Blogtable, DeAndre Edition: Impact of his decision on the Mavericks?

In this special edition of the Blogtable, we’re asking our stable of scribes across the globe to weigh in on the DeAndre Jordan free-agency saga — and give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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> How does his change of heart affect the Mavericks, their offseason moves and the upcoming season? Where do they now rank in the West hierarchy?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: This is potentially devastating to Dallas, which won 50 games last season and now will be doing well not to lose 50. The options left among available big men are limited – Amar’e Stoudemire‘s name has come up, but he’s strictly a limited-minutes guy at this point, and neither Kevin Seraphin nor Josh Smith is a center, for those suggesting them. Owner Mark Cuban‘s “David Robinson year” remark might actually play out, and that’s tough to imagine for Dirk Nowitzki, coach Rick Carlisle and a few others. I am looking forward, though, to seeing Dallas sign Rick Mahorn and Charles Oakley to 1-day contracts for the first Clippers-Mavericks meeting this season. Just to dish out reminders to Jordan and a couple of his teammate-rescuers that this episode won’t soon be forgotten.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com The Mavericks are burnt toast for the 2015-16 season, another waste of one of Dirk Nowitzki’s last years and that’s the worst part of the flip-flop. Dallas is in the lottery, up to its 10-gallon hat. But I’m going on the record here as saying Mark Cuban will be thankful this happened in a couple of years. While Jordan is worth the price to the Clippers to keep him as the third wheel with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, he would have been badly exposed as Cuban’s so-called “franchise player” down the line. It was a bad joke to even mention him in the same breath as Shaquille O’Neal. I think Jordan might even have realized that himself and ran from that burden.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: It’s a brutal outcome for the Mavs. It’s not like DeAndre Jordan turned them down and they implemented the fallback plan. By the time he had finished mishandling the situation at historical levels, they were scrambling for the fallback plan to the fallback plan. The Dallas front office began the offseason with a clear plan, executed it with precision… and then got it fell apart through no fault of anyone there. If Wesley Matthews comes back strong, the Mavericks will be around .500, respectable but not in the playoffs. And they will have a lot of people rooting for them.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com: I think there’s a silver lining to losing DeAndre. I always thought the Mavericks with him were nothing special … maybe a No. 6 or 7 team in the West. This way, they can get a jump on rebuilding and stash their millions for next summer and plan to transition from the Dirk Nowitzki era.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Dallas is where the Clippers were 24 hours ago. They have a strong starting lineup, with a huge hole at center. Unlike the Clippers, they have a lot of cap space. But while there are a lot of centers still available, they’re all back-up quality. So I could see them trading for Chris Andersen or Zaza Pachulia. As they stand, they’re in the 8-10 range in the Western Conference, with the health and recovery of Wes Matthews still being a big question.

Sekou Smith, NBA.com: This is the strange part for me — I didn’t think adding DeAndre was a gamechanger for the Mavericks. Sure, he would help shore up the middle. But without an elite point guard feeding him, I don’t know that he would have been a consistent force for the Mavericks on both ends of the floor. The Mavericks certainly don’t have any options comparable to DJ now, and that’s a potentially devastating blow for a franchise that is contemplating the dreaded rebuild. I don’t like the idea of Dirk Nowitzki on a lottery team in his twilight years, but in the absence of some miraculous move between now and training camp, that’s the predicament these guys could be in this season.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.com: The Mavericks are going to miss the playoffs, and they may lose their draft pick to the Celtics (unless it lands among the top seven) by way of the Rondo trade. The silver lining will emerge one year from now if they can turn Jordan’s absence into a superior free agent in 2016. But this interim season is going to be a long one for a team that figures to have no identity at either end of the floor.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog Without DeAndre, I’m not sure that they do rank among the West hierarchy. The Western Conference is so stacked, and if you’re looking for playoff teams that might drop out of the picture to make room for teams like Oklahoma City, Phoenix or Utah, I’d look directly at Portland (after losing LaMarcus Aldridge) and Dallas. Losing Monta Ellis will hurt, and while Wesley Matthews should be a nice addition, he’s still recovering from a torn Achilles. Jordan could have given them a nice frontline alongside Dirk and Chandler Parsons. Now they need Dirk to play like MVP Dirk. And I’m not sure that player still exists.

25 Comments

  1. Karlo Garcia says:

    Were they stand in the West its hard to say

  2. Karlo Garcia says:

    Not signing DeAndre was bad because Dallas has no Centre.

  3. harriethehawk says:

    The Mavs should become a D League team. I’m never seeing them get to the promised land.

  4. Big.Ben says:

    Dallas will end up with Mcgee at Centre!!

  5. Michael says:

    Tristan Thompson is an excellent option for Mavericks. Such a relentless rebounder would work perfectly in tandem with Dirk Nowitzki. Varejao is another good option.

  6. jimjule says:

    Jordan really screwed Dallas. There are no available centers that can be had to fill their vacancy in the middle. They’ll sign someone’s free agent backup center and have a disastrous season. The Spurs are also hunting for a backup big to fill out their roster. If I were a big looking at a shot at the starting spot on a team that won’t make the playoffs or a chance to play for a team as a backup that has valid shot of winning it all I would have to think long and hard about the choice. Let me see, a little more money or a championship ring, hmmm! What do you think?

  7. sports fan says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous on the part of the Mavs. This shouldn’t have happened in the first place because they should’ve made a bigger effort to keep Tyson Chandler. They let him go TWICE! They’re a better team with Chandler than DJ and now they have neither.

  8. geronimo says:

    Dallas should trade Drik for Clarkson and a future first round pick.

    => LA could make the playoffs
    PF: Dirk
    SF: Young
    C Hibbert
    SG: Bryant
    PG: Russell
    R: Randle

    => Dallas can start rebuilding, they propably keep theiir pick (go’s to Boston if it falls out the top 7 and they receive a good young PG

  9. Johannes says:

    Satnam Singh to the rescue!!!

  10. Jed Clampett says:

    This whole episode makes DeAndre Jordan look like a Golem, with No Will of his Own.

  11. Kamikaze says:

    Why not go for Tristan Thompson? Cavs still haven’t come to an agreement with him.

    • Jed Clampett says:

      Yes, at the very least; it would force Cleveland’s hand; to either match any Thompson offer and dump Varejao and his contract…which could also benefit Dallas as the team most able to take Varejao off their hands. Or let Thompson go.

    • Swishgirl33 says:

      Tristan would stay with the Championship-prospect Cavs for less money than go to the below .500 Mavs for some extra cash

  12. Jed Clampett says:

    Dallas needs to Offer Tristan Thompson a Max contract that the Cleveland Cavaliers’s Couldn’t; or would be foolish to match (similar to the way they got Chandler Parsons)..

  13. Jordan did eventually come out of his house and tried to hail down Cuban. Unfortunately for Cuban, he had on a dark hoodie, and could not catch the swiftly retreating Cuban, high-tailing off Jordan’s lawn.

  14. Robert says:

    The Mavs should get with the Nuggets and do a trade for Ty Lawson. Then they should go out and sign Amare Stoudemire and Javale Mcgee.

  15. Marty says:

    Could be karma. Can’t blame Rondo for this.

  16. Harlan says:

    I think we have our primetime christmas day matchup, Clippers vs Mavericks! Should be good. Ha Ha

  17. Zing Zang says:

    No, really, do you mean your player management for this coming season was/is:

    Plan A: Get Jordan.
    or
    Plan B: Tanking.

    Wow!

    I’m starting to think Cuban was just waiting an excuse for tanking (and maybe get rid a.s.a.p. of the heavy Dirk’s contract, out of despair).

  18. Roger tornga says:

    Dirk has taken cuts for years to help Cuban out. Now that he’s not spending all that $20M for Jordan – give Dirk his dues!!!

    • Zing Zang says:

      Ehi, psst, in case you didn’t notice, Mavs just let go Chandler, Ellis, Aminu and Rondo (although the latter is an addition by subtraction).

      So, what’s next year roster? Dirk, Matthews, Cuban, 2 random-chosen fans?