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February 24, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:02 PM)

Hello Everyone. Trade Deadline day is here. Can't wait for it to end so we can get on with the business at hand. I'm not looking for the Mavericks to do anything. If its Tayshaun Prince, then great, but it doesn't seem like Joe Dumars is interested. Why? I don't know, But there's so much more. Let's go

Michael (New York)

Why are we pushing so hard for Prince and Smith? What about Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, or Shane Battier? These three appear to be more available and I believe are better players. Especially if reports are true that all Portland was offering for Wallace was Pryzbilla expiring contract and a first round pick. That is an extremely low price and Wallace is the youngest/best player of that bunch.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:06 PM)

I don't thinking pushing is the correct term here. I'd say "interested in" is more precise. Prince is a perfect fit here. For all the reasons that have been described here and in a thousand other places. There's no doubting Smith's talent, but he would just add to the issues at guard (As would have Devin Harris by the way). Not sure what the love is with Wallace. three years ago, I'd say yes, he was a demon on the ball defender, His scoring has gone up the last couple of years, but his defense hasn't been nearly as good, and exactly how many playoff games has he been in? Not to mention the financial hit. I'm out on him. Very much so

Brendan (D.C)

Is their any market for Deshawn Stevenson and his expiring deal? With the emergence of Roddy and Peja Stevenson doesn't figure to play more than 8-10 minutes if that.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:08 PM)

Nice specialty player to have at the end of your bench. Again, when putting together the roster, you have to understand that not all 12 gust are going to play. Stevenson fills a nice role. Now if they could package him as part of a deal to make the team better than go for it. But no team is just looking for his contract to take off the books without having something else to go along with it

Andy (Dallas)

Coop! Please tell me that the Mavs won't sacrifice a chance to re-sign Chandler by taking on salary at the deadline...

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:08 PM)

Have no fear, my friend. Even if they take on salary now, they are making sure that chandler goes nowhere

Chris (Irving)

Is the only reason we are not going after Stephen Jackson because we dont want the 2yrs left on his contract. We need a 2Guard with Peja play well. 19ppg I mean I think Jackson deserves that money. He's also a Texas boy that want to play for the Mavs. Idk but I think he would put us over top.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:10 PM)

You just won't give it up, will you Chris? It's the two years on his contract, It's the volume shooter aspect to his game. It's his knuckleheadedness. It's his age. Prince, absolutely. Jackson, I'm running as far from him as I can

Monsieur Tex (Washington, D.C.)

What do you make of the recent surge in offensive production, which has been accompanied by a significant slip defensively for the Mavs? Obviously they are still trying to integrate new pieces (Stojakovic, Beaubois), but do you feel the Mavs are straying down a dangerous path? Has their philosophy shifted? They seem to be gravitating towards a similar style of play that the Spurs have been using this season, which we agree works during the regular season, but doesn't seem as sustainable in playoffs when half-set dominance (not run-n-gun) rules?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:13 PM)

I'm concerned about the defense as well. I don't want the mavericks thinking they can just play situational defense and think that it will work in the long haul. And Rick Carlisle knows that too. Some of it has been the nature of the teams they're playing against. some of it may have been a matter of looking a little ahead to the All Star break. Some of it has to do with the fact they've been turning over the ball a little more recently and that has led to easier baskets for the opponents. I don't know that they can ever be a total shut down defense. But I would like to see them get back to holding teams to around 44 percent by the time the season ends. They're at 45 right now

barron (dallas,tx)


Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:14 PM)

Would you like to have Mike Miller and Dampier for Haywood? I wouldn't

Nick Cook (OKC, Oklahoma (But I'm from Dallas!))

Hey Chuck, it seems like hardly anyone are considering Dallas legitimate contenders, is it because of past playoff exits, or is this team still missing something that makes them a real threat? I don't see why so many people are down on them, they seem to be one of the most consistent teams around, especially as of late, as they're getting the ball around, and not relying on Nowitzki very much.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:15 PM)

When you have won only one playoff series the last four years despite winning all those games in the regular season, people are going to have doubts. There's only one way to silence them. Win in the Playoffs. A lot

Mark (Ft. Worth)

What are your thoughts on the rumored Prince and JR Smith interest? Also, I am loving what Peja is bringing to this team. He gets beat at times on D, but he isn't horrible, and he is a cold-blooded shooter. How are you feeling about Peja's integration into the team?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:16 PM)

Been very impressed with Peja the more he plays with these guys. No, he will never been a great defender, but last night, He did a nice job at times on Millsap. And the shooting is absolutely top drawer.

Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas)

i am awesome

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:17 PM)

Yes you are, my friend

Carlos (Highland Village)

Can we officially say that Avery was really not that good of a coach, can we get take back that coach of the year award.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:20 PM)

Avery did a very good job in changing the mindset and bringing the Mavericks to places they had never been before (and have not been to since). Rick Carlisle has worked from that baseline and brought him some more ideas. The Flow game on offense. The matchup zone on defense that has built on that foundation and put the Mavericks in a great position. That things didn't end well here for Avery doesn't mean you should demean what he did in his time here

Travo (Texas State)

Will the mavs have no problem re-signing Chandler or will they have to compete? He seems to like it here, but money and rings talk.. Will Cubes lock him up for sure?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:22 PM)

Hard to say since we don't know what the new CBA will look like. But given how much they want Chandler, and how much Chandler loves being here, I would say they have a decided advantage entering the sweepstakes

Christian (Los Angeles)

In the simplest of words, terms, sentences, anything... why should Mavs fans believe in this team for the playoffs compared to years past and heartaches? What stands out about this team in 2011?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:25 PM)

A hunger to win. Veteran guys who know they don't have too many chances left. An improved, more versatile offense. More length to combat the interior on defense. Most importantly, a superstar player playing better than he has ever played.

Sam (Dallas)

Do you think Roddy will consistently play over 20 mpg at some point? Or do you think Rick is just more comfortable with JET on the floor in late game situations?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:28 PM)

No doubt, Rick is more comfortable with Terry on the floor late in the game. Terry has proven it, time and again. He's among the very best 4th quarter scorers in the NBA this season. Roddy will get his minutes, but he won't be playing 30.

Austin (Fort Worth)

IF (and that is a big if) the Mavs find a way to get Prince, does that make the Mavs the deepest team in the League. You would have 5 guys off the bench that are good enough to be starters in this league.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:29 PM)

They're the deepest team in the NBA right now, and it's not even debatable. Indeed look at the bench numbers, and especially in the last 15 games where they have outscored their opponents by almost 24 points a game

Darren (Dallas, TX)

Do you have a favorite target for the Mavs to look at acquiring today?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:29 PM)

Would love Prince. Other than that, keep the band together.

David (Sealy, TX)

Was not acquiring Devin Harris really that big of a deal? I know he was fun and all when he was here, but wouldn't have just created a logjam at the guard position?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:32 PM)

Agree with you, especially in light of how well all the guards are playing right now, and you weren't sending one of those guards back to create some playing time. Having said that, Harris has always done a good job on Tony Parker. And on a team where he's the fifth or sixth best player, he might have had some value, but not to extent that I'd want to break up what is going on right now

Colin (College Station)

I love the depth that this team has, but the lack of multiple all-stars has me a bit worried. When the rotation is cut down to single digits in the playoffs, do the Mavs have any real hope of making it past the second round?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:33 PM)

Of course they do. And just because it has been the norm in the NBA to reduce the rotation to eight, doesn't mean you necessarily HAVE to do that. Sure Dirk and Kidd will have more minutes than they're playing right now, but that might be the only material change. And why, would that be so terrible?

Big Al (Flower Mound)

Has the MArk Cuban wallet finally dried up? No moves or trades because we are worried about adding salary/years? I hate Perot Jr!

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:34 PM)

Don't hate Junior. Mark is taking him out behind the woodshed in court. He's not making moves because he doesn't HAVE to make a move. Just because you want him to doesn't mean he HAS to

Darren (Dallas, TX)

I know no one can know until it happens, but do you think Caron Butler can actually get back and help this team this season?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:36 PM)

I would tend to doubt it. I love everything about Caron, including his competitiveness and desire to get back and be apart of this because he knows how good this team can be. But anything short of complete health, and I din't want him there. We saw what happened with Jameer Nelson and orlando two years ago. The Mavericks don't need anything like that

Terrence (Austin )

Is it possible in your opinion for Roddy to average around 15 ppg when he gets going later in the season?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:37 PM)

Why is that so important to you. As long as he plays within the team concept. Shoots a high percentage, plays better defense, and doesn't turn it over that's all you should want

Farhan (las colinas)

Hey coop, what do you think the odds are of butler returning to the mavs lineup for the 2nd round of the playoffs and if he would be effective when he returns?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:38 PM)

See the answer just above about Orlando 09.

ant(abilene tx) (abilene tx)

coop will mark cuban be fined from the league for his comments on the hornets?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:39 PM)

I don't think so. Although Mark has been fined before for telling the truth. It's kind of like the Rangers getting Cliff Lee. They were wards of baseball and yet were still allowed to take on salary. There were a lot of people in baseball hot and bothered over that

Jerry (Wylie, TX)

What are the Mavs chances at signing D.Williams in 2 years? I personally think he wants to play in Dallas.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:40 PM)

Other than the fact he went to HS in The Colony, I don't see where the Mavericks have any edge. i know he has an off season home in San Diego, and if it the Nets get better, or the Knicks are ready to play for him he could just as easily go there.

Keith (Carrollton)

why do you think dirk is so underrated nationally? would he be a lock for mvp if he played at staples or msg?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:41 PM)

Maybe not so much this year because of the games missed, but in most other years, I wholeheartedly agree with you

Devin Harris (Newark, New Jersey)

I'm glad I didn't come back to Dallas just to be traded AGAIN! I would surely light up the Mavs every time I played them.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:42 PM)

You lit the Mavs up in that first game in NJ in December of 08. After that, not so much

DES (Brooklyn)

The NBA seems focused to put a business model in place that will not only make the league competitive as a whole but profitable for all owners. I think the best way to do that would be to change the NBA draft by adding more rounds and guaranteeing more slots so that the loosing teams can acquire more talent that way. Mostly all the great NBA players have come through the draft. Would you agree with this or do you think the NBA has started to devalue the Draft because the talent pool is so limited?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:45 PM)

Great question here. The players don't want a bigger draft so that the undrafted players can have more options. The teams, I don;'t think are crazy about a bigger draft simply because there aren't enough roster spots to justify one. The draft hasn't been devalued at all, it's just that the true difference makers are already being drafted (Usually, in the lottery).

Eddie (College Station)

Can JJ get some love?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:45 PM)

Think he's getting a bunch right now. He's been awesome since Jan 1

Chan (Denver)

Coop what are your thoughts on the Nuggets, are you still afraid of them. Remember what they did to you 2 years ago in the playoffs. Remember the name Ty Lawson.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:46 PM)

Love Ty Lawson. Love Carmelo Anthony a lot more. Seems to me that he and Billups were the biggest part of that series, and neither one of them are there anymore

Barrett S (Dallas,Tx)

will the mavs not developing young talent eventually come back to bite would seem so...

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:51 PM)

Well, they've developed JJ into a quality backup guard. They're developing Roddy, and it looks like he could be something special. Over the last ten years, just exactly who have they had the chance to truly develop. Josh Howard and Roddy really are the only ones. When you're constantly picking at the bottom of the round, your chances to get difference makers is almost nil. You've got to be lucky on low rounders and free agents. Would you like to see more youngsters in the queue? Sure, but I'll also take the consistent success this team has had. You've got to have some gray hair in thjis league if you're going to be a consistent success

Pop (San Antonio)

You do not want to face my team in the playoffs! You would much rather go through LA.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:52 PM)

I'll take my chances, good health willing. You should feel the same way about the Mavericks

Will (Uganda)

Coop, let me take that last one: exactly which young talent have they not developed?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:53 PM)

Well said

Eddie (College Station)

Do you think haywood can keep up the production weve seen from him over the last few games and the playoffs? I figure since the playoffs are more slowed down he would be able to do more work and guard other teams bigs

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:54 PM)

I think that's exactly what they're counting on. But so far, most of Haywood's good games have come against smaller centers. Obviously, they don't play Boston anymore this season (until the Finals :)) But the two games left with the Lakers, I am VERY interested. And the last one with SA on march 18 too

Shawn Jacob (Carrollton, TX)

Looks like you were right Coop, the Pistons have just declined the Mavs offer of Caron Butler and a first-round pick for Tayshaun Prince. Looks like the Mavs will stay pat for the remainder of the season.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:57 PM)

Again, not sure what Joe Dumars is thinking, but there's a pretty good chance that Prince will walk in the off season and DEtroit will get nothing. Oh well, you can't say the Mavericks weren't in there to the end trying to get something done.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:58 PM)

Great times today. Got to run. We do this every Thursday so hope you'll join us again next week.