Morning shootaround — July 9


VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan isn’t going anywhere, Lob City fans

How will DeAndre’s decision affect Mavs? | Report: Matthews sticking with Dallas | Davis officially re-ups with Pelicans | Report: Pistons to keep Anthony | Report: Spurs trade for McCallum

NEWS OF THE MORNING

No. 1: How will DeAndre’s decision affect Mavs? — If you were in an NBA cave yesterday, you missed out on the wild, day-long saga free-agent center DeAndre Jordan put everyone through after having a change of heart about his agreed-upon deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Ultimately, after a wooing process that included Jordan’s Los Angeles Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and others, he did renege on his agreement and returned to Lob City. While that’s all well and good for the Clippers, what does this do to the Mavericks? Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News analyzes it and does not paint a pretty picture:

Even if you have no love for owner Mark Cuban or his team, you have to admit it’s cruel and unusual the way they lost DeAndre Jordan.

The Mavericks are left to wonder what the heck happened and how they can recover from the franchise-shaking blow of losing a 26-year-old rising star center who was one of the most sought-after free agents this summer.

This could be an event that will rank with Roy Tarpley’s drug suspension as the darkest days in franchise history.

It could impact everybody from coach Rick Carlisle to franchise icon Dirk Nowitzki and all in between.

In the short term, the Mavericks have to find somebody to play center and the options are limited. The Indiana Pacers could be willing to listen to trade offers for 7-2 Roy Hibbert, but they already had a tentative deal sending Hibbert to the Los Angeles Lakers. And Hibbert is coming off a lackluster 2014-15 season.

The option exists to make a run at Amar’e Stoudemire, too. The Mavericks suddenly have about $20 million more than they expected to have to fill out their roster.

Players like Washington’s Kevin Seraphin are still on the board. He’s a five-year veteran who is 6-9 and 260 pounds but averaged just 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game this season. Seraphin, 25, is not considered a strong rebounder.

Clearly, the Mavericks are not going to find anybody on the open market that can rival Jordan.

What they also must wonder now is whether or not the upcoming season can be salvaged without a dip into the lottery, which would be a bitter pill to owner Mark Cuban and a dangerous move since the Mavericks’ 2016 first-round draft pick will go to Boston in the Rajon Rondo deal unless it is among the top seven in the lottery.

Last week after getting the original commitment from Jordan, Cuban said that if the Mavericks had lost out on Jordan, they would have been forced to consider the unsavory prospect of tanking a season – “have our David Robinson season,” Cuban called it. It would take a major dive into the lottery, finishing with at least the fourth-worst record in the league, to guarantee the Mavericks wouldn’t lose their pick.

Moreover, the Mavericks could be faced with massive roster turnover again next summer when Chandler Parsons and Dirk both can opt out of the final years of their contracts.

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No. 2: Report: Matthews won’t change his commitment to Mavs — In light of DeAndre Jordan reversing field and re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks fans may be worrying that the other marquee player they reached an agreement with — Wesley Matthews — will do likewise. Fear not, Mavs fans, writes Jason Quick of The Oregonian. Matthews was headed to Dallas no matter what Jordan did:

Wesley Matthews says he will sign with the Dallas Mavericks regardless if center DeAndre Jordan changes his mind and returns to the Los Angeles Clippers, sources close to the player told The Oregonian/Oregonlive.

Matthews, who last week gave a verbal agreement to Dallas to sign a four-year deal worth around $13 million the first year, is expected to sign and be introduced to the Dallas media on Thursday, the first day the NBA moratorium ends.

The former Blazers guard is part of what was believed to be a big offseason haul by the Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban.

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No. 3: Davis inks Pelicans extension … in Hong Kong — If nothing else, this story should give New Orleans Pelicans fans little reason to doubt just how committed superstar Anthony Davis is to the team. When the clock struck 12:01 a.m. ET today, players could officially sign contracts and extensions with teams and Davis was one of the first to do so. But what’s cool about it is he signed the deal while he was in the middle of a Nike promotional campaign across the world in Hong Kong. Pelicans.com has more:

Sitting seemingly on top of the world in a Ritz-Carlton conference room 118 stories above the majestic Victoria Harbour, Anthony Davis signed his five-year contract extension with the New Orleans Pelicans at 12:01 p.m. Thursday, 11:01 p.m. Wednesday in the Crescent City, nearly 8,500 miles away.

Davis was in this vibrant port city of 7.2 million people as part of a promotional tour for Nike called Rise. And it’s only fitting that one of the league’s fastest rising stars cemented his future with the Pelicans while in China, which has one of the fastest growing segments of the NBA’s fan base.

Flanked by his parents Erainer and Anthony Sr. and his agent Thad Foucher and with the skyscrapers of the former British Colony in the background, Davis signed the contract with a black Mont Blanc pen and then expressed his appreciation to Pelicans fans.

“Thanks to the Pelicans organization and all my fans across the world, China and the United States and especially New Orleans. … I’m here for six more years. Let’s win some championships. Go Pels!”

Davis began that championship process this past season when he led New Orleans to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Davis finished the season averaging 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game, tops in the NBA. He was voted a starter to the All-Star Game for the first time in his three-year career and was a top MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved Player candidate. He also had the league’s best player efficiency rating.

Davis arrived in Hong Kong on Tuesday for an Asian tour put on by Nike, another sign of his rise to prominence in the global sports world.

He was mobbed by teen-age fans, some sporting Pelicans jerseys, after he finished a basketball clinic at a court in the middle of a public housing area in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Laundry flapped from the windows of the 20-story apartment buildings surrounding the court on a hot humid afternoon as Davis spoke to the children about putting in the work necessary for their dreams to become reality. It’s something Davis has been doing for the Pelicans since they selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2012.

“Find that special thing inside of you to reach your dreams,” said Davis, a 22-year-old just a few years removed from a relatively quiet high school basketball career in Chicago. “Capture that glory.”

 

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No. 4: Report: Pistons keeping big man Anthony in fold — The Detroit Pistons clearly put their offseason focus on adding/retaining depth with their squad. They traded for Ersan Ilyasova, kept point guard Reggie Jackson on the team with a mega-deal and, lastly, have retained a solid backup for center Andre Drummond in the form of Joel Anthony. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reports Anthony will soon sign a two-year deal with Detroit:

Joel Anthony is returning to the Detroit Pistons.

The 6-foot-9 center who provided a strong veteran presence in the locker room last season has agreed to a two-year, $5-million deal, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the situation. The second year of the contact is not guaranteed.

The person requested anonymity because teams aren’t allowed to comment during the NBA free agency moratorium, which ends Thursday.

His playing time wasn’t consistent with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe taking the majority of minutes at center, but he excelled when called upon. His player efficiency rating of 14.74 was a career high for the eight-year veteran — although a 15 rating is considered league average.

Anthony isn’t much of an offensive threat but is a shot-blocking force.

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No. 5: Report: Spurs to land McCallum from Kings — As our Sekou Smith reported on this very blog a few days ago, the San Antonio Spurs have been the model of success this offseason thanks to continuity and sacrifice. We may be ready to add more to their tale of summer fortune again, soon. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Spurs have a trade in place with the Sacramento Kings that will land them young guard Ray McCallum for a second-round pick:

The San Antonio Spurs, as part of their ongoing roster restructuring, have struck a deal to acquire Sacramento Kings point guard Ray McCallum, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Spurs, as early as Friday, will swap a future second-round pick for McCallum, whom San Antonio pegs as a replacement for the outgoing Cory Joseph.

McCallum with join a roster that includes point guards Tony Parker and Patty Mills.

The Spurs had to renounce the rights to Joseph as part of their push to create the needed salary-cap space to sign LaMarcus Aldridge away from the Portland Trail Blazers.

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SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Veteran big man Amar’e Stoudemire is reportedly considering signing with the Miami Heat … As has been the trend this offseason, Luis Scola tweeted that he is Toronto-bound (on a reported one-year deal) … Former Toronto Raptors forward Jerome Williams, known in his playing days as “Junkyard Dog”, is fine with new Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll giving himself that nickname … Indiana Pacers guard/forward C.J. Miles is sad to see David West and Roy Hibbert leaving the teamMore than 15,000 people showed up to watch the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Summer League scrimmage

28 Comments

  1. harriethehawk says:

    Andrew Bynum is a bum. And so is Javale Magee

  2. Elijah 41 says:

    proving that DeAndre Jordan can’t stand alone..it means he also rely of cp3 and blake to be a good basketball player..if you want to recognize, and you want be an all star stand up for yourself and take the challenge to be a great player but you throw it all away..goodluck being the 3rd option..you will never be an all star…

  3. Nick says:

    My respect for Jordan as a man just went to hell. A man is nothing if you can’t depend on his word – especially if he doesn’t have the guts to confront the very people he gave his word to!

  4. dd def says:

    Mavs, you take good care of Wes “Iron Man” Mathews. ya hear me!? take damn good care of my boy.

  5. Joseph Bejjani says:

    Is donald sterling still here? Karma will take care of him. Watch out and know whatever pain you are going through is well deserved donald. Go beg the lakers for forgiveness. Thats right get on your knees.

    • Zing Zang says:

      He can’t hear you. He’s around the world busy spending the multimega$$$ he earned out of a franchise he managed by spending 19.95$

  6. Cannan75 says:

    Hey Mavs fans, do not be sad. There are still plenty of guys still out there. They could sign Enes Kanter, Jamal McGee, Andrew Bynum, and maybe convince Larry Sanders to come back. WTH, sign McGee and Sanders for 1-2 year deals for less.

  7. Zing Zang says:

    Oh, well! After all, Mavs just let Chandler go for the second time. They can just hire him back another time next year.

    In the meantime… Wait! Do you mean you do NOT have a Plan B?

    Yes, you have it!

    Plan A: Get Jordan.
    Plan B: Tanking.

    Now, THAT’S sophisticated player management.

  8. Joseph Bejjani says:

    Everyone talking bad on dj. How about the worst snuff ever in cp3. The lakers would be favorite to win the championship yearly and kobe may have never got injured. And the sad thing is cp3 wanted to go to the lakers. And out of blue the league denied the move without any reason except they hate lakers. Kobe would have at least six or seven rings by now with cp3. Now in this instance dj wanted to stay with cp3: what center wouldn’t want to play with him? And dallas would be like wasting djs talents with no chance at a title. Dj saved himself from making the biggest mistake of his life so just be happy for him and leave dude alone. The Lakers should of sued that slimy man for having no business getting in the way of that cp3 deal with the lakers.

    • Zing Zang says:

      The League hate Lakers. That’s why they keep sending their games abroad, despite their play is vomit-inducing: to make clear they’re a joke.

  9. WHY??? says:

    I think the only reason Wes Matthews didn’t sign with the Blazers. Is because they didn’t offer him a contract….#WHY???

  10. Edizzle says:

    Total steal for the spurs. Kings should have traded him to someone else with at least some chance of getting another future draft pick other than 60 for the next 37482925 years.

  11. Jaysin says:

    I have lost loads of respect for DJ. At least Dwight was straight forward about not wanting to come to Dallas. I hear that DJ is a big Cowboys fan, I doubt the feeling is mutual.

    • LOL says:

      Do you mean that a BASKETBALL player should consider his 90M$ contract destination depending on his preferred FOOTBALL team?
      How old are you? Eight? Nine at best?

  12. Ray says:

    It wasn’t much surprise knowing Joseph left, Spurs have to add a 3rd PG, this is to limit Parker’s playing time during the regular season like what Joseph has been doing for years. McCallum is a nice fit. Spurs headed to training camp with so much energy and excitement. They’ll be the team to beat this year. I’d love to imagine their lineups:
    Parker, Green, Leonard, Aldridge, Duncan
    McCallum, Mills, Ginobili, West, DIaw
    they still have Anderson and maybe bring back Bonner too..
    Go Spurs Go!

  13. Hahaha says:

    Apparently no one here has every experienced multiple job offers at the same time. Sometimes you think you made the right desicion out if anger or confusion then change your kind. This reminds me of breaking it off with my fiance but just waiting to not show up to the church

  14. Frank says:

    As the San Antonio Spurs go about preserving their championship roster into the next two decades, they once again prove that they currently have the best front office in all of US professional sports.

  15. hbcunetwork says:

    Don’t feel sorry for the Mavs! Give Avery Johnson a call (1st coach to get the Mavs to the finals) and ask him about Mark Cuban keeping his word or call some of the players that were on the championship team that Mark Cuban broke up! I could say more. How many winning/playoff coaches have been fired for no apparent reason in the past 10 years? It’s business.

  16. hbcunetwork says:

    Don’t feel sorry for the Mavs! Give Avery Johnson a call and ask him about Mark Cuban keeping his word. Or some of the players that were on the championship team that Mark Cuban broke up! I could say more. How many winning/playoff coaches have been fired for no apparent reason in the past 10 years? It’s business.

  17. ... says:

    At least Matthews is a man of his word.

  18. Roger tornga says:

    I was disappointed in Jordan’s handling of his communication with Dallas when terminating his verbal agreement.

    Be a man! I just thought he had a reputation for more integrity than that.

  19. oz7.com says:

    The Desperados saved their “Man” from being kidnapped by putting up a baracade in their hideout in Houston. You can’t blame them: where would they be next year without him? Where will they be this year with him?

    My only question is why was Paul Pierce there?

    • oz7.com says:

      “Oh, i was just walking by decided to see what was going on. Since they know me from my days in Englewood, I was invited in to huddle in a prayer meeting. We’ve been saved, you know.”

  20. Defdun says:

    Thats a backbreaker for the Mavs with Cuban already having admitted he would be tanking this season without the acquisition of a naive center who will not be named here anymore. Falling down to fourth-worst seems very probable now…

    • Joseph Bejjani says:

      I hope thats true so they should be able to kick him out of the nba then because he is publicly stating he will be doing an illegal act next year. Much worse than anything sterling did while being an owner. Hope to see him gone, come on tmz record him saying he is tanking next season and get him kicked out already.

  21. Jeremymichel says:

    Deandre Jordan screwed the Mavs big time. Waited till all their other options were gone and changed his mind in the 11th hour. Just lost lots of respect for the big man. #spursfan