Jet is heading to Boston and DallasBasketball.com prefers to remember him with this quote from this week:
"I was in Dallas eight years, played with some great teammates and had a great coach and a great owner," said Terry. "But what the city meant to me is priceless. Without them, I'm nothing. The Jet was born in Dallas, right there in Dallas. So, I always have a home in Dallas and hopefully when I'm done I can go back and end my career there."
DONUT 3: From 'Howard' to 'Hettsheimeir' ...
You were hoping for "Howard'' but you might have to settle for "Hettsheimeir.''
One potential Dallas Mavericks transaction has nothing to do with the other, really. But while the Orlando Magic's possible move of Dwight Howard to a new destination is the talk of the NBA – and while the Mavs continue to be a longshot in such a pipedream acquisition – sources tell us Dallas is considering an offer to Brazilian star Rafael Hettsheimeir.
Hettsheimeir is a 6-10, 260-pounder who some thing might have a similar career arc as countryman Tiago Splitter of the Spurs. Brazil is an increasingly rich source of NBA talent, with Nene, Anderson Varejao and Fab Melo among the name players emanating from there.
We're told that Hettsheimeir doesn't possess terrific NBA-level athleticism but that he's a solid defender with a low-post game that could make him an effective Paul Milsap-like power forward.
He looks something like this:
Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki at the 4, of course. But the Mavs are still in the market for big men, with Ian Mahinmi as a free agent and Brendan Haywood, Brandan Wright and rookie Bernard James as other candidates at the center position.
Hettsheimeir isn't Howard. But in this video, he certainly looks capable of playing against the likes of Luis Scola.
DONUT 4: Speaking of James and the rookies ...
The Mavs have Jared Cunningham, Jae Crowder and Bernard James in town today for some work and a 2 p.m. press conference at the AAC. Yeah, DallasBasketball.com is on it.
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... Is resulting in a trickle-down effect on other possible transactions.
Marcus Camby, like Jason Kidd before him, is going to the Knicks. Dallas could've accepted NY's poo-poo platter in exchange for Kidd, but we believe the Mavs passed ... and now Houston gets that platter.
The Knicks wanted both both Camby and Kidd but had only one mini-MLE to offer. Houston took the offer, Dallas said no ... and here's what Houston gets:
*Harrelson ...unguaranteed, can waive him at no cost
*Jordan ...unguaranteed, can waive him at no cost
*Douglas ...2.1M guaranteed, so Houston got cash for his salary if they want to waive him
*Two low No. 2's for the hassle, and (important to Mavs) they must tie up about $2.1 million of cap space this year on Douglas
We believe the Mavs passed on all this, still feeling they might need all the cap space they have, a point that is especially valid if they get Elton Brand via amnesty.
DONUT 10: The second scoop is about Delonte West ...
DallasBasketball.com has learned that the Mavs and Delonte West's camp have already created the parameters for a decision to be made on Friday night. That decision depends on the outcome of the Brand bidding. Delonte wants to come back and the Mavs feel the same way. But the Brand transaction must happen first.
The logic of how Orlando is handling Dwightmare escapes me. He wants to go to Brooklyn and threatens to not sign a long-term deal elsewhere. But if the Magic choose NOT to trade him to Brooklyn now, he'll never get there, because they have no room to sign him as a free agent in the summer of 2013. This is Orlando's power: He likely WILL re-sign with the team that he's traded to now because it's the only way he gets his five-year max.
So why is Orlando panicking? Why is Orlando letting Dwight have control? Why is Orlando acting like its butted up against the February trade deadline? What month is this?