May 11, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks have some big decisions to make this offseason, some things they should take their time and thing about. But they’ve wasted no time getting started on the things they know they want to do.
Dallas has already started negotiations to extend Dirk Nowitzki’s contract, and they will pick up the option on JJ Barea. That’s what Mark Cuban told the Dallas Morning News, and since he owns the team and all he probably is right.
Owner Mark Cuban said Monday that the team has opened discussions with the face of the franchise about locking him up. Nowitzki has the option of terminating the final year on his contract if he does so before July 1.
Cuban added that the Mavericks are going to pick up their team option for backup guard J.J. Barea for the 2010-11 season.
The most Dallas could offer Nowitzki is a three-year extension to his existing deal, for about $75 million. You can bet the discussion and offer will be in that ballpark.
The Mavericks will have a crowded point guard spot next year — Jason Kidd is the starter but he is not young, Rodrigue Beaubois is young and has demanding more run with his play.
Barea has played solidly in the backup role for the Mavericks, and at $1.8 million is very affordable, so picking up his option was a simple decision. How Rick Carlisle is going to sort out the minutes next year will not be so simple.
- Report: Timberwolves to end up with Thad Young, Anthony Bennett as part of Kevin Love trade 78
- Adam Silver: NBA stars playing in international competition face ‘a big risk’ 13
- Derrick Rose says he’ll play Friday vs. Puerto Rico 16
- Report: Don’t be so sure on Anthony Bennett to Philadelphia rumors 54
- Report: Nike gets chance to match 10-year, $265 million offer to Kevin Durant from Under Armour 18
- Should NBA coaches get NFL style challenge flags? 20
- Report: Suns discussing trade possibilities for Eric Bledsoe 36
- Report: Sixers may look to trade for Amar’e Stoudemire at this season’s deadline 32