Not that long ago, I was lamenting Donnie Nelson’s horrendous draft choice of the frog legged wunderkind, Roddy Beauxbois. In fact, I believe I claimed that he had to do something to show me that the Mavs were making an effort to change.
So, let’s review what he’s pulled off since…
-Re-signed Jason Kidd. Got him at a bit of a high price, but let’s be honest, it had to be done. There was no other option unless they went for a stop-gap solution in a Jarrett Jack or Jomario Moon.
-Traded for Shawn Marion. Now, if we were playing fantasy basketball, I think this a great idea. You’re getting a guy that a few years ago was averaging a double-double and was known for playing lock down defense. He even had a great nickname, “The Matrix”. I like the move though. Gives a slasher and allows an interesting rotation across the 2-3-4 among Howard, Marion, Terry, Dirk, Singleton, etc. The problem here was that it all depended on the Mavericks landing or securing a 5 that was more reliable/athletic than Erick Dampier.
-The Marcin Gortat experiment. So, let’s review what happened. Gortat wants to come to Dallas. He got the full MLE and guaranteed minutes. Dallas was SO SURE that he’d sign, they let Orlando sign Brandon Bass. (There’s a whole science behind why Bass was never going to play in Dallas, but for all intents and purposes, they didn’t re-sign him because they thought they pocketed Gortat.) Turns out Orlando fucked Dallas in both holes by matching Gortat.
So now what? The Mavs would have been a VERY VERY impressive squad with Gortat. Not because he was great, but he allowed the flexibility and athletic ability to run that rotation across the 2-3-4. Now, they’re bare on the 5. Dallas has to get an athletic center because we all know that Damp ain’t it. Watch the trade block after 30 games.
Rick Carlisle is a good coach and Cuban is willing to pay the luxury tax. I still think Donnie Nelson is a terrible GM, but let’s see what he does mid-stream.