As somewhat of a footnote on the Mavs’ release regarding the addition of James Singleton, the Mavs have put Greg Buckner on waivers. Thus ends the mini saga/purgatory/daydream of turning Buckner’s contract into something constructive. It was fun while it lasted, but it seems that Greg Buckner’s “instantly expiring” contract (for those not in the know, Buckner’s deal was worth over $4 million in a trade, but only $1 million of that salary was guaranteed if Buckner were to be waived — hence the motive to waive Buck) will bear no value that can’t be measured in dollars.
There’s no Stephen Jackson to be had, but waiving Buckner does at least make an attempt at solving the roster problem. What was 17 players trying to fit into 15 spots is now 16, and a trade involving Buck would possibly have only compounded the logjam and piled up salary. Instead, the Mavs have but one decision to make while saving Mark Cuban a pretty penny. Waiving Buckner was always an option, and you can’t blame the Mavs for cashing in on the savings.