Chat with Tim MacMahon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks reporter Tim MacMahon stops by to chat about the team.
MacMahon joined ESPN in September 2009 and covers the Cowboys and Mavericks. He has covered the local sports scene from high schools to colleges to pros during his six-year tenure at The Dallas Morning News. MacMahon is a graduate of UNT.
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Tim MacMahon (3:00 PM)
Thanks for joining me for this week's chats. Must admit that the Mavs have made this more interesting than I anticipated. They don't have good odds of making the playoffs, but they at least have a legitimate chance. Fire away ...
Nathan [via mobile]
Awesome show the Mavs put on last night in Atlanta, probably the best offensive game of the year... With so many overshadowed players making big impacts this week, who were you most impressed by? Brandon Wright, Roddy buckets, or DC? Which if any of these guys do u see staying in Dallas beyond this season?
Tim MacMahon (3:03 PM)
I'd rank the likelihood in this order: 1) Wright, 2) Roddy B., 3) Collison. I'm not ruling any of them out, but Collison clearly wants to be committed to as a starting PG. That's not happening here. With Roddy B., I just think he needs a change of scenery and can't see the Mavs offering anything more than the minimum. Wright might get paid pretty nicely off his post-All-Star break production, but I know the Mavs are interested in keeping him for the right price.
Jodie (Arlington, TX)
Hey Tim, from the outside looking in (and not panicking), im content with our season as where it is now & our 50/50 chance of sneaking into the playoffs. I would just like a professional opinion on what pieces we need to add/remove
Tim MacMahon (3:05 PM)
50/50 is very optimistic, but I get your point. Not to be too simplistic, but the Mavs just need a major talent infusion. I don't know that it will come via free agency. I think it's more likely to be a trade that we don't necessarily see coming, such as the Paul Pierce deal that fell through. As far as which pieces need to go, that primarily depends on price. If OJ Mayo gets an offer for $40 million over four years, he needs to go. If he'll sign for $25 million over four years, he can be a quality piece here, just not a centerpiece.
I'm not bashing VC, he's been really good for us this year, but when did he become our closer? Why is Dirk not taking these last shots anymore, especially if it's a fade away 3 like the end of the SA game? I want Dirk taking the last shot 100 times out of 100, the harder the shot, the less excuses for Dirk not taking it.
Tim MacMahon (3:08 PM)
I hear you, but it comes down to being able to create shots. Carter can get the ball above the 3-point arc and go to work. Dirk can't do that. He needs to get the ball in his favored spots, and that's a problem with these point guards. But I agree that Dirk needs to at least be involved with the game on the line. Want Carter to initiate a pick-and-roll? Fine. Dirk needs to be setting the screen. (Wright did vs. the Spurs.) He has to be a primary option.
Kb MFFL (Next to cubans stairmaster)
Based off what we have seen since dirks been back would you bring back OJ and his lack of consistent play, or go another route?
Tim MacMahon (3:09 PM)
Mentioned the potential price ranges earlier. Again, I like Mayo as the fourth of fifth guy on a team. I don't think he's good enough to be a top-three player on a contender. He needs to be paid accordingly.
The mavericks are bordlerine pathetic, it sounded impossible 2 seasons ago with the championship, but would mark cuban trade dirk since we're simply going nowhere anytime soon and no big free agents want to come??
Tim MacMahon (3:10 PM)
Man, and people think I'm pessimistic. Dirk will retire without playing for any other franchise. Period.
Stephano (Rome, Italy)
Buon giorno Tim, why does the Mavs prefer acquiring old veterans like Carter, James, Brand, Kaman rather than young role players. Its like the Mavs are destination for retiring players recently.
Tim MacMahon (3:13 PM)
The Mavs had great success with a bunch of old dudes two years ago. I'd argue that Carter has been a great get for the Mavs. James and Brand have also been value pickups. The Mavs did make adding youth a priority this offseason, trading for Collison and signing Mayo. They've had mixed results, although Mayo has been very good bang for the buck. With PGs in particular, it's clear that Carlisle has a hard time trusting a young player with flaws. They need to add some good young talent the old-fashioned way -- through the draft. Maybe Jae Crowder is the beginning of a new trend, but the Mavs' draft track record over the last decade is terrible.
Juan (Land of Gars (Garland))
Is there anyway we could convert OJ into a PG?
Tim MacMahon (3:14 PM)
Look at his turnover totals as a shooting guard. Can you imagine how much he'd turn it over as the primary decision-maker? To borrow from Rick Carlisle, Mayo is not a creator.
Hey Tim, what are our choices out there for a legit PG?
Tim MacMahon (3:16 PM)
Here are a few free agents who might be fits, and they're all in the over-30 range: Jarrett Jack, Jose Calderon and Chauncey Billups. I don't think Marcus Smart will fall to the Mavs in the draft, but he seems like a Carlisle kind of guy. Who knows what might happen in the trade market?
jason (new london tx)
will mark and Donnie grow tired of watching the spurs and okc prosper and easily beat the mavs and make moves to improve for next season or continue to chose cap space over talent and continue to alienate the fans and dirk by putting everything off for another free agent class year after year?
Tim MacMahon (3:19 PM)
I sense that you might be disgruntled. The Mavs won't have to worry nearly as much about financial flexibility this offseason because they're essentially guaranteed to have a lot of cap space in the summer of '14 with the contracts of Dirk, Marion and others coming off the books. That means they should be willing to take more risks or at least make long-term offers to free agents they see as potential building blocks, even if they're complementary players.
Any chance Mavs could trade for Rondo? Celtics seem to be doing fine without him
Tim MacMahon (3:20 PM)
I'd never say never. I would think that there would have to be a third team involved, most likely one that is in salary-dumping mode, to make it work. I'm sure that Cuban and Donnie Nelson will at least try to come up with potential offers, but I'd also think that the Celtics could get quite a return package if they put Rondo on the block.
We have a problem at the 5. Kaman doesn't defend, Wright doesn't rebound (much), Brand is undersized and Sarge is.... a rookie in RC's team. Do you see the Mavs waiving Roddy B to sign a big for the last few weeks of the season?
Tim MacMahon (3:21 PM)
You think a starting center is available in late March?
With the Lakers making a push towards the playoffs, what's the odds of us getting Howard?
Tim MacMahon (3:22 PM)
I've never thought that the odds were good, but they seem to be a lot lower now than they were even at the All-Star break. Kobe and Dwight appear to have figured out how to co-exist, although that could change at any moment.
Shedrick (Fort Worth, TX)
This next off-season do you think the Mav's can sign Jose Calderon Al Jefferson and Josh Smith . And who would have to go to get that done.
Tim MacMahon (3:26 PM)
The Mavs aren't that high on Josh Smith. If he gets close to the max deal he's made clear he thinks he deserves, they won't be in on the bidding. I could see Calderon, especially if he's in the midlevel range. They had a lot of questions about whether Al Jefferson would be a good fit with Dirk when they decided not to trade for him a few years ago. Those doubts have increased if anything, but it's not like they've found a solution at center. (Well, since Tyson Chandler, but ...) The Mavs will have the cap space to sign Jefferson, but I don't know if they'll have the interest in recruiting him.
will this 6 game homestand end the mavs playoff chances or continue it and do you see them catching the lakers for that final playoff spot.
Tim MacMahon (3:28 PM)
I think the Mavs will still be in the mix for the eighth seed when they get on a plane and head to LA on April Fool's Day. I didn't expect that to be the case even a couple of weeks ago. They need to go at least 4-2 on this homestand against all plus-.500 foes to have a decent shot. And obviously they need to win that game against the Lakers.
Kb MFFL (Next to cubans stairmaster)
Say we had a high draft selection who you picking? Smart, otto, bmac?
Tim MacMahon (3:30 PM)
I'm familiar with Smart because he's the local guy, but to be honest, I barely watch any college basketball during the regular season. My "draft prep" really begins with March Madness. Of course, in past years, the draft was an afterthought in Dallas. Things are a little different now.
Tim MacMahon (3:30 PM)
Appreciate all the questions. Gotta get going, but you can hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon if I didn't touch on your topic.