As the NBA Trade Deadline Approaches

The Mavericks have been playing better lately. But are they good enough to get out of the first round? And are they set up to be competitive in the future? As long as Dirk is around, of course, they’ll always be somewhat competitive. We’ve gotten used to more than that, though, haven’t we? With that in mind, a couple of trade scenarios (both with Portland) that may or may not make sense, but do work under the rules of the salary cap. They’re after the jump.

Jason Kidd and Brandon Bass to Portland for Travis Outlaw, Sergio Rodriguez, Ike Diogu, and the Ghost of Raef LaFrentz

Why: With Jet Terry out for a few weeks, the playoffs are no longer a lock. Time to get something for J-Kidd. Sergio Rodriguez gives the team a point guard candidate for the future, Travis Outlaw is an athletic small forward with a solid jumper (Josh Howard could move to guard), Ike Diogu is an interesting power forward project (with an expiring contract), and LaFrentz’s deal takes $12 milli off the cap and insurance is covering 80 percent of his salary anyway.

Why Not: Means Cubes has to admit the Kidd deal was a mistake. And the team probably will not be as good this year. Portland has a sharp GM in Kevin Pritchard, and he may balk at including Outlaw.

And now, the gutsier version:

Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Bass to Portland for LaMarcus Aldridge, Jerryd Bayless, Shavlik Randolph, and the Raef LaFrentz of Christmas Past

Why: Yes, it makes Portland and instant contender for (at least) the Western Conference title, but it sets up the Mavs pretty well for the future, too. Hometown boy LaMarcus Aldridge is an on-the-rise (and much younger) replacement for Dirk, Jerryd Bayless is a future star at PG, Shavlik Randolph gives Matt Carroll someone to hang out with on the road, and, again, LaFrentz’s deal comes off the books in the summer. Even better if they could get Portland’s first-rounder tossed into the deal as well.

Why Not: Cubes is too emotionally attached to the Big German. It would pain me to see him go, too. Fans may flip out.


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10 responses to “As the NBA Trade Deadline Approaches”

  1. brett says:

    no no no no no no.

    mavs get a decent 2 guard that can shoot and play d and it’s parade time in dallas…just don’t have laura miller or lepert plan anything just yet.

    kidd’s ability goes far beyond the stat sheet…look how clutch he was in the win over chicago. we need him on this team to be successful.

    I really like bass, but am willing to trade him if the right 2 guard comes to dallas.

    if you trade dirk, we become the minnesota timberwolves.

  2. Dallas Parade Committee says:

    We’re not sayin’ nothin’ about no parade. Not that there’s any need to say anything.

  3. Zac Crain says:

    @brett: I, too, love Kidd. I love Dirk even more. I’m not necessarily advocating either of these trades. All I’m saying is, if Terry misses three weeks, can the Mavs stay in the playoff picture? And even if they can, what about next year, or the year after that?

    They are going to need a point guard of the future soon, and I’m not sure they’re going to be able to draft that player.

    But setting that aside, how are they getting that two guard this year? Not sure Bass gets it done. Maybe trading Josh, but then who takes his place?

  4. Grammar Police says:

    Who is Jason Kiss?

  5. JS says:

    The Mavs need to blow it up and start over. Love Dirk, but the Mavs have squandered his greatness at this point. I admit that Kidd has played better this season than I expected him too (a very low bar) but there are still too many games where he just gets torched by the opposing PG — for every shot like the one he hit at the end of regulation against the Bulls, there are too many games where he just can’t cover his man. (Please don’t bring up his steals — one reason he gets so many steals is that he plays the passing lane instead of his man. How many times have you seen Kidd’s man have a wide open 3 because Kidd isn’t playing him tight?) Trade Kidd while you can, see what you can get for Howard, keep Bass, keep Dirk as part of the transition and to avoid a fan mutiny, get a hands transplant for Damp (because no one is going to take him), and see if you can max Jet’s current value (admittedly, a little diminished with the injury but it’s his non-shooting hand and it’s not like he blew out his MCL or anything).

  6. brett says:

    @zac: unless the mavs lose most of their games while jet is out, then yes, they can stay in the playoff picture. as of now, they are less than 2 games out of 4th.

    we all agree they’ll need a point guard soon, but their immediate need is for a 2 guard. Kidd can play 2 more years, unless he just breaks down. 2 years is plenty of time to find that player.

    not sure how the mavs get a 2 guard through a trade…that’s what mark and donnie are paid to do (though I’ll gladly quit my day job to join the mavs front office). Look at minnesota and boston. boston gave up al jefferson who’s decent, but they got kg in return. that’s like dallas giving bass and gerald green to phoenix for amare, or to fill the 2 guard hole, jason richardson. Not saying it will happen, but it’s happened before.

    i think dallas needs to hang on to j-ho, jet, kidd and dirk. anyone else can and should be options.

  7. Zac Crain says:

    @GP: Sorry. Spider Monkey attack when I was trying to post that.

    @brett: They never should have traded Quisy.

  8. Matt says:

    What this team needs is Najera and a Lazer reunion…or at lease a reprisal of the Popeye/Tony Dumas movie reviews.

  9. Whisky Tango Foxtrot says:

    Is Loren Meyer still available?

  10. Silent Majority says:

    Clearly, a trade with any team other than Portland is out of the question.

    That’s unfortunate.