The farce is over. The Mavericks 2011-12 season has come to an abrupt and fitting end, so it's time for the Deron Williams watch to begin.
Mavs owner Mark Cuban is attempting to hedge his bet by saying he doesn't have a specific plan in mind this summer. But anyone who professes to believe that is likely drawing a paycheck from the man.jordan son of mars olympic for sale,
It's hard to recall an owner in professional sports who has whizzed away his public good will from a world title faster than Cuban. And he's making it worse by insisting the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement is to blame for placing a poor product on the court this past season.
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Unfortunately, they rarely raise banners to celebrate financial flexibility. The Mavs broke the mold for winning a title in 2011 and then decided they didn't have the stomach to continue that path. Cuban's apologists were quick to note that not even NBA Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler could've helped the Mavs overcome the Oklahoma City Thunder. That certainly could be true, but why make that assumption about a 29-year-old player who was the heart and soul of the championship team?
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"We'd be sitting here today, and you'd be telling me, man, you guys are all locked up [salary-wise] and no place to go and no flexibility," Mavs president of basketball operations told reporters Sunday when asked about Chandler.
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With the Mavs making a quick exit from the playoffs, we have a couple of months to daydream about all this flexibility. Dirk Nowitzki made it clear in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's loss that Dallas didn't have enough weapons to hang with a team such as the Thunder. And count him among the many skeptics about the organization's decision to basically take a dive this season in hopes of making a splash in free agency.