Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homebound: Mavericks reload with Deron Williams, Chris Bosh this summer?

The Dallas Mavericks will have a lot of money to throw at free agents this summer, too bad there won’t be much to choose from. They may still be able to acquire some decent talent though with two players looking to reunite with their Dallas roots.

Deron Williams hasn’t been shy about his affinity for his home state of Texas. Williams was a star athlete at The Colony High School which is in the Dallas area and would be a major upgrade over the aging Jason Kidd.

Kidd turned 39 in March and it shows when he’s on the floor. The Mavericks have to match him up defensively with shooting guards and small forwards since he no longer has the speed and quickness to chase some of the leagues speedier point guards on a nightly basis. He will be a free agent this summer so if the Mavericks decide to bring him back it will probably be as a reserve.

Jason Terry will also be a free agent this summer. He will turn 35 before the 2012-2013 season starts but he already comes off the bench so the Mavericks will probably bring him back if they can get him at a reasonable price.

The Mavericks lost out on the Dwight Howard sweepstakes when Howard decided to stay with the Orlando Magic through the duration of his contract. It’s possible the Mavericks could sign some players to one-year contracts and try to sign Howard again in 2013 but most likely they will explore other options.

One option that may become available to them could be Dallas-native Chris Bosh. Regardless of whether the Miami Heat win the championship this year or not, chances are they will be looking to move Bosh who has been an ill fit with stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Mavericks will be far enough under the cap to take Bosh’s salary without involving another team or sending players back in return. While bringing in Bosh may not sound like a very attractive option for Mavericks’ fans, Bosh could easily revive his career in Dallas.

Dallas is more of a shooting team than the Heat are. Bosh would have a lot more room to operate in the paint since teams have to respect Dirk Nowitzki’s outside shooting and Rick Carlisle would make sure Bosh was better involved in the offense than he has been with the Heat.

Miami doesn’t run a lot of its offense through the post with two wing players like James and Wade on the roster but the Mavericks like to work the ball inside to create open shots for their dangerous outside shooters.

And if Williams is there it will also benefit Bosh since he will have a true point guard to work with. Williams loves to work the pick and roll which would help Bosh get easier baskets. Williams will also look for Bosh on lobs to the basket and in transition.

So despite the slim pickings available in this summer’s free agent market the Mavericks could still come out winners this offseason. And if they can add more youth and talent to this team then they may be able to keep their championship window open long enough for Nowitzki to snag another ring.

Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.

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