Teffer10 wrote:B8RcDeMktfxC wrote:Teffer10 wrote:Good point and you are right that we shouldn't judge future FA signings with the past with Dirk.
The only concerning thing to me is how we would lure an existing superstar or budding superstar to this team with Luka and KP already being virtually our #1 and #2 guys.
If I'm a superstar at or entering my prime, especially a ball-dominant one, I'm not sure I'd want to join Luka and KP. Not sure a superstar ego would allow that to happen unless you have the initial KD.
I always felt one of the problems with the Mavs luring a true superstar during the Dirk era was the fact that this was CLEARLY Dirk's team and that player would have to play 2nd fiddle to him.
Well, strange things do happen .. Jimmy Butler ended up on the Embiid-Simmons 76ers, where it isn't really clear which of those is the real star. But, then again, that wasn't stable for precisely that reason. Kareem-Magic-Big Game James is a rare thing.
I think the Mavs already have two players who are in the top tier. So what the Mavs want is a strong #3 and incrementally improve the surrounding cast. To be honest, I'd probably be checking out of the 2021 FA market and investing in Bertans right now (if the personal politics between him and KP are ok - I just don't know how that rolls, but that is a consideration - let's ask Paija) and trying to get better at defence. (Prize Ntikilina away from NYK somehow or someone similar.)
I probably have more optimism with THJ as the 3rd option than most Mavs fans. He seemed to be developing nicely into that role before the Covid-19 situation and I'd hate to get into another Tyson Chandler situation like we did back in the 2011 off-season. In other words I hate to let him walk and then fail to upgrade that role.
I really like Ntikilna but basically see Wright currently filling a similar role.
However I love the idea of moving Wright and then signing Frank to a contract that would net us a smaller impact to our cap situation without compromising our roster. Plus Frank is younger.
I also really like Bertans as a fit but didn't realize there could possibly be some friction.
One player the Mavs should seriously consider trading for is Josh Richardson. He checks most of the boxes that fill our needs. I'd even consider moving THJ or Seth to net Richardson but only in the right deal. Richardson has a very good team friendly contract so it would take some decent assets to pry him away. I don't think Wright/Brunson/#18/#31 would cut it.
I’m also high on THJ. I’d be concerned as our 3rd best player but have little doubt he’s the #4 guy on a championship team (see the JR Smith role in CLE). He’s no defense specialist but he’s above average. We definitely would need strong defenders around him and Luka (KP and DFS fit that description, so the 3rd / other starter needs it as well).
Love the idea of Josh Richardson. He’s up there on my list of 2021 free agents (Jrue Holiday being #1). And unlike Jrue, he’s attainable as a free agent. Philly won’t have the ability to match our offer as it currently stands w their cap situation. Plus, he’s not a max salary player every team will target.
G - L.Doncic
G - T.Hardaway
F - J.Richardson
F - D.Finney-Smith
C - K.Porzingis
Bench: Curry, Kleber, Brunson, Powell