Rumor Mongering: Marc Stein H8s Trade Rumors

Posted by Rob Mahoney on February 16, 2009 under Rumors | Read the First Comment

Or at least you’d think so.  Stein tackled a few of the more popular Mavs rumors out there, hopefully stopping any momentum on some of the more underwhelming offers floating around the mainstream media:

There are a couple GMs out there who believe that the Trail Blazers will enter (or have entered) the Vince bidding. Dallas, by contrast, continues to say that it won’t.

The Nets would want Josh Howard in such a deal and the Mavs, according to club sources, have no intention of making Howard available for a Carter swap.

Dallas insists that it’s interested in Carter only if the most valuable trade chip it surrenders is Jerry Stackhouse’s virtual expiring contract (which has only $2 million guaranteed in 2009-10). As covered in Thursday night’s Daily Dime, one Mavs source went so far as to claim that the Nets would have to include rookie center Brook Lopez to change that stance, which obviously isn’t happening.

The Mavs believe that the recent arrival of Darrell Armstrong as an assistant coach — after Armstrong’s influence was badly missed in the locker room in the final, fateful days of Avery Johnson’s run as Mavs coach — gives Howard a confidante on the staff who can help keep him engaged after a rough year-plus for the former All-Star.

The swingman Dallas has actually been chasing, sources say, is Sacramento’s Salmons, but the Kings want the Mavs to take back Beno Udrih as well since they don’t have a first-round pick to sweeten the deal. But Udrih won’t be Dallas-bound with three years and nearly $20 million left on his contract after this season.

I like the Mavs’ hard stance on Vince Carter.  Howard would seem a steep price to nab a scorer poised to decline in production and increase in salary.  But you already knew that.

I’m also pretty excited that the team isn’t high on Beno Udrih.  I’m not sure how anybody could be at this point.  I wouldn’t mind adding Salmons to the squad — his slightly above average production warrants his midlevel contract.  Udrih is definitely a deal-breaker for me, though.

Stein’s trade frenzy also brings up a point that hasn’t been discussed here in any length, and that’s the impact of trades on the rest of the West.  Terry Porter’s firing in Phoenix would definitely seem to help the Mavs (and the rest of the West hoping to stay in the hunt for the playoffs or homecourt advantage), and a major trade for Phoenix, New Orleans, San Antonio, or Portland could significantly alter the playoff picture.  There’s no point in digging through the rumors for all of those teams, but we’ll talk if anything seems imminent.

  • Jeffro83

    I think the players we should be concentrating on are Stephen Jackson and maybe even Monta Ellis, depending on how highly the Warriors still view him.

    My question is, what do we have, aside from Josh Howard, that would realistically appeal to Don Nelson and the Warriors? I don’t think Stackhouse, and on of our interchangable young guys/low contracts at the end of the bench would be enough. Think about it from the Warriors perspective.

    They would probably want the young guy to be Brandon Bass, something I would be very hesitant to do because he gives you something significant as an athletic, physical offensive low post player. I don’t know that his ceiling is much higher than the level he is currently playing at, but if he only improves moderately, he’s a wonderful first back up big off the bench for a contender.

    So is there anything we could deal Golden State that might appeal to them that would not include Bass or Howard?

    Is Stackhouse, Antoine Wright, and $3 million in cash enough? Even then, we would be giving up our the only young swingman with any NBA ready basketball skill (and what I would argue is a fair amount of upside) that we have for a 30 year old player with 5 years and Josh Howard-type money.

    All that said a starting 5 of:

    C Dampier
    PF Nowitzki
    SF Howard
    SG S. Jackson
    PG Kidd

    and a rotation that adds

    Terry
    Bass
    Barea

    Has a chance to challenge the top teams in the West. If the Mavs upgrade, a matchup against Bynum-less Laker team is not a forgone conclusion as it currently would be.

    Lets make a deal Mavs…