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February 21, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (3:00 PM)

The Mavs are 21-12 and have won seven of the last eight games. They're an elite defensive team with Dirk and a lot of other offensive weapons that have yet to really click this season. They have a legit chance at repeating. So let's try not to focus too much on this summer during this chat, OK? Fire away ...

Horvo (Bay Area)

What do you make of Carlisle's recent comments about Odom? Is he saying that we should give up on expecting more from him? Do you think Carlisle has given up on him?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:02 PM)

My read on it is that Carlisle wants to publicly defend Odom -- like he did with Haywood last season -- while dialing down expectations for him. I wrote last week that folks in Dallas should forget about Odom's Sixth Man of the Year pedigree. That's just not going to happen here. The Mavs just hope he can be a quality eighth man, which hasn't been the case nearly often enough.

Jon (PHL)

What's going on with VC? His shot looks off and he's standing around more often than not.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:03 PM)

I mentioned on the blog this morning that I think the grind is getting to him. Rick Carlisle probably regrets playing Carter 37 minutes in Philly. That's too many minutes for his 35-year-old legs, especially in the first game of a three-in-four-nights stretch. The All-Star break is coming at a good time for Carter.

Ricky (Houston)

Obviously the Lamar Odom experiment has failed. I realize Carlisle is continuing to play him in hopes that he turns around. It's not like this guy is just going to find it overnight and start contributing 18/10 like he has past years. So are we basically just holding on to an expiring contract?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:06 PM)

Lamar Odom isn't an expiring contract. He's a contract that can be bought out for $2.4 million, which is a fraction of his salary next season. That's why the Mavs wouldn't even consider trading him unless they're getting an expiring contract in return, and even that is a sticky situation. They need a legit backup power forward to avoid overworking Dirk. They also have good reason to treat Odom with respect even if this continues to now work well. For one, his agent also represents Deron Williams.

Sam (Dallas)

In percentages, who makes the final decision for trades and free agent signings? (Cuban , Nelson, Rick C)

Tim MacMahon
  (3:07 PM)

Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle give input. Mark Cuban makes the decisions. He's the one who has to sign the checks, so that's his right. But he listens to his basketball people.

UberSamoyed (Frisco, TX)

The trade deadline is fast approaching. Do the Mavs get involved or sit this one out and save chips for the upcoming offseason?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:08 PM)

The Mavs won't do anything that will sacrifice salary cap space this summer. I would be very surprised if they trade any rotation players.

AJ (Plano)

Do you think getting Ramon sessions for Roddy would be a good deal?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:09 PM)

I actually like Ramon Sessions a lot as a backup PG, but he has a player option for $4.5 million next season. That makes him a no for the Mavs.

Jimmy (LR)

I'm liking DOJO. Love his size for a PG. Can he keep this up all year? When West returns, is it back to the pine?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:11 PM)

Dominique Jones is doing a solid job given the circumstances, but if he's in the rotation for the playoffs, something has gone seriously wrong. He's just filling in while Delonte West recovers. It'll be interesting to see how the backup PG minutes are split when Roddy Beaubois returns.

Austin (Dallas)

Here is a thought. Roddy to New Jersey for Deshawn Stevenson. I love how tenacious Stevenson is and he is only signed for this year. Gives the Mavs another defender and a toughness. Good Trade?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:12 PM)

I'm biased. I'm a huge DeShawn Stevenson fan. Loved his toughness and he gave me a lot of golden quotes to work with in the playoffs. So I'd do that deal, but I think the Mavs would rather have a future pick. With Vince Carter here, I don't think Stevenson would get off the bench.

Sahar (Israel)

We shouldn't trade Roddy. Assuming D Will and\ or D Howard come to Dallas , we need good rotation players. Roody will shine near the big 3 at the 2 gaurd and will be the x factor. not the star everybody expect but good player. and he is only making 2 million.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:15 PM)

If the Mavs are going to sign both Williams and Howard, they'll have to convince them to take less than max deals. Dumping Roddy B would mean another $1 million and change per year for each of the superstars -- or about $5 million each over the life of their four-year deals. The Mavs would have to fill the roster out with mini-midlevel and minimum-salary vets and draft picks.

Horvo (Bay Area)

What are the chances that Odom gets moved before the deadline? I just think he doesn't fit on the team and we can get a bigger benefit out of dealing him

Tim MacMahon
  (3:16 PM)

What bigger benefit do you think you get from dealing him? You think teams are just waiting for the chance to get an underachieving dude with an $8.9 million salary?

Jared (Ft. Worth)

Do you think when the playoffs come, that Wright will be playing over Mahimni as the backup center?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:16 PM)

That could change series to series or even game to game. I know Rick Carlisle likes the competitive situation that he has at that spot now.

Jordan (Florida)

What about trading Haywood for Kaman? The hornets don't seem to like him and we're overpaying haywood, match made in heaven?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:17 PM)

You realize that Haywood makes about half what Kaman makes?

Lonnie (Arlington)

Ok Tim, with the rumors about Roddy floating around, are the Mavs getting some good feelings about DoJo?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:18 PM)

Let's not go overboard about Dominique Jones. The Mavs are encouraged that he hasn't fallen on his face in the last few games, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if he's also dealt in a salary dump this summer.

Jason (Florida)

Do you agree with Galloway that the media has been too easy on Odom? Seems like he has been criticized regularly on the talk shows but people are now just past expecting big things from him.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:19 PM)

I don't agree with Galloway about too much. He thinks I was soft on Odom when I wrote that the hope for him is that he becomes a good eighth man for the Mavs. I didn't consider that a compliment, just reality for a guy who doesn't fit well on this roster and has played poorly in two-thirds of the games this season.

Justin (Dallas, Texas.)

Do you think the Phoenix Suns would trade Nash to us? If so why type of package would we have to put together?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:21 PM)

If the Suns decide to put Steve Nash on the block, they'll get better offers than anything the Mavs can give them. But I've got a hunch that Nash could come back to Dallas in free agency this summer if they don't land Deron Williams. Imagine if the Mavs give Dwight Howard a max deal and get Nash for a two-year deal. They'd have mega cap room again in two seasons, when Dirk's deal would also expire, to remodel around Howard.

David (Dallas)

RE: your earlier comment and not being able to give Howard and Williams a max contract. I thought if we amnestied Marion or Haywood, with all our other expiring contracts we could sign both at max?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:23 PM)

In that case, the Mavs could get close enough to make it attractive but not full max. Remember, the Heat's Big 3 didn't sign max contracts. They took less to play together. I could see Howard and Williams doing that, especially with no state income tax.

John (Dallas)

With Broussard's report that we are souring on Beaubois and are ready to deal him, do you see him being dealt for a draft pick at the deadline?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:23 PM)

I think it's more likely to happen in the summer.

Robert L (Fort Worth Tx)

If the Mavs trade Roddy for draft pick(s) at this years trade deadline, who do you see the Mavs picking up to take his roster space? Allen Iverson?? What other PG or athlete is available? Do you see the Mavs bringing over Nick Calethes this season?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:25 PM)

They might not fill the roster spot at all if that happens. Or they could go the 10-day contract route. Worth noting that veteran PG Antonio Daniels has had three consecutive double-digit assist games for the Texas Legends.

Bryson (Dallas, TX)

I dont think Roddy B. will ever be effective in Dallas. He needs to go somewhere where he can get more consistent minutes for him to grow as a point guard.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:27 PM)

I don't think Roddy B will ever be a starting point guard. If he develops, it'll be as a Barbosa-esque 2. Maybe he can be a Jet Lite, although he doesn't have anything resembling Jason Terry's swagger and fearlessness.

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Do you take questions like Robert L's just because he laughably mentioned Allen Iverson?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:27 PM)

That was pretty funny. Signing Allen Iverson would be great for ESPNDallas' business and maybe the dumbest thing the Mavs could possibly do.

Jeff (Ft Worth)

Tim why don't we have a Mavs blogger in DDL? BTW you were getting some props on there yesterday.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:29 PM)

I thought Rob Mahoney from the Two Man Game got in there. I'll check to see if they'll start feeding in tweets from Caplan and me. I can't tweet, blog, chat and actually watch a game, so I stay out of the chats and try my best with the rest.

Bwab (Plano)

Even before his absence, why didnt Carsile play Roddy B, even after his impressive stretch during JKidd's injury?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:30 PM)

Roddy had a really rough stretch of games before Kidd returned. He basically played one good quarter in the last four games. That wasn't good enough to earn minutes when Kidd and Delonte West were available, especially with Vince Carter moving into the starting 2 role. The Mavs' priority is winning games and getting ready for the playoffs, not developing projects.

Robert (Dallas)

Would you rather have Dwight Howard or Deron Williams?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:31 PM)

I'd take by far the best big man in the NBA over a top-five point guard. They're both just starting their prime, so age isn't a factor. Always go big over small if it's close.

Jordan (Florida)

As far as the Haywood v Kaman trade would be concerned, do you not think $14 million for a dominant, scoring center wouldn't help in a playoff run vs. a $7.5 million dollar waste in haywood?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:33 PM)

First, you have to make the numbers work for the salary cap. Second, if you think Haywood hasn't had a positive impact for a top-five defensive team this season, I'm not sure what to tell you. This is a defense-first team. A Haywood-for-Kaman swap would be a step in the wrong direction, not to mention impossible.

Jimbob (London)

why does Carlisle consistently roll out Odom and Terry and Wright when they are statistically the worst trio on the floor every single time. Every lead dwindles with Odom and Terry running around shooting long jumpers and carelessly turning the ball over. RC must know this .

Tim MacMahon
  (3:35 PM)

I don't have the plus-minus numbers handy to prove or disprove your statement, but I don't believe it's accurate. Also, remember that one of the Mavs' top priorities is keeping all their 30-somethings fresh for the games that really matter. Dirk ideally isn't going to play more than 32 minutes during the regular season, so somebody has to play those minutes.

Austin (Fort Worth)

People need to quit dogging Haywood. He has been one of the anchors of the Dallas D this year and you pay for big men in the NBA.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:38 PM)

Haywood deserved to be criticized during the regular season last year. But he was very good during the playoffs as the defensive anchor of unit that featured JJ Barea, Jason Terry, Peja Stojakovic and Dirk Nowitzki. That group was amazingly effective throughout the West playoffs, which doesn't happen without a big man doing a heck of a job protecting the rim. Haywood has been worth every penny this season, considering that he's paid like an average starting big man.

Gabriel (Edwardsville Il)

who will be the mavs 2gaurd of the furture

Tim MacMahon
  (3:39 PM)

No idea. But if they have All-Stars at PG, PF and C -- a possibility after this summer -- they will gladly go the patchwork route at SG.

Bwab (PLANO)

What's your explanation to why Bradan Wright has go the minutes nod over Ian Mahinmi?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:40 PM)

Wright has just been playing better with the notable exception of the Knicks game. Wright gives the Mavs an above-the-rim element and energy that nobody else on the team does.

David (Dallas)

The Spurs have be red HOT lately. What kind of chance do the Mavs have a chance at winning the Southwest and getting a top 4 seed?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:42 PM)

That's going to be an interesting race, but I don't think either team is too worried about winning the division. They'll both be more concerned with making sure their vets have fresh legs for the playoffs than seeding. Tony Parker deserves to be mentioned as a sleeper MVP candidate. He's been phenomenal this season.

jason (new london tx)

it looks like the nba is attempting to manufacture a superstar out of jeremy lin, there is no way that sunday's game was called down the middle.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:43 PM)

Spare me the conspiracy theories. The guy dropped 28 and 14 against the defending champions who had been playing lockdown D, especially against PGs. How about just giving Lin some props?

Neil (College Station)

Do you ever see a lineup featuring Wright and Haywood? I'd be nice for Wright to get more minutes at the 4.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:44 PM)

That'd be a pretty bad offensive combo. Neither guy can score more than five feet from the hoop with any kind of consistency. Carlisle sees Wright as a center who can play some 4 in rare situations.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:46 PM)

Gotta go, folks. If I didn't touch on your topic, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon