DONUT 1: The Mavs and Josh Smith. Really?! ...
From a website:
The Mavericks are desperate to put a contending team around Dirk Nowitzki before he retires, and the clock is ticking. The Mavs attempted to lure Smith away at the trade deadline, offering Atlanta anyone not named Dirk in an effort to add him to their mix. Expect Dallas to be at the top of the list of teams looking to sign him as a free agent. The Mavs have few assets to offer in trade, so if the Hawks opt to work a sign-and-trade for Smith the Mavs would likely be out of the running early.
Folks, I could use all 12 Donuts to dissect the things that are wrong with that single paragraph. Here's just a handful:
*The Dirk-related timetable motivation is wrong. There is no more "desperation'' this summer than there will be the summer after that (when Dirk is a free agent and prepping to re-up in Dallas) or in the summer after that (when Dirk is playing on his last contract) or a few summers after that (when The UberMan is retired from the floor but serving the organization in some other capacity.)
*A Dallas Mavericks-Hawks deadline offer? Why? To rent a free-agent-to-be for a non-playoff run? (Or to prepare to lock in max money for Josh?) Dallas engaged in dozens of deadline talks. The one that got media traction was the Paul Pierce idea. If Atlanta was ever involved in those talks, it was about Josh going to Boston in a three-way, not about him coming here as a rental.
(Now, if someone informs me that Dallas considered renting Josh as a lure for his best pal Dwight, I'll write the heck out of it.)
*Smith at the top of Dallas' summer list? Not even close. Heck, even Dwight isn't at the top of the list.
*A lack of assets killing any chances of the Mavs making a sign-and-trade deal? Completely absurd ... and demonstrative of a lack of understanding for how sign-and-trade value often works.
DONUT 2: Who's coming to Dirk's "Heroes'' Game? ...
It's a great chance to visit with the fellas in a completely different -- and often funny -- environment. DB.com is all over the Heroes game every summer ... and Dirk would love for you to join in the fun!
DONUT 3: The Mavs On Saric ...
I suspect the astute Chad Ford is connected enough that he's not just guessing in a Mock Draft connecting the Mavs with Croatia's Dario Saric.
But in case Chad is just guessing?
He's made a darn good guess.
I know what the Mavs' personnel department thinks of Saric, at 19 the best young Euro prospect but with some shortcomings as well. Come inside and learn more about the 6-10, 223-pound "point forward'' -- and more importantly, where Dallas has him ranked on their big board -- in DB.com Premium.
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: "The Thinking Man's Guide To The Double-Pipedream'' ...
Understand, we approach the Mavs' pursuit of Summer of 2013 free-agent gold with trepidation, if not skepticism. We kick around the idea of Dallas not being a "destination city,'' of Dirk's age making this situation less attractive, maybe even of Fate to conspire to limit the Mavs' successes.
But then we allow ourselves to dream a little bit ... and to combine some logic into the dream.
And we come up with "The Thinking Man's Guide To The Double-Pipedream.'' And while there are so many moving parts that need to move in perfect coordination to make it happen, can we begin with this thesis: Paul is more likely to come here if Dwight is also coming here. And Dwight is more likely to come here if Paul is coming here.
That's not a prediction. Far from it. But is that a valid thesis?
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: The DB.com Free Agent Power Rankings ...
Kevin Brolan's tongue is only tickling his cheek a little bit when he composes "The Mavs Free Agency Target Power Rankings'' ... where the top two players are obvious and where certain long-time Mavs enemies can never make the list.
Check out "The Mavs Free Agency Target Power Rankings'' here. ... where, among other things, we begin pondering whether overpaying Nikola Pekovic might be an attractive alternative.
DONUT 8: D-Lord on the Kings' "wedding'' ...
As we head to the NBA Board of Governors vote on Wednesday over the proposed sale of the Kings to a group from Seattle, much will be written about it in the next few days as the vote approaches. For a better understanding, it needs to be recognized that this isn't a going to be an auction. It's a popularity contest.
In the backwoods of northern California, there's a Maloof girl from a large proud clan who wants to marry the rich guy from Seattle and move there, but needs her family's permission to do so. But she's the family favorite at home, so the other 29 members of the family have an affinity for the local suitor who won't take her away and cause chaos for the family.
It's an eclectic family. All of them have money from various sources, some from their stills, others from oil wells, farming, selling lumber, and so on. Some have huge estates, some more modest. The Seattle rich guy would fit right in, and in fact would be one of the wealthiest members of the family.
He offered the dowry* she wanted, and she was wowed and agreed to his marriage proposal, but the family (which hasn't met and voted yet) appears to be inclined to say no. In response, the Seattle guy has offered a bigger and bigger dowry to her to try to persuade more of the family to support his marriage proposal. And the family certainly likes the idea that their daughters will command a high dowry when they are ready to be wed.
But he has an uphill battle: unless he can get 3/4 of the family to vote for him, the marriage is off. Only eight "no'' votes will leave him in the lurch. And they would rather keep her at home.
If they do tell her no, it would then be up to the Maloof girl to decide if she will stay single, marry the local guy, or hold out for the family to change their mind on the rich Seattle guy.
The family business advisor (let's call him David), who doesn't have a vote but who has the ear of the entire family, has been pushing the local guy to try to match the offer from the rich Seattle guy, and prove he is serious. If he does, the thinking goes, when the family votes they won't feel like they're depriving the Maloof girl of a good future by saying no. And David is also secretly hoping that the Seattle guy will come back later and offer the same dowry to one of the less attractive girls in the family, one that the family won't miss if they move to Seattle.
As we get closer and closer to the vote, David keeps trying to get the local guy's potential proposal more attractive and committed. Meanwhile, the Seattle guy wants to get married NOW, and keeps upping his dowry offer.
The Maloof girl has noticed her family's objections. And just today is saying if they refuse to give her permission to wed the rich Seattle guy, she will not marry the local ... but will ask permission to accept a third of the dowry while letting the Seattle guy come to town and be her "platonic'' roommate ... and promises to try to date the local guy.
This sounds like a potentially messy relation.
Can the rich Seattle guy wow them with an offer so stunning that he can persuade almost the entire family that they won't miss her if she moves away? Are there family members who recognize that this isn't an argument about whether the Seattle guy is "Mr. Right'' but rather that there is nothing wrong with the local guy? Can the local guy provide such an attractive alternative in staying home, that at least eight family members will have no interest in the Seattle guy?
They'll decide Wednesday.
DONUT 9: CP3, DH12 and two QOs...
Let's just say there is even the most remote possibility that Chris Paul (Dallas' top choice) and Dwight Howard want in in Dallas.
You've got to stay "Plan Powder'y.'' According to our calculations, the Mavs can easily strip down to exactly $41,811,829 in commitments.
Staying dry is why Darren Collison will never get that $4,531,459 Qualifying Offer, as I reported last week.
Surely, with Roddy Beaubois eligible for a QO of $3,271,952, you can see the Roddy B writing on the wall, can you not?
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DONUT 11: Who wants to design the Mavs unis? ...
Mavs owner Mark Cuban announced Monday a "re-do'' of the club's uniforms for the 2015-16 campaign. Dallas has been innovative in this area before. Remember the greyish "Hefty Bag'' uniforms quickly discarded in 2003? And the P-Diddy influence after that in the all-green unis?
OK, maybe "innovative'' is the wrong word for the Hefty Bags.
"The Mavs are going to re-do our uniforms for the 2015-16 season,'' Cuban writes on his blog, "if we get a unique and original design. What's the best way to come up with creative ideas? You ask for them. So we are going to crowd-source the design and colors of our uniforms.
"You know what an NBA uniform looks like. You know what the Mavs colors are for today and the past. We want some new ideas that stay true to our logo and at least close to our current color schemes. Show us what you got!''
It was in the 2001-02 campaign, Mark Cuban's second full season as owner, when Dallas dumped the green from the uniforms and fully employed multiple logos. It seems the logos are staying. But what is coming? More shades of blue? A touch of silver? Back to the old-school green? Zany lettering? Minimalist stuff? Artsy stuff?
"Steve Jobs said "everything is a remix," wrote Cuban, inviting fans to post the ideas on his BlogMaverick. "Uniforms probably more so than even technology. So we want every post to inspire other ideas and posts.''
Cuban says there will be no compensation promised for the winning design though he "may even throw in some tickets.''
It's not a "contest'' in the sense that there may be a one-man judge and jury as to the winner. But it's certainly a chance for a designer to gain fame (if not fortune). And it's a chance for Dallas' uniforms to break from the mundane … or to revert to the traditional … all along with Cuban in charge – while hoping we recognize the wishes of the crowd and avoid going Dallas Mavericks full Hefty Bag.
And yes, if you would like to sneeringly joke that you are far more concerned with what Cuban puts IN the uniforms than what he puts ON 'em, I hear you.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Jerry Jones had surgery to correct an eye problem. Ah, that explains why he's always seen the Cowboys as Super Bowl contenders.