Dallas’ Losses Could Help Them Get LeBron

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs Western Conference first round playoff game 4

Dirk looks like he needs a lot of help. A LOT. And "a lot" can be spelled "LeBron." (source: Yardbarker.com)

When I recently wrote my little primer on how to root in the playoffs as a Knicks’ fan, I gave short shrift to the Dallas Mavericks.  That’s ‘cuz I didn’t think they’d suck this hard.  I also didn’t put much stock in the idea that LeBron James could go to the Mavs.  Now I’m worried that with Dallas crumbling quick, that could become a very real possibility.

As I said in that rooting manifesto, I assumed the Mavs would do well in the playoffs, which’d make it seem lame if LeBron joins a team that had already made it to like the Western Conference Finals without him.  If they win it all the next year, a Joe Johnson could get credit for taking the team to the next level, but for a truly once-in-a-bball-history player like LeBron…  Well, it’d seem more like jumping on the bandwagon, much like what the aged Karl Malone and Gary Payton did when they joined the Shaq-Kobe Lakers several years ago.  However, if the Mavs can’t even make it out of the first round, then all bets are off.

The other key thing that made the possibility of LeBron going to Texas is the fact that they couldn’t just out-and-out sign him in free agency, but would need to swing a big sign-and-trade deal.  That meant all the following would need to happen: 1. The Mavs pursue LeBron heavily, not taking no for an answer, 2. LeBron decides he wants to join them no matter what, 3. LeBron and Dallas convince Cleveland that LeBron will leave no matter what so they might as well accept it and do a sign-and-trade or they’ll end up with nothing, 4. Both teams can agree on a trade with matching salaries.

Normally for trades, you just need to worry about point #4, but here you’d need to get through three tough negotiations before you even get to that traditional starting point.  I didn’t believe that LeBron and the Mavs would have such a strong desire to make this happen that they’d push on through all the way to the end.  However, if the Mavs go down like punks, Mark Cuban is not gonna be a happy camper.  And he is not one to sit around idly and do nothing about it.

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs Western Conference first round playoff game 4

Mark Cuban writes on his To Do To Win A Championship List: 1. Get LeBron James. 2. That's it - LeBron will do the rest. (source: Yardbarker.com)

If his team loses in the first round, he’ll feel they need something big, not just the tinkering that’s brought players like Shawn Marion, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood this year.  And those are good, good players, not little pieces like say how this summer the Cavs brought in Anthony Parker, Jamario Moon and Leon Powe.  So Cuban’s gonna be convinced that it ain’t enough to just bring in All-Star (or near All-Star) players is enough.  To get to the promised land, this team’s gonna need something huge.

Like LeBron.

And with the way the Mavs are playing, Cuban’s gonna have no choice but to go after the King with guns blazin’.  Which is a scary thought to those Knicks’ fans still hoping to steal LBJ away for ourselves.

Topics: Caron Butler, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, Mark Cuban, Shawn Marion

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  • Tim

    Quit smoking crack. LBJ is going nowhere. Everyone will see and then this disscusion will be finally over. I’m out

  • Db

    Get a life. You’ve got way to much time on your hands. Go take a bath and find a woman.

  • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

    Dang, Tim & Db, are the egos really that fragile for you Cleveland fans? Clearly I’ve hit a nerve, ‘cuz I doubt y’all would get so angry if I wrote that Boobie Gibson might leave.

    That said, I could probably use a bath and a woman. And don’t knock crack. All the cool kids are doing it these days.

  • http://mynameisjimi.wordpress.com Jimi

    As a Dallas fan, I have the same sentiments as far as believing that Cuban will pursue free agency in a big way this off season after what happened w/ San Antonio. But, I really don’t think we can land Lebron, maybe I don’t want to be too optimistic about it. I’m thinking its more reasonable that we land Chris Bosh. (while secretly crossing my fingers and praying for Lebron or D-Wade)

    But even Bosh is a stretch, and perhaps, as you mentioned, Joe Johnson would be more reasonable (someone to do what Josh Howard/Caron Butler was supposed to do for us.) But is that enough, I don’t think that would even be enough for us to get past LA.

    All of that said, I think Dallas is a great fit for Lebron. Chicago has D Rose and I keep hearing his play style is too similar to Lebrons. And like you’re saying two big stars in Miami might hurt egos in the long run, New Jersey seems a possibility perhaps just because they have nowhere to go but up. But thats because they only won like what was it 11 games!?!

    I think that NY would put him a situation too similar to Cleveland, waiting too long to build a cast of characters that might/hopefully/almost get him to the title.

    All of this said, I think its still a dream scenario for Dallas. I’d rather just look forward to football season than have my head in the clouds believing we could actually land Lebron.

    • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Jimi,

      I think you’re right, in that Dallas is in a weird limbo where perhaps even a Joe Johnson might not help. However, LeBron-sweepstakes-wise I wonder if –similar to how it hurts NY & NY that they suck — if it hurts that you guys are too good. Like even though the Mavs flamed out in the first round, before the playoffs began probably more people would’ve believed they could make the Conference Finals than the Suns or Celtics. Like does LeBron really just want to be the final piece that puts a team over the top, or does he want to be the reason they’re there too (the way he would if say he joined the Bulls)?

      I’m also uncertain where Chris Bosh’s mindset is and if he’d even want to go to Dallas because earlier in the season he stated how he felt he could/should be the centerpiece of a championship team and didn’t want to play second fiddle. However, this was when the Raps were looking good. Now that he didn’t even make it into the playoff picture, perhaps he’d be more willing to go to Dallas to be a “piece” or to say Miami or New York to be Wade or LeBron’s “sidekick.”

      Too many variables to know, but too many wonderful possibilities to not waste time thinking about ‘em.

  • http://mynameisjimi.wordpress.com Jimi

    http://sports.espn.go.com/dallas/nba/news/story?id=5205952

    Whatever happens, this offseason is going to be exciting.

    • http://bucketsoverbroadway.com Alex David, aka Short White Boy

      Wow, I’m pretty impressed that Cuban just came out and said they’d go after LeBron without fear of the tampering rule. Granted the rule’s dumb, but like never once has Donnie Walsh uttered that the goal is to get LeBron. Then again, Cuban’s never seemed too concerned about getting fined, so it shouldn’t be too surprising.