Chat with Tim MacMahon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, Dallas Mavericks reporter Tim MacMahon stops by to chat about the team.
MacMahon joined ESPN in September 2009 and covers the Cowboys and Mavericks. He has covered the local sports scene from high schools to colleges to pros during his six-year tenure at The Dallas Morning News. MacMahon is a graduate of UNT.
Send your questions now and join MacMahon Tuesday at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET!
Tim MacMahon (3:09 PM)
Sorry I'm running a little late. Had some technical difficulties. Fire away.
I understand why Carlisle doesn't always trust collison, and looks elsewhere. But WHY does he insist on playing Mike James? The guy shoots under 30% and turns it over a lot. Let's be honest, we're definitely not making playoffs. Why not let one of the younger guys get the backup PG minutes?
Tim MacMahon (3:11 PM)
Guess who has the best plus-minus/minutes on the team? Mike James. Hard to believe, but it's true. He gets crunch-time minutes in large part because Carlisle likes his toughness. Bigger point guards like Jeremy Lin tend to bully Collison. As far as playing the younger guys, what's the point? Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois will be free agents. I can't see either coming back next season.
If you had to guess, what do you think is going thru mark cuban head right now.
Tim MacMahon (3:12 PM)
He's thinking of a million different ways he might be able to clean up this mess. Nothing he can do about that now. The Mavs have to have a great summer or they are doomed to mediocrity or worse again next season. Oh, and Cuban is also thinking about how Shark Tank gets great ratings.
Tim, come next year if the Lakers decide to amnesty Gasol or World-Peace, does it go on worst record as to the pecking order of who they can sign with? Could the Mavs possibly get another deal like w/ Brand where they pay a small salary for a prime player like Gasol and still be able to add pieces around a Gasol/Dirk tandem?
Tim MacMahon (3:14 PM)
It's not based on records. Teams that have cap space make silent bids. The Mavs made the biggest bid on Brand, so they were awarded him. The same thing could theoretically happen with Gasol, which would certainly be interesting. Not sure how well he'd fit with Dirk, but for a small price, it'd be worth the risk to find out, especially if the Mavs could make upgrades elsewhere as well.
What are the possibilities that Cuban will eventually sell this team in the near future?
Tim MacMahon (3:14 PM)
Never say never, but I seriously doubt Cuban sells the team. Especially while the Mavs are struggling. He's way too competitive to leave on a low note.
At this point, is it now fair to ask the question if Cuban and Donnie really have what it takes to build a perennial contender going forward or have they simply been willing to spend more money than most teams and had the good fortune of riding the coattails of a once-in-a-franchise player over the last decade?
Tim MacMahon (3:17 PM)
It's definitely fair to wonder whether the Mavs' braintrust can build and sustain a contender under the new CBA while Dirk declines. They have to prove it. But they deserve some benefit of the doubt after 12 straight playoff berths, 11 50-win seasons, two Finals trips and one title. The NBA market is about to undergo major changes with massive luxury tax increases coming next season. The Mavs are positioned to take advantage of that. We'll see if they can.
kevin (wishing 2011)
need advise if you were a season ticket holder for mavs -would you renew tickets for next year? why? and outside of dirk --will there be any long term commitments next year?
Tim MacMahon (3:19 PM)
I'm not in the business of telling other people how to spend their hard-earned money, so I'll skip that question. As far as long-term commitments next year, there absolutely needs to be. The Mavs can't just have a temporary supporting cast again. They need to start the rebuilding process, even if that means having to settle to committing to quality complementary pieces. They are guaranteed to have a ton of cap space again the next summer anyway with the contracts of Dirk, Marion and Carter expiring.
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TMac even before all this safety craze that has happened over the past 24 hours ive been high on a guy like jonathan cyprien he has the ball skill play recognition and SIZE to be top safety i think in the league. No disrespect to vaccaro but i said go for a linemen (oline or dline) and get cyprien in the second round hoping hes still there of course.
Tim MacMahon (3:21 PM)
Sorry, wrong sport. And I can't say I've watched any tape of Cyprien, although I've heard a lot about him. If I'm the Cowboys, I'm probably picking an offensive guard or tackle in the first round. Would love to see Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson, but I don't think he'll be there.
what is your thought on the team next year look like?
Tim MacMahon (3:22 PM)
The only guarantee is that Dirk will be here. Everybody else is an expiring contract or expendable in the right deal. Obviously, they'd love to land Dwight Howard, but that's a long shot at best. I could throw a bunch of names out there, but it's all guesswork at this point. It's not like any of us were talking about Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand at the end of last season. It will certainly be an interesting July.
From being around the organization all year, do you get the feeling that Cuban and Donnie see Jared Cunningham as likely to be a bust, a rotation guy, future star in the league, or something else?
Tim MacMahon (3:24 PM)
If they were high on Cunningham, they wouldn't have demoted him to the D-League just before a trip to Portland and Golden State, his old college and high school stomping grounds. He needs to have a great summer. He's a great athlete, but Cunningham hasn't done anything to give hope that he can be a contributor. He was just OK in the D-League and he's hurt again now (knee tendinitis).
I think people need to calm down. Yes the mavs are terrible this year, but that has more to do with the changing circumstances from the new CBA than with the front office being incompetent. And also, you're not going to have a lot of young talent when you're drafting in the upper 20's for a decade. Give them a chance and be thankful you're not a lakers fan with their atrocious salary cap situation.
Tim MacMahon (3:27 PM)
Paul, what is your title with the Mavs? Just kidding. It's going way too far to call a front office that won a title two years ago "incompetent," but the draft whiffs must stop. And don't use their draft slots as an excuse. They just got lit up by Chandler Parsons, who went 12 spots after a pick the Mavs traded to Denver for Rudy Fernandez. And look at the Spurs' roster. San Antonio consistently gets quality players late in the draft. The Mavs can't afford another miss with their lottery pick this year, even though this is supposed to be a weak draft.
kevin (wishing for 2011)
so with season basically over --do you expect to see heavy dose of roddy b, dojo, crowder and james in last 10 games?
Tim MacMahon (3:29 PM)
Rick Carlisle has made it clear that he isn't giving minutes to players who haven't earned them. He pointed out that Bernard James failed to grab a rebound in eight-plus minutes the other night. You can make a case for Sarge and Crowder, but playing Roddy B and DoJo does nothing for this franchise's future.
Timo (san antonio )
tim ive seen some naive mavs fans who think they can and will get both cp3 and dwight howard !!! isnt it true that they barely have the cap space to sign one let alone both ? odds are we get neither but im correct right they dont have the cap space to sign both and neither are gonna take huge paycuts to come here ?
Tim MacMahon (3:30 PM)
You are right. Theoretically, the Mavs could trade everyone but Dirk and have almost enough room to give CP3 and Howard max deals, but we're discussing a pipe dream. Paul ain't leaving LA. We'll see about Howard. The Mavs will have a shot if he leaves the Lakers, but the Rockets and Hawks would be tough to beat out.
Regardless of CP3 and D12 decisions, do you feel the Mavs will make a play for Samuel Dalembert this summer? I believe his game -- defensive presence around the rim, rebounding, and ability to score around the basket -- is very similar to Tyson Chandler and would complement an aging Dirk perfectly over the next couple of years.
Tim MacMahon (3:31 PM)
Eh. As a low-price backup? OK. As part of the foundation? Pass.
Tim MacMahon (3:32 PM)
Appreciate the questions, folks. We'll do this again in a couple of weeks.