I must say that when free agency started I didn't hold out much hope for the Mavericks, a team over the salary cap and as many as eight roster spots to fill, with only the mid-level exception to do it. But despite that, they made two great moves in signing DeSagana Diop and Gerald Green. Diop is no scorer, but he brings defense and shotblocking to a team desperately in need of both. I would have loved to see us draft Roy Hibbert, but Diop is a nice consolation prize. Green intrigues me even more. He's only 22 and has freakish talent. With a little development, he could become a future cornerstone over the next 3-4 years.
That said, there is still more to do. Antoine Wright must be re-signed, we need a young backup point guard, and we need to strengthen our bench. After Kidd, Stackhouse, Howard, Dirk and Dampier, what is there? JJ Barea is not the PG we need. Jason Terry might be valuable trade bait, as is Kidd, who could be moved (Lakers?) sometime this season. But again, where is the youth? This is why I think now might be the time to move Josh Howard. I could personally care less about the pot smoking. We rely on athletes as role models too much anyway. Howard's trade value will increase, and one of the teams Dallas needs to be calling is Philadelphia. The Sixers are after Josh Smith, but probably won't get him, as Atlanta can match any offer he gets. Philadelphia is one of the few teams with the cap room to take on Howard's contract, and they need a proven star to pair with Andre Iguodala. If they don't land Smith, offer them Howard for Willie Green, Thaddeus Young and either the draft rights to Marreese Speights or a future 1st round pick.
Then, call either Memphis (Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley, Javaris Crittenten) or Indiana (Jamaal Tinsley, Jarrett Jack, T.J. Ford) about one of their young point guards. Or better yet, move on Sebastian Telfair in free agency. Imagine a lineup that looks like this.
Starting 5- Kidd, Willie Green, Jerry Stackhouse, Dirk and Dampier
Second 5- Jason Terry, Antoine Wright, Gerald Green, Brandon Bass, Diop
10-15- Thaddeus Young, Speights, Shan Foster, Nick Fazekas, Barea. All young and developing.