Are the Dallas Mavericks really unleashing Chandler Parsons to recruit Patrick Beverly? Well, kinda.
We've got that story here for Premium Mavs Fans, with a tip to all: When you read our reports about point guards in the draft, or our analysis of Dallas' thoughts on Ty Lawson, or this nugget on Beverly, understand: Dallas isn't "emphasizing point guards.'' The draft stuff is due diligence. The Ty Lawson idea is mostly Ty Lawson's. Beverly? He'd help ... but when it comes to pouring resources into Summer Shopping, do you think he's a Mavs priority? Or should be?
"Why won't the Mavs take the NBA Draft seriously?" "They don't even care!" "Why don't they at least try?''
These are the laments of Dallas followers who have come to the right destinations regarding the Mavs' draft results ... but who are stumbling down the wrong paths to arrive at those destinations.
They do try ... so much so that DB.com can give you last week's Mavs' pre-Draft invitee list (full of second-round prospects you probably don't know) and can also offer up the more high-profile Premium visitors list of those coming into the AAC this week.
They do try ... but then as you read here in "Why won't the Mavs take the NBA Draft seriously?" they find reasons to peel away.
What you'll find when you peruse DB.com on the subject: We take the Mavs and the NBA Draft VERY seriously!
Here's a question that isn't just for the Lakers, it's for the Mavs, too, who will so desperately wish the answer to be "yes'': Does LA still want Rajon Rondo?
We know his history in Dallas now. My column on Rondo's ousting and the "DisConnect Four'' predicted it and then Rick Carlisle did the deed by pronouncing Rondo's career in Dallas as over and then, except for the no-playoff-share thing, Dallas started "playing nice'' with Rondo and the reason why is because he has value, in theory, in a future sign-and-trade.
But that soon-to-be-assembled collection of LA kids? Is Rondo good for them?
I assume GM Kobe thinks Rondo is good for him and that's all that matters. Or, at least, I hope that's the case.
In signing Alvin Gentry to a four-year, $13.75-mil deal, did New Orleans get better, smarter, more accomplished than it was previously? I think that's debatable, but bottom line for me, as a Mavs follower, is this: Did a Dallas foe within the Southwest Division get better, smarter and more accomplished at the "position'' of head coach than Dallas is? No.
So, good deal all around.
Speaking of coach Rick Carlisle: I know I've already shown you Carlisle joining buddy Bruce Hornsby when he comes to town to play at the House of Blues. This is not an uncommon pairing. Here's Rick in 2013 ...
Really, I just wanted to type "Rick Tickles'' again.
Dwyane Wade has a player option for next season at $16.1 million. What would he like? More money in the form of a long-term deal.
The idea that there is an impasse means Wade needs leverage. So ... he needs the Lakers and the Knicks to be brought into the conversation ... And it might not hurt if the Mavs are in there, too.
IN THE CONVERSATION. Not actually in the running.
Dwyane-to-Dallas is a fun talk-show topic. And this is a business where we cheer for (and boo) the uniforms -- "The Deion Effect,'' basically. But before anybody gets too excited about Dwyane-to-Dallas, they might want to survey the opinion of one Dirk Werner Nowitzki.
What are Jermaine O'Neal's plans to play in 2015-15? We get info from the source here on DB.com Premium Boards with our David Lord leading a discussion about what a cozy Mavs fit this would be should he come off the sofa in Southlake.
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I've called him "the best under-duress perimeter shooter in NBA history.''
And then sometimes, he's not under duress at all.
What happens when two billionaires share an ice cream together.
Montrezl Harrell isn't just an intriguing Mavs name because his name is "Montrezl.'' This ia a 6-7, 253-pound muscle man who is an energy guy, who maybe can guard stretch-4s, who is an above-the-rim player on offense with an insane 7-4 wingspan. Rick Pitino measures "havoc'' in his Louisville program and Montrezl Harrell gets high grades there.
Is he a great outside shooter and an offensive creator? Not yet. But he might be there in that 21 slot, he gives you everything he's got ("basketball soul'') and maybe around here there wouldn't be anything wrong with a defense-first rotation guy.
Montrezl is on out DB.com Mavs visitors list this week. I'm intrigued.
I'd rather listen to 2-year-old Riley Curry debate the merits of Skip Bayless being on TV than listen to Skip Bayless debate the merits of 2-year-old Riley Curry being on TV.