Beloved star forward Dirk Nowitzki has already stated he is going to take a pay cut in order to pursue two top-tier names in free agency. But, aside from the pursuit of Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, what else does Cuban have in mind?
One guy who is sure to receive a bigger contract than he was paid last year is Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson. The Bulls already have a healthy Derrick Rose heading into next season and a backup signed through 2014 in Kirk Hinrich. With the way Robinson played last year, he is likely to be headed out.
With such a spotty point guard bunch featuring Darren Collison and Mike James, Robinson could come in right away and add not only his excitement and energy, but scoring.
The Mavericks four point guards combined to average 24 points per game last season. Robinson, listed as the Bulls’ third point guard, averaged over 13 points per game – higher than any of Dallas’ point guards average in 2012.
With Robinson’s ability to knock down cold-blooded three point shots and get into the lane with his speed, the Mavericks would be foolish not to give him a look.
Collison as well as Rodrigue Beaubois both have qualifying offers of over $3 million going into the summer, and I wonder if the Mavericks are willing to bring them both back. Robinson could come in around that price, given last season he made just under $1 million on a minimum deal.
If Cuban is as smart as I think he is, Robinson is on his radar. In order to get back to championship status, he is going to have to bring in a variety of talent to fill out his roster alongside Nowitzki.