2013 NBA Free Agency: Grading the offseason for the Southwest Division

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After a fast and furious start to the 2013 offseason, we have reached the point where everything has slowed down considerably and we can look back at how each NBA team improved or failed to improve for the 2013-14 season.

There will still be some player movement the rest of the summer, but likely nothing major enough to really make an impact on this offseason.

With that being said, let’s take a look division by division at how each team in the NBA fared this offseason.

Feb 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon (8) brings the ball up court against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Next up I hand out offseason grades to each Southwest Division team.

 

Dallas Mavericks

Players Added

Rookies: G Shane Larkin, G Ricky Ledo

Free Agents: G Jose Calderon, C Samuel Dalembert, G Wayne Ellington, G Monta Ellis, G Devin Harris, C Bernard James (re-signed), G Gal Mekel, C/F Brandan Wright (re-signed), C/F DeJuan Blair

Trades: None

Players Lost

Free Agents: F Elton Brand, G Darren Collison, C Chris Kaman, G O.J. Mayo, G/F Anthony Morrow

Trades: G Jared Cunningham

Waived: G Josh Akognon

Mark Cuban tore apart his championship team of just two years ago in order to make a big splash signing or two.

That didn’t work as over the past two seasons the likes of Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul have elected other destinations over Dallas.

It was a good plan in theory but Cuban swung and missed in consecutive years.

They did add nice pieces in Calderon, Ellis and Dalembert that should have them in playoff contention, but rarely do you see a championship team fall so far in the matter of two years.

Assuming Dirk Nowitzki will take a big pay cut to return to Dallas next season, the Mavs should have the available cap space once again, but just looking at this year, you have to consider the Mavs failures, given the lofty expectations.

Grade: D

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Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA Free Agency, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs

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