Monday Mavs Donuts: Squashing Bosh-to-Dallas
DONUT 1: Bosh to Dallas? …
It's a challenging racket, being labeled a Dallas Mavericks "Insider.'' There are certain demands when you assume that title, which is really just boastful shorthand for "reporter who spends a great deal of time around a team or a subject, grinding away in search of newsworthy information.''
It is therefore tempting to check out the work of Bradford Doolittle and Amin Elhassan, two ESPN "Insiders'' ... especially as they invite you to do so in an "ESPN Insider'' story entitled:
DONUT 2: 'How do the Mavs help Nowitzki next season? Sign Chris Bosh' ...
Bradford Doolittle is a sportswriter. I am not so self-loathing as to have a problem with that. Amin Elhassan is a former Suns staffer, and I have great respect for that. Based on his resume -- previous to joining ESPN he climbed through the ranks as a video coordinator, a college scout and an assistant director of basketball ops for Phoenix -- Amin is a grinder of the first order.
That's a good thing.
But that doesn't prevent ESPN's Insider story from being loaded with misinformation ... and you needn't read very deeply into the piece to discover that.
There is no match in Dallas based on Bosh's ties with his hometown. There is no irrepressible itch on the Mavs' part to provide Bosh the max/max contract he would require. (Although Dallas' policy on the max/max issue, in general with players below the superstar level, could use some bending, in my opinion). There is an argument to be made that Bosh is fading as a "star'' -- as folks who have watched him in his last seven playoff games against the Pacers (with his per game averages of 7.9 points and 4.6 rebounds and 30-percent shooting) can testify to.
But here's the biggest reason Bosh isn't likely coming to Dallas:
Bosh isn't likely leaving Miami.
The Heat's Big 3 member can indeed opt out of his deal with Miami on July 1. But to do so would erase the remaining two years and guaranteed $42.7 million on his contract.
It might take an "Insider'' to know that there is no tie between Dallas and Bosh. But it shouldn't require an "Insider'' to see that Chris Bosh isn't a good bet to tear up a guaranteed $42.7-million check.
DONUT 3: Kings dealing? ...
The Kings are reportedly letting it be known that they are willing to deal their No. 8 overall pick for "one impact veteran.''
It makes sense for Sacramento. That young roster featuring DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Ben McLemore (along with veteran Rudy Gay) could, with just the right leadership-able stud, begin to make some playoff noise in the West.
But before we jump the gun -- as Mavs followers who'd like to get in on the first-round draft action or as trade enthusiasts in general -- who is that eighth-best player? Why do I want to give up a "leadership-able stud/impact veteran" for him?
This concept is not dissimilar to what I've recently written and said about trading a high pick for Kevin Love. It's a no-brainer, because that kid chosen is highly unlikely to grow up to be a better Kevin Love than the already grown-up one.
DONUT 4: Speaking of Love …
The San Francisco Chronicle writes: "The Warriors think they have a legitimate chance of landing All-Star power forward Kevin Love. Don't laugh just yet. ...''
And then the paper goes on to outline what the Warriors' thinking is in pursing the idea.
"Don't laugh'' is right. Don't laugh at the Warriors' ideas. Don't laugh at the Cavs' ideas. And while you are so stoically respectful: Don't laugh at the Mavs' ideas, either.
The NBA team that earns your guffaws here is whichever one ISN'T trying to trade for Kevin Love.
DONUT 5: Cuban in Indy ...
How is Mark Cuban spending his Memorial Day Weekend? With the family and serving as a starter at the Indy 500.
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DONUT 7: By the way ...
If you are still needing it explained to you that Cuban's "walk across the street'' visual is figurative rather than literal, I'm not sure how we can possibly push the intellectual ball forward on this issue.
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DONUT 9: Before they spend ...
By our calculations, the Mavs can have $31 million to spend this summer. As always, David Lord charts every contract, to the penny, with every wrinkle ... and then discusses those details and answers your questions about the Mavs and the cap starting with this story and in DB.com Premium Boards!
DONUT 10: Pest control ...
Commissioner Adam Silver said he is "beyond anger" over the Donald Sterling fiasco ... and is now letting the public understand the value of allowing the Clippers owner to crawl back under a rock while thinking he's saving face.
"Mr. Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers," Silver said last week. "Mrs. Sterling, as I understand it, through a trust, owns 50 percent as well. It is their team to sell. And so he knows what the league's point of view is, and I'm sure if he wanted to sell the team on some reasonable timetable, I'd prefer he sell the team than we go through this process.''
Sterling had violated the league's Constitution and By-Laws. The NBA has a right to oust him. Sterling -- who has until Tuesday to respond to the charges, after which a June 3 hearing of the full Board of Governors will take place -- has the right to fight.
He won't win. But he can fight.
So Silver is smoothly working to help Sterling "save face'' -- and as reprehensible as that sounds, it's the best way to avoid further turmoil.
Sterling sells. On his own. The cockroach leaves the house voluntarily so the homeowners don't have to squash the thing and make a mess.
DONUT 11: Locking in on Wiggins …
I'm sure there will be much drama in the coming month about who Cleveland takes with the first pick.
I'm also sure much of the drama will be manufactured.
Jabari Parker? Joel Embiid? Dante Exum?
Most everyone I talk to in the NBA believes Cleveland is already locking in on Andrew Wiggins. ... But our man David Lord is exploring the possibility of the Cavs debating between Wiggins and Parker ... and how that decision might have a Mas-related trickle-down impact.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Derek Fisher as a head coach in the NBA? It can't possibly work, because that job requires a person to be away from his family so much.
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