- Created on Monday, 16 July 2012 00:29
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
When the free agency market opened up it was clear what the Dallas Mavericks were trying to do—they wanted Deron Williams. With a young, talented guard like that to pair up with Dirk Nowitzki the team’s playoff fortunes looked much better.
They would have been-- had they landed him. Not only did they lose out on Williams, but they lost two important pieces of their championship team in Jason Terry and Jason Kidd. So not only did they land the guard of the future, but they lost the two best ones they had.
What’s a team to do?
Mark Cuban could have easily ranted and raved about the bad luck that tore his prize free agent away. He could have skated next year with the roster he had, likely not making the playoffs and wasting one of the few good years Dirk Nowitzki has left.
Had he done that he wouldn’t be the Mark Cuban loved by fans and hated by enemies.
Less than two weeks after losing out on Williams the team might not have the look of a contender that can take on the Oklahoma City Thunder or Miami Heat, but they’ll sure give the rest of the field a hard time.
A trade with Indiana brought the team next season’s likely starting point guard in Darren Collison. While he doesn’t have the talent of a Terry or Kidd he could be good enough for next season or until they can find someone better (they lost out on Steve Nash and Jeremy Lin).
The real danger will come in the front court. Working with Nowitzki now will be former Philadelphia 76ers forward/center Elton Brand and forward/center Chris Kaman from the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I know Elton really well. We have a good relationship. I’m happy…Let’s put it this way: We’re not going to be playing any run-and-gun with the three of us,’’ said Kaman.
As they are now the team will at least be competitive and should make it into the post season for the 13th consecutive season. What makes it even better is that they will still have tons of cap space available next offseason as well. Brand signed for $2.1 million, and even though they signed Kaman to more than $8 million this season they got rid of Brendan Haywood’s expensive contract.
Deron Williams would have been nice, but nabbing Chris Paul next offseason could be even better.