Dallas Mavericks: 2012 free agency

Mavs have made pitch, Nets now up

July, 2, 2012
7/02/12
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ESPN.com's Marc Stein is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks' sitdown with top free agent target Deron Williams is over and that the Brooklyn Nets are now engaging the three-time All-Star.

There is no indication when Williams will ultimately make his decision.

The Mavs trio of president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, head coach Rick Carlisle and special consultant Michael Finley met with the Williams in New York for approximately two hours.

The Nets have also reportedly completed a trade for Hawks guard Joe Johnson, hoping the move will help sway Williams to commit to becoming the face of the franchise as it makes the move to Brooklyn.

And hanging in the balance of all this is Jason Kidd, who seems set to follow Williams.

Delonte West awaits Deron Williams dominoes

July, 2, 2012
7/02/12
8:00
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D-Day is finally here. Deron Williams will sit down with representatives from the Dallas Mavericks and then the Brooklyn Nets today to hear both franchises' plans to build a contender around the three-time All-Star.

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In the next 48 hours -- maybe less, maybe more -- one franchise will celebrate the prospect of a bold, new future with Williams as the other is left scrambling to regroup.

Williams' decision will have a ripple effect for teams and free agents across the league, including Mavs free agents such as Jason Terry and Delonte West. If Williams signs, those two are practically assured of playing elsewhere. For Terry, it would end a remarkable eight-year run in Dallas. His situation seems to be halted by Ray Allen, who is being pursued by the Celtics, Heat and others. Terry would like to re-sign with Dallas and the Mavs would like to have him back, but only if the finances work.

West, who joined the Mavs in December, took to Twitter a few nights ago to publicly recruit Williams to Dallas. The irony is that if Williams' signs, it would essentially seal West's exit. The money just won't be there.

"That’s all right. If you don’t have loyalty, you have nothing," West said Saturday as the hours ticked down to free agency. "Right now, I’m a Dallas Maverick and if I can do anything to help out and make this team better, that’s what I’ll do. If that’s my ticket out the door, hey, that’s something that comes along down the road. But right now, I'm trying to do everything I can to make my team better and get back to a championship."

How many teams are interested in signing the uniquely quirky and intense, 6-foot-3 combo guard, and how much they're willing to pay and for how many years is not clear. West, who quickly endeared himself to his Dallas teammates and coach Rick Carlisle, said he is confident the Mavs are interested.

But that would seem possible only in the case that Williams re-signs with the Brooklyn Nets. West is determined to end a two-year run of one-year, minimum contracts. Those contracts came on the heels of his unfortunate 2009 arrest, but West believes he has proven both his value on the court and that he is not a risk, even as he deals daily with bi-polar disorder, away from the arena.

"I would like to see a team offer me something based off my skill set, not off of something that happened three, four years ago," West said. "The guys in this free agency, when you see the type of contracts that they’ll be offered and really take a look at what they do, and you compare it to what I bring to the floor, you might see two points or three points more over here, maybe a few more assists, but you look at everything I bring to the game and the defense that I do, I’m going to be on that guy.

"That’s what I’m hoping for, a team that looks at the skill, what I bring to a team. Pay me based on that rather than when I was making stupid decisions."

West averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 44 games for Dallas. He missed nearly a third of the 66-game season with a gruesome fractured right ring finger that required surgery. It was the second consecutive season that West has missed large chunks of the season with an injury. He played in just 24 games in 2010-11 and hasn't played in as many as 69 games since 2006-07 with the Boston Celtics, the team that drafted him 24th overall in 2004.

West said he'd like to agree to terms as quickly as possible so he can take advantage of a team's facilities, coaches and trainers. He predicted next season "to be the best year of my career."

He'd like a contract with equal promise.

"I look at the top free agents at my position, and you really look at it and you really say, 'I’m not in that group of guys?'" West said. "And you see us match up and I’ll play one of those guys and you say I’m really not in that group? I think they know that. I'm just praying and hoping a team sees what I bring to a team and where I’m at in my career, just scratching my prime. I’m a young man with tons of playoff experiences. That’s it."

And as soon as Williams makes up his mind, West can get on with the start of the rest of his career.

C.J. Miles dines with Rick Carlisle in N.Y.

July, 1, 2012
7/01/12
9:46
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Either C.J. Miles and Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle just happened to bump into one another at a New York sushi joint or Miles' hometown team has an interest in bringing the free agent back to Dallas.

The Utah Jazz shooting guard who starred at Dallas Skyline High School tweeted Sunday night that he and Carlisle were having dinner together:
"Great dinner and meeting in NYC at Atlantic Grill w/ Coach Carlisle ... Sushi is amazing get the Sweet and Spicy roll!!

Miles followed that up with a second tweet:
"Can most definitely see why players like and play well for him .."

Miles, a former teammates of Deron Williams' with the Jazz, has long expressed a desire to play for his hometown team, something the Mavs certainly hope Williams will choose to do after Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and special consultant Michael Finley meet with the All-Star point guard Monday in New York.

However, if Williams opts to play for the Mavs, that could end their pursuit of the lanky, 6-foot-6 Miles because of limited cap space, said a source close to the situation. It's certainly not impossible depending on other roster maneuverings, including a possible sign-and-trade.

Miles, who has spent all seven of his seasons with the Jazz after entering to the NBA straight from high school in 2005, has interest from several other teams.

He averaged 9.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists last season, playing 20.4 minutes a game, his low of the previous four seasons. He averaged a career-high 12.8 points in 2010-11. He's never been a terrific 3-point shooter, with a career percentage of 32.9 percent.

Still, at just 25 years old, Miles could provide Dallas with a young, athletic wing.

It's just might be difficult to pair up with his former teammate.

Steve Nash will listen if Deron Williams out

July, 1, 2012
7/01/12
1:58
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Steve Nash knows Deron Williams is the Dallas Mavericks' No. 1 free-agent target. Still, the former Mavs point guard will be eager to listen to Dallas' pitch if they strike out with Williams.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports that a Mavs-Nash sitdown has not yet been scheduled, and Stein says sources tell him that the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks remain the 38-year-old's top two choices, in no particular order.

The Raptors are pulling out all the stops to lure Canada's native son north of the border. Stein reported Sunday that Toronto has offered Nash a three-year, $36 million deal. The Knicks have also met with Nash, but can only offer him the $3 million mini mid-level unless they can work out a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Nash joined the Mavs in 1998 on the same day the Mavs made a draft-day trade to acquire Dirk Nowitzki. He signed a significant free-agent deal with the Suns in 2004 and went on to win two league MVP awards and narrowly missed multiple chances to advance to the NBA Finals.

In Stein's sitdown with the Nash last week in New York, Nash said that his abrupt departure from Dallas after owner Mark Cuban declined to match the Suns' offer believing that Nash's body would not hold up over the long haul, is water under the bridge.

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