NBA Free Agency Commences in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

So, the Mavs made a big deal yet? Well, GM Donnie Nelson promised a "very active summer," so let's hop to it.

Actually, though NBA free agency is just hatching, Dallas may be already making progress. That is, if you consider re-signing Jason Kidd progress. Kidd may not be the Mavs' most important signing this off-season, but he's by far their most important re-signing.

If Kidd walks - without compensation - I'm crowing about the disastrous Devin Harris trade, re-writing the Steve Nash nightmare and the Mavs immediately nosedive into rebuilding. Kidd isn't a consistently elite point guard anymore, but without him they can wipe "championship" off the 2009-10 grease-board goals.

Good news: Dallas' Only Daily's Eddie Sefko says owner Mark Cuban is already at Kidd's front door in New York, hopefully beating the Knicks to the pitch punch.

More good news: The Mavs have money and bargaining chips to fill their needs.

Drafting Frenchman Rodrigue Beabois did nothing for next year's team, but with the mid-level exception and the flexible contracts of Jerry Stackhouse and Erick Dampier Dallas should get busy getting better. Plus, Sports Illustrated ranks Dallas as the No. 6 destination for free agents.

How's this for a summer schedule?

1. Re-sign Jason Kidd and Brandon Bass.

2. Trade Stackhouse/Dampier for something close to Emeka Okafor/Vladimir Radmanovic.

3. Sign Ben Gordon.

4. Don't sign Rasheed Wallace.

5. Break Yao Ming's foot.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.