Thursday Mavs Donuts: Living Corpses
DONUT 1: Asset Management ...
Is it time to pull "The 3D Blueprint'' from the front burner of conversation? It's likelihood (in its original discussed form) seems to be fading -- at least for this summer. But it is noting that it remains cap-possible.
The biggest impediments? Well, Deron Williams needs to be telling the truth in his on-the-record comments (as opposed to contrasting views expressed to SI.com by a "source.'') And Dwight Howard needs to very-much want out of the laughable situation in Orlando. (More on that below).
And then there is the issue of the Mavs' available assets -- which are in large part mostly uncoveted. Indeed, their most valuable "asset" for a trade with Orlando would be the willingness and ability to take on The Hedo Headache (or other unwanted side salary). And doing so means in the same move to make Howard possible, they have to make Deron impossible.
As David Lord phrases it, it's a "3D Catch-22,'' because the Mavs could eliminate those side assets to make 3D work capwise ... but then they'd probably fall by the wayside in the value of the trade offer with Orlando.
Therefore, Dirk + Dwight + Deron starts to boil down to a more either/or situation for this summer, anyway.
So 3D for the Dallas Mavericks is a crazy longshot. Heck, 2D might be, too. But it's a longshot worth taking. ... and examining. ... Maybe on a second-tier burner.
DONUT 2: Tiger Woods does not look ready to play ...
But Elin Nordegren does.
DONUT 3: Get caught up on your Mavs news! ...
* To Star or Not To Star: Yes, The 'SuperTeam Era' Approach Is The Right One
* Dirk's Big-Balls Dance - The Video
* No "sources'' here: Deron On The Record, Clearing Up Some Controversies
* Dwight Wants Out; Here's What The Mavs Want
DONUT 4: The 200-inch TV - Biggest in Texas! ...
Red Rock Bar and Grill is an official hangout of the DB.com gang and one of the reasons why is that incredible 200-inch TV screen ... the biggest in Texas!
This weekend we've got everything from UFC fights to live music featuring Random Axis ... thanks to Red Rock for all it does for Mavs fans!
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DONUT 6: Obama and gay marriage? ...
I am not in favor of gay marriage.
Oh, wait. Are you talking about me having a gay marriage? Never mind.
You and your gay marriage? What do I care?
DONUT 7: It's more than the Spurs' Big 3 ...
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich credits the core. And hey, Timmy, Tony and Manu have a combined 455 playoff games worth of experience.
"They've seen a little bit of everything, and they know that anything can happen in an NBA game,'' Pop said of his big-name, big-game trio.
While that's certainly true of a Spurs team storming to the WCF, the organization's ability to assemble other links in the chain seems of almost equal value. As with "Dirk Nowitzki's Mavs'' winning the title -- which required help from the Brewers and the Cardinals and the DeShawns -- San Antonio continues doing a brilliant job melding lesser individuals into an important greater good.
Sure, none of it happens if SA doesn't luck its way into Duncan. But they are all links in a chain, so this high level of success doesn't happen without the supporting cast, either.
Coaching? Scouting? Culture? Luck? Talent?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
DONUT 8: All NBA-Defense ...
Shawn Marion didn't make first- or second-team. And Tyson Chandler, named the league's Defensive Player of the Year, didn't make the first-team.
At this point, it's not as maddening as it befuddling. I can roll out numbers, film and testimony that supports the Matrix as first-team worthy. But the Chandler voting suggests such a nonsensical process that I'm not sure why I want to bother.
DONUT 9: Bringing corpses back to life ...
Given how the transformed the corpses of Keith Van Horn, Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier into trade-worthy assets, we shouldn't be surprised to learn that they are in the laboratory attempting to do the same with Loafing Lamar. We've detailed a trio of ways to flip Lamar Odom to pursue the likes of Pau Gasol, Josh Smith or Paul Pierce.
How pipe-dreamy are these? Read our story and judge for yourself, but yes, there are devils in the details.
* Gasol is very talented but has a fat contract. He is owed a bit more than $38 million over the next two seasons, with the 2012-13 salary at $19M.
* These ideas require the move-out of Marion, and we can understand if Mavs fans are reluctant there.
* In order to do the Lakers deal, the Mavs would have to get Odom to agree to shift his deadline date from June 29 to mid-July, since he can't be traded to LA until July 1 or later.
* Josh Smith makes $13.2M, in our scenario might cost the Mavs dearly (Marion and Odom plus Wright, Beaubois, Jones, Azubuike, and/or their pick this season as extra sweetener) and may be a man without a positional fit.
*We think a trade of Pierce for Marion and Odom (plus something from Wright, Beaubois, Jones, Azubuike, and/or their pick this season as extra sweetener), makes too much sense to ignore. Boston is about to re-tool, and Pierce has just one year left.
* But ... does Boston want Odom in their locker room? Does anybody?
* Something to remember there: Odom's new team doesn't have to ever let him step foot in their room. They can waive him for the savings or use him as a player. Their choice.
This is all about finding help for Dirk Nowitzki and doesn't get in the way of pursuing Deron Williams. In fact, done right, doesn't it make Dallas even more attractive to the DFW native, who is hanging out in Dallas this weekend to celebrate the birthday of one of his kids?
This is a story that will begin percolating before July 1. Think Draft Night. We're on it.
Annnnnnnd ... this just in: Odom's people are stumping for a way for the NY native to join the Knicks. So there you go. Percolation.
DONUT 10: Sources, The Magic and Shaq as Orlando's GM ...
ESPN's Chris Broussard is reporting that Shaq is a candidate to be the Magic's GM. Chris is apparently contractually obligated to do so with a straight face.
There are a thousand problems with this "story.'' The Orlando fanbase does not love Shaq, who bailed on the franchise as Dwight is now attempting to do. Shaq has no qualifications and has demonstrated no known talent for such a job. And of course, most of all, this smells like an "obligation'' met by Broussard, Shaq's camp asking him to float this bogus info out there for genuine scoops handed out previously or to be handed out in the future.
That's the way "sourced information'' can be used as a commodity, obviously. But it strips all involved of some credibility. The Magic look like leaderless clowns. Broussard looks like a tool. And Shaq? He's in pursuit of what, yet another post-playing-career job for which he possesses no aptitude?
DONUT 11: Fish on 105.3 The Fan's RAGE all week! ...
With Greggo taking a short leave from RAGE (2-to-7 daily on 105.3 The Fan), he and Richie Whitt and the gang have asked me to sit in for a week or so.
We'll do it all week, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and I'd love to have you join us and to listen live here! Today on the show, "Friday Night Lights'' author Buzz Bissinger in studio!
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Udonis Haslem can issue a two-fisted punch to the face of a shooter, with those fists never being aimed anywhere near the ball, and gets only a one-game suspension. Why, then, doesn't every team bargain for the same trade-off? Why not send your thug to punch Durant or Duncan or LeBron or Garnett in the face, and roll with the consequences that in the end likely benefit the puncher?