Tuesday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: Looks like we're readying for two preseason games. The Dallas Mavericks (and everybody else) would get the same team twice. Home-and-home. Regional pairings. So, for quickness, efficiency and entertainment, it's probably Rockets-Spurs, Hornets-Hawks and Mavs-Thunder, right?
The full schedule is apparently slated to be released early next week. As is DB.com custom, we will dissect it with the help of Mark Followill and Chuck Cooperstein ... assuming the NBA's overlording gag order is removed by then.
DONUT 2: In case you've missed any Mavs news ... like:
*Exclusive: Revealing The How-To's Of Mavs Roster Budgeting: Tyson, Caron, Dirk In '14, Every Year, Every Penny
*MAVNALYSIS: How The World-Champion Mavs Can Bring Back The Whole Roster
*What Labor Peace Means To The Mavs
*Cuban Wisdom - Monday Morning Mavs Donuts: 'Pigs Get Fat, Hogs Get Slaughtered'
*The scheduling formula the NBA is going to use for thi 66-game season -- and how it might affect Dallas
*The Mavs Scoop On Rudy's Knee Injury: What's A 'Distension On The Left Popliteus Muscle'?
Need to get informed? Get all caught up on all the recent days' Mavs news from DB.com here. Oh, and know there is much, much more to come today! Check back early and often!
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DONUT 3: A Premium Mavs Conversation with some of the smartest minds around here: Why We're Not Amnesty'ing Big Wood.
Not this year, anyway.
Know the rule: Teams can use the Amnesty provision in any offseason as long as a) the player was signed before July 1, 2011, and b) must be on the team's current roster.
This is an ace in Mark Cuban's hand. There is no Mavs contract now that is unwieldy for a title-contending club. If the status of the club changes and one becomes unwieldy, out comes Cuban's ace.
And out goes Big Wood or whomever else is overpaid and underperforming on a non-contender.
DONUT 4: The Mavs signing Howard, Paul, or D-Will via free agency next summer? If the Mavs keep the pedal to the metal in order to win this year -- as they should -- that stuff is not happening.
But (and this is worthy of more upcoming Amateur GM'ing) ... the idea of being in an eventual sign-and-trade mix is viable.
That is, assuming those guys remain on the market until the summer of 2012. As it stands, according to various "sources'' and "scoops,'' all three of them are going to end up signing with a) the Knicks, b) the Lakers, or c) in some unprecedented move allowed by a new CBA complication, Howard, Paul and D-Will will sign with both the Lakers AND the Knicks.
DONUT 5: A budding rivalry, even in preseason, against a single regional foe? I buy that. Meanwhile, we're losing another rivalry. And while college football isn't really my bag, this one resonates.
All things considered -- the money and the SEC and the overzealous hatred and The Longhorn Network and the Big 12 and the BCS and everything else -- it's difficult to imagine a college football world that is BETTER without a Texas-Texas A&M game. Right?
DONUT 6: Rudy Fernandez, to ElMundo: "[Going to Dallas] is a new experience with a very competitive team and I want to talk with them to know what they want from me and what can they offer me."
More drama? Rudy, here's what the team should tell you they want from you: "Shut Up'' and "Show Up.''
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DONUT 11: Our man David Lord notes the smooth pecking-order flow of the Mavs' salaries ... and if you believe that this sort of sensible flow helps the team co-exist as it does in the locker room, you can use this to figure how to fill in the ?????:
The Dallas Payroll 2011/12
Dirk Nowitzki ..............$19,092,873
Jason Terry ................$10,658,000
Tyson Chandler ..............?????
Jason Kidd ................$8,610,500
Shawn Marion ..........$7,725,932
Brendan Haywood ...$7,624,500
Caron Butler ...................?????
Jose Barea .....................?????
Corey Brewer ...........$3,059,000
Rudy Fernandez ............$2,180,443
DeShawn Stevenson ...?????
Rodrigue Beaubois ..$1,236,720
Dominique Jones .....$1,193,280
Ian Mahinmi ................$947,907
Brian Cardinal ................?????
Jet represents the only ripple in an otherwise steady stream of common-sense use of Cuban's fat wad. When the ??????? are filled in, watch the flow continue on.
DONUT 12: Wanna become famous? Sing the National Anthem at a Packers-Lions game on national TV on Thanksgiving.
Wanna become even more famous? Do all the above ... except get the country buzzing because you screwed up.