We will start and finish today with what the Dallas Mavericks are getting and giving in Javale McGee. First, to the giving:
See here just how tiny Dallas' financial commitment to McGee is:
*The team guaranteed only $250K upon signing. They can bail for that $250,000 amount before training camp.
* If McGee makes it to training camp, he is guaranteed $500,000. The Mavs can then bail for the $500,000 amount before the season opens.
*If McGee makes the team, he is guaranteed $750,000. The Mavs can then bail for the $750,000 amount at any time before the league-wide guarantee date (usually around January 10).
*If McGee looks like he will be able to stay on the court by the January guarantee date, he is guaranteed approximately $1,300,000 for the season. After the season, the Mavs can bail for the $1,300,000 amount until mid-July.
*The Mavs have a team option on McGee for the 2016-2017 season for approximately $1,300,000.
Conclusions (as crafted by "mavsluvr'': If McGee were truly expected to be (a) a superstar, (b) a starter, (c) a rotation player off the bench, or even (d) a guy who contributes useful minutes as a tenth or eleventh man, he wouldn't have to accept a contract that could result in his being tossed out of the league for peanuts (by NBA standards) in a few weeks or months. Talented, healthy big men in their primes don't have to settle for that. There is nothing about this contract that suggests that the training staff is brimming with confidence about McGee's ability to get and stay healthy.
This isn't an anti-McGee post; this is a smart analysis of the financial facts that speak volumes about his physical health (the details of which the Mavs have kept quite quiet) and his emotional health ... which, when you get to DONUT 12, you'll see can demonstrate itself in "fun'' ... or something not so fun.
Late August. The NBA season is still a solid two months away from starting and you’re worn out from trying to convince your friends and fellow fans that your favorite NBA team just picked up the bargain of the decade with their latest scrap-heap free agency addition. They just don’t know basketball. JaVale McGee will be a starter again in this league. Just you wait.
The conversation inevitably turns to a familiar topic; the best players of all time as it pertains to individual franchise. It’s a quagmire of out-of-context statistical anomalies, overblown expectations and misguided valuations of role players from a .500 team 13 years earlier. Note, our Zack Cunningham's criteria is solely based on my interpretation of each player’s impact, which may not always show in the numbers.
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You are probably old enough to remember 'Deferential Dirk.' If you are a Mavs fan you certainly know 'MVP Dirk.' Now, via German video, meet 'Fun Uncle Dirk.' Enjoy.
Old friend Steve Nash is involved in a film project telling the story of the 1980's club scene in Dallas.
"Having played in Dallas for six years, I was drawn to this project for its relationship with the city,'' executive producer Nash is quoted as saying. "After poring over the material I found an incredibly unique story with so many vibrant characters and a bold history known as the origin to the rave scene ecstasy culture. Its footprints are now all over the world."
Jonny Auping writes that I "bummed him out'' with my "way-too-cynical quick look at the Mavs schedule on the night it was released.'' (See my analysis here.) With some time, some perspective and some optimism, Jonny takes a second look -- a Why So Serious? look - that some of the key dates, tough stretches and must-see games on the Mavericks’ schedule. ... some of which actually sound fun!
The 100 best dunks of the 2014-15 NBA season.
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My buddy Lang Whitaker is a talented journalist who is not above listening to NBA rookies make animal noises.
Lang, your Pulitzer awaits!
Yes, DB.com is everywhere, even on an early-morning AAC jog ... with the chance to witness a Motorized McGee.
Morning run in by AAC: Javale McGee rides by me in PhunkeeDuck Hover board a la JR Smith in the Finals. Clearly already in mid season form— Jonny Auping (@JonnyAuping) August 21, 2015
Sometimes it's a n PhunkeeDuck Hover and sometimes it's a grocery cart. But all times, it's a little bit zany and here's the conundrum of trying to capture this particular "Lightning in a Bottle'': If you pay a guy relatively little in part because you doubt how badly he "wants it'' ... haven't you given him less to want? I don't know what JaVale's motivation will be and I don't know if he has any at all but I know it certainly won't be money. Because he's not getting any.
So now, as he scoots around Dallas amid questions of his physical and emotional health, I'm left boomeranging back to the No. 1 question of this offseason: Would it be possible to assemble a team that possesses a "basketball soul''?