Mavs Remain Interested In McGee + Dalembert
Javale McGee coming to Dallas? Maybe, but let's hope not. ... if it's going to be the form in which we last saw him.
Sam Dalembert coming back to Dallas? We hope so ... if it's for the "best of'' "Somnambulant Sam'' rather than what we too often saw of him during his last go-'round here.
After DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers gave Mark Cuban the Jon Snow 'for-the-watch' treatment earlier this month, the Mavs were left scrambling to find a replacement big man to put next to Dirk Nowitzki. Mavs Move From Plan A to Plan ZZ The Mavs, who opted to go with 'Plan ZZ' and sign Zaza Pachulia, still feel the need to add another big body down low to pair with their new Georgian center.
Enter annual Knucklehead of the Year candidate JaVale McGee. ... But enter some other guys, too.
The 7-0, 270-pound McGee, who does have large amounts of athletic talent, has spent his career bouncing around from Washington to Denver (with two different stops at each team), and finally to Philadelphia, where he spent last season. While JaVale did have a couple of decent seasons In which he averaged double-digits in scoring and decent numbers rebounding, the majority of his NBA career has been pretty underwhelming.
Last season for in stints with Denver and Philadelphia McGee averaged just 4.6 points and 2.7 boards per game. As seen in the videos below, McGee does possess impressive athletic tools, but he puts the 'knuckle' in 'knucklehead'.
And then there is also the case in which McGee and fellow knucklehead Andray Blatche were suspended for fighting outside of a Washington D.C. night club. So there's that.
If McGee does sign with Dallas, he will have to make some some serious improvements in both character and his overall game if he wants to crack the Mavs rotation next season. And there are reasons Dallas hasn't pulled this trigger yet.
Those reasons? Mavs Move From Plan A to Plan ZZ Fish writes about Kevin Seraphin here. DB.com's David Lord has often made the Sam Dalembert/Dallas connection, and Marc Stein updates those now with a report on a meeting in Vegas. Stein adds that Tyler Hansbrough was also on the "meet'' list. We hear Joel Freeman was in this mix before bolting overseas. And on and on we go with what we call "The Usual Suspects'' ... and in the case of JaVale McGee, a decidedly unusual one.
There is no trade exploration regarding Chicago's Taj Gibson, sources tell us. There is no strong interest in Carlos Boozer, either. There are ways for Dallas to manufacture about $7 mil of space in addition to the $2.8-mil room-MLE. A center -- or centers -- tops the wish list. And McGee and Dalembert, imperfect as they are, remain very much in play.