Today is the first big day of the offseason for the Mavs and the rest of the league. Donnie Nelson had the funny saying, “If my lips are moving I’m lying.” That’s something to keep in mind as the draft approaches.
Social media is a gift and curse. The day of the draft is a gift for social media as you can keep track of everything that is presented. With so many things that can change between now and the actual draft, The Two Man Game will keep you covered leading up to the draft. Consider this a hub of sorts, providing you with the information that is being presented. It will be a stop you can make to stay in the loop with everything if you can’t keep up with the information.
Chad Ford of ESPN.com reported that the Mavs could be in the midst of a bidding war with the 13th pick being the prize. Ford said that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been the most aggressive suitor, but the Bucks, Hawks and Nets are also trying to get up there. The target appears to be Sergey Karasev.
Thought: This is a good thing for the Mavs. If you have $20 dollars and people are willing to give you $20 dollars of value and something in addition, you’ll certainly look at finding the best option. The Mavs will likely wait until the last possible moment on the clock to make a decision in regards to the 13th pick.
Dennis Schroeder also has no interest in being "stashed" overseas. That's why the Celtics probably don't take him at 16.
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2013
Thought: You’re starting to hear players say that they’re not interested in being stashed overseas. They could being saying that on the account of their agents telling them to do so. What’s the immediate reaction for most teams when they hear that? It’s probably something along the lines of “Ruh Roh.” People can lie, and maybe they’re saying this to detract teams from selecting them so the team they want to play on will have a better shot. Just know there’s always a possible hidden agenda at this point in the game.
Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Mavs will not be trading Shawn Marion or Vince Carter tonight. Sefko said that the team will also no be looking to trade with Oklahoma City in order to complete their complicated trade that goes back to the Lamar Odom acquisition. Finally, he said the Mavs are “not unequivocally” shopping the 13th pick.
Thought: That bit of information about Marion and Carter is likely a sigh of relief for fans. Those two are fan favorites and can still be valuable contributors to any version of the 2013-2014 Mavs. Keep in mind, there is still the option of having Marion exercise his option on or before June 29 and restructuring his deal at a reduced rate.
The last part is very interesting. The decision the Mavs make tonight with the 13th pick will have a consequence of some kind. Every choice or decision has an influence on the future. If they make the pick and keep it, it may suggest they don’t feel confident on their chances of acquiring a big free agent. It could also mean they can use that draft pick in the future as a trade chip. If they make the pick and trade it and get nothing of significance in return, they’ll save roughly $1.6 million in cap space. That means they’ll have more room to work with in regards to making a push for free agents. The decision tonight will shed more light on the philosophical approach the Mavs will make this summer.
Ken Berger of CBS Sports believes that the Mavs could be interested in Shabazz Muhammad. According to Berger, the Mavs are one of the teams that have shown the most interest in Muhammad.
Thought: That would be an interesting decision. This would fall in line with the theory that the Mavs would be interested if he was a player that fell in the draft once the 13th pick came. If he’s not selected around the 7th or 8th pick, this situation will likely need to be monitored with more serious interest. Again, the Mavs have plenty of options to work with.
Chad Ford’s latest mock draft has Trey Burke being available at 13 for the Mavs.
Thoughts: Burke falling to 13 would be a major surprise in the scheme of the draft. He is a point guard who can distribute and get things for himself. He has the ability to stretch the floor with his range and play on a big stage. His ability as a player can’t be questioned.
Would the Mavs be interested in him? I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t be interested. Could he fit what Cuban said leading up to the drat, being a player who suddenly falls in the draft and slides to 13 where they feel like he’s a great fit? Would the asking price for 13 go up even more with Burke being available? The rub would be trying to determine how they value him. He would easily be the starting point guard on this current roster. At his price tag, it would make sense to keep him or use him as an asset in a trade. As usual, the options are always open for the Mavs. If Burke was there, that would certainly be interesting.
In a surprise move, Dirk Nowitzki spoke to the media before.
Here is what he had to say:
On his level of excitement about being involved in the draft: “I’m really excited. I’m really interested in the process and to see what’s going on and what kind of decisions we make. Maybe I’ll be more involved once my career is over, so I think is definitely something I was interested in seeing and this year being here. And we have a first-round pick, a lottery pick, which we obviously haven’t had in a long, long time. It should be interesting.”
“We want to get better. That’s obvious. Really, I’m not sure what kind of players we’re looking at. If you look at our roster, we have like five guys under contract, so we need help left and right. We could use a point guard, we could definitely use some shooting, we could use athletes on the wing for defending, we can use some bigs. So, honestly, if you look at the draft, it doesn’t really have the one, two, three star players, but I think it’s deep enough where you could find something at 13 where they could come in and be a solid player. But I guess Cubes has been rumored, might still be looking at trading down to save some cap room for some of the big guys we’re going for. I guess that’s something we’ll find out here in the next couple of hours, but I’m excited to go through the process and see what happens.”
On Dwight Howard: “I reached out to him. That’s about probably as far as I would go. I reached out to him and told him we’d love to happen. That’s really about it. It’s not like we call each other every day. I haven’t written him a letter. We’ve just had a little phone contact and that’s about it.
“He’s doing well, he’s doing well. I guess he’s just weighing out his options. He didn’t really say anything that was newsworthy. He’s just weighing out his options. I’m sure he has a couple of meetings set up for whenever that might be in early July. Hopefully, the Mavs are one of those teams and we’ll go from there.”
How would you feel about playing with Dwight: “To me, when he’s healthy, he’s the most dominant big man in the league. He showed it at the end of the season when he was right and what he can still do and can dominate on both ends of the floor if he’s healthy. He can still use his athleticism. He’s a beast on both ends of the floor. I’d love to play with a guy you can throw the ball in the post and I’ll just be out there spreading the floor. On the defensive end of the floor, a guy who can protect the rim like that is obviously a luxury. We’d love to have him, but so would the other teams with cap room which is a couple. We’ll just wait and see what happens.”