This offseason has not been kind to the Dallas Mavericks. First, they lost out on their pursuit of free agent Deron Williams, then veterans Jason Terry and Jason Kidd decided to sign with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks, respectively, leaving many Dallas fans wondering what Mark Cuban has in store for the future.
Today, sources claim that they have now set their sights on NBA veteran forward, Elton Brand.
The former All-Star who averaged 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season, is expected to be released by the Philadelphia 76ers under the NBA’s amnesty clause next Wednesday.
According to the amnesty waiver process, though Brand is still owed $18 million next season, teams that are under the salary cap, as are the Dallas Mavericks, get the first opportunity to bid on players who have been amnestied; sources say that this is exactly what the Mavs plan to do.
If the Mavs were to be the team with the highest bid, they would then responsible for that portion of Brand’s contract while the 76ers would still have to pay the remaining amount.
Dallas is still in preliminary talks with point guard Ramon Sessions as well. Sessions averaged 12.7 points and 6.2 assists per game last season with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With all of the free-agent misses last summer and this summer, Dallas fans are getting a bit antsy; many are wondering what the plan is for the Mavs, and in many cases, if there even is a plan in the first place.
It would be a travesty to waste Dirk Nowtizki’s remaining years.
Most expect that somehow Cuban will pull through and put together a decent team, but now that they Dallas Mavericks have tasted what it’s like to win an NBA title, they aren’t going to be nearly as patient as Cuban tries to reassemble a championship caliber team.