Dallas Mavericks: Take 'Em or Trash 'Em?
DALLAS -- Now isn't the time to rebuild the Dallas Mavericks' roster.
The Mavs made a championship run with a core of unselfish veterans who blended together beautifully. That group deserves the chance to defend its crown.
Money might not allow that to happen. The Mavs have six free agents -- a group headlined by big man Tyson Chandler -- and won't know what kind of financial flexibility they'll have until the new collective bargaining agreement gets done.
"Some checks'll be bigger than others," Jason Terry said, "but we've got to keep this thing intact." Here's a rundown of the Mavs' roster, with the value of each player's remaining contract and one man's opinion on whether they ought to be back in the Big D:
MacMahon: Wants to stay, but might get more minutes and money elsewhere. Take.
Contract: 2 yrs., $3.5M (with team option)
MacMahon: The potential is still there, but he's a project in need of a confidence repair. Take.
Contract: 2 yrs., $6.3M
MacMahon: Contributed when called upon; should be ready for role to expand. Take.
MacMahon: A one-year deal could be in the best interests of both parties. Take.
MacMahon: He's cheap, cheers hard and plays harder when given the chance. Take.
MacMahon: Re-signing the defensive backbone and emotional leader is top offseason priority. Take.
Contract: 4 yrs., $34.8M
MacMahon: One of the NBA's best backup big men; insurance policy if Chandler leaves. Take.
Contract: 3 yrs., $4.8M (with team option)
MacMahon: He basically redshirted as a rookie, but Mavs think he has promise as big point guard. Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $8.5M
MacMahon: Played his best ball of second Dallas stint during playoffs. Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $947,907
MacMahon: He's a project who performed well when pushed into Finals Game 6 duty. Take.
Contract: 3 yrs., $25.9M
MacMahon: He's Mavs' best wing defender and an efficient complementary player on offense. Take.
Contract: 3 yrs., $62.7M
MacMahon: He's got a lot of great years left before his statue goes up outside the AAC. Take.
MacMahon: Rugged defender will probably have to accept minimum salary to stay. Take.
MacMahon: He can still shoot it, so he's worth keeping for the minimum. Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $10.7M
MacMahon: Finals performance earned honor of having jersey retired by franchise. Take.
MacMahon: He's so determined to win that he shut up for a whole month. Take.
MacMahon: Built team that won at least 50 games for 11 straight seasons. Take.
MacMahon: Jason Terry said it best: "I have a new respect for him." Take.
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