Who's To Blame For The Mavericks Free Agency Optimism?

July 08, 2019 - 4:09 pm

By Josh Clark and Mike Fisher

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Let's face it, the Dallas Mavericks have had an underwhelming offseason so far. A large contingent of fans would agree, but Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn't seem to care, brushing them off as participants on the "Jerry Springer" TV show.

"NBA Twitter is hysterical,'' Cuban said at the Summer League in Las Vegas, via the team's website. “It’s like if Jerry Springer called up fans from different teams and they said 'You, you, you did this! You promised me this and you said that!' It’s straight out of Jerry Springer. It’s humorous, but it’s not reality."

The "Jerry Springer Show," of course, is where guests go to fight, and argue, and throw chairs, etc. 

In the same interview, Cuban apparently mentioned that he appreciated the fans being passionate about the team and emphasized that the Mavericks are in a great position with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis as the anchors of their foundation.  

But, what about that $30 million in cap space the team had to add to that foundation this offseason? 

Well, back in the team's exit interviews, general manager Donnie Nelson excitedly talked about the possibilities of "splitting our aces" between two starters to join Luka and Porzingis. During the same exchange with the media, he said, "we like stars." 

Cuban himself expressed a tempered excitement when asked by 105.3 The Fan’s Ben Rogers why there was no talk of any of the top targets ending up with Dallas, saying, “the agents are talking to us and that’s what matters.”

Dallas, as you know, ended up with Seth Curry, Delon Wright and Boban Marijanovic, players who can be viewed as solid role players, but far from “split your aces” types.

Cuban, however, doesn’t see it that way.

"It’s like, there was a rumor that you were supposed to get this guy and you didn’t get that guy that you were rumored to get, so because you didn’t get the guy you were rumored to be going after, you had a horrible free agency.”

So, everything essentially went to plan?

“We’re working on a couple of guys we want,” Cuban said. “it’s one guy we didn’t get that we wanted, but everything else pretty much runs the course.”

105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher isn’t so sure about Cuban’s take here, believing Dallas wanted point guard Kemba Walker and 3&D specialist Danny Green. So, that’s at least two players the Mavericks struck out on.

Fish did a great job of explaining his thoughts on Facebook today. Watch it in the video at the top of the post.

So, where do the Mavericks go from here? They are well positioned to be a player in a three-team trade because they have the most spending money of any team. Armed with  $14.6 million left in cap space, Dallas can try and nudge their way into a facilitator role with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are set to move Russell Westbrook to a new location. Goran Dragic, Clint Capela and Steven Adams are the most interesting names they could try and get their hands on in such a deal.

"It's not over yet,'' Cuban said. "We're working.''

Frankly, while the Mavs front office is indeed working, its series of talent-acquisition plans did not. Mavs fans may be calling names and throwing chairs (while also celebrating the promise of Luka and KP) and in his heart of hearts, Cuban knows exactly why.

"We certainly are positioned,'' Donnie said as a prelude to summer shopping, "to make some noise."

And unless by "noise'' they meant incendiary quotes from the owner, it's Mavs management -- not the Mavs fan base -- that was wrong.