DONUT 1: Myth: The Mavs have only $14M to offer ...
The Dallas Mavericks reportedly have just $14 million a year to offer a free agent like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul or whomever.
Where does that information come from?
From media members who don't understand the CBA, the cap, the rules or the Mavs' "Plan Powder'' intentions.
DONUT 2: The real numbers ...
Technically, the $14 million number is correct -- but as our invaluable David Lord notes, to call it a "conclusion'' is either an example of media agenda-playing or media cluelessness.
If you add up all the Mavs "obligations" if they were to do nothing, remain in this exact position, and make an offer to Dwight, it looks like this:
|Mavs Player||Do-Nothing Obligations|
|No. 1 pick||$1,655,300|
|4 cap holds||@ $490,180 each|
You see the total. It adds up to about $46 mil, and with a cap guesstimate of $58-60 mil, yes that leaves $13-14 million.
At present. On paper. (There are a few other intricacies here, just for the record: until 6/30, Marion has the ability to opt out of this final year ... James is fully non-guaranteed if waived on or before 7/15 ... and Akognon is at $788,872 but is fully non-guaranteed. Mavs Premium readers can get these sort of details exclusively here.)
But if somebody says that's "the bottom line,'' somebody doesn't know the NBA. When Mayo opts out it frees up another $4 mil. Could the Mavs trade away one or more players for no salary in return? Sure. Can they get rid of the pick? Definitely. Find a trade-taker for Carter, Crowder and whomever? You betcha.
As part of the process (specific to Dwight), how about sign-and-trade with the Lakers that includes sending some salary that direction? Very possible, if the Lakers are losing Dwight anyhow, and lacking exceptions in free agency, that they may covet talent and trade exceptions they could get by doing a deal with Dallas.
Getting room for D12, if the Mavs needed it, would take some effort. But it would clearly be doable.
In fact you could almost certainly get it all the way down to Dirk Nowitzki plus 11 cap holds (total about $28 mil), and get rid of the rest, if that's what you felt you needed to do, which leaves room for Dwight on a max deal plus plenty of cushion.
We've said many times that we don't think that Dwight will leave the Lakers. On the radio this week on 105.3 The Fan, we put the chances of Dwight-to-Dallas at one percent. (See? We told you we wouldn't "sunshine-pump.'')
Howard himself address both sides of the LA equation on Tuesday.
"It's the best place to play when you're winning,'' he said of LA. "When you're losing, it's not so good."
But can't it be assumed that Dwight + Kobe + the rest will be "best LA''? Apparently not.
"I'm going to take my time, get away from the game, my phones and everything and just clear my head,'' Dwight said.
In the end, if the clear-headed Howard doesn't end up in Dallas, it won't be because of a Mavs' lack of ability to offer him a max contract.
DONUT 3: Rambling Nilly-Willy ...
You are free to ramble nilly-willy about Dwight and Dallas and injuries and maturity and odds ... or you can get educated first ... and THEN ramble away.
The education should begin here, with a Dwight-to-Dallas understanding of the difference between $87.6 million and $118 million.
Then combine that with what we just learned above. Now we're getting educated!
DONUT 4: Follow the Mavs on Twitter ...
Follow the Mavs on Twitter: Mike Fisher, David Lord and Michael Dugat keep you up-to-the-minute informed on all things Mavs!
DONUT 5: On Jason Collins ...
Set aside for a moment The Bible. Set aside for a moment human rights. Set aside for a moment "right vs. wrong.'' Understand this:
"I would never be a teammate with a gay guy,'' says the athlete too ignorant to realize he already has been.
DONUT 6: Graduation time! ...
A tip of the cap of appreciation to Frisco Party Station, your neighborhood headquarters for all your graduation party needs! All the neighborhood schools represented -- college and even high school! -- and the party is on!
DONUT 7: Tony Romo's manicure ...
The man who rips Tony Romo for getting a manicure at his wife's urging has too much time on his hands.
And also, presumably has ugly hands.
DONUT 8: What's the secret on Collison's QO? ...
Is it "the Mavs will let Collison go'' vs. "Dallas' qualifying offer on Collison is only $3.3 mil, so this is an easy decision''?
Nope. Both assumptions are wrong.
DB.com has learned exclusively that the actual QO on RFA Darren Collison is exactly $4,531,459 - a QO he'll never get. And yet the Mavs want to juggle Collison back onto the roster using a formula that includes the likes of Dwight Howard.
What's the secret on Darren Collison's QO and how does it involve Dwight? You've got to read our exclusive!
DONUT 9: Glory holes ...
Is the sheetrock in the Bay Area just cheaper grade? Or is there something about the Warriors that makes Faried join Dirk as a creator of holes in walls?
DONUT 10: Thanks to Red Rock! ...
Our North Dallas hangout for sports and live music? It's Red Rock Bar & Grill! They help make DB.com what it is ... thanks, guys!
DONUT 11: Mark Cuban's '7 Stages ...
There is a psychological approach to dealing with lose. ... and a psychological pattern to it.
As we illustrate here, Mark Cuban knows this. Thus, Cuban's "7 Stages of Mavs Grief,'' including Stage 3:
The psychological definition: Frustration gives way to anger, and you may lash out and lay unwarranted blame on someone else.
The Cuban application: A "Dear John'' letter.
"I've already broken up with this season,'' Cuban said. It's time to start looking forward to dating a new season. ... It was definitely 'The Date From Hell.'"
Cuban's point: Every season is like a new girlfriend. And at the end of every season -- a championship season or a mediocre one -- Cuban the boyfriend must break up with that season. So he mentally writes it a "Dear John/Jane'' letter.
And what would he scribble in the note to the 2012-13 season?
He offered one sentence. Featuring three expletives.
This was an angry breakup. But of course Mark handpicked this particular girlfriend, right?
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Will the Lakers use the amnesty provision this summer?
"Can I refer this to Mark Cuban?'' Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak replaued. "He's our amnesty expert.''
Actually, Mitch, your Lakers Amnesty Expert Chart is right here. And when you review it, you'll realize that it appears Cuban's theoretical remark is actually dead-on in terms of Lakers considerations.