Cash 1, Patience 0.

As their team fights for first place while struggling not to go bankrupt, I can't imagine how much Texas Rangers fans must salivate at the thought of having Cuban as their owner. Oh, and speaking of money and moxie, hey, Ross Perot Jr., how's Cuban's supposed "insolvency" looking right about now?

Because of Cuban's ability and willingness to spend, the Mavs can at least take another healthy swing at a curveball that's baffled them since Michael Finley left town in 2005. The Mavs' search for a consistent shooting guard has led them through Marquis Daniels, Adrian Griffin, Doug Christie, Rawle Marshall, Greg Buckner, Maurice Ager, Trenton Hassell, Devean George, Eddie Jones, Jerry Stackhouse, Antoine Wright, Gerald Green, Shan Foster and Jason Terry.

Dominique Jones might finally be the answer.

He's 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-9 wingspan. Not a pure distance shooter, but more of a creative, physical scorer. He reminds us of Joe Dumars, maybe Jerry Stackhouse. Last season he was the only player in college basketball to average 21 points, six rebounds and three assists. If not next year, he at least gives fans hopes of a dynamic backcourt in the future, along with Roddy Beaubois.

"With kids coming out of college right away, he has what we would consider kind of a pro ability to get his own shot and create," Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said. "We think he's a unique guy."

Added Nelson, "We added an important piece in the draft, and we still kept our powder dry for free agency."

This summer the Mavs will develop Beaubois (Nelson says they rejected a lottery pick trade offer for him). This summer the Mavs will cross their fingers that Jones is their long-awaited two-guard solution. This summer the Mavs will aim high and dream huge at landing a blue-chip free agent.

But, mostly, this summer the Mavs will try to convince Dirk Nowitzki to remain a Dallas Maverick.

Weird, huh?

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