After a disappointing season this year, the Dallas Mavericks have to figure out what direction they want to go. For years the Mavericks have relied on free agency and trades rather than the NBA draft. Part of that is due to the fact they have had really good seasons and have drafted really low.
Last summer when the dreams of getting Dwight Howard or Deron Williams fell through, Mark Cuban brought in a collection of players for head coach Rick Carlisle to work with. On paper, it didn’t look too bad with Elton Brand, O.J. Mayo, and Chris Kamen. However, it was a group of players that never really gelled together. Dirk Nowitzki, of course, missed the first two months of the season, but by then the hole had been dug too deep to climb out.
In his exit interview on Thursday, Mayo made it known he was going to exercise his player option and become a free agent. He assured the media that he and the Mavericks both showed interest in bringing him back next season. With Nowitzki’s age starting to catch up with him, the Mavericks should try to bring Mayo back. He started all 82 games for Dallas this season, and he was second on the team in scoring behind Dirk with 15.3 points per game.
The one downside to bringing him back is the fact that he seemed to disappear at the worst possible moment during the season. Sure he had some big games and hit some clutch shots. Either way, Dallas needs to make a decision about Mayo and the future of the team. Normally, trusting Cuban’s plan for the team was a no-brainer, but after the last two off-seasons I’m skeptical about trusting him. Perhaps the best thing to do is sign Mayo and bring him back. You know he’s going to give you 15 points a game, and he can consume lots of minutes. Perhaps that should be plan A this year.