The Dallas Mavericks, just a season removed from a NBA Championship, now appear to be at the start of a long rebuilding process after their off season plans have seemingly fallen apart. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area, both the Mavericks and the Texas Rangers have hoarded some of the glory reserved in the past for America’s Team. But the Mavs recent front office breakdown only highlights the terrific off season the Dallas Cowboys were able to pull off this year.
The Maverick;s troubles began last year after their championship run. Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, and their front office refused to re-sign key members of that championship team (Tyson Chandler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea) to make a free agent run at Dwight Howard and Deron Williams this year. Unfortunately, Williams decided to stay in New Jersey and Howard is out of reach due to a lack of equivalent trade bait.
The loss of these free agents seemed to have marked the end of the current Dallas Mavericks era. It’s players can sense the ship is sinking and they are jumping off. Jason Terry a.k. a. “The Jet” has signed with the Boston Celtics. And future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd has now signed with the New York Knicks. Lamar Odom, who was let go before the playoffs last year for poor play and a poor attitude, has now signed with the L.A. Clippers.
The Mavericks also used a play out of the Cowboys old playbook during the 2012 NBA Draft and traded down from pick #17 to acquire picks #24, #33, and #34. In doing so, I believe they passed on picking a possible superstar in Ohio State Forward Jared Sullinger. Sullinger is a top ten talent who dropped to #21 due to injury concerns.
On the other hand, the Dallas Cowboys are coming off a great offseason. They actually landed their big free agent in CB Brandon Carr. They also added QB Kyle Orton, FB Lawrence Vickers, and LB Dan Connor. They also made moves to sure-up their offensive line. And the Cowboys actually made the biggest splash in the NFL Draft this year by trading up from #14 to #6 to acquire CB Morris Claiborne.
Things are looking up in “Big D” for the Cowboys just as things appear to be on the downward turn for the Mavericks. I can not believe I’m saying this but let’s hope Cuban can take a cue from Jerry Jones this off season and pull off a big move or Dirk Nowitzki is going to be very unhappy and very lonely.