Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Rick Carlisle accepts loss of Jason Terry, Jason Kidd
By Jeff Caplan
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was the first to re-sign with the team when he agreed to a four-year contract extension in mid-May. Ten days into July’s free agency and he’s still waiting for someone to join him.
On the day the Mavs introduced their three draft picks, the story line of most interest Tuesday afternoon at the American Airlines Center was a busted free agency period that’s seen the remaining core of the 2011 title team, specifically franchise stalwarts Jason Kidd and Jason Terry, chipped away.
Speaking for the first time publicly since the Mavs lost out on No. 1 free-agent target Deron Williams a week ago, Carlisle said he has accepted the loses of Kidd and Terry, and suggested that the team’s “flow” offensive style could change depending which players the Mavs eventually sign to round out a stripped-down roster that has just seven players under contract.
“With Kidd not being back and Terry not being back, those are two guys whose numbers are going to be hanging in the rafters here, so things will change a little bit,” Carlisle said. “But we’re going to wait and see exactly how much before we decide what things to tweak in our system.”