Where in the world is Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks?
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks is one of the most out-spoken owners in all of professional sports. He talks a big game, and has tried to build a championship-caliber team in NBA Free Agency but has failed miserably. Since their championship season in 2011, the Mavs have swung and missed at nearly all of the big-time free agents each year.
They decided their big-money free agent addition in 2014, Chandler Parsons, was no longer worth big money and saw him sign a $94 million deal with the rival Memphis Grizzlies. They were reportedly “all-in” this off-season on Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley, only to watch them re-sign with their teams.
Whiteside joins DeAndre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard and the All-Star version of Deron Williams as superstars who met with the Mavericks but declined to sign on the dotted line.
What do the Mavs have to show for five years of trying to hook big fish in free agency after Cuban opted to prioritize cap space over keeping the aging roster of a defending title team together? An aging superstar in Dirk Nowitzki and five total playoff victories. Let’s not forget Dirk Nowitzki left a lot of money on the table to give the Mavs flexibility to chase premier free agents. Where is the result of that cap space?
The question now is….will Dirk continue his loyal ways and stay in Dallas? Or opt to sign with a team that can actually compete for a championship? While many experts would be shocked to see Dirk sign elsewhere, it is growing increasingly possible. Golden State and Oklahoma City are reportedly very interested in his services and would offer an almost certain chance to advance past the first round.
If he does sign elsewhere, Mark Cuban can begin a true rebuild and stop being in the dreaded “middle” of the NBA.
What do you think about the Dallas Mavericks off-season? Will Dirk leave? Why are big-name players avoiding Dallas? Let me know in the comments below…