Heard It Through the Weekend Grapevine 3-22-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 22, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: “Donnie Nelson, the club’s president of basketball operations, is at the NCAA regional in Kansas City. Keith Grant, the team’s assistant general manager, traveled with the team to Atlanta for Thursday’s game, then left for the Miami regional. The Mavericks have scouts at the six other sites as well. ‘This is a good time for Donnie and myself to see a lot of guys in one setting,’ Grant said. ‘We haven’t been out like the scouts have. It’s good for us to see a few more teams in one spot.’” Glad to see the scouts going to work.  This draft pick is an incredibly important one in the context of where the Mavs go from here, and it’s crucial that the Mavs make the most out of their selection or somehow manufacture it (along with other assets) to bring back a contributing piece.  Despite the fact that this draft class is pretty weak at the top in my opinion (news of the world crumbling at Blake Griffin’s feet appear overstated), there are good players ripe for the picking if you play your cards right.  The Mavs are currently pencilled in for pick #20; NBADraft.net has them picking Wake Forest’s James Johnson, and DraftExpress has them picking Jonny Flynn out of Syracuse in their respective mock drafts.  Personally, I’ve got my eye on Flynn, DeJuan Blair, Darren Collison, Ty Lawson, and Tyreke Evans.  Some of those could be hopeful, but we’ll have to wait and see.
  • Could Antoine Wright be the defensive stopper the Mavs’ need him to be?  And if he is, how many eyes remain intently focused solely on Jason Kidd and Jason Terry’s inability to guard point guards?
  • Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com with an unexpected focus for the Mavs’ potential success in the coming stretch:   “One other reason JJB must be counted on this week (whether he comes off the bench behind Jason Terry or not) are this week’s matchups. Golden State comes in here Wednesday, and JJB can on paper match up a bit with Monte Ellis. Denver comes in here on Friday and JJB’s quicks will be helpful against Chauncey. I’m not sure I’m predicting a big week for JJB. What I’m predicting is that Dallas could sure use a big week from him.”
  • Jason Terry is a wise man.  So wise, in fact, that he understands the value in rest, and more importantly, an off-day during a competitive playoff race (via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News): “‘This win is huge,’ Terry said. ‘This keeps Phoenix off our heels. Now we get four days to rest up and let the other teams beat up on each other.’”