The Dallas Mavericks haven’t had the best of NBA off-seasons this summer. Owner Mark Cuban believed that his team was a serious contender to land Dwight Howard, but that venture failed miserably and seemed to be based more on the delusions of Cuban than anything else.
After missing on Howard, the Mavericks then went after what they dubbed as their “plan B,” though it actually seemed to be them scrambling in the wake of missing out on Howard. The Mavericks presented their pitch to much-maligned big man Andrew Bynum, hoping to enlist his services. Like Howard, though, Bynum chose to play somewhere other than for Cuban and the Mavericks.
In an even more panicked move, the Mavericks inked Monta Ellis after missing out on Bynum, making their team extremely guard-heavy. They finally landed a center recently, but it’s hard to believe they are even close to thrilled about having Samuel Dalembert after thinking they had a chance to bring in Howard or Bynum.
Now the Mavericks have their sights set on yet another center in former number one overall pick, Greg Oden. According to reports, the Mavericks met with Oden last week and, despite the fact that Oden has already met with one other team and plans to meet with three more this week, the Mavs are still in contention to potentially grab Oden as part of the big man’s return to the NBA.
If Oden can stay healthy, all reports and his history in basketball indicate that he will be able to be successful. However, the best thing for Oden would be to go to a place where there won’t be too much asked of him and he will have a chance to ease in and succeed. Considering that Dallas is quite thin at the center position right now, the Mavericks really doesn’t seem like that kind of place.
In the end, there are better options for Oden right now than the Mavericks. The Mavericks could use Oden’s talents in their rotations, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for the big man. When all is said and done, it wouldn’t be a shock if the Mavericks missed out on their third big-name center of the summer.