Alas, Dwight Howard has ended the dramatic sequence leading to his ultimate landing spot with the Houston Rockets. I still haven’t decided if I would be thrilled as a Rockets fan, but I need not worry about that right now. Thankfully, I don’t have to force myself to love the move.
Howard’s decision of course affected many teams around the league and ultimately creates somewhat of a domino effect with free agents now falling in place as teams frantically begin making moves, executing plan ‘B’ and ‘C’ in some cases.
One of the biggest teams affected by this move is the Dallas Mavericks, and more significantly, the ego of Mark Cuban is about to be questioned big time.
Don’t get me wrong at all here. I love Cuban. I think he is one of the smartest businessmen in the world and admire all of his work in the industry of entrepreneurship. But, at this point, Cuban is finding himself scrambling to make a move in order to get his team back to the NBA Finals as soon as possible.
Dallas has now shifted its attention quickly to center Andrew Bynum, who spent his only year with the Philadelphia 76ers last season while sitting on the bench due to his constant battle with knee injuries.
Cuban must be banking on the possibility that Bynum returns to full health in 2013. If he does, Bynum is one of the best and most complete centers in all of basketball. He can score, rebound and block shots with the best of them — not much more you could ask for there.
With the questions surrounding Bynum’s health it is not worth bringing him in on a whim, especially when he cannot workout — at least that’s what he and his agent tell us. Waiting a year will not kill the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki will be another year older, of course, but 2014 will be filled with talent on the free agent market.
Mr. Cuban, you are a wise man. But this, sir, is not the smartest of moves if you wind up landing Bynum. Think through the possibilities in 2014 and act accordingly.