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08:13 AM ET 07.05 | Dominoes are starting to fall in the NBA free agent silly season. The Mavericks are hard at work to get a deal done that will keep Jason Kidd in Dallas, a source close to the situation said. Kidd finished a three-year deal worth $25 million after this past season and is an unrestricted free agent. There had been speculation that he would follow Deron Williams wherever he ended up. But when Williams chose the Brooklyn Nets over the Mavericks, that apparently nixed the idea of Kidd joining him in a package deal. ... The Mavericks, after losing out on Williams, are searching for viable point-guard options. The pairing of Kidd and Delonte West might be more palatable than throwing a huge wad of long-term money at somebody like Goran Dragic.

The Dallas Morning News

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July 5, 2012  08:16 AM ET

The only team that can come off worse than the Mavs have this offseason is the Knicks IF they can't keep Lin. Cuban and the Mavs are in trouble.

July 5, 2012  08:25 AM ET
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The only team that can come off worse than the Mavs have this offseason is the Knicks IF they can't keep Lin. Cuban and the Mavs are in trouble.

Actually, even if the Knicks can't keep Lin, the Mavs still come off worse. No D Will, no Nash, no Lin, no Howard, lose Terry, Dirk is a year older and J Kidd is looking like their best free agent signing. That's tough. Cuban crapped out.

July 5, 2012  08:25 AM ET

At this rate they might be able to finish in 10th place in the west next season.

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July 5, 2012  08:33 AM ET
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Actually, even if the Knicks can't keep Lin, the Mavs still come off worse. No D Will, no Nash, no Lin, no Howard, lose Terry, Dirk is a year older and J Kidd is looking like their best free agent signing. That's tough. Cuban crapped out.

It's amazing that Cube's could screw up so bad following a title with disaster! Even non-Mavs fans were calling on him to keep his championship team to defend the title. Now it looks like Dirk is one and done on rings. At least he got one which is what Cuban will end up with in his career if he continues with these kinds of moves.

July 5, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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how/why do the knicks come off as bad as you say?they were not expected to sign nash as they only had a few mil and they likely weren't goin to sign fields anyway due to $$. And they will match lin- so at worse, NY has treaded water

strike that- jr turd opted out- so they are WINNERS !!

No offense big guy but he did say "if they can't keep Lin"

Besides, JR Smith just became the lemonade from the lemon he was!

July 5, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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It's amazing that Cube's could screw up so bad following a title with disaster! Even non-Mavs fans were calling on him to keep his championship team to defend the title. Now it looks like Dirk is one and done on rings. At least he got one which is what Cuban will end up with in his career if he continues with these kinds of moves.

Cube missed the boat letting Chandler walk after he anchored the NBA title belt year before last. No D=No NBA rings. Cube got some young gritty players for rebounding and such, he needs to sign Ray Felton as a back up to Kidd.

July 5, 2012  08:36 AM ET
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The only team that can come off worse than the Mavs have this offseason is the Knicks IF they can't keep Lin. Cuban and the Mavs are in trouble.

Well it does seems as though Cuban has grossly overplayed his hand. No Howard, no Williams, no Nash, whatta free agent splash the Mavs have made considering they unloaded everyone to make cap room the this free agency.

As for the Knicks keeping Lin, I'm not a fan of the Knicks matching some silly contract offer to a unproven Lin just for the sake of having a PG, thereby effectively further making a mess outta an already bad cap situation. I think the Knicks should go after some undrafted kids given their cap situation rather than foolishly enhancing a prolematic cap situation with the signing of Lin. Look at Matt Cassell in football and in all liklihood you have a repeat situation with Matt Flynn. These great contracts for marginal work from marginal players.....same applies here with Lin. Wherever Lin plays this year he'll get truly exposed becuase he'll have to perform on a nightly basis on a NBA PG level. Don't see it happening at all!

July 5, 2012  08:44 AM ET
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Well it does seems as though Cuban has grossly overplayed his hand...

Yep.

The lesson here is simple - making decisions based on the potential of signing Free Agents is folly.

July 5, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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There's no hope for the Mavs now. Their drafting crapped out and now their free agency is crapping out. Dirk needs to ask to be traded to the Lakers or the Thunder right now.

Drafting bad players and sending them off to Europe to suck has caught up with us, GB.

July 5, 2012  08:46 AM ET
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how/why do the knicks come off as bad as you say?they were not expected to sign nash as they only had a few mil and they likely weren't goin to sign fields anyway due to $$. And they will match lin- so at worse, NY has treaded waterstrike that- jr turd opted out- so they are WINNERS !!

I said "if they don't keep Lin".

If they don't match Houston's offer, Mike Bibby will be the starting pg next season. And even though Fields was likely out the door, it especially hurts not having him now with Shump out for a good portion next season and JR opting out (even though you despise him lol).

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July 5, 2012  08:47 AM ET
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No offense big guy but he did say "if they can't keep Lin" Besides, JR Smith just became the lemonade from the lemon he was!

+1

Thanks, Eli.

July 5, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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There's no hope for the Mavs now. Their drafting crapped out and now their free agency is crapping out. Dirk needs to ask to be traded to the Lakers or the Thunder right now.

Gasol for Dirk. This is a mirror trade! $19M/three year PF, for $18.7M/three year PF!

Let's do it Guam!

July 5, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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nooooooooooooooooooooooooooohe's still turd flavored soupas for 'if' they keep lin.if he is offered a crazy contract- they should NOT match.that is smart business....looking forward instead of in the moment. You can't make reactionary moves and give out a BAD contract, casue one other dumb gm doesAdios lin if its for 30 mil

Houston offered Lin a deal - 4 years for 30 mil. Backloaded deal with 5 mil a year the first two years and 10 mil a year the last two.

July 5, 2012  08:51 AM ET
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Gasol for Dirk. This is a mirror trade! $19M/three year PF, for $18.7M/three year PF!

Let's do it Guam!

p.s. Softness for softness. Damn, they sound like twins...

Exept for the two rings to one thing!

July 5, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Gasol for Dirk. This is a mirror trade! $19M/three year PF, for $18.7M/three year PF!

Let's do it Guam!

Man...

This would be a solid kick square in the jewels, Eli. But I would love to see Dirk get another shot at a ring - this might be the best option for him.


But wouldn't you rather have Howard?

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July 5, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Man...

This would be a solid kick square in the jewels, Eli. But I would love to see Dirk get another shot at a ring - this might be the best option for him.


But wouldn't you rather have Howard?

We'll ship Bynum and MWP to Orlando for Howard.

Wouldn't that be crazy that DH and Dirk end up playing together... but in L.A. and not Dallas?

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