Mavericks: Take 'Em or Trash 'Em?
DALLAS -- It was fun while it lasted.
While it seems like yesterday that the Dallas Mavericks were raising their world championship banner to the rafters at American Airlines Center, the harsh reality today is that they've been unceremoniously swept out of the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
With that, we play Take 'Em or Trash 'Em. The future of everybody involved in the on-court product -- from owner Mark Cuban all the way down the roster to Kelenna Azubuike -- is in your hands. Choose wisely.
Contract: 1 yr., $992,680 (with team option)
MacMahon: Mavs hope he is minimum-salary bargain. Take.
Caplan: Project who's signed for next season. Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $2.2M
MacMahon: Forget superstar hype. Decent role player? Take.
Caplan: Healthy, deserves last shot to make it happen. Take.
MacMahon: If he has future in Dallas, it's as a coach. Trash.
Caplan: Twelfth man whose 3-point shot deserted him. Trash.
Contract: 2 yrs., $6.2M (partially guaranteed)
MacMahon: For $3M, cheap scoring punch off pine. Take.
Caplan: Maximize him off bench for 18-20 minutes. Take.
Contract: 3 yrs., $27.2M
MacMahon: Playoff pine-rider is prime amnesty clause candidate. Trash.
Caplan: Earned amnesty clause over last month. Trash.
MacMahon: 7-foot shooter who doesn't shoot well. Trash.
Caplan: 7-footer who doesn't rebound? Trash.
Contract: 2 yrs., $2.6M (with team option)
MacMahon: No signs that he'll develop into rotation player. Trash.
Caplan: Couldn't even make active roster in playoffs. Trash.
MacMahon: Can be among NBA's best backup point guards. Take.
Caplan: A super sub for 20 minutes a game. Take.
MacMahon: Likely to get decent deal in free agency. Trash.
Caplan: Still-developing center has upside as a backup. Take.
Contract: 2 yrs., $18M
MacMahon: The team's second most valuable player. Take.
Caplan: Two years left on deal and worth the $18 million. Take.
Contract: 2 yrs., $43.6M
MacMahon: Can the front office get him a co-star? Take.
Caplan: What are Mavs going to do, trade him? Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $8.2M ($2.4M guaranteed)
MacMahon: Anyone wanna trade for damaged goods? Trash.
Caplan: Mavs just hope they can trade him. Trash.
MacMahon: Can't see Jet giving Dallas hometown discount. Trash.
Caplan: Will get more money elsewhere. Trash.
MacMahon: Mavs probably won't offer more than minimum. Too bad. Take.
Caplan: Two years at a reasonable rate and he'll give his all. Take.
Contract: 1 yr., $947,907 (with team option)
MacMahon: Human Exclamation Point is great value for minimum. Take.
Caplan: A few additional pounds would help. Take.
MacMahon: Has earned benefit of doubt. Take.
Caplan: Owner dismantled title team for big splash this summer. Take.
MacMahon: This is most important summer of his tenure. Take.
Caplan: With or without Deron Williams, biggest offseason in years. Take.
MacMahon: His new deal needs to get done soon Take.
Caplan: Roster shakeup, shortened season put him in a jam. Take.