vladimir Radmanovic and Brent Barry. Now they're getting laughed at for proposing it.

--Speaking of the Sonics, it appears that the team has finally come to the realization that it has a small window of opportunity to make something happen with the expiring contract of Brent Barry and is talking to a number of teams around the league. One source told Insider on Tuesday that Vladimir Radmanovic's agent has been pushing for the Sonics to get Radmanovic out of Seattle. Radmanovic and Barry have the same agent, David Bauman, and he's been making phone calls of his own trying to find a package that works for the Sonics. With other assets like Ronald Murray and, to a lesser extent, Jerome James, what's the hold-up?
One league executive said that the Sonics are asking for too much. "They want a lot for those guys, and I mean a lot," the exec told Insider. "There's a lot of interest in that package, but no one's prepared to give up a seven footer or an all-star for them. I think right now that's what Rick (Sund) feels he needs to justify the trade. If he sticks to that line of thinking, I don't see anything happening."

Talks with the Bulls, a natural trading partner, have gone nowhere. The Sonics are insisting that either Eddy Curry or Tyson Chandler be included in any deal. Paxson is willing to talk, but is only willing to give up Crawford and/or Fizer in return. Talks with the Pacers (for Al Harrington and Austin Croshere) and the Wizards (for Kwame and Christian Laettner) are also going nowhere.

The hottest rumor on Tuesday evening had the Sonics talking to the Raptors about a swap that would send Barry and Radmanovic to Toronto for Donyell Marshall and Morris Peterson.

There was also talk that the trade could be expanded into a three-way deal with the Blazers, but that's less likely to happen. The Raptors have been in the hunt for a center so that they can move rookie Chris Bosh back to his natural position at power forward. Under that arrangement, Barry, Michael Curry and Michael Bradley (all in the last year of their deals) would head to Portland, Davis and Radmanovic would go Toronto, and Marshall and Peterson would head to Seattle. The move would get much needed cap relief to the Blazers, address the Sonics need for a power forward and give the Raptors a veteran center and promising versatile forward in Radmanovic.

The same sources said that the Sonics are concerned that they're not getting enough in return for Radmanovic. If Sund can't get what he wants, there shouldn't be any reason to rush into a trade. Radmanovic, Murray and James will all have value this summer. But still, with the Sonics in the hunt for a playoff berth and the availability of Barry's expiring contract, it's hard to believe that the team can't find a deal that makes sense for them.


--One more tidbit worth reporting. Tracy McGrady can not opt out of his contract this summer. We've talked about this before, but I keep seeing it reported on TV (the Bucks announcers said it 10 times Tuesday night during the Bucks-Magic game) that he's likely gone this summer. McGrady has an ETO (early termination option) on his contract after the 2004-05 season -- not this summer.

Around the League

There are a ton of mid-to-smaller deals also making the rounds. Here are the other things being talked about out there.


The Mavericks have been unusually quiet. That seems to be freaking out a number of GMs who insisted, without any type of concrete evidence mind you, that the Mavs were working on something big.
Gordan Giricek
Guard-Forward
Orlando Magic
Profile


2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
47 10.1 3.5 1.7 .435 .835




The Magic's Gordan Giricek seems to be a hot name at the moment. Not only is his salary reasonable ($1.5 million) but he's also a free agent this summer. In almost every scenario he's being packaged with Tyronn Lue or Juwan Howard. Among the rumored suitors? The Bulls (offering Fizer for Lue and Giricek), the Pistons (offering Chucky Atkins), the Jazz (offering Carlos Arroyo and DeShawn Stevenson) and the Celtics (offering Chris Mills and Chris Mihm for Giricek, Howard and Pat Garrity).

The speculation running rampant on Tuesday was that the Celtics were going to send Mills and Mihm to Orlando for Howard, Garrity and Giricek. Obviously it didn't happen, though one Celtics source remains optimistic that they can convince the Magic to pull the trigger.
I wonder, however, whether the Jazz wouldn't be a better suitor. Jazz GM Kevin O'Connor denied interest in Giricek and Lue last week when the rumor first popped up, but it does make some sense for Utah if Howard got included in the deal. The Jazz need some frontcourt help in the worst way, and Howard seems like the perfect type of player for the Jazz's system.

Howard's long-term deal shouldn't hinder the Jazz too much as they'd still be looking at more than $20 million in cap room even with Howard on the books. If the Jazz were willing to take Howard, Giricek and Lue along with Andrew DeClercq and possibly Pat Garrity and be willing to give up Arroyo and Stevenson, that could make some long-term cap sense for the Magic and give the Jazz some more tools to work with.


While a deal for Steve Francis isn't going to happen before the deadline, the Rockets are trying to see whether they can find someone interested in Bostjan Nachbar, Maurice Taylor and/or Kelvin Cato. With the Celtics looking for more firepower, and with their two expiring contracts, you can add them to the list of potential suitors. Ainge is a big fan of Nachbar's. All the Rockets are looking for is a little more cap flexibility at this point.

The Hawks are already trying to move Michael Doleac, and reports in both the Chicago Sun Times and Tribune claim that a possible three-way deal with Detroit that sends Doleac to the Bulls could be in the works. Under that scenario Fizer would head to Detroit. It's unclear who the Pistons would be giving up to make the trade work under the CBA. The Jazz and Nuggets have also shown some interest in Doleac, whose $1.6 million deal expires at the end of the season.

The chances that the long-rumored Jerome Williams-to-Philly-for-Aaron Mckie trade happens are "very high," according to one league source.

Rules changes needed for dunk contest

Another All-Star weekend has come and gone, and while the game and all of the other festivities were exciting, there were a few kinks the league may want to look at for future All-Star weekends.
If you're like me, you probably were a little disappointed in the slam-dunk contest. Not to take anything away from Fred Jones, but a couple of things need to be addressed, including the way the event is judged, the rules that have been incorporated and the selection of participants.


Fred Jones dethroned two-time champ Jason Richardson in the dunk contest.
First, you have to have young, emerging or established superstars involved in the process. It was very disappointing that LeBron James did not participate, because that alone produces the type of excitement and interest this event needs. The perfect group to square off would have been Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron in a winner-take-all, with a grand prize of $1 million (or more), of which at least half goes to charity.

That type of star power would make it the most-anticipated event of the weekend. Imagine the interest those four could create. Will it ever happen? No, but that's the type of star power that's needed, because in reality, the same magnificent dunk you see Fred Jones or Ricky Davis do doesn't have the impact it would if Vince or LeBron pulled it off. Case in point: No one recalls Brent Barry's take-off from the free-throw line dunk in the same way they remember MJ or Dr. J doing the same dunk.

Not only do people want to see spectacular plays, they want to see spectacular players making them. Outside of the game, the dunk contest is the most anticipated event of All-Star weekend, and this year was the most disappointing. The league has to find ways to improve the contest if it wants to maintain the same level of enthusiasm from the fans.

One obvious way to improve the contest is to clarify the rules. This is a slam-dunk contest, not a missed-dunk or layup contest! The rules must be clearer in terms of what's a dunk and what isn't.


Finally, how could Denver Nuggets forward Chris Andersen not have advanced with his awesome first-round dunk. His reverse windmill from the left elbow warranted a much higher score than the 42 he received. He's a phenomenal athlete who deserved better from the judges.


Statement game
The game itself was entertaining, with great plays throughout and a serious commitment to winning once the fourth quarter started. At the end of the day, size really does matter, as MVP Shaquille O'Neal and Tim Duncan made plays down the stretch to secure the Western Conference victory. All in all, it was great weekend that bodes well for an exciting time in Denver for next season's All-Star game.

A few players made statements with their on-court play during the game, including New Orleans Hornets center Jamaal Magloire. He acquitted himself quite nicely after being criticized by some as an undeserving participant. He put up 19 points and eight rebounds and probably would've been named MVP if the East had won.

I spoke to Shaq before the game, and he said he felt great and couldn't wait for the second half of the season to begin. Also, Kobe Bryant -- with all the speculation about his future swirling around him -- let his game do the talking and looked like the Kobe of old.

Home-court battles
It'll be interesting to see how the Western Conference race for home-court advantage shakes out. Nothing has been decided yet, and all the elite teams feel they can procure home court. Currently, there are eight teams within seven games of the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Leave it to Isiah Thomas to steal some of the spotlight with his blockbuster three-team trade that netted him Tim Thomas and Nazr Mohammed. This deal helps the Knicks and the Hawks way more than it helps the Bucks. Zeke gave up a solid performer in forward Keith Van Horn, but Van Horn isn't the dominant rebounder and playmaker that Thomas can be. When you couple that with Mohammed's ability to score and play power forward and center, then you see how good a trade this was for the Knicks. This trade will also make for a very interesting fight for home court in the Eastern Conference. Now the Knicks have a core of Stephon Marbury, Allan Houston, Dikembe Mutumbo, Kurt Thomas, Tim Thomas and Mohammed as they try to make the playoffs.

I have a feeling the second half of the season could be one of the most exciting in many years. Everything is up for grabs, and there are a number of teams with a legitimate shot at winning it all.

Rumor Central

WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Brent Barry
Sonics

Raptors
Blazers
Celtics

Feb. 18 - Several league sources told Insider on Tuesday that the Raptors and Sonics are discussing a trade that would send Barry and Vladimir Radmanovic to the Raptors for Donyell Marshall and Morris Peterson.
There was also talk that the trade could be expanded into a three-way deal with the Blazers, but that's less likely to happen. The Raptors have been in the hunt for a center so that they can move rookie Chris Bosh back to his natural position at power forward. Under that arrangement, Barry, Michael Curry and Michael Bradley (all in the last year of their deals) would head to Portland, Davis and Radmanovic would go Toronto, and Marshall and Peterson would head to Seattle.

The Celtics are also showing interest in Brent Barry -- offering Chris Mills' expiring contract in return.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Rasheed Wallace
Hawks

Knicks
Pistons

Feb. 18 - The Hawks are trying to see if they can get cap space and a prospect or two from another team interested in Rasheed. The problem is, there are actually very few teams with that type of cap room or expiring contracts to make a deal.
Pistons GM Joe Dumars confirmed on Tuesday that the Pistons have made an offer including the expiring contracts of Bob Sura, Zeljko Rebraca, Lindsey Hunter, a first-round pick and Chucky Atkins. The Hawks, however, don't want to take on the multiple years of Atkins deal.

The Knicks are working hand in hand with Wallace's agent, Bill Strickland, to try to get 'Sheed to New York now. The hurdle for Strickland is that the Knicks don't have the expiring contracts the Hawks are looking for. The N.Y. Times claims that a combination of Kurt Thomas, Othella Harrington, Dikembe Mutombo and either Mike Sweetney or Frank Williams could get a deal done . . . but none of those players has the type of expiring contract the Hawks are looking for. Unless the Knicks can find a third team with expiring contracts that is willing to take on all of those contracts, chances are 'Sheed stays put.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Allen Iverson
76ers

Hawks
Rockets

Feb. 18 - The Sixers are open to trading Iverson. The problem is getting equal value for the 28-year-old draw. Speculation has centered on Atlanta, where the Hawks are shopping Rasheed Wallace. Iverson is an instant draw in Atlanta, even though he would eat away most of the team's cap room this summer. Wallace, a Philly native, would help a very weak Philly front line with minimal risk because his $17 million contract comes off the books next season. The problems, however, are obvious. Wallace could very well leave this summer or bomb there, leaving the Sixers with nothing in return for Iverson.
The other speculated destination for Iverson, Houston, isn't going to happen. While an Iverson-for-Steve Francis swap sounds sexy enough, a source in Houston told Insider that Francis isn't going anywhere right now.



WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Gordan Giricek
Magic

Bulls
Jazz
Pistons

Feb. 18 - Giricek seems to be a hot name at the moment. Not only is his salary reasonable ($1.5 million) but he's also a free agent this summer. In almost every scenario he's being packaged with Tyronn Lue or Juwan Howard. Among the rumored suitors? The Bulls (offering Fizer for Lue and Giricek), the Pistons (offering Chucky Atkins), the Jazz (offering Carlos Arroyo and DeShawn Stevenson) and the Celtics (offering Chris Mills and Chris Mihm for Giricek, Howard and Pat Garrity).


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Jamal Crawford
Bulls

Wizards
Clippers
Knicks
Sonics

Feb. 18 - There was talk on Tuesday that the team was talking with the Wizards about a possible Crawford-and-Fizer-for-Jerry Stackhouse swap. Clearly Paxson is trying to figure out a way to add the missing piece that turns the Bulls into a playoff contender. Why would the Wizards even consider it? The move would give them a little over $10 million to play with in free agency should they decide not to re-sign Crawford or Fizer. Sources claim that the deal is unlikely to happen, however. The Clippers, Sonics, Knicks and Magic have also shown interest in Crawford, but reports out of Chicago claim that Crawford probably won't be moved.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Kwame Brown
Wizards

Sonics

Feb. 18 - The Wizards are resisting the sudden surge in interest toward Brown. Says one Wizards' source: "Our phone hasn't stopped ringing about Kwame but we're not moving him. Our investment is just now paying off. Why would we move him?" What's interesting is that last year the Sonics turned down an offer of Brown for Vladimir Radmanovic and Brent Barry. Now they're the Sonics are getting laughed at for proposing it this time around.


WHO INTERESTED THE SKINNY

Erick Dampier
Warriors

Grizzlies
Knicks

Feb. 18 - The Knicks' pursuit of Dampier appears to be a pipe dream. The Warriors want expiring contracts for Dampier, and, again, the Knicks don't have any. They could try to package Kurt Thomas and Mike Sweetney together with the thinking that Thomas would opt out of his contract this summer to get out of Golden State . . . but that's a pretty big risk by both sides at this point.
Memphis is the other team that likes Dampier. The Grizzlies pursued him hard last summer and came close to a deal, but now things are trickier. If the Grizzlies put together a package of Stromile Swift, Jake Tsakalidis and either Earl Watson or Troy Bell, you have to believe that the Warriors would jump . . . but is Dampier really worth it?

Peep Show

Milwaukee Bucks: HHead coach Terry Porter is having a hard time describing his team's 19-2 run against the Magic Tuesday night. "I don't think in all my years I've ever seen anything like that," Porter said in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "(Orlando) did a great job of closing the gap and then, all of a sudden, it was just, bam: dunk after dunk after dunk after layup after layup. I don't know how to describe it. I just don't." Even Tracy McGrady was envious after the 124-104 game. "Those guys were out there having fun and I'm a little jealous," said Orlando's Tracy McGrady. "It was very embarrassing."

Seattle SuperSonics: Those trade whispers are getting awfully loud in Seattle these days. "I think we're maybe a little more active because we have more assets than last year," general manager Rick Sund said in the Seattle Times. "Last year we had a situation where we pretty much were going with the youth route and Gary (Payton) was the only one of our players with any real value. You look at our team now, and we have some young pieces. So there's a lot of dialogue going on around the league. I don't know if it's posturing for June or if it's anything substantial." Sund wouldn't mention any names but didn't deny any, either. "In terms of consummating a deal or putting something together, who knows?" he said. "If somebody calls and we get wind of a deal, who knows? You're always looking to upgrade your club if you can. But you don't want to do a trade just to do a trade."

New Jersey Nets: There's no "I" in team or Nets or Frank Lawrence as New Jersey goes for a record 10th straight victory for a new coach tonight. "It would be hypocritical of me to seek any kind of joy out of that individual goal knowing, No. 1, it's not really an individual accomplishment," Frank said in the New York Post. "It's a team accomplishment, totally, because I had nothing to do with winning those games. I guess there are milestones for everything, but we're more concerned with team milestones."

Orlando Magic: Reece Gaines is the fourth-string point guard for the Magic behind Tyronn Lue, Rod Strickland and Shammond Williams, and his agent doesn't want to have to use his thumb. "Reece may need a fresh start. He's caught in a crossfire," agent Andy Miller said in the Orlando Sentinel. "Philosophically, does it not make sense to get a fresh start?" Magic officials wouldn't say if Gaines was on the block or not. The rookie has played in 20 games so far this season and scored 18 points.

Atlanta Hawks: Just because the Hawks are saving money with all their recent deals doesn't mean they're only trying to save money. Or something like that. "This is not a save-money situation," general manager Billy Knight said in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "Ownership did not have anything to do with this. I had to convince the owners that this is the thing to do. They were like, 'We can spend money.' I didn't think that was the smartest way to go. I can save money, but I can spend money, too. That's no problem at all. I thought that it was best for the organization." Knight was also unlcear on the Rasheed Wallace situation. "I don't have anything to say about that," Knight said. "But Rasheed is a heck of a player, a heck of a talent. It's good to see him at our practices. He's done some things that I haven't seen done here for a long time."

Cleveland Cavaliers: The world can't get enough of LeBron James, but his head coach Paul Silas said he has seen too much of him already. "I am hoping to give him more rest," Silas said in the Plain Dealer. "I don't know how many minutes of his I will cut back on, but I do know I don't want him playing 40 a game. And I have a lot more confidence in our bench." James has been averaging 40 minutes a game for fifth in the league.

Toronto Raptors: Jalen Rose doesn't have one broken bone in his left hand as earlier believed. He has four and will be out indefinitely. "I always considered this my time of year, and I feel like this is the time of year that I'm really here, this is the time of year that they brought me here for -- a playoff run, and the playoffs," Rose told the Toronto Star. "It's somewhat disheartening, but injuries are a part of the game. The good thing that's going to happen is now I'll be completely healthy. And I get a chance to feel like myself, for whatever that's worth."

ddh33
02-18-2004, 01:12 PM
I can only hope the Mavs are going to make a move. I think it's needed. There are several names being thrown around that would interest me.

This deadline has been one of the most eventful and entertaining things in the NBA this season. Of course, all the movement of players and coaches has probably hurt the product on the floor. But it sure has given fans a lot to talk about and speculate on.

dalmations202
02-18-2004, 02:09 PM
Originally posted by: ddh33
I can only hope the Mavs are going to make a move. I think it's needed. There are several names being thrown around that would interest me.

This deadline has been one of the most eventful and entertaining things in the NBA this season. Of course, all the movement of players and coaches has probably hurt the product on the floor. But it sure has given fans a lot to talk about and speculate on.

agreed

MavsFanFinley
02-18-2004, 06:03 PM
The Mavericks have been unusually quiet. That seems to be freaking out a number of GMs who insisted, without any type of concrete evidence mind you, that the Mavs were working on something big.

I think the Mavs are quiet because nothing is going to happen. Remember the draft last year when they told us it would be boring and it was? I think they'll wait till summer to move the players that need to be moved.

ddh33
02-18-2004, 08:02 PM
I think the Mavs are quiet because nothing is going to happen. Remember the draft last year when they told us it would be boring and it was? I think they'll wait till summer to move the players that need to be moved.

I hope not. I mean, I support the team and cheer no matter what, but I would do so with a sense of impending doom. I just don't think this team has the makeup to seriously compete for a championship.