Marc Stein of ESPN.com tweeted that the Mavs were informed that they were informed they were out of the running for Dwight Howard.
Mark Cuban informed ESPNDallas.com and other media that they were officially out of the mix. “Got word we are out of the DH sweepstakes. We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out . It was truly an experience. At some point I will post our video and presentation we made.”
“I have no idea what team he is going to,” Cuban wrote in the e-mail. “They wouldn’t tell me.”
“We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out. It was truly an experience. … So it’s on to Plan B.”
Time to get back to work. The Mavs are back open for business.
— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 5, 2013
USA Today was informed that the Houston Rockets would be the team that Dwight Howard picked as his next team to play for. Yahoo! Sports learned that Dwight Howard hasn’t informed anyone that he has made a final decision and that it is between Houston and Los Angeles. The chaos still continues.
While the Mavs were in the mix, everyone needs to remember that they were just one team in a race with multiple teams to get Howard. It wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Howard was going to pick them.
All the logic and planning in the world can still lead to negative results. That’s just a part of life, and that’s what has happened to the Mavs. They realized that 2012 had the potential to have Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams hit free agency. There were even reports that suggested that Paul and Howard were ready to team up in Dallas, but Howard’s waffling (shocking) got in the way. Ultimately, trades occurred that sent Howard and Paul to different teams and that left the Mavs with their pursuit of Deron Williams.
The Mavs ultimately didn’t get Williams. Whether that was fine by them or not remains to be seen. They were content trying to pursue the options of Paul and Howard this summer. As we now know, they came up empty handed again.
To say that the Mavs have the inability to sign a big name free agent is true but still very flawed. They have only had cap space for this summer and last summer, so this is the only true window that the Mavs have had to sign a big name free agent. On top of that, history shows that most big name free agents don’t leave their current teams. With that, the Mavs still believed that three of them would originally be available, so that would increase their odds. With the way the situations were taking shape, the odds were suggesting Dallas would be able to nab at least one of them.
They did plan, but they could have done things a little better. The idea of letting the championship core of 2011 is completely logical. The results of the playoffs over the last year or so show that it shows that there was a strong case that 2011 was lightning in a bottle. There is logic in letting that cast of characters go. You can say, but what about Tyson Chandler? It’s possible that they could have flipped him or that Deron Williams might have seen that as a lucrative situation, but we don’t know that for sure.
Dallas isn’t infallible in this situation. There is that planning and self-realization they made with 2011, but there is a struggle to see players like Dominique Jones, Roddy Beaubois and Jared Cunningham come into the mix and see none of them pan out. History somewhat suggests that the Mavs are somewhat skeptical of the draft based on the fact of their recent results and the fact that they end up trading for past lottery picks after they’ve established their true value in the draft.
Now, they are in a situation where they truly can move forward and figure out what they are going to do next. The challenge will be figuring out what Plan B truly is. There is a million different ways they can go, but it’s not a given that any of them will truly lead to immediate success.
Do they try to move in on Houston and take the pieces they are trying to unload? Is it Monta Ellis? Is it Andrew Bynum? Is it Paul Millsap? Is it overpaying Nikola Pekovic? Do the Mavs ultimately decide to blow it up and trade Dirk Nowitzki? How do they really tackle their two-year plan now? All of these questions will come up, and they will have to come up with very difficult answers to them.
They got their first answer on Friday afternoon. Now it is time to move on.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He also attended Ball So Hard University. Bryan channels his inner-Clark Kent on a day-to-day basis. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.