You keep hearing the same stuff about the Dallas Mavericks. There are those who say the Mavericks need to go all in for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and those who believe Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng is a more realistic target.
Both of those guys are pretty good at basketball, especially Anthony shooting the rock, but Anthony, 30, and Deng, 29, are getting old. It’s quite possible their best days are behind them, and the last thing Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants is dead weight. And Anthony doesn’t seem to want to come to Dallas, anyway.
What the Mavericks should want–and definitely need–to compete with all these up-and-coming teams in the NBA‘s brutal Western Conference is young talent. And when you look at all the young soon-to-be free agents, none of them have anywhere near the explosiveness as Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe, whom the Mavericks should offer a max contract.
Why should the Mavericks offer Bledsoe a max contract? For one, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports, it’s what he wants. More than anything, though, Bledsoe plays for the Suns, whom the Mavericks barely beat out for that last playoff spot in the West. Opposing teams are already horrified by the dynamic duo of Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, so if the Mavericks happened to add Bledsoe the Mavericks would then be one of the scariest teams in decades. It’s the sort of move, too, that would send shock waves throughout the league, which Cuban desperately needs to do.
Of course, Bledsoe is a restricted free agent, so the Suns can match whatever offer Dallas makes. Also, the Mavericks already have a starting shooting guard in Jose Calderon, but last year people said the Mavericks had a surplus of point guards. In truth, the Mavericks could have used another starting point guard at the end of this past season, as rookies Shane Larkin and Gal Mekel weren’t ready.
Several teams have successfully started two point guards or used a combination of three points guards and/or hybrid guards. It would make the Mavericks small, but the mismatches it would create would be too awesome. The Mavericks have money to spend, so why not make the bold move, and try to steal Bledsoe, the most dynamic young player in the league?
At the very least, it could interfere with the Suns acquiring Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love.