Print and Go Back ESPN: SportsNation

March 8, 11:30 AM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:32 AM)

Greetings from Phoenix and the start of the dreaded back to back to back. Won't be easy. Phoenix is playing much better having won 5 of 7. Sacramento is very capable at home and will be looking avenge that 39 point embarrassment in Dallas, and Golden State's Oracle Arena is always rocking even if the Warriors aren't very good. I'm ready. Are you? Hopefully the Mavericks are too.

Jarad (Ft Worth)

Hey Chuck, any update on Haywood?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:34 AM)

No update yet. The Mavs will shoot at Noon Dallas time, so we'll know more after the practice. About 1:00 or so

Kris (Warsaw, Poland)

Which starting 5 can we expect when Delonte West is ready again? Seems that Carter is better coming from the bench.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:36 AM)

Actually, until the last week or so, Carter in the starting lineup as been the Mavs best unit. It will be interesting to watch because Roddy Beaubois has come out of the All Star break with a pretty salty run. If he can keep this up, that would afford Rick Carlisle the luxury of playing both Kidd and West together at the start of games. I agree with you that Carter, might be better coming off the bench. He's in a slump right now, but I do like how he can match up with second unit players even if he was playing well

Matt (Alvarado)

Why do you think the mavs are struggling this season closing out games?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:39 AM)

Some would say it's just the law of averages. The Mavs have been SO good the last three years (70 % winning pct in games decided by five or less) that it stands to reason they might come back to Earth a bit. But if you are watching (And I know you are) it's been a little of everything. Bad offense one night. Can't get a stop the next night. Don't block out on a missed free throw. It's all hit here in the last few weeks. Obviously, it's something that needs cleaning up

Sprinkles (Jersey Shore,PA)

Chucky.. would mavs do a dwight for dirk and odom deal?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:43 AM)

Can't make that trade, and the mavs don't want to trade Dirk. They want to add to Dirk

Kirby (Taipei)

If the Mavs don't end up with Dwight and/or D-Will, what will Cuban and Co. do with their newfound cap space?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:45 AM)

They could try to bring Nash back. He's having a fantastic year in Phoenix. But anything (including bringing back Nash) will seem like leftovers if at least one of those two guys doesn't land with the Mavericks next season

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:47 AM)

The Mavericks won't be seeking trades, but they will listen if the phone rings. The deal, though, would have to be over the top in their favor for them to pull the trigger. Jason Terry isn't going anywhere. His ability to score in the 4th quarter (OKC notwithstanding) is a huge part of this team, and his expiring contact may be even more important.

mark (ardc)

will the mavs make any trades b4 the deadline? Is JET tradable and or in a slump?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:47 AM)

See above

Shawn Jacob (Carrrollton, TX)

Conspiracy Theory for Jason Terry: He's taking opportunities only for himself so he can get noticed by another team (that could potentially sign him) because he knows Mark Cuban isn't going to give him the contract he desires. Conspiracy or truth?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:51 AM)

Really? You think after 13 years in the NBA that teams don't know what Jason Terry is? All comes down to cap room that any team might have if they'd be interested in signing him. The player hasn't vhanged

jason (new london tx)

any chance jason terry would sign for less to stay?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:52 AM)

I wouldn't rule it out, but it would depend on how much less, and what teams with the money were doing the offering.

g (Fort Worth)

Any time table on Delonte and his return?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:55 AM)

He's had a smaller wrap on his hand all week so that's a good sign. He was hurt on Feb 15. The surgery was 2 days later. The outlook was from 4-6 weeks. It looks like we'll be closer to the front end of that. All depends on how much pain West can handle (I think he can handle a lot). So with that, I'm looking at the Spurs game next Sat as the earliest and the Lakers game the following Wed at the latest.

Jimmy (LR)

I don't know why, but I still think the West goes through Dallas. I just haven't seen a West team that could beat the Mavs in 7 games. OKC is very close though but I still think in a 7 game series the Mavs will figure it out. Thoughts?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:58 AM)

Western playoffs will be donnybrooks. All depends on matchups. Teams with quality size like Memphis or the Lakers are the ones that figure to give the Mavs the toughest time. and OKC is learning how to close out games, something they struggled with all last year. I think the Mavs can play with them, but OKC is playing with so much confidence at home right now, and you're going to have to beat them once up there to win a series.

Michael Olawakandi (Trailer)

I am better than Haywood.. anyway Mavs sign me?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (11:58 AM)

No you are not. Now go back to the Trailer

Kirby (Taipei)

What is the best expiring/draft pick the Mavs can get for Marion?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:02 PM)

They are not trading him. Not with the value he gives this team now. and he'll have value in the off season either via trade/amnesty.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:04 PM)

On that note. We'll close it down for today. Off to shootaround, and then the game tonight. Hope you'll join Brad and me on ESPNDallas 103.3. Insider at 8:00 and tip time around 9:45. We'll talk here next week, but if you can't wait you can reach me at @coopmavs on Twitter