Steve Nash, by contrast, continues to say that his first choice in free agency is playing wherever Nowitzki is.
Checking in from Europe, where he watched Wimbledon with Nowitzki and also spent time at Euro 2004 in Portugal, Nash reiterated that his goal is spending "the rest of my career playing with Dirk."
Nash is nonetheless ready to talk with interested suitors starting Thursday, including the team that drafted him (Phoenix) and Denver GM Kiki Vandeweghe, who grew close with Nash and Nowitzki as a Mavericks assistant coach. Utah is another possibility, with the Jazz still looking for a long-term John Stockton replacement, but Phoenix is considered the most likely of the three clubs to make a more lucrative offer to Nash than the Mavericks.
The Mavericks could also try to incorporate Nash into O'Neal talks, but Nash would have to be willing to go to the Lakers or a third team in a sign-and-trade scenario.
Not likely, unless Nowitzki were headed to the Lakers with him.
No surprise why Washington was so interested in acquiring Antawn Jamison from the Mavericks. The Wizards' frontcourt players combined to average just 27.6 points per game last season, lowest in the league.
Golden State insiders, meanwhile, are downplaying the notion that Jamison and Gilbert Arenas had serious problems co-existing as Warriors. Dampier clashed with Jamison and Arenas far more than they squabbled, and Jamison was among those in Oakland trying to convince Arenas not to leave for D.C.
Fans and a new coach aren't the only things missing in Atlanta. The Hawks' drought in search of a future All-Star in the draft has reached a league-high 20 years, since the selection of Kevin Willis at No. 11 in 1984.
And Isiah Thomas has some depressing history to overcome in New York. Only four of the 17 players drafted by the Knicks since 1995 have appeared in a game for them: John Wallace, Walter McCarty, Lavor Postell and Mike Sweetney. Those four players have combined to make seven starts, six by Wallace and one for Sweetney.
As you undoubtedly suspected, these are happy days at Stein Line HQ. But not merely because Cal State Fullerton won its fourth College World Series on Sunday.
Frankly, I expect the Titans to win the CWS (or at least get to Omaha) every year. Sweeping Augie Garrido's Texas Longhorns was merely the capper to a fine week in which Pape Sow was drafted No. 47 overall by Miami and then dealt to Toronto.
Pape is the first Titan draftee since Cedric Ceballos in 1990. Even better: Mike Tirico pointed out that out during Thursday's draft broadcast on ESPN, and I didn't even have to bribe him.
Marc Stein is the senior NBA writer for ESPN.com. To e-mail him, click here. Also, click here to send a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.