Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on September 4, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • The biggest Mav-centric news of late: Dirk’s ex-fiancee is, contrary to earlier reports and speculation, not pregnant.  I have no idea what happened from point A to point B and I don’t care to guess, but I’m glad Dirk won’t have to go through all the custody hoopla.
  • Pro Basketball News’ Tony Mejia might be the Mavs’ new best friend.  Shortly after being Mav-friendly in his top 100 rankings, he ranked Rodrigue Beaubois as the 9th best player in the rookie class.  That’s above Jordan Hill, Steph Curry, Hasheem Thabeet, Earl Clark, Terrence Williams…and the list goes on.  Mejia explains the basis for his rankings: “These rookie rankings are based on an a projection of future accomplishments, upside, team role and general worthiness of swagger.”  While I’m glad to see Beaubois getting some love, I’m none too pleased about this terrible misuse of ‘swagger.’
  • Mark Cuban on James Singleton, via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: “The fact that he hasn’t to this point has us a little upset…It means he is looking for any deal he can find, dragging us along rather than committing to us knowing that with the second year [as a Maverick] under his belt, he becomes an early-bird free agent next year…If he doesn’t want to be here, we would rather he just revoke the qualifier and become a full free agent.”
  • Cubes on Greg Buckner, via the same Sefko piece: “Buck won’t be here…We will either make him part of a deal or free him up so he can get another job. It’s not fair to him to just drag it along.”
  • According to ESPN’s panel of NBAers, the Mavs will finish 5th in the West.  They also got exactly one vote of confidence for winning the West outright in the Playoffs.
  • Sean Deveney of the The Baseline comprised a list of the ten worst contracts in the NBA…and our man Damp doesn’t make the cut.  CELEBRATE GOOD TIMES, COME ON!
  • Team USA big wig Jerry Colangelo speculates on Jason Kidd’s future in international play, and echoes the thoughts of almost everyone on the planet: Kidd is done.
  • Mike Fisher gives the Mavs the Then and Now treatment.
  • Old news by now, but not mentioned here: Cuban still has a beef with the SEC.