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Report: Dallas Mavericks to pursue Joe Johnson

Jun 28, 2010, 11:56 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for johnson_game.jpgJoe Johnson is one popular man. He will meet with the Atlanta Hawks this week before free agency begins. Once it does start, the Knicks will be talking to him not long after midnight. He has been rumored as a possibility with the Heat and Rockets as well.

Now add Dallas to the mix.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowskk reports that the Mavericks will go after Johnson as well once free agency starts. He would bring Dallas an upgrade at the two, they have not had as good a shooting guard or as good a defender at the spot as Johnson. His spot up shooting would be a good fit with the passing of Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki. That said, shooting guard was not really a weak link on the Mavs, while center was.

What makes this interesting is the Mavs are over the salary cap, so the only way they could get Johnson is through a sign-and-trade. It likely would include the contract of Erick Dampier, who can be cut to save money, although the Hawks may want talent like Caron Butler or young players like Rodrique Beaubois in the deal.

Dallas is working hard to insert itself into the free agent market, to shake up the roster and make another run at a title with Dirk Nowitzki at the center of the roster. Johnson or no, they will make one big move this summer.

  1. Paulo Anozie - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:08 PM

    Dallas is dead. They will not win championship in the near future. They were blessed 3 years ago and they handed it in a gold platter to Miami Heat. The management in Dallas are doing weired things.
    They will not win nomatter who goes there!!!

  2. Robert Newman - Jun 28, 2010 at 3:48 PM

    I am not sure what the urgency of getting another guard is for the Mavs. Kidd, Terry, Beaubois, and Barea are all good players although Kidd is one of the oldest point guards in the league. You might even throw Butler in the mix at 6’7″ even though he plays small forward. Dirk has two or three more years left if he does not get injured. Where they really need some heft is at the center position and forward. Dampier is a fair defender, but he simply cannot generate much offense or hit is foul shots. Haywood was a great addition to the Mavs, but they need one more big that can shoot to make a run at the playoffs. One of the reasons LA won out is their four big guys (Gasol, Bynum, Odom and Artest) who can all shoot. Dallas probably cannot afford James, Bosh or Stoudemire but there are some other good free agents that I am sure they will try to recruit.

  3. Mr. Moa - Jun 28, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    This picture is creepy. It looks like Joe Johnson has only one leg.

  4. bob - Jun 28, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Robert, the names you mentioned except for Terry are all point guards. Joe Johnson is a shooting guard, which is why he is a good fit. if only they could get rid of Terry’s contract. Terry has become inconsistent the last couple of years, and has had two terrible consecutive playoff series. time for him to go if somebody will take him. problem is no one will want an aging undersized shooting guard.
    caron butler while he plays 2 from time to time, is more of a natural at the 3 spot. his prefereed move to the baseline is characteristic of this. joe johnson is a spot up shooter like dirk. they have no other spot up shooters unless beaubois develops.
    do they need a big man inside sure, but i dont think salary cap wise they can sign a bosh or an amare. which is why the next big thing is joe johnson. it will not put them over hte top but it will improve the team.

  5. alets - Jun 29, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    Phil Jackson is overrated. Anyone can win with jordan and pippen. Or with Kobe and Shaq. Or with Kobe and Gasol.

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