In 2006, after the Mavs took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals. Then Heat rattled off 4 straight to win their first Championship in franchise history. Shaquille O’Neal got his fourth ring, Dwayne Wade got his first, and the referees got a bonus from some infamous guys in Las Vegas.
2011, the Mavericks crashed the Lebron James party, beating the Heat in six games on their home court for their first championship in franchise history. After Mark Cuban decided to break up the Championship team, the Heat came back to The Finals to win over the OKC Thunder.
As the “Heatles” try to make good on Lebron’s, “not one, not two, not three…” speech, they draw the 8th seed Milwaukee Bucks. Why is this series important to Mavs fans? A Miami sweep, could mean movement of some valuable free agents to Dallas for next season.
The Bucks made the trade this season to add another shooting guard in J.J. Redick from the Orlando Magic, adding another scorer to join a potent backcourt with Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis. All three guards will be free agents this summer. Do you see where I’m going now?
Milwaukee will not keep all three guards for next season. Part of the reason they brought Redick in was to give the front office more options. Jennings is due $4.3 million next year and Ellis will run $11 million for another year.
The Bucks have big aspirations, but they are still a small market team. Due to years of lottery picks, they have some young players like John Henson, Larry Sanders, and Mbah a Moute they want to build around. They are younger and play inside, which means they can add perimeter shooting at a much lesser cost.
Both Jennings an Ellis have been on the Dallas radar all season. No pressure to make a trade during the season for either one when everyone knows that the two can’t coexist on the same team. There is only one basketball to shoot.