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