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Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Fantasy GM, Part V: Biedrins anyone?

By Jeff "Skin" Wade

For Part V of our fantasy offseason series, we continue with the philosophy that Dallas will have to utilize Erick Dampier’s non-guaranteed contract trade asset for something other than a superstar in a sign-and-trade. In Week One, we rolled out the thought process of using Brendan Haywood as a sign-and-trade asset himself as opposed to the team’s primary center. We’ll continue with that theme and look at a replacement. Target: Andris Biedrins.

Biedrins
Andris Biedrins is one season removed from averaging 11 and 11 at the age of 23, and the Mavs could surely use his lively body along their front line as they try to add youth to this team.
The Basics: There’s plenty to like about Biedrins. He’s a young guy (24) who goes hard. He’s a big time rebounder, averaging 8 per 24 minutes for his career. He’s not polished offensively by any means, but he knows his limitations as evidenced by his career 60 percent shooting clip. There are also some red flags. He’s missed 69 games the last two seasons and he’ll be paid a healthy $9 million a year for the next four seasons. And he finds himself in foul trouble frequently (3.4 per 24 minutes for his career). But he’s one season removed from averaging 11 and 11 at the age of 23, and the Mavs could surely use his lively body along their front line as they try to add youth to this team.

The How: This would be a straight salary dump move for the Golden State Warriors, so the Mavericks would have to ask for a little salary relief as well. Dallas would send Dampier and Matt Carroll (owed $4.3 million next season and $7.4 million for the next two seasons after that) plus some cash for Biedrins and Vladimir Radmanovic (one year remaining at $6.9 million).

The Why: For Dallas this would be about getting a lively young frontline player with good size (6-11/240 lbs) that’s had some success in the league. Dallas would still bring back Damp at minimal money to have a rotation of bigs. And it’d allow them to utilize Haywood in a sign-and-trade.

Golden State was rumored to want to move Biedrins at the trade deadline last February to get out from underneath his big contract. If they don’t get a good young big at #6 in the draft in a few weeks, they’re supposedly interested in flipping Anthony Randolph for Kevin Love. If the Mavericks could talk Golden State into Carroll’s inclusion (the deal could be done without him from a salary cap standpoint) and giving them the cash to ease the burden for this upcoming season, then the Warriors would still save close to $11.5 million for next season. For a team pushing closer to new ownership, that’s a tidy sum to spend. They could use it to keep their good young players like Anthony Morrow or C.J. Watson or it could be utilized in another trade or in pursuit of other free agents on the market.

The Bottom Line: Again, this certainly isn’t as exciting as acquiring a premiere free agent through sign-and-trade means, but Dallas would improve their roster while still maintaining the flexibility to make other moves with Haywood as S&T bait and approximately $24 million in expiring deals for 2011. It’s more realistic than the wonderful dream of the superstar.  But is it enough to keep Mavs fans optimistic about the future?