HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – The Dallas Mavericks have seemingly struck out in free agency. They didn’t land Deron Williams and lost Jason Terry and Jason Kidd to the improved Atlantic Division.
Eight months ago, Mark Cuban made the decision to break up his championship roster, allowing Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson to head elsewhere. Cuban believed that the new collective bargaining agreement calls for more sensible spending, and he might be proven right eventually.
But right now, the Mavs are moving in the wrong direction. And looking on from the outside, Chandler offered his empathy.
“If they weren’t able to land Deron Williams or Dwight [Howard],” Chandler said from USA Basketball training camp. “I knew there would be trouble down the road. I feel sorry for Dirk; really for Dirk and the coaching staff. You go from winning a championship to kind of it seems like you’re almost in a rebuilding stage. Especially for Dirk at this point in his career, I really feel bad for him.”
On Tuesday, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle responded to Chandler’s comments, as noted to the Dallas Morning News…
“I love Tyson,” Carlisle said. “Look, he’s a guy that genuinely has a sincere care for everyone he’s worked with, in virtually every organization he’s been with.
“Look, there’s no reason to feel sorry for us. Dynamic change is one of the things that you sign up for when you get into this league. The thing we have to do is continue to be resourceful, understand that this is still a very long summer and that there are a lot of other possibilities that can happen if we keep working at it.”
Dynamic change is exactly what the Mavs have undergone since they won their first championship 13 months ago. And only time will tell just how quickly they can recover from the last two offseasons.