Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

January 26, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (3:58 PM)

Welcome to another weekly Mavs chat. It's a pretty safe bet that most of the questions here will be about players who haven't played a minute for the Mavs this season ... and might never. That's the way the NBA world works with less than a month to go before the trade deadline and with two key pieces coming off of injuries. On to the questions ...

Michael (Dallas)

How is Roddy coming along, is there a timeline on him.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:01 PM)

Roddy Beaubois is coming along well. He's running, jumping, cutting, etc. He just hasn't had any contact work. There still isn't an official timeline -- and there probably never will be -- but I wouldn't be surprised if Roddy B makes his season debut during next week's road trip. Mark Cuban is confident he will get a good look at the Mavs with Beaubois before the Feb. 24 trade deadline.

Cash (Dallas)

Is Peja injured, has he even practiced or can he.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:02 PM)

Peja Stojakovic said Tuesday that his knee feels fine. The problem was irritation that resulted in swelling, which lingered longer than expected. Now it's a matter of managing the knee and getting in the necessary conditioning work. Peja participated some in today's practice, but Rick Carlisle all but ruled him out of tomorrow's game against the Rockets.

Marshall (Louisiana)

What's the reality of a Carmelo deal happening?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:04 PM)

It's still a long shot for the Mavs. But it's a halfcourt heave now instead of a contested 85-footer. Melo is more likely to end up in New York or Houston than Dallas, but you never know what Mark Cuban and Co. can cook up if they get other teams involved in a deal.

Mike (Illinois )

I've heard the Mav's might look at kirk hinrich from washington any truth to that?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:07 PM)

I believe that you've been listening to the Ben & Skin Show on ESPN 103.3. Jeff "Skin" Wade, a basketball dork who loves coming up with creative trade possibilities, speculated on dealing Jason Terry for Kirk Hinrich before Jet hits his minutes milestone that guarantees his salary next season. The idea is to get a high-quality backup point guard and have Jet boomerang back to the Mavs after he gets a buyout. I like the idea, but it's pure speculation, and Hinrich hurt his shooting elbow last week.

Lawrence (Toronto)

With the Mavs picking up Peja, do you see him getting major minutes when he's healthy? or basically minimal?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:08 PM)

I think he will end up starting at small forward (unless the Mavs trade for a starting SF). But I don't see him playing more than 20 minutes per night. My hunch is that Shawn Marion still gets the majority of the playing time at the 3.

CG (Irving)

Is S. Jackson avalible and would it take Roddy to get him.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:10 PM)

If the Bobcats ask for Roddy Beaubois, that will be a brief conversation. I like the idea of adding Stephen Jackson, but only if it's a salary dump.

Charlene Warner (Oak Cliff)

Can you tell me the last player to wear #16 for the Mavericks? (Peja's new #)

Tim MacMahon
  (4:12 PM)

Wang Zhizhi is the only other player in franchise history to wear No. 16. Had to look that one up in the media guide.

Brendan Haywood (Chapel Hill, NC)

I just proved myself worthy of my contract with my flagrant last night, right? Right?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:14 PM)

That's going a bit too far, Big 'Wood. But it was one heck of a scoreless performance. In seriousness, Haywood made the right play to keep Blake Griffin from going up for a momentum-changing dunk, but it was a classic flagrant foul. There was no play for the ball. He had no chance to make a play for the ball.

Rick Carlisle (Dallas)

What exactly did I say to Baron Davis last night to get T-ed up?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:14 PM)

A verb we can't use on a Disney-owned Web site.

nish (mesquite)

Can Caron really return by playoffs? Would he make an impact at all since he would be out for 3 months?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:15 PM)

That is extremely optimistic thinking by Caron Butler. All due respect to his extraordinary toughness, but the odds are heavily against that happening.

PhillyMav (Philadelphia)

What's the flaw in Devin Harris's game that means his team is always ready to trade him? Is it a lack of defense? Is he a poor distributor? Or has he merely been victimized by two stints with Avery?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:17 PM)

It's not like teams are trying to get rid of Devin Harris. He was traded from Dallas because the Mavs thought Jason Kidd could be the final piece to a championship puzzle and Harris was by far their most attractive trade chip (other than Dirk, obviously). His value is also the reason the Nets would have had to let him go to get Carmelo Anthony. It's not that his teams don't want him. It's that other teams do want him.

Nick (ct) [via mobile]

In all seriousness and respect, but why are thier two different maverick chats in the week?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:18 PM)

Well, if you want an accurate count, there are three. Jeff Caplan, Chuck Cooperstein and I each do one every week.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:18 PM)

Well, if you want an accurate count, there are three. Jeff Caplan, Chuck Cooperstein and I each do one every week.

Adam (Lewisville)

Hey Tim, I am also Alum from UNT! I posted before about what would it would take for the Mavs to reconsider Carlisle, but after last night (Carlisle-Davis scuffle) I think there is no doubt that Carlisle will be around awhile. That had something to do with the motivation of the players last night, what are your thoughts?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:20 PM)

I don't believe that Carlisle plotted that incident, but it did reinforce the idea that he has his players' backs. I know JJ Barea, Jason Terry and Tyson Chandler appreciated it. Go Mean Green.

Landry (Texas)

What do you think is the most viable trade option that will help the Mavs this year and for years to come?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:21 PM)

If they can get Stephen Jackson in a salary dump, I think he's a good fit. Tayshaun Prince would be a terrific fit, but the Mavs would have to give up some assets to get him. And I don't believe Prince would be worth parting with Roddy Beaubois. It's also possible that the Mavs can make a deal for somebody like Sacramento's Carl Landry by using a trade exception.

Jason (Dallas)

Do you know any details about Peja's contract?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:22 PM)

He came to Dallas for the veteran's minimum. It's as risk-free as you can get for a player with his pedigree.

Tom Inman (Ft Worth)

Are the Mavs expected to sign Pavlovic for the rest of the season now that we have signed Peja? Seems like we should keep the roster spot open for another player who will be bought out towards the deadline.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:24 PM)

I think Sasha Pavlovic has shown enough to stick around for the rest of the season, but you make a solid point about roster flexibility. The Mavs do have their full midlevel exception, which they could use for a veteran who gets a buyout.

Mike (Irving)

Why is Kidd even getting the minute he gets, omg can someone tell him he is suppose to dribble around and create openings for others if he can hit a shot. Move around make something happen.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:25 PM)

I'll be sure to pass on your advice to the man who has the second most assists in NBA history. Any shooting tips for Dirk?

Christopher (Dallas)

Why would we not give up a "potential" baller in Roddy to get a guarenteed 18-20 pts in Jackson. We need some length at the 2 spot and he will instantly add that. Jackson's contract is 2yrs and that his best years he has left probably more.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:26 PM)

They aren't giving up Roddy Beaubois unless they firmly believe the deal vaults them to the top of the West. Stephen Jackson might make the Mavs better, but it's not enough of a no-brainer to get rid of the one potential star on the roster who doesn't have gray hair.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:27 PM)

As always, it's been my pleasure. Hit up the ESPNDallas.com Mavericks blog on a regular basis for the latest on the Mavs.