The Bank Is Open, But Does The Fit Exist?
Mavs Trade Rumor Traffic: The Bank Is Open, But Does The Fit Exist? - by David Lord, 420pm, Feb. 9
As we kick off TRT and head down the stretch toward the trade deadline, there are two keys to understanding the Mavs' trade possibilities.
First, the Bank of Cuban is open - but it isn't as open as we want to think.
When Cuban declared recently that the "The Bank of Cuban is open," it led to the idea that the Mavs might do anything as a result. But what went unnoticed was that Cuban said specifically it's open for a specific type of move, which is the move that allows the Mavs to land the foundational franchise-level star to build around.
Once you recognize that, then you realize that it was never really closed; they have always been willing to spend to add that guy, if he had been offered. But wild spending on marginal upgrades is not on the menu at all.
Second, there will be multiple valuable desirable players who the Mavs won't chase at the deadline, or in the summer, because of a specific "fit" problem.
We will see articles linking the Mavs with players who should be able to make the team better. But they won't get pursued in Dallas. It's the problem with Josh Smith (see below), and it will be there with lots of other names we'll hear (put the already-moved Rudy Gay in this category as well).
The problem we're talking about isn't about position, but rather a roster-building fit.
The "fit" problem? The Mavs only have cap room to add one big-money player this spring or summer. So with each potential acquisition, the question being asked will be: "Should this guy be our one-and-done that would justify spending all our 2013 chips to acquire?"
With Gay, the answer was "No." For a player like Josh Smith, who plays the same position as Dirk, it will almost certainly be the same. They may be players who can help, but not the guy to hitch the wagon to.
Wouldn't getting a player like Josh Smith help them land Dwight Howard? Nope, it's just the opposite. The presence of Smith would mean they wouldn't be able to fit Howard into their cap room. Pick one as a target, or pick the other, but -- pending unforeseen movement or unprecedented sacrifice on the part of the players -- you won't be able to have both.
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