Mavs Donuts: Video From The AAC Basement
DONUT 1: New Mavs and new money ...
The Dallas Mavericks didn't dump their way out of the first round, and in fact, tried to do just the opposite. They attempted to jump higher than No. 17 - where they started in Thursday's NBA Draft -- but when that didn't materialize (with Jeremy Lamb as a target), they turned No. 17 (Tyler Zeller as the pick going to Cleveland along with Kelenna Azubuike) into a trio of pickups:
Coming to town are 24th overall pick Jared Cunningham, the 33rd overall pick Bernard James and 34th overall pick Jae Crowder. ... all part of a swap that was pre-determined as an option before the draft.
Meanwhile, we believe they carved out about $1.4 million off their commitments, thus making just a tad more room for the pursuit of Deron Williams.
We were able to get off a little bit of money, yes,'' Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said. "It allows us to be a little more flexible for free agency come Saturday night.''
Overall, the Mavs say they put emphasis on the draft for what it is and not in anticipation of free agency. But ... really, they did both. They assembled bodies to fill a roster with space, and they moved out some money from a cap situation that might just need some.
Want to know exactly how that money works toward Deron? DB.com has the exclusive here.
DONUT 2: The Carlisle presser ...
Here's Mavs coach Rick Carlisle's summary of the new guys, in his own words:
DONUT 3: The Donnie presser ...
Here's Mavs GM Donnie Nelson's summary of the new guys and where the club goes from here:
DB.com likes to provide Mavs videos in this manner, by the way, because it filters out the sportswriter sourness or snarkiness or homerism (or in my case, bad hearing) and let's YOU interpret it YOUR way. Enjoy.
DONUT 4: Did Mavs consider Cunningham at 17? ...
That's what the team claims ... and then came the realization that they could essentually swap "one Zeller'' for "three Zellers'' (while tossing in Buike, too) and still land Cunningham (6-4, 194). He finished his three-year career at Oregon State ranked 13th in career scoring (1,271 points), second in steals (219) and third in free throws made (427). He was named First Team All-Pac 12 as a junior when he averaged 17.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
He missed just one game in his three years at Oregon State and it was due to a suspension for missing curfew, not an injury. He did suffer a hamstring injury at the combine but was able to complete his team workouts.
We'll have more from that Scouting Combine from a DB.commer who is a college coach who was in the gym for the impressive workouts of Cunningham, who coach Rick Carlisle carefully compared to Russell Westbrook, a guy athletic enough to play explosively at the 2-guard but who Dallas sees as a possible future PG.
DONUT 5: Welcome to town, "Sarge'' ...
James (6-10, 240) is a former Staff Sergeant who served six years in the Air Force including three tours to Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. In his senior season at Florida State , James averaged 10.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while being named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Defensive team. James also won the Most Courageous Award by the United States Basketball Writers of America.
James is exactly what you'd expect from a guy who spent time on multiple tours in Iraq and Qatar. He's tough. According to his coaches he never missed a game or practice at Florida State despite tearing a tendon in his thumb during his senior season. A nasty gash stitches above his left eye required stitches but he played on and a minor ankle slowed him down but didn't stop him. We don't see anything that should be a cause for concern here.
"He's a soldier,' literally,'' Donnie said.
"We're proud to have him,'' Carlisle said, also alluding to James' military service.
Hey, if you can fight in Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar, you're pretty prepared to fight in San Antonio, OKC and Memphis, right?
DONUT 6: The Holy Grail of Inside Mavs coverage ...
What are the Mavs trying to do with Deron? Why is the Odom situation so pivotal? What's the secret hub of Dallas' summer wheel? How is every dollar accounted for? And what might the 2012-13 roster look like?
David Lord leads The 75-Member Staff with the Mavs Summer Planner III ... and it's done.
DB.com readers, as I've stated often, I encourage you to enjoy DallasBasketball.com at any level and any depth you wish. I'm flattered that you spend the time you do here, and The 75-Member Staff knows what it means that you put your trust in us.
Having said that ... here is Part III of the Mavs Summer Planner. Like Part 1 and Part, it is -- if I may say with all humility -- the gold standard in reporting what is going on with the Mavs right now, and what they want to do and can do this summer.
David Lord and myself, and other members of the staff, have worked exhaustively on this month's Mavs coverage, and in so many ways it culminates in the next few days, weeks and months ...
And here is my guarantee: If you are so inclined, now is the time to take the 7-day free trial to look at the Mavs Summer Planner III. I'm so proud of what Lord has done here. ... When you sign on for the free trial, you'll see the same thing I see and know that if a few bucks a month is to be found in your budget, this is incredible value. If you read this story and poke around elsewhere on DB.com, and don't find it worth your 11 cents, I'll take you to lunch.
If you can read Mavs Planner III and come away unimpressed, lunch is on me. Deal?
Again, thanks for your support. ... it's an exciting time to be buckled in as a Mavs fan! Fish
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DONUT 8: Speaking of "buckled-up'' ...
Why is everyone reporting the Odom trade already happened? Frankly, because they don't fully understand how beneficial it is for Dallas if Odom DOESN'T get traded today.
The Mavs' ideal isn't a trade today. The Mavs' idea is an extension of Odom's deadline today.
As I said on Monday: The deadline is the deadline.
Meanwhile, while you wonder if your faith in the Triange of Trust should be shaken, listen to Carlisle, a very bright man who is impressed at what Cuban and Donnie and the rest are doing with the draft, with Odom, with Deron ...
"When you sit next to Mark in the draft room, you put your seatbelt on,'' Rick said. "Mark and Donnie are so creative and inventive ... They're the best I've ever been around.''
Now, you think Rick is ass-kissing? Or sincere?
DONUT 9: Dirk and baseball today ...
Dirk Nowitzki is overseeing the Heroes Baseball practice today in Frisco ... and Jet, Carlisle, Cuban and other Mavs are also scheduled to be hanging out ... DB.com is on it. .. We've got tons of exclusive video and we've also got this:
Dirk has already started recruiting Deron. Yup. They've talked. Here's the goods.
DONUT 10: The 200-Inch TV screen! ...
The gang at Red Rock Bar & Grill know how to throw a party, that's all I'm sayin'. Live music, sports on the big-big-big screen, and crazy love for the Mavs. What more do you want?
DONUT 11: The Artest-like guy ...
Crowder (6-6, 235) is a four-year player who finished his career at Marquette after transferring from Howard College where he was NJCAA Player of the Year. In his senior year at Marquette, he was named Big East Player of the Year when he averaged 17.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.
Donnie says he has an "Artest-type body and is a locker-room leader, a big-time integrity.''
Crowder spent two years at Marquette after two years of junior college. Like James he played in every game while at Marquette. Continuing with the draft day theme, Crowder has no significant injuries to report.
Donnie says his body is "Artest-like,'' and when you watch the video, you do see a high-energy worker bee. How about a Najera Starter Kit here?
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Jared Cunningham was coached by President Obama's brother-in-law. Bernard James was led by Commander-in-Chief Obama himself. Carlisle says Cunningham is kinda like Westbrook. Donnie says Crowder is like Artest.
And I got out of the AAC early this morning just in time to miss hearing anybody say that James is Shaq.