Knicks, Mavericks talking Tyson Chandler, Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon trade

Tyson ChandlerThe Dallas Mavericks are in talks to reacquire center Tyson Chandler from the New York Knicks as part of what might be a 6-player trade.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports news of the trade talks, which would see the Knicks send Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Mavericks. The Knicks would receive Jose Calderon, Sam Dalembert, Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and a second-round pick, according to reports.

Chandler was one of the key players on the Mavs’ championship team in 2011. Though owner Mark Cuban wanted to retain him, the team decided to let him go because of tight financial restrictions. Chandler then signed a 4-year, $60 million deal with the Knicks and has one season remaining on the deal.

Felton had a terrible season with the Knicks and has one year and a player option remaining on his contract. In order to shed the Chandler and Felton contracts, the Knicks would be taking back Calderon, who is set to make over $7 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17 after signing a four-year extension with the Mavs last year.

Mavericks reportedly interested in Pau Gasol

pau-gasol-spainPau Gasol returning to the Los Angeles Lakers is unlikely. The 33-year-old did not seem pleased with the direction of the team when discussing his impending free agency two months ago. When free agency begins on July 1, plenty of teams will be interested in Gasol. The Dallas Mavericks are one of them.

According to Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Mavericks are looking to upgrade at center and consider Gasol to be one of the better options. Gasol, who turns 34 next month, made $19.3 million with the Lakers last season. The amount of suitors he has will depend on his willingness to take a significant pay cut.

In a post on his personal blog back in April, Gasol said money will not be the most important factor for him in choosing where to sign.

“Money isn’t important to me,” he wrote. “I have other priorities. A contract lasting several seasons, the make-up of the team that signs me: I’ll need to think long and hard. I won’t just go to the franchise that offers me the biggest salary, I know that.”

Other options for the Mavs would include Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, but the Wizards are well under the salary cap and would be in a good position to keep the 29-year-old if they want to keep their 2013-2014 playoff team together. Exploring a trade with the New York Knicks that involves Tyson Chandler is also a possibility.

The Mavericks have around $30 million in cap space. They are among the teams interested in Carmelo Anthony, and signing him would not leave enough space for Gasol. In that sense, Gasol is probably considered Plan B at this point — albeit a more realistic Plan B.

Dallas Mavericks made superhero-themed video pitch to Dwight Howard

The Dallas Mavericks were unsuccessful in their effort to sign free agent Dwight Howard, but they put together a pretty cool video as part of their pitch to the center.

Mavs owner Mark Cuban wrote a lengthy blog post about the status of his team and reflected on how the past few years have gone for the franchise. In the blog post, Cuban discussed the team’s free agent meeting with Howard. Cuban says “[the Mavericks] believed we could make it work” with fitting Howard into the team’s culture, and he gave credit to Howard for being very smart and an excellent listener.

Cuban also shared the video the team played for Howard. The video is like an animated comic book story with Howard as a superhero. One cool part of the video shows the Mavericks sending out the bat signal to Howard, with the Mavs logo as the signal:

[Read more...]

Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks reportedly interested in Andrew Bynum

Andrew-Bynum-hairIf Andrew Bynum signs with a team other than the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, his stat sheet from his time in Philly will be completely blank. The Sixers gave up a great deal to pry Bynum away from the Los Angeles Lakers last year, but injuries prevented him from appearing in a single game. Should he sign with another team, Philly would have absolutely nothing to show for the trade.

According to ESPN.com, that may happen. The Cleveland Cavaliers are considered to be “legitimate contenders” to sign Bynum, particularly if he is interested in signing a one-year deal. Cleveland currently has around $15 million in cap space but would like to save future space to pursue free agents like LeBron James next summer, so a big-money, one-year deal would suit the team nicely.

[Related: Philly DA wants to investigate Andrew Bynum for fraud]

And the Cavs aren’t the only potential suitors for Bynum. The Dallas Mavericks reportedly began courting Bynum after missing out on Dwight Howard on Friday. However, sources told ESPN.com that the Mavs have launched an “exhaustive” evaluation process of Bynum and are trying to figure out if his ailing knees are healthy enough to justify a long-term contract. If he cuts back on the bowling, he just might be able to stay on the court.

The Atlanta Hawks are also believed to be interested in Bynum, though they would prefer to sign free agent Monta Ellis. Whatever the case, it seems obvious that the Sixers have competition for the 25-year-old if they hope to bring him back and prove that their trade with LA was not completely useless.

Dallas Mavericks out of Dwight Howard sweepstakes

Dwight Howard LakersI’m sure this comes as a shocker to everyone, but Dwight Howard/his people have informed the Dallas Mavericks that they are out of the running for the free agent center.

ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported the news that Dallas was informed they are out of the sweepstakes. Mavs owner Mark Cuban confirmed the news with an email.

“We gave it a shot and it didn’t work out. It was truly an experience. … So it’s on to Plan B,” Cuban said in an email, per ESPN Dallas’ Tim MacMahon.

Cuban then sent this message via Twitter:

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Howard narrowed his choices to the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets prior to Golden State’s acquisition of Andre Iguodala. TNT’s David Aldridge says the Warriors and Rockets are the favorites, with the Lakers in third.

Few believed the Mavericks were a legitimate landing spot for Howard. The team missed the playoffs with a 41-41 record last season and have been trending downward ever since winning the NBA championship in 2011.

Rick Carlisle to media: ‘Go f*** yourselves’

The playoffs are slowly slipping away for the 27-33 Dallas Mavericks, and as a result head coach Rick Carlisle is starting to show some frustration. Injuries and inconsistent play have forced Carlisle to use 19 different starting lineups in 60 games this season, which is the most in the league and six more than the Mavs used all of last season.

Carlisle met with the media on Friday morning and was asked about all the different lineup combinations he has gone with. We’re merely speculating here, but it sounds like the question rubbed him the wrong way.

As Ball Don’t Lie pointed out, that stat is accurate. Carlisle used 31 different lineups during the 2005-2006 season when he coached the Indiana Pacers, so the shuffling is nothing new for him. But don’t take his foul language personally.

Since Carlisle has been known to kick a ball into the stands in anger and swear during postgame press conferences, we aren’t really surprised he would take a foul tongue with reporters. Having said that, it’s not every day a coach straight up tells the press to go f*** themselves. Happy Friday, everyone.

Mavericks reportedly bothered that Derek Fisher signed with Thunder

Derek Fisher ThunderDerek Fisher signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week, and the move is not sitting well with the Dallas Mavericks.

Dallas signed Fisher at the end of November after point guard Darren Collison got hurt. At the time, Fisher said he would devote himself to the Mavs for the season.

“I told (teammates) today, ‘This is not a pit stop. This is not kind of the final whatever before I decide to retire soon.’ I’m here to give everything I have to help this team right now and continue to build as we go through this season,” Fisher said after his first practice with the Mavericks on Nov. 29.

After straining his knee on Dec. 18, Fisher went against the commitment he made to the team and asked for his release.

“In Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon,” Fisher said in a statement. “With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.”

The Mavericks obliged and released Fisher at his request.

On Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced they were signing Fisher for the rest of the season. As you would figure, the turn of events is bothering the Mavericks.

NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan says the Dallas front office is “agitated” that Fisher signed with the Thunder after leaving Dallas on the premises of being close to his family.

It’s easy to see why they would be upset. They signed him in good faith and released him in good faith, and now he turns around and signs with another team in what seems like a deceitful move. Of course, this isn’t the first time Fisher has pulled a similar stunt. He asked the Utah Jazz to release him following the 2007 season so he could be close to his daughter, who needed special treatment for a medical condition. Then he signed with the Lakers, which was one of Utah’s competitors in the Western Conference.

Fisher needs to stop playing the family card to get him out of situations he doesn’t find favorable. It’s getting old and it makes him look bad.

Chest bump to Pro Basketball Talk
Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE