Commentary

Mavericks: Take 'Em or Trash 'Em?

Updated: May 8, 2012, 4:31 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon and Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

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.

And so now we look to the future, and we're putting you in the Mavericks' front office to make some very important personnel decisions.

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.

Players

Kelenna Azubuike

Position: SF
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.

Your call

  •  
    70%
  •  
    30%

(Total votes: 5,813)

Rodrigue Beaubois

Position: G
Contract: 1 yr., $2.2M
MacMahon: Forget superstar hype. Decent role player? Take.
Caplan: Healthy, deserves last shot to make it happen. Take.

Your call

  •  
    25%
  •  
    75%

(Total votes: 5,903)

Brian
Cardinal

Position: F
Contract: FA
MacMahon: If he has future in Dallas, it's as a coach. Trash.
Caplan: Twelfth man whose 3-point shot deserted him. Trash.


Your call

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    15%
  •  
    85%

(Total votes: 5,903)

Vince Carter

Position: SG
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.

Your call

  •  
    66%
  •  
    34%

(Total votes: 5,971)

Brendan Haywood

Position: C
Contract: 3 yrs., $27.2M
MacMahon: Playoff pine-rider is prime amnesty clause candidate. Trash.
Caplan: Earned amnesty clause over last month. Trash.

Your call

  •  
    8%
  •  
    92%

(Total votes: 5,922)

Yi Jianlian

Position: PF
Contract: FA
MacMahon: 7-foot shooter who doesn't shoot well. Trash.
Caplan: 7-footer who doesn't rebound? Trash.



Your call

  •  
    87%
  •  
    13%

(Total votes: 5,912)

Dominique Jones

Position: G
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.

Your call

  •  
    19%
  •  
    81%

(Total votes: 5,763)

Jason Kidd

Position: PG
Contract: FA
MacMahon: Can be among NBA's best backup point guards. Take.
Caplan: A super sub for 20 minutes a game. Take.



Your call

  •  
    81%
  •  
    19%

(Total votes: 5,904)

Ian Mahinmi

Position: C/PF
Contract: FA
MacMahon: Likely to get decent deal in free agency. Trash.
Caplan: Still-developing center has upside as a backup. Take.


Your call

  •  
    76%
  •  
    24%

(Total votes: 5,792)

Shawn Marion

Position: SF
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.

Your call

  •  
    8%
  •  
    92%

(Total votes: 5,898)

Dirk Nowitzki

Position: PF
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.

Your call

  •  
    96%
  •  
    4%

(Total votes: 5,984)

Lamar Odom

Position: PF
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.

Your call

  •  
    4%
  •  
    96%

(Total votes: 5,967)

Jason Terry

Position: SG
Contract: FA
MacMahon: Can't see Jet giving Dallas hometown discount. Trash.
Caplan: Will get more money elsewhere. Trash.


Your call

  •  
    49%
  •  
    51%

(Total votes: 5,866)

Delonte West

Position: SG
Contract: FA
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.

Your call

  •  
    16%
  •  
    84%

(Total votes: 5,827)

Brandan Wright

Position: PF
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.

Your call

  •  
    91%
  •  
    9%

(Total votes: 5,731)

Management

Mark Cuban

Position: Owner
MacMahon: Has earned benefit of doubt. Take.
Caplan: Owner dismantled title team for big splash this summer. Take.

Your call

  •  
    93%
  •  
    7%

(Total votes: 5,672)

Donnie Nelson

Position: GM
MacMahon: This is most important summer of his tenure. Take.
Caplan: With or without Deron Williams, biggest offseason in years. Take.

Your call

  •  
    10%
  •  
    90%

(Total votes: 5,576)

Rick Carlisle

Position: Coach
MacMahon: His new deal needs to get done soon Take.
Caplan: Roster shakeup, shortened season put him in a jam. Take.

Your call

  •  
    95%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 5,650)


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