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February 23, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (1:59 PM)

Thanks for joining me to chat about the Mavs. I'll go ahead and disregard all the Devin Harris questions from this morning. On to the rest ...

Patrick (Canyon, Texas)

With the second half of the season kicking off, how does the mavs rotation begin to look heading towards the playoffs? And could having too many good players start a controversy in the locker room over playing time?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:01 PM)

I tried to get into this subject with Rick Carlisle yesterday. He said he might be more willing to discuss whether he needs to tighten the rotation for the playoffs once the regular season is nearing its end. Depth is one of the Mavs' biggest strengths, so he'll have some difficult decisions. However, I don't foresee any locker room issues. This is a team loaded with vets who want to win their first ring. They aren't going to rock the boat. Look at how Shawn Marion has accepted his reserve role as evidence of that.

Coleman Hodges (Dallas)

Is it true to say Dallas will go as far as their bench takes them?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:04 PM)

I wouldn't go that far. That Dirk fella might have something to do with how far the Mavs advance. As will Tyson Chandler and Roddy Beaubois. But the X factor might be Jason Kidd. He can't play as poorly as he did during last year's playoffs. They need him to be fresh and efficient to have a chance to make a Finals run.

Austin (Fort Worth)

With Deron williams now gone, if you were the Mavericks, would you give the kitchen sink to New Orleans and try to get Chris Paul. Would a package of Butler, Stevenson, Jones, Roddy, 1st rounder and 3 million get it done? New Orleans may need to move him now, or risk the possibility that they lose him later for nothing or have the Melo problem.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:04 PM)

The Mavs have been trying to trade the kitchen sink for Paul for the last few years. It's not going to happen in the next couple of days.

Carey (Iringa, Tanzania)

Butler for G. Wallace seems like a no-brainer to me, why would Cuban pass on a deal like that? I understand its an extra year of paying Wallace but isn't he worth the doe?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:07 PM)

It's not one more year. It's two more years at $10.5 per for Gerald Wallace. He's not enough of an impact player to sacrifice that much financial flexibility, especially with the labor uncertainty on the horizon. Is Wallace really much of an upgrade over Shawn Marion?

nish (mesquite)

Does Caron come back next season since dallas is already millions over the cap?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:08 PM)

Caron Butler wants to be here. The Mavs like him a lot. It's just a matter of making the money work. The Mavs aren't millions over the cap for next season, assuming the cap will stay in the same range. They're actually a little under it. But the priority is re-signing Tyson Chandler. I can't speculate on the probability of bringing back Butler until we know the new CBA rules. Will there be a midlevel exception? If there is, Butler might get that.

Jeff (Texas)

Hey Tim-Don't you think this has to be the best chemistry on a team in a while? Of course I want a championship, and the regular season hasn't really meant a lot in the previous Mavs seasons, but I really find myself thoroughly enjoying watching these Mavs this year. I guess because we are absent of the stereotypical "all about me/money/fame" guys, and we just have a group of guys that really care about each other and just want to win. Perhaps I'm being naive, because I don't really know them at all..but that is just the impression I get.Also, I think all the MFFLs really need to soak up these moments because someday we're going to look back and really miss the days of Dirk's clutch shots, Jkidds mindblowing passes, JET spreading the wings, Marion's soaring dunks, etc. I think we get too wrapped up in looking for that next trade that might put us over the hump, and don't realize the great team we have now.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:10 PM)

No question this is an easy team to like. Dirk says there "isn't a selfish bone on this team." That's true, as far as I can tell. But nobody -- management, coaches, players, fans -- will be satisfied unless they win a title.

barron (dallas,tx)

PLEASE TRADE BRENDAN HAYWOOD DALLAS CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY HIM AND CHANDLER. CHANDLER WILL COMMAND 60 TO 70 MILLION NEXT YEAR

Tim MacMahon
  (2:11 PM)

You think there are a lot of teams who want to take that contract off the Mavs' hands?

Sam (Dallas)

Are the Mavs hoping Roddy can be a #2 scoring option or are they hoping he can be one of 5 guys thats in double figures every night?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:12 PM)

The Mavs have an MVP candidate in Dirk and a handful of guys capable of being the No. 2 scorer on any given night. Roddy Beaubois is one of them. It's more important that the Mavs consistently get five or six guys in double figures than it is to have someone emerge from the pack as the No. 2 scorer.

Matt (D.C.)

Tim,If the Mavs' maintain their 2-seed, beat the Lakers and the Spurs, which Eastern team do you think the Mavs match up most favorably with? Least favorably? Who do you think they'd have the most and least trouble with, including the Lakers and Spurs?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:13 PM)

Tap the brakes, partner. The Mavs have won one playoff series in the last four years. Let's wait until at least mid-May before we start worrying about which Eastern contender would be the best matchup.

Sandra (Washington D.C.)

Will Dallas' defense hold up during the playoffs?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:15 PM)

The Mavs need to renew their defensive commitment in the next 26 games. It has slipped recently. They've allowed at least 100 points in the last five games.

Chris (Irving)

Well we missed out yet agian, could of had Devin Harris and used him to get DWilliams. Man just another day being a Dirk fan, cause I dang sure aint no Mavs fan with that owner.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:16 PM)

Congratulations on completely overreacting while ignoring minor facts, such as the Jazz also getting a rookie who was the third overall pick and two lottery picks in that trade. I wouldn't cry too much about a team that is on a 13-1 run.

Travis (Columbus, OH)

Do you anticipate the buyout of Troy Murphy's contract, and if so, is he a viable option for the Mavericks to pursue?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:17 PM)

Murphy is expected to get a buyout, but I think other contenders will be more attractive to him. There just aren't many minutes for him on the Mavs as long as Dirk is healthy.

Brian M (College Station)

With Melo, Billups, and now Deron Williams now in the East, are the Mavs guaranteed a second round berth?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:19 PM)

Their chances, which were good already, have definitely improved this week. You would think the Grizzlies and/or Suns have decent shots to grab those last two seeds, except for the fact that the Nuggets' leftovers whipped the Grizzlies last night.

Josiah Pinto (Tulsa, OK)

What do you think will be key down the stretch for Dallas to beat the Lakers and Spurs in the playoffs?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:20 PM)

Roddy B. will be a key if the Mavs face the Lakers. They don't have any guards who should be able to stay in front of him. With the Spurs, the Mavs can't let Pop make Kidd a complete nonfactor again like last postseason.

Daniel (DFW)

The road to the finals in the west seems as easy now as it ever has been. Even if the players don't want a trade, don't the Mavericks owe it to the fans to go all out before the trade deadline to make a push for the finals? This team won't be any younger next year.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:22 PM)

Why do you assume the Mavs can make a deal that will pay immediate dividends? They're already blending in two key pieces (Peja and Roddy B). They have no glaring needs right now. This isn't a team that needs a shake-up, unlike last season.

eddie (College Station)

What do you see our starting lineup looking like down the stretch? Kidd Roddy Peja Dirk Tyson?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:23 PM)

Yep. If they all stay healthy, I see Carlisle going with that five for the rest of the season. He has 26 games to set a consistent rotation.

Edwin Justice (Ft. Worth, Texas)

are the maverick's interested in gerald wallace or stephen jackson.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:23 PM)

No and no.

Jimmyjames (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Cuban has always had a itchy trigger finger around the deadline. Since we are so close to the deadline, do you think that Detroit's Prince is the most viable option before the deadline? If not do you have any inside information that you think is likely. Thank you

Tim MacMahon
  (2:25 PM)

Tayshaun Prince could be a nice fit, but the Pistons aren't just going to give away a quality player who has an expiring contract. And I'd be surprised if the Mavs traded any of their healthy core players.

@dallasportsmind (twitter)

How many minutes per game can we expect to see from Roddy B for the rest of the season? 28-30ish?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:26 PM)

Not sure Roddy can play 30 minutes without fouling out. Only half-kidding about that. I think he'll be in the 20-25 minute range. I don't see him playing much PG, especially if JJ Barea keeps producing like he has been.

Web (Dallas)

Is jason Terry helping or hurting the Mavs by saying the will catch the Spurs? Any chance the Mavs catch the Spurs in the standings?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:28 PM)

I don't think he's helping or hurting the Mavs. He's helping the media by giving us juicy material, but that's about it. His point was that the Mavs might not catch the Spurs in the standings, but he expects to see them in the playoffs and looks forward to it.

Rick (Big D)

Any chance the Mavs make some sort of small deal? Any buyout candidates they could look at?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:30 PM)

There's always a chance. They have some trade exceptions, but I haven't seen any smoke, much less fire. They still have their midlevel exception, which they might use on a guy who gets a buyout if it's a great fit. A defensive-minded 3 might fit the bill, although I don't have a name in mind.

Tim (Plano)

Still a Harris question but valid. Why do you think Dallas didn?t bite at the offer of Butler/Jones/1st?

Tim MacMahon
  (2:32 PM)

If they thought acquiring Harris gave them a chance to eventually get Deron Williams, it'd be counterproductive to give up a couple of assets they might need in a deal with Utah.

Tim MacMahon
  (2:33 PM)

All right, I'm gonna wrap it up now. Don't think the Mavs pull the trigger on a deal in the next couple of days, but if they do, we'll be all over it on ESPNDallas.com.