Mavs Next 5 Moves - And A KISS On Jeremy Lin
We’ve covered a lot of bases in recent months, weeks and days about ways for the Dallas Mavericks to work some “easy’’ sign-and-trades in under-the-cap scenarios that could open up room and work to their benefit.
But of course, some opportunities have evaporated, or been judged unwieldy, or been judged unattractive.
So … we’ve also noted the advantages of KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and we may be closing in on that.
We can envision the Mavs now making five major moves (Move No. 5 actually being a handful of transactions) and doing so in the most beneficial order … and calling it a day.
Move No. 1: sign DeAndre Jordan and Wes Matthews, something that can officially be done on July 9. ... and of course, talking openly about such things in advance of that can come back to bite an owner, which is why, as Steiny-Mo reports, Cuban is going to eat $25,000. (So the signings first. Then Wes continues that rehab and DeAndre continues expanding his game ... not to say where it is right now is anything but scary-good in so many ways ...)
Move No. 2: Acquire another point guard by moving Raymond Felton and insetting Jeremy Lin into his roster spot, if not his salary slot … or, heck, keeping Felton. (More on all of this below. Because it can’t all be KISS.)
Move No. 3: Add J.J. Barea via $2.8 mil a year for two years.
Move No. 4: Sign first-round rookie Justin Anderson. (And then maybe, just maybe, starting at Vegas Summer League this week, get out of Justin Anderson's way.)
Move(s) No. 5: Fill the roster with Merry Minimums, from the already agreed-to (Richard Jefferson and Jeremy Evans) to some of The Usual Suspects we’ve discussed at length in recent months, weeks, days. (This group now includes one-year-deal returnee Charlie Villanueva, who announced his intentions on Tuesday afternoon.)
Kept simple … right?
Well, adding those Move(s) No. 5 guys will take some work and take some persuasion (how many besties does Chandler Parsons have?) because it won’t be about money.
Now, about Move No. 2. A Mavs source told DB.com Monday afternoon that “nothing is imminent’’ regarding a deal with Lin. So that part of the picture is possible, flexible ...and iffy. And our impression is that the Mavs aren't married to one specific way to get Lin - and may not be depending on getting him at all.
Consider the possibilities. When the time comes, in theory they could always waive Felton and gain $2 mil of cap room to sign Lin, if Lin would take a contract for $2 mil, but we don't think that idea works because the number is so small. Alternatively, they could try to find a taker for Felton's contract in trade, in exchange for no salary in return, and gain $3.4 mil in cap room - a number that seems more possible in getting him, but still not certain. Or maybe they could somehow swap Felton for Lin, allowing a contract for Lin of up to $6.02 mil - certainly a workable number for getting Lin, but 100-percnt dependent on finding the right trade.
Those challenges would explain why “nothing is imminent’’ and why the Mavs may simply opt to KISS by keeping Felton to fill their remaining PG slot.
But all of this is what we believe may be on the horizon … a handful of transactions, no fancy sign-and-trades with Portland or the Clippers or Indy to create more spending room, and "calling it a day.’’ … except, of course, that the Mavs are obliged to be in the Asset-Acquisition Business and so there is always another horizon, another transaction, another day.