Thursday, December 8, 2011
Mavs' plan now reality as future awaits
By Jeff Caplan
The Dallas Mavericks' plan for the 2010-11 season came into focus last Wednesday when Tyson Chandler told ESPN.com that he didn't think he would be back. Perhaps that plan should have been identified back in July when Chandler expressed disappointment that the Mavs didn't extend him before the lockout.
But, it was easy to explain that away. With a new collective bargaining agreement yet to be hammered out, but promising a harsher set of salary cap rules, how could the Mavs possibly offer a contract without knowing the rules?
The clues were there for a week week now, but today it became official: The title team will not return.
"As a player, you've won it once and you'd obviously love to have the same crew back and defend our title that way," Dirk Nowitzki said. "But, we understand that it's a business. So, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens."
Don't be surprised if Barea's departure is next.
As for key arrivals? Mark Cuban is banking that happens starting July 2012.