Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on July 6, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Mark Cuban, with exactly what Mavs fans hoped to hear (via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News): “This is hopefully the first of several deals to come in the next couple weeks.”
  • John Hollinger uses the Kidd signing as a springboard to explain three themes of this year’s free agency, which hasn’t been kind to restricted FAs.
  • Brandon Bass’ agent, Tony Dutt, on the contract negotiations with the Mavs (via Tim MacMahon of the DMN Mavs Blog): “We’re making some progress, but we’re not there yet,” Dutt said. “We’re not there at all. All I can say is that we’re making progress. I’m not going to say it’s a bad offer [made by the Mavs], but it’s not where we’re trying to go.”  Dutt also notes that Brandon would give Mark Cuban one last chance to match any offer before he makes a commitment.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “…this team has loads of cap flexibility, starting next summer. Starting this summer, actually. Heaps of cap flexibility. Room to move. Beaucoup de options. If rumors are true and Kidd signed a three-year deal in the $25 million range, then he’s overpaid. No way around it. But the team also has Erick Dampier turning in with an unguaranteed deal worth about $13 million for 2010-11, a contract that figures to be worth its weight in gold on the trading market. Same for Josh Howard, who has a team option for a little under $12 million for 2010-11. Those are huge, huge chips. Chips bigger than any combination of unguaranteed deals we saw shift hands during this offseason, and this offseason saw guys like Richard Jefferson and Shaquille O’Neal switch teams for the pittance of unguaranteed deals and expiring contracts…Bottom line, even with Kidd coming back at a price that doesn’t suit his talents? The Mavericks can ship out something like $39 million worth of expiring deals between now and February. Or, the team can just hold serve, go for those 50 wins again (go get ‘em, tigers!), and become major players on perhaps the most storied offseason for free agents in NBA history…This works. And though Kidd and Dirk might be on the downside of a pair of fabulous careers, the team has a smart owner who is willing to pay the luxury tax, a fantastic coach, and loads of options. It wants to win, and it’ll pay to win. A dangerous combination, in any economy.”
  • FanHouse’s Tom Ziller with a friendly little reminder: “And, if you’re keeping track, Harris, the now 26-year-old point guard Kidd replaced, the kid who is by most objective standards a superior player to Kidd, will be paid over the next three years a total of … $25.3 million. Well done, Mavericks.”