The 2016-17 Dallas Mavericks signed small forward Harrison Barnes to a four year max contract worth $22 million per year last July. Barnes left the Golden State Warriors when former MVP Kevin Durant shocked a lot of people and chose the Warriors as the team he will sign with. They also signed another former Warrior in Australian Andrew Bogut which means they have 2/5 of the championship team of the Warriors that won it all two seasons ago. Bogut figures to contribute in the rebounding department so he is someone who can give Dirk Nowitzki a break in terms of going after the rebounds. If that happens, Dirk can just concentrate on his one legged fadeaway jumpers.
Behind the Scenes
The team also made a couple of moves that were hardly noticed. They waived center JaVale McGee and signed forward Dwight Powell. In a trade that barely made the news, they traded forward Jeremy Evans and center Emir Preldzic and cash for center Stanko Barac. They also signed Jahleel Cousins last October 17 but waived him just 5 days later. As a player, that would really hurt because you just achieved your dream only to have it taken away from you in an instant. They also signed two-time MVP Stephen Curry’s younger brother Seth Curry in a deal that raised a lot of eyebrows because he hardly contributed for the Sacramento Kings last season.
The Dallas Mavericks also signed starting point guard Deron Williams to a one year contract. He was traded to the Mavericks in the middle of the season last year. He revealed that he wanted to play for the Mavericks all along because that is where his hometown is. He is way past his prime but can still put up huge contributions in a team that looks to make the playoffs.
Back for Another Season
Another player past his prime is star forward Dirk Nowitzki who almost retired during the offseason but he is looking to play for another 2 or 3 more years. He has taken less money so the Mavericks so go out and sign big name free agents. So far, they have missed out on the big names like Dwight Howard and Kevin Durant but they will try again when there are more big names available next offseason. Former coach of the year Rick Carlisle is still calling the shots and that is always good news for the team that is owned by Mark Cuban, one of the most active owners in the league.