It’s safe to say that anyone associated with the Dallas Mavericks has a look on their face similar to that of Mark Cuban in the photo above. A franchise that went into the offseason hoping to sign either Chris Paul, Dwight Howard or maybe even Andre Iguodala has swung and missed with all three top-notch NBA free agents.
Tortured by the thought of Paul and Howard teaming up in Big D, the Mavs’ faithful are now left with what “could have been.” Reports say that Howard has notified Dallas that he will not accept its offer — in true DH12 fashion Howard has not yet told anyone where he is going to play basketball in 2013-14.
This feeling of disappointment after not landing a free agent seems to happen more often than not for the Cuban-led organization. Last year the talk was that Deron Williams would make his way down to the hometown Mavericks, but that was just another rumor that the Dallas’ fan base was antagonized with. Now, the fans must dust themselves off and think about who else they can put alongside Dirk Nowitzki for the coming seasons.
Josh Smith is the Mavs’ best bet.
A freakish athlete, Smith would be able to keep No. 41′s legs fresh and hopefully propel Dallas back to the NBA Finals. Also, Smith is only 27 years old and is surely someone that you can build around. However, he just doesn’t have the stigma to compete with the buzz that a Howard or Paul signing would have brought to the entire state of Texas.