Mavs Donuts: 'Make-Up Sex + Nobody Loves Us'
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban insists he learned "nothing'' from the DeAndre Debacle ... except, we suppose, as it regards the nature of "makeup sex.''
"When you have a situation like DeAndre, makeup sex is always the best sex, but after the makeup sex is over, you stare at that same face and realize the problems are the same," Cuban told The Herd. "It's hard for free agents to get past that sometimes."
It's a funny quote. But we don't blame Mavs critics for wishing to branch off from it. Cuban is suggesting that the Clippers are the ugly "face.'' But maybe it's the Mavs who look less attractive on the morning after. Maybe it's the Mavs who didn't put a ring on it. Maybe it's the Mavs who are bad in bed. ...
OK. Enough. We're trying to do what Cuban says he's trying to do ...
"It happens,'' he said. "You move on. Next."
As you try to put the bad girlfriend behind you, the bad girlfriend causes another of your relationships to end.
Jordan’s flip-flop away from Dallas and back to the Clippers via free agency resulted in raises for signees Wes Matthews and J.J. Barea and now it’s resulted in a de-commitment from Richard Jefferson, the veteran swingman who was to return to Dallas bench this season.
Cuban called it “fair’’ and “in the Mavs’ best interests’’ to permit Jefferson to go ring-chasing in Cleveland. The owner labeled the 37-year-old as “first-class’’ and noted, “He told me that if I wouldn't (agree to let him go) he'd honor his word’’ and remain with the Mavs, with whom he averaged 5.8 points a game in almost 17 minutes while shooting 42 percent from three.
Jefferson will join LeBron James in Cleveland while the Mavs will continue to not only fill the bottom of the roster (with players like Jarrid Famous and John Jenkins) but also work to acquire a starting-caliber center to work in tandem with veteran signee Zaza Pachulia. (More on those issues below.)
Is it "fair''? Sure. We just hope that at some point, all this charitable Mavs "fairness'' pays off in wins. Meanwhile, is it a bit too rosy for us to hear Cuban and others say that this alteration is a good thing because it means more time for Justin Anderson and frees up more space to get a center?
Yes. Too rosy. If Jefferson was going to clog Anderson's progress, he shouldn't have been here in the first place, and shouldn't have been on Manhattan Beach that weekend morning drinking breakfast with Cuban and Parsons while celebrating their DeAndre "get.'' And as for center room? We can construct ways for Dallas to acquire a $7 mil center if that's what they want. So there was already financially room.
Now, post-RJ, there is also, unfortunately, roster room.
Over the course of the summer, we've gone from thinking Jermaine O'Neal should be in the mix as a backup center to now wondering whether the presence of Zaza -- with his injury history -- requires a "two-headed center'' partner who can be counted on to play 20 minutes a game on a nightly basis. Something more than a "developmental guy'' and something more than an "experimental guy.'' ... but most of all, a sure bet to eat some minutes.
Does Sam Dalembert fit that bill? On paper he does indeed.
But Sleepy Sam's problem in Dallas last time around remains his problem now. Here's his boss in New York, Phil Jackson, detailing how Sam would fall asleep in Knicks team meetings last year.
We extend the happiest of wishes to a dear friend of ours -- and a treasure to Mavs fans -- Mark Followill, who married the lovely Jennifer Brown over the weekend.
We've presented to you the numbers on John Jenkins (yes, he can shoot) and here's a look at him in the gym ...
And then there is this, as noted by our man Coop: The guy who drafted him to the Hawks is David Pendergraft, who is now the Mavs' Director of Pro Scouting.
It's this week's version of The Non-Story That Won't Go Away. No, the Mavs have not talked to Denver about a Kenneth Faried trade. No, the Mavs are not planning to do so. Yes, things can change, but that's where they stand now as they continue their investigation of bigs to help the top of the rotation.
There is still center-chasing going on. ... an angle we've spent a lot of time on, as you can see if you go to the DB.com Mavs News Archives and search around!
We're getting a lot of questions about the availability of Brendan Haywood, the Cavs backup who once helped Dallas to a title as the backup center. But no, he cannot boomerang back here. By rule, Dallas cannot re-acquire Brendan Haywood as he's still playing under the contact Dallas amnestied him on. That set-up runs through 2016.
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“They used to call me a shark, but now I’m looked upon as a beacon of hope!'' -- President Mark Cuban, acting in "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No.''
Mark Cuban is trying to move on. Really he is. As, we know, you are, too.
So the owner has forgiven Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. He understands the "Hail Mary'' the Clippers threw at Jordan and he excitedly predicts the NBA season will open with Mavs vs. Clippers.
But has he heard personally from DeAndre, man-to-man, on the subject of the odd defection?
He has not. And does DeAndre have some sort of wobbly explanation for that? He does.
This gibberish-filled statement of psuedo-manliness makes Jordan look even worse than he looked before. And that is an accomplishment.
On Thursday the Mavs signed 6-9, 200-pound Maurice Ndour to a three-year contract (noted by Ian Begley to include a first-year guarantee and a half-year guarantee in Year 2) that puts him in play to what sources tell DB.com can be an Aminu-like project.
Ndour (pronounced "nDOOR'') is a native of Senegal who played his college hoops at Monroe College and then transferred to Ohio University, where he averaged 16 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior. The 23-year-old most recently played for the New York Knicks summer-league squad, where he garnered attention having averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 boards, and one block per game.
As seen in the video below, Ndour has some interesting tools that the Mavs are excited about developing.
Ndour looks to have some ability to shoot from three, as well as bang around on the blocks. He also possesses a 7-6 wingspan, which in theory gives him the ability to guard multiple positions on the floor.
Will Ndour be spending time alongside other prospects such as Jarrid Famous and Satnam Singh, especially considering the Mavs concede its going to take time to mold his game? The Mavs tell us that while he's a "developmental'' project, he's more than just a "camp body.'' So as with Famous (and not in a way that mirrors Singh at all), this might be a real NBA player here.
While he is admittedly a young and extremely raw prospect, the Mavs hope that with patience, and given the right tutelage, that he has the potential to become a legit NBA player. For the moment, we'll have to take some solace in the knowledge that Knicks watchers are lamenting his loss. And just like Jenkins has a Mavs connection with Pendergraft, it's worth noting that the Mavs are very scout-connected in Africa and in Senegal ... so hopefully they have insight here that escaped the rest of the league when Ndour went undrafted.
And yes, we know. Post-DeAndre, we're not much in the mood to slap happy-face stickers all over stuff like this. But this is where the Mavs are, and this review of Ndour is what the Mavs think.
Matt Barnes wants to fight Serge Ibaka. I have already seen Matt Barnes attempt to start fights 82 times a year as it is and have decided I would pay minus-50 Pay-Per-View bucks to watch Matt Barnes actually fight somebody.