The Dallas Mavericks made a big move before the 2014 NBA draft, shipping off Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and two draft picks to the New York Knicks for Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler.
Larkin’s father, Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, couldn’t be happier about the deal and ripped the Mavericks and head coach Rick Carlisle in the process.
“Dallas doesn’t do a good job of developing players,” Larkin told the New York Post. “They’re in win-now mode. [Coach] Rick Carlisle doesn’t know how to develop young players, and Shane was a rookie. It always was a struggle for him to figure out what was going on.’’
In all fairness the Mavericks have never been one to draft and develop talent, frequently trading for players and signing free agents, even before Rick Carlisle was head coach.
That has more to do with organizational philosophy rather than Carlisle, and the Mavericks have been in “win-now” mode since a deep playoff run in 2003. Owner Mark Cuban was driven to add talent around superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki that could get him to the NBA’s promised land instead of taking time to build.
Nevertheless, can Larkin really be happy about going to a Knicks organization that might not be getting Carmelo Anthony back? Does he think Derek Fisher can develop him more than Rick Carlisle, a player who has had tons of success but is a first-year coach?