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Old 04-17-2014, 12:16 PM   #81
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Wouldn't worry about "who wants to come here." The Mavs have missed out on two big FAs, both of whom at least somewhat seriously considered Dallas, but had terrific alternative options. Doesn't mean too much in the grand scheme of things.

Dallas treats its players well, is a relatively good team, is in a good city, has a good coach, and has an owner who pays. Plenty of guys will want to come.
Also, one thing to consider is that most of the "more attractive" destinations don't have any cap space right now... The Nets, Knicks, Heat, Thunder, Pacers, Bulls, Clippers, Rockets, Warriors, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Timberwolves and Kings (lol) are all over the projected $62m cap next season, so even if they managed to clear some space, most of them wouldn't be able to chase any of the top-tier free agents. And I'm pretty sure none of them have any players eligible for amnesty at this point either.

The Lakers will be our biggest competition for FAs, but Kobe is a giant question mark right now, whereas Dirk just spent this season getting another All-Star selection, cracking into the top 10 all-time scoring and showing up as a fringe MVP candidate in a lot of sports columns. Plus, Monta is miles better than the next-best guy on the Lakers (poor Nashie!) The Spurs are also a team with healthy cap space, but they only have about $9m and have to make decisions on Diaw, Bonner and Mills, so they probably won't be able to chase any big name FAs. Otherwise, the Celtics and Raptors are the next-biggest threats, and they both have $20m more on the books than we do. Philly has about the same payroll as us and the ONLY team that has more cap space than the Mavs this summer is Utah.

In other words, I feel the opposite about this offseason than I do about playing the Spurs.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:17 PM   #82
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Well, we can't blame the Grizzlies, blame the refs and our defense.
We want to play the Thunder, but now it's Spurs, so just forget it and move on, we are not going to wave our white flag, we might see more Crowder or Ellington, who knows?
Maybe Harris will contribute more in crunch time, like he did in the past, stop blaming the past, the future is bright, I guess we are glad we didn't sign D Will? GO MAVS! BLEED BLUE! MFFL!
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:27 PM   #83
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Spurs have 9m in cap space next year? You've got to be kidding. That is just ridiculous with the talent they have on the current team. They can add a legitimate player or even two to the best roster in the league. Geez.
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:04 PM   #84
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The Lakers would be stupid to kill a max cap spot for Kevin Love in 2015. UCLA guy, going nowhere wiht the Wolves.....for me its a lock that he ends up in LA.

Kobes crappy contract + Nash + keeping max cap for 2015 and the lakers cant do much this summer. Nash also told he wont walk away from the money.
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The Lakers would be stupid to kill a max cap spot for Kevin Love in 2015. UCLA guy, going nowhere wiht the Wolves.....for me its a lock that he ends up in LA.

Kobes crappy contract + Nash + keeping max cap for 2015 and the lakers cant do much this summer. Nash also told he wont walk away from the money.
I'd pay good money to see the Lakers get Love in 2015 - it'd be hilarious to see Kobe's temper tantrums as they hover around .500 for the duration of his rapidly-declining career...
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In other words, I feel the opposite about this offseason than I do about playing the Spurs.
This.
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I thought this was a very poor decision.
It was a poor decision(to ISO Monta). Not a big fan of any end of game play that involves Dirk hanging out in the corner in the Shawn Marion floor spacer role. He draws too much attention to just stick him in the corner like he's Matt Bonner. Carlisle simply out thinks himself sometimes. Go with what has been working- in this instance the Dirk/Monta high screen and roll.
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MEM steals one easily in OKC. Got damnit mavs that couldve been you

EDIT: MEM just pulled a Mavs epic moment in trying to give away the game...holy cow. GOING TO OT. WOW
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Gasol didnt foul Durant on the 4p play.
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Grizz win in OT...something the Mavs cannot do though.

Still, that shouldve been the Mavs facing the Thunder. I have no doubt that wouldve at least gone 6 games.
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Also, one thing to consider is that most of the "more attractive" destinations don't have any cap space right now... The Nets, Knicks, Heat, Thunder, Pacers, Bulls, Clippers, Rockets, Warriors, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Timberwolves and Kings (lol) are all over the projected $62m cap next season, so even if they managed to clear some space, most of them wouldn't be able to chase any of the top-tier free agents. And I'm pretty sure none of them have any players eligible for amnesty at this point either.

The Lakers will be our biggest competition for FAs, but Kobe is a giant question mark right now, whereas Dirk just spent this season getting another All-Star selection, cracking into the top 10 all-time scoring and showing up as a fringe MVP candidate in a lot of sports columns. Plus, Monta is miles better than the next-best guy on the Lakers (poor Nashie!) The Spurs are also a team with healthy cap space, but they only have about $9m and have to make decisions on Diaw, Bonner and Mills, so they probably won't be able to chase any big name FAs. Otherwise, the Celtics and Raptors are the next-biggest threats, and they both have $20m more on the books than we do. Philly has about the same payroll as us and the ONLY team that has more cap space than the Mavs this summer is Utah.

In other words, I feel the opposite about this offseason than I do about playing the Spurs.
You might want to throw in the Heat though. Big three can all opt out and they have taken less money before. So let's say they agree on 15M per (€dit: I don't know the actual numbers to make that work, they seem to have only 8M in committed salary without LeBron, Wade and Bosh) to bring another big name in, who says no?

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