Dallas Mavericks: Is It Time For a Front Office Change?
With another free agency strikeout looming, do the Dallas Mavericks need to consider some front office changes?
Yet again, the Mavericks missed out.
As Dallas fans prepare to say goodbye to Chandler Parsons, they might as well be saying goodbye to the playoffs and hello to rebuilding. The only problem? The Mavericks have no one to rebuild with.
While Dirk Nowitzki‘s status remains uncertain, many expect him to resign with the Mavericks. But after missing out on free agent Hassan Whiteside, the odds for Nowitzki to return to Dallas have slightly dropped.
Now, Mark Cuban and his collection of front office cohorts are left trying to pry Mike Conley from the clutches of the Memphis Grizzlies and Marc Gasol.
After so many free agent miscues and misses, it’s time for something to change.
For nearly two decades, Dirk Nowitzki sacrificed money and possible championships to remain loyal to the city of Dallas, and despite his many strengths and attempts at doing right by Nowitzki, Cuban and the Mavericks front office committed one of the greatest atrocities the NBA has seen in the last three decades. Although Nowitzki’s career isn’t over, it is coming to a close – and once again, he remains the lone all-star on a Mavericks roster of veterans and misfits.
The Mavericks will lose out on Conley, not because free agents don’t like Dallas, but because no guard wants to sign with a team that doesn’t have a starting center, and with Parsons all but gone, who’s left? Wesley Matthews? J.J. Barea?
Whether anyone wants to acknowledge it or not, the Mavericks are in a rebuilding phase, and that should include the front office.
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But wait, I know what all of you are thinking, isn’t Dwight Howard still available? Sure, but we all know what happened with Rick Carlisle and Rajon Rondo. Do we really think that Howard would be any better?
There is a specific vision that is required for a front office to succeed in the NBA. Although it isn’t quite as extensive as major league baseball, in order for teams to truly succeed, the front office has to find the diamonds in the rough, the Draymond Green‘s of free agency and the draft.
Is Cuban responsible for the mishaps of the front office? Maybe. To quote the infamous Remember the Titans, “attitude reflects leadership.” Could it be possible that Cuban’s flash and luxurious party style are too much? Or maybe his outspokenness and rhetoric that Mavericks fans love so much is unappealing to players.
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It’s possible that before free agency ends, Dallas could still get lucky. With rumors that OKC is shopping Kanter, anything is possible. But either way, it’s time for more than a roster change.