Ranking all the Dallas Mavericks summer moves so far
By Kohl Rast
The Dallas Mavericks have made a number of moves to put together a team that has a chance to compete this season. How do these moves rank from least impactful to most?
There have been a lot of good moves from the Dallas Mavericks so far this summer but there have also been a handful of questionable moves. Does the good outweigh the bad? And how many of these guys still need some time to prove what they are all about?
Here is my list, broken down into a few sub-topics. Each sub-topic is numbered in order of worst to best or least impactful to most.
1. Salah Mejri
The worst move of the entire summer so far has not come in the form of someone finding a better contract with another team or anything like that. No, it was unfortunately bringing back one of the most polarizing players the Dallas Mavericks franchise has ever had.
Listen, Salah Mejri is not necessarily a bad basketball player. In fact, he can be pretty good sometimes. But that occasional good play doesn’t outweigh the sheer number of boneheaded plays that he makes on a regular occurrence. This summer was supposed to be about a whole new look at the center position and it didn’t go that way.
2. Losing Seth Curry
The next worst move for Dallas was letting Seth Curry walk for a pretty minor contract. Dallas had the chance to retain the sharpshooter coming off an injury, but they didn’t. Even though he missed all of last season with a stress reaction in his leg, it stinks that we will have to see what he is really made of for another team.
There are other factors that can play into this, but the fact is most people were excited to see what Curry could do in another year of Carlisle’s system. We will never get that opportunity now, so this remains on the low end for Mavs moves of the summer.
3. Losing Doug McDermott
Although McDermott had a great short season with the Mavs, I think Curry’s showing in the previous year was a big showing of what he is actually capable of. I am a fan of McDermott and think he will have a great NBA career, so it is sad to see him leaving for another team either way.
The other important thing to think about with this one is that Doug is making over $7 million a year from the Pacers. The Mavs really had no way to match that, so losing him doesn’t sting quite as bad as it could have. This is why the loss of Curry hurts a little bit more than the loss of McDermott.