Chat with Tim MacMahon
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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.
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Tim MacMahon (3:02 PM)
We're two days after from the trade deadline, and there's minimal buzz about the Mavs. Doesn't look like they'll pull the trigger on a deal, but that shouldn't keep us from chatting about them.Fire away ...
How interested do you think the Mavs would be in trying to acquire Rondo at the deadline? Sure he is injured now, but it is only a partial acl tear. If everyone in Boston is so convinced the team is better without him, why not offer a package of players and picks for a top 5 pg. Having Dirk and Rondo, on a reasonable contract, would probably be attractive to free agents in the offseason - perhaps Howard?
Tim MacMahon (3:03 PM)
Would the Mavs be interested? Sure. Could they put together a package nearly as attractive as others the Celtics would get if they shopped Rondo? Sorry, can't see it happening.
Andrew Sturgis (Dallas)
So, alot of Josh Smith rumors lately, Do you see the Mavs actually making a trade for him? Or any trades for that matter..
Tim MacMahon (3:04 PM)
I've written it several times, and I'll repeat it again: The Mavs are not interested in Josh Smith. Or, if they are interested, they are doing one heck of a job downplaying it. Smith isn't the kind of guy you can build a franchise around. The Mavs can't invest max money in a player who isn't good enough to be a centerpiece for a contender.
What are the chances of the mavs aquiring dwight howard this summer?
Tim MacMahon (3:06 PM)
I'd put them in the neighborhood of 15 percent. It's looking more and more likely that he'll leave the Lakers. The problem is that the Hawks and Rockets -- two of the other teams that will have cap space for a max deal -- can put better supporting casts around Howard next season.
Doesn't it make sense for the Mavs to dump Marion no matter what their goal is this summer? I think it would be hard to attract Dwight to a team that would consist of Marion, Dirk, Dwight and a bunch of min. contract players. It would difficult but easier if you switched out Marion for a younger Mayo. And if we miss on Dwight, the Mavs could use the extra room to go after Jennings or Bynum. And we would we have a better lottery pick!
Tim MacMahon (3:08 PM)
It might make sense to dump Marion at some point, but I see no reason to rush. He should be attractive to a lot of teams this summer, when he's entering the last season of his deal. As far as the lotto pick goes, the Mavs will not tank this season. Too much pride to do that. Plus, they've already won too many games to give them a very good shot at a top-three pick in a poor draft.
From what you have heard, are the Mavs linked to any big trades that could happen in the next couple of days?
Tim MacMahon (3:09 PM)
There's been a little buzz about the Mavs being intrigued by Brandon Jennings, but nothing has heated up.
Tim, what's closer to happening - 635 opening and being an improvement or the Mavs next playoff appearance?
Tim MacMahon (3:10 PM)
I'd take the Mavs. I'll give a front office that is coming off 12 playoff berths, 11 50-win seasons, two Finals appearances and a title the benefit of the doubt, even though it looks like letting Tyson Chandler and Co. go is blowing up in their face.
Howdy T-Mac, trust you Mavs writers had a good break during the ASG weekend. Besides D12, whom do you see as a suitable Center for the Mavs to go after this summer? I would try Gortat or JJ Hickson. They're not All-Stars, but would still be an upgrade from what we have right now. Kaman can be a decent bench player, at best.
Tim MacMahon (3:12 PM)
Can't see Kaman coming back. Hickson puts up numbers, but he's not the defensive anchor the Mavs need next to Dirk. Gortat is interesting, and the Mavs liked him enough to sign him to that offer sheet Orlando ended up matching. If Howard goes to Houston, I wonder if the Rockets would be looking to deal Asik. He's an excellent defender who is averaging a double-double, and he'd be an awfully expensive backup.
The Mavs seem to be in a tough spot right now regarding keeping Dirk and reloading or simply rebuilding. What do you think the chances are that Cuban blows up the team this offseason to try and get a good pick for 2014?
Tim MacMahon (3:13 PM)
What is there to blow up? They aren't dealing Dirk -- ever. The Mavs might have to rebuild the old-fashioned way, but they won't do it intentionally.
Haven heard much news about Kaman lately and his injury.. Do you see him getting traded before the deadline? I know his offense is good, but the Defense, especially with Dirk,cant work. Do you think any team would want him?
Tim MacMahon (3:15 PM)
I don't think there's enough interest in Kaman to get a decent return for him. The Mavs will be very picky in taking back contracts that will cost them cap space, so that mitigates Kaman's value as an $8 million expiring contract. He has done non-contact work in practice the last couple of days. No definitive word on when he'll be available to play again -- or if he'll be in the rotation when he's ready.
what is the most likely mavericks trade scenario?
Tim MacMahon (3:15 PM)
If the Mavs miss on D12 and Eric Gordon in this off season, then what????
Tim MacMahon (3:18 PM)
I don't know that Eric Gordon will be Plan B. I'm sure they'll have a lot of different scenarios. If they whiff on Howard, they'll try to take advantage of their cap space by trading with teams looking to unload salary. The worst-case scenario is that they load up on one-year deals again. Dirk has made it clear that he isn't down with that. It'd be better to commit to complementary players who won't cost a ton and try to get some continuity going. They'll have a lot of cap space in the summer of '14 no matter what with Dirk, Marion and Carter all coming off the books.
Do you see carlisle starting Bernard James for the forseeable future? Or will it end when Kaman is healthy? It seems to me that having kaman come off the bench so there is not as much overlap with Dirk and kaman on the floor in the first quarter together might be better for everybody
Tim MacMahon (3:19 PM)
Talked to Rick about this today and will have a blog post on the subject later. In a nutshell, he'd love to settle on this starting lineup. He's looking for reasons to stick with it, not reasons to change. It's pretty clear that he doesn't see Kaman as the solution.
Hey Tim, So how do you feel about Collison, Is he the pointguard of the future? Would you trade him now if it netted Dallas Jennings? Just speculating
Tim MacMahon (3:21 PM)
I just don't see Collison as a fit for Carlisle long term. He doesn't have the attributes Carlisle values most in point guards. Collison puts up pretty good numbers, but his defense and decision-making aren't nearly good enough for the Mavs to commit significant money to him. I could see him being part of a deal for Jennings, but the Bucks would want a lot more.
What are the chance of dallas trade Chris Kaman and bring in Samuel Dalembert from Milwaukee Bucks?
Tim MacMahon (3:24 PM)
Sounds good to me, but I think Dalembert will be part of a bigger deal for the Bucks. Milwaukee isn't in the market for a starting center with Larry Sanders emerging. I'd be surprised to see these teams just swap centers with expiring contracts, but the Mavs were interested in signing Dalembert to a one-year deal after the lockout.
I saw that you said you could see Collison going in a deal for Jennings. I still dont think the trade going down, but exactly how much would Dallas have to give up for Jennings? What would Milwakee want? Collison, Roddy, Marion?
Tim MacMahon (3:25 PM)
It might be more about what the Bucks want to unload. For example, if they're trying to dump Drew Gooden's salary, that ought to be a deal-breaker. Marquette alum Jae Crowder is a guy who would make sense for the Bucks.
Tony(dallas) [via mobile]
All this talk about the FAclass of 14, whos on that list?
Tim MacMahon (3:28 PM)
If LeBron opts out, he'd be the big fish, but that's a pipe dream for Dallas. I think he either stays in Miami or goes back to Cleveland, but there's speculation about the Lakers trying to make a run at him. DeMarcus Cousins (restricted) might be the most attractive realistic name for the Mavs. Here's a list: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/8589693/nba-free-agents-2013-2014
It seems like the Mavs are more likely to not make any moves at the trade deadline. Why do you think that is? Do you think that they think they are better off at shopping free agency again and/or see who they get in the draft? It seems like by doing this means they are going to "tank" the season which I know Dirk, Marion, and Carter wouldnt be happy about that.
Tim MacMahon (3:29 PM)
Is there a deal out there that would be worth sacrificing even a slim chance to sign Dwight Howard? The Mavs have to consider that for any trade that would require them taking back salary for next season. That makes it very tough to find a good trade fit.
In your opionion, would it be worth it to trade for B.Jennings if it means we have to teak on Goodens contract at well? Really wish we could snag Dalembert as well!
Tim MacMahon (3:30 PM)
Not in my opinion, but I'm on record as not being a fan of Brandon Jennings' game. I just don't like itty-bitty shoot-first point guards with poor shooting percentage, especially if they're banking on landing a big contract this summer.
Don't see E. Gordon as upgrade over Mayo. Need defensive center and pg upgrade. Do you agree?
Tim MacMahon (3:32 PM)
Gordon might be a better player, but I think Mayo will give better bang for the buck. Gordon is due $44.7 million over the next three years. I don't think Mayo will get nearly that much in the open market, and he's much more durable and not much less productive than Gordon.
What's the over/under for what Dirk averages after the break? 20?
Tim MacMahon (3:32 PM)
I've got a couple of friendly wagers that he'll average at least 20 ppg after the break, so I'll set the over-under at 20.5.
Tim MacMahon (3:33 PM)
Been fun, folks, but gotta get going. Appreciate all the questions.