The Dallas Mavericks will re-sign Dirk Nowitzki. General manager Donnie Nelson is flying to Germany as we speak to make sure of it, with a plan to be on Dirk's doorstep at 11:01 tonight when NBA free agency commences.
But a couple of developments have me thinking that might be Dallas' biggest splash of the off-season.
Though I have Mavs sources saying the team will be granted at least a face-to-face meeting with LeBron James, a story yesterday indicates that the Cleveland Cavaliers will not listen to sign-and-trade offers for the most coveted free agent in the history of sports.
Another story says Dwyane Wade is orchestrating a deal that would land himself, LeBron and Chris Bosh all in Miami with the Heat.
I know owner Mark Cuban is on the west coast and head coach Rick Carlisle will be stationed in the east, but the Mavericks might be realistically left with ...
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As I wrote this week, the Mavericks haven't had a true shooting guard since, oh, Rolando Blackman and not a consistent producer at the position since Michael Finley. Adding a third-team All-NBA player to the mix can't be a bad thing.
But is it a big enough thing?
If the Mavericks re-sign Dirk, promise to play Roddy Beaubois and add Johnson, would that be enough to get you excited about another long regular season in 2010-11?