The Dallas Mavericks have not been a team accustomed to losing since the ascension of international great, Dirk Nowitzki. Dallas has found a way to be relevant and competitive in the post-season year after year, ultimately winning a championship in 2011.
Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks have never embraced tanking, rather they compete to win every game they play. This lead fans to believe the Mavericks weren’t willing to rebuild. While everyone was convinced Dallas was competing for a playoff spot, Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson were busy assembling one of the best young cores in the NBA within a limited time frame.
By finding value in Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell, fleecing Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel, signing Harrison Barnes, along with drafting Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Mavericks have put themselves on the trajectory to be very successful down the line.
🐐 Yogi Ferrell tonight 🐐
32 points (9 three-pointers 🔥)
Mavs get the 108-104 victory over the Blazers pic.twitter.com/NAbgKDCoh9
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 4, 2017
The market for centers has not been kind to big men in this year’s free agency. The market has been so dry that it has made every other team ineligible, or willing, to offer a max-contract to Nerlens Noel. Unfortunately for Noel, this puts the Mavs in the driver seat. This means Dallas can offer Nerlens a much shorter, and much more affordable contract; this would leave Noel’s camp no another option but to accept.
An array of NBA teams, much like the Portland Trailblazers and the New Orleans Pelicans, are locked into a flurry of long-term contracts who are not nearly worth what their contracts would suggest. The Mavericks hold Wesley Matthews under contract who has become a shell of his former self after rupturing his achilles back in 2015. Matthews is to be paid over 35 million dollars in the next two seasons.
If a team like Portland is desperate enough to move a contract off the books a year earlier, a trade surrounding Evan Turner along with a prospect and/or first round pick in exchange for Wesley Matthews could be in play. A move of this nature would only strengthen Dallas’ rebuild while providing cap relief to a team willing to complete the trade.