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January 6, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:01 PM)

Happy New Year Everyone. Let's Rock!

Michael C. (Westport, CT)

When the playoffs come along and the guys Kidd must 'guard' (D. Williams, C. Paul, T. Parker, etc.) average 28 points & 16 assists, do you see that as a problem? I know, I know, Kidd sees the floor beautifully...

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:03 PM)

Kidd generally guards those guys in the fourth quarter. He doesn't spend the whole game on them. Most of the time he is guarding off guards. The Mavs have been able to make this work especially with the emergence of Stevenson as a guy who can guard almost anyone

brennaan fortes (newbedford, massachusetts)

do you think stephen jackson is the best fit to replace injured foward caron butler?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:05 PM)

He's a fit stylistically, but probably not contractually. Although his mercurial nature scares me to death, the fact that he'd be going to a good team with a real chance to win might keep him in line. But the fact he's 33 with two more years at nearly $9 million is not a good situation

Ryan Kahn (Dallas)

Chuck,With the injury situation we have, and the lack of depth at forward, any chance the Mavs rekindle discussions with Tim Thomas? Perhaps his wife is doing better now. Thomas can play both the 3 and the 4, and would provide offense off the bench and back up Dirk, now that Marion appears to be your starter at the 3. Thoughts?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:06 PM)

Nope. Tim is done. Great guy. Definitely helped when he was here, but he has far bigger issues to deal with.

Philip Postel (Dallas)

Any talk of bringing in Antawn Jamison to replace Butler. He can score and play both small forward and power forward. Not sure what his contract situation is, but perhaps ship Butler's expiring deal for him, or try to move Haywood for him?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:07 PM)

Nope. One thing we know about Antawn, as great a guy as he is, he plays less than zero defense, and that is going to be a non-starter for this team this year

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:08 PM)

Still waiting to here about Dirk tonight, when I hear something, I'll let you know

Dan (Plano)

I don't get why it is written that that the best trade that mavs can make is for Landry and Casspi?? Personaly. I think we don׳t more depth, we need a good scorer that we play well in playoff time.. Igulala??? Mayo??? Gay?? Granger?? Martin ? Jakcson??

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:11 PM)

Exactly what playoff experience do Granger, ?ayo, and Gay have? Any of those players cost you assets that the mavs, right now are not willing to part with. AND, they love the chemistry of their team. Not big on Casspi, but I do like Landry a lot, and do think he would bring a toughness factor that you're losing not having Caron. he also presents a low post option that would be nice for the Mavericks to have,

Dave (Baltimore)

Who on the MAVS makes the allstar game? Is Stevenson in the 3 pt contest?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:11 PM)

D-Steve might be the only one.

Matt (North Carolina)

Do you see Dominique Jones being more productive off the bench since Caron Butler is out for the season. I believe the Mavs are expecting big things from Jones but is it to early.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:13 PM)

I think Jones will be used much the way Roddy was used last year, albeit to a smaller extent. He will be spoonfed minutes in ideal situations. I think the Mavs like him very much, and it's obvious his time in Frisco was very productive for him. Good job by Nancy Lieberman and her staff getting him to pick up his game

T (TX)

I've been reading so much nonsense about Mavs trades lately that I feel like people are not noticing the impact that DeShawn Stevenson has had with this squad. Sure he's no Dirk, but he's the first guy we've had since Nick Van Exel who brings a toughness and attitude to the team. Along with Chandler, this team isn't noted as "soft" anymore. Why tinker with this team's chemisty? We'll have another scorer with Roddy soon. No reason to go out and have a fire sale on someone like Iggy that could completely screw up this team. When's the last time you heard the arena as loud as it was, sans Dirk, than it was on Tuesday night? This team plays hard. I love it.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:14 PM)

T-- Everything you've just said...That's why the Mavs are VERY reluctant to pull the trigger right now.

Matt (Milwaukee, WI)

How long do you think MC gives the Mavs current roster in terms of deciding whether they are indeed going to have to get someone to replace Butler? I assume it's going to be at least a month in order to allow Roddy to come back and show what he's got?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:14 PM)

I think you're right on with that

Austin (Fort Worth)

If Toronto was willing, would you take a chance on a trade for Jose Caulderon? Could be a great backup PG and allow Barea to play to his strength of scoring and not worry about running the team?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:16 PM)

Love Calderon, but he's playing well right now. He's the man at the point since they traded Jack to toronto. I don't see them being very interested in moving him. He has two years left on his deal

Joe (Kansas City, MO)

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Gary Shandling in that picture?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:16 PM)

Nope. That's a first

David (Dallas)

If Philadelphia agree to trading Igoudoula straight up for Butler just so they can rid of remaining 4 years, would Igoudoula fit in Dallas?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:18 PM)

But Philly won't do that, so why ask? But yes, Iguodala fits, although I don't believe he's as micyb of a Godsend as a lot of people think. Poor outside shooter, bad three point shooter, Don't think he helps space the floor the way Butler could. The defensive ability overcomes a lot of those issues

Will (Houston)

How long until Haywood is officially our third postman? He is a liability down the stretch as was my evident by his abysmal free throw shooting against the suns.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:20 PM)

Haywood was very good the other night against Portland, on a night where he needed to be with the mavs at a size disadvantage dealing with the Blazers rebounding ability. I don't see him dropping behind either Mahinmi or Ajinca save for a few specialized situations that Carlisle might have up his sleeve

guynes (velasco)

When Dirk gets back, what are some of the lineups we're most likely to see with Butler out and who's going to start? I don't see the Mavs making a trade in the next month, I think they will just up minutes for Marion, Stevenson, Jones and eventually Beaubois.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:22 PM)

Marion will be the 3. Stevenson will rotate between the 2 and 3. when Dirk needs a break and Marion slides down to four. But trying to find another 3 type player is more important because Stevenson is undersized at 6-5

Alex (Los Angeles)

Phx has a glut of versatile wings - seems like the perfect fit for a trade partner?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:23 PM)

And who do the mavs have that Phx wants? they just made one huge deal. I think you're needing a couple of other partners to deal with the Suns

Matt (Milwaukee, WI)

I know the team is saying Butler is out for the year....but are they holding out a small hope that he could rehab and be back in time for the playoffs? Or have they completely written him off?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:24 PM)

Nope. Done. Total tear of the patella tendon 6-9 month recovery

David (Terrell, TX)

Butler & Haywood for Orlando's Jason Richardson. They are looking for a big, alreadys have Q Richardson and Redick so the trade works on paper and could benefit both teams. Also Orlando will get the insurance money on Butler and he is off the books with his expiring. What do you think?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:25 PM)

I think Orlando made a big trade a month ago to get Richardson. They're not looking to dump him. Q richardson barely plays, and Redick is not a starter. No deal if I'm Otis Smith

Wes (Dallas)

Reading the earlier questions, it sounds like everyone loves Stevenson. So.... why are people discussing trading him?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:26 PM)

He has an expiring $4.1 million contract. Makes him a valuable chip

Daniel Peters (Berlin, Germany)

After the successful start of the Mavs in this season pundits and fans were excited because of the depth of the team's squad - now people are criticizing quite the opposite. Chuck, what do you think about that? Is the comeback of Roddy enough to go for something more this season?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:28 PM)

Team has good depth. Excellent depth. For what it is intended. But if you take those players out of the roles that their most comfortable in, they won't be as good. No team has 12 starters. A good return by Roddy might solve a lot of issues

JOSHUA (DALLAS,TX)

I KNOW THE ZONE HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE THIS YEAR BUT IN A SEVEN GAME SERIES CAN THEY REALLY RELY ON THIER ZONE DEFENSE AGAINST COACHES LIKE JACKSON AND POPOVICH?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:30 PM)

Stop with the CAPS: ANNOYING. Anyway, no, you can't use a zone exclusively in a seven game series. The Spurs, especially, would eat it up with their three point shooting. But if you noticed the other night against Portland, the Mavs played man almost exclusively. I think they're a little more than the one trick pony that has been characterized.

Matt (Milwaukee, WI)

Internally, how discouraged is the team from CB's injury? You can tell MC had a short fuse regarding the situation when he reacted to Phil. This was a year where the Mavs had a decent lead on the Lakers thus far for the 1 seed and the only team ahead of them is an older team who, let's be honest, isn't going to keep this pace (Spurs).

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:31 PM)

Discouraged is the wrong word. Disappointed is the right one. Butler was playing great. Has the right demeanor and is a great teammate, that is what they will miss the most. As for Mark, he's just getting ready for Jan 19. Nothing more or less to make of that

Joey (Dallas)

What seed can we expect in the playoffs? Should I be happy with a top 4 pick or should I want a top 2?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:33 PM)

If I knew what to expect, I'd be headed to Vegas right now. What you want is the highest seed you can get, and play it from there. Of course, this is all contingent on the mavs playing better at home where they have been OK. On the road, as we all know, they're lights out

Shane (Stein)

This team needs someone who can get into the paint, and get to the line, ala Jerry Stackhouse. How about making a move for Corey Maggette with Milwaukee. He wants more playing time, and he can play the 3.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:38 PM)

You mean the always injured very expensive Maggette, who has had an awful year, the worst of his carer, in Milwaukee? No thanks

Matt (Dallas)

Why do you think there is that difference in home/road play? Is it just a weird coincidence or what?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:41 PM)

Think the vets love the "us against he world" mentality that you have to have on the road. Not quite what it is at the AAC, but when the building first opened, the Mavericks were devastatigly good there, the last two years, not so much.

Nick (Lubbock)

What do you think about the possiblity of Stevenson starting at the SF and maybe trading CB (and some draft picks) for a SG such as Rip Hamilton who has seemingly had plenty of reason to part with Detroit?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:41 PM)

I'd rather have Prince than Hamilton

Wes (Dallas)

When is jason terry going to step up? Its great having him play well in the 4th, but the first 3 quarters are just as important

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:43 PM)

I think he knows this. It's not like he's trying to go 3-11 in the first three quarters on purpose. But it IS nice to know that you do have someone who is willing to take the shot, and maybe even more importantly, make the shot, to help you win

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:47 PM)

I've been hanging here hoping to get word on dirk, and it just came down. He's out tonight. Oh well. here's hoping that show the same type of grit they showed against Portland the other night. Hope you'll join Brad Davis and me tonight for the Mavs and OKC at 7:00, and we'll be back here next week, same bat time, same bat channel