Monday, June 13, 2011

Spinning the champion Mavericks forward

The NBA offseason is upon us! Lets take a look at the champion Mavericks offseason free agents and possible replacements.

Dallas Maverics 2011 free agents:
J.J. Barea
Caron Butler
Brian Cardinal
Tyson Chandler
DeShawn Stevenson
Peja Stojakovic

This is quite a list for Dallas. First on the list is J.J. Barea who made himself a lot of money this postseason. Dallas also has Rodrigue Beaubois under contract who is a similar player to Barea and the Mavericks have high hopes for Beaubois. Depending on the price Barea is seeking and if 38 year-old Jason Kidd returns, Barea could be a cap casualty for the Mavericks and playing in another city next season (the Lakers and Heat got a good look at Barea and need youth and quickness at the PG position).
Possible Destinations: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat.
Possible replacement: Rodrigue Beaubois (already under contract with Dallas) or Aaron Brooks (restricted free-agent)

Caron Butler is the most interesting free-agent on Dallas' roster. When Butler was healthy this season, Dallas rolled past everybody, but Dallas also won a championship without him playing a minute in the playoffs. Butler is one of those guys who did not help himself financially going into what could be a very restricted free-agency period financially in the NBA. Mark Cuban is known to spend a lot of money and I believe that he will go over the cap to retain Caron Butler on the hopes that he returns from his injury.
Possible Destinations: Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets
Possible Replacement: Jeff Green (restricted free-agent), Ray Allen (player option), Tayshaun Prince (unrestricted free-agent), Shannon Brown (player option)

Brian Cardinal and Peja Stojakovic will only be on the Mavericks next year if they play for the veteran minimum. No need to list replacements or destinations because they are insignificant.

Tyson Chandler is a strong character guy and allows Dirk to relax a little bit defensively. He is a classic "glue guy" and needs to be retained.
Possible Destination: Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, and Memphis Grizzlies
Possible Replacements: Marc Gasol (restricted free-agent), Greg Oden (restricted free-agent), Yao Ming (unrestricted free-agent likely to retire)

DeShawn Stevenson rounds out this rather hefty list and has some vaule, especially defensively. Unfortunately for Stevenson, there are a number of free-agents that are just like him so he can not expect a large payday.
Possible Destination: Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks
Possible Replacements: Shannon Brown (unrestricted free-agent), Shane Battier (unrestricted free-agent), Andrei Kirilenko (unrestricted free-agent), and Tayshaun Prince (unrestricted free-agent).

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