The Dallas Mavericks have had one of the strangest off-seasons of any team in the NBA. They have missed out on two of the biggest names in free agency, Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, but landed some other big names like Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon, though there are questions about how those guards will fit in with the Mavs.
Dallas also recently agreed to a deal that landed them center Samuel Dalembert, obviously not their first option after not getting Dwight or Bynum. However, with the Mavericks rumored to be one of the teams still with a possibility of getting Greg Oden for his return to the league, there seemed to be a little hope left for Mark Cuban and Dallas.
Now the organization seems to have very little faith in their chances of signing Oden. On Monday, according to Mark Followill of the Mavericks’ official website, the team announced their re-signing of center Brandan Wright to a two-year, $10 million deal.
Wright performed solidly for the Mavericks last season in a relatively inconsistent role. However, the biggest thing about the signing isn’t the fact that the Mavs are bringing Wright back, it’s the fact that signing Wright crowds the center position on their roster. Obviously, that means less room for Oden.
Perhaps the Mavs still believe they are in serious contention to land Oden, but are scared by his injury concerns so they want to have depth at the center position. If that’s the case, though, $10 million seems like a lot of money to pay for injury insurance. In all actuality, it seems like the Mavericks are planning to move along without Oden. Such is life for the Mavericks, or at least for this summer.