And what will the Mavs do? Last year, it was the Harris-Kidd deal that breathed some intrigue, if not life, into a moribund season. This year, who knows? A look at a few opinions I’ve heard, listed in order from my most favorite to least favorite:
1) Josh & change for Shaq & change (via David Lord): The upshot is that Phoenix gets a wing to run with Steve Nash and deals Shaq to unclog the middle for Stoudemire, who will hopefully then be happy, and Phoenix goes back to scoring 120 per night. Dallas finally gets a center to pair with Kidd and Dirk, retains cap flexibility for 2010, and perhaps can rely on some veteran savvy to make a run in the playoffs this year. I have to admit, the idea of a Kidd-Nowitzki-O’Neal-healthy Jason Terry quartet stirs what is left of the eternal sports optimist in me, especially if the Suns will include additional old guy Grant Hill to fill Howard’s wing slot.
2) From Ben & Skin yesterday…the Mavs, of course, have been rumored as a potential landing spot for free agent Chris Bosh in 2010. However, Skin argues that paying a max contract to Bosh is not prudent in light of the fact that the Mavericks would then have close to $40 million of their salary cap tied up in two guys who play the same position (Bosh and Dirk). His idea? If you’d rather have Bosh, trade Dirk for him right now, straight up. Dallas gets a 24-yr old budding star to build around, and Toronto gets the European-style superstar that Brian Colangelo undoubtedly covets.
3) My own idea from last year: Dirk and change for LaMarcus Aldridge.
4) Howard for Davis and Kaman? Negatory. Vince Carter? Not really interested. I would, however, look into dealing Jason Terry to get his contract off the books, as much as I love the guy.