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McGrady can picture Howard and D-Will in Dallas

Dec 29, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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As they are the two guys left in the game of “franchise player musical chairs,” it is kind of logical Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could end up on the same team. That is certainly what New Jersey has banked its Brooklyn opening on.

But what about Dallas? Mark Cuban has all but sacrificed a shot at a repeat on the alter of cap space for next summer to go get a new franchise player.

Tracy McGrady told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo he can see not just one but two stars landing in Dallas. He can’t see Howard staying in Orlando.

“I’ve been watching Orlando play, and I think they let it go too far – to where they can’t compete for a championship,” McGrady said. “Dwight’s going to find a sweeter spot for him next year with him being a free agent, with D-Will being a free agent, and Dallas already having an established star there. … Yup, Dallas.”

And then he laughed and said, “You heard it from me first.”

If Howard doesn’t come to the Nets Williams is all but gone next summer and that means….

Hold on, Mavs fans. Reality intervenes here and pretty much blows this up.

Dallas will have cap space with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd coming off the books plus a buyout of Lamar Odom’s final year possible. But they will only have enough cap space for one max (or near max) deal, not two. The only way they can sign two players near the max is to amnesty Brandan Haywood and find someone to take on the final two years, $18 million of Shawn Marion’s contract. Good luck with that.

D-Will is a Dallas native, there is some logic there if he wants to go home again. Howard is the bigger (literally and figuratively) prize here, the better player in the long term to build around. But Orlando will eventually have to trade Howard (near the March 15 deadline) or risk losing him for nothing. And Dallas doesn’t really have the trade assets unless Marion and Terry sound like the kind of veterans Orlando is seeking.

I don’t want to bet against Cuban, but it’s hard to see him drawing a pair this summer.

  1. fittytuckin - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    I could see T-Mac having a hall of fame career IF he had worked hard and wasn’ t lazy or injury prone or a douche either. You heard it from a Rockets fan first.

  2. joegalvan02 - Dec 29, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    As a Mavs pessimist.. i doubt this will ever happen. But its totally inside the realm of possibilities. It took me 30 seconds to get these numbers…

    off the books in 2012…

    Jason Kidd – 9m
    Jason Terry- 12m
    Lamar Odom – 9m (team option)

    Amnesty of Marion or Haywood would free up another 9-12m

    Financially Marion is the logical choice. Haywood has a similar contract structure to Stackhouse and Dampier, in which the last 1-2 years are completely non-guarunteed. He’s a shade above bum status, but his contract can be a valuable asset down the road. It worked for them last offseason…

  3. worldbfree4me - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    I cant see it from my vantage point and I am in Dallas! I see Howard in Purple in GOLD because the Lakers have the most to offer including cash. You’ll never see the Buss’s offer 1 year deals to anyone, ask Luke Walton. Cuban is a good owner no doubt, but he wants to own a Baseball Team. He is not interested in solidifying a Champion, ask Tyson Chandler.

  4. Bryce - Dec 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Dwight, Dirk, and Deron in Dallas? I like the sound of that.

    • 973yenots - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:33 PM

      It wouldn’t work only because deron is like a problem child! And he thinks he runs sh.t

  5. rubeenainvestments - Dec 29, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    They can always amnesty Dirk to create the cap room. Replacing my star with 2. :)

  6. ezwriter69 - Dec 29, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Altar, not alter… obviously you weren’t a player and know no more about basketball than any of the rest of us who watch the game, and you’re only semi-literate, how exactly did you get a job writing for a living? Hire an editor, at least. Pathetic.

    • Bryce - Dec 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

      Nobody asked you to read this article my friend, nor do people want to bother with comments that have nothing to do with the subject matter. Why would you bother looking for little errors like that on a site like this? This isn’t a blog about English literature or composition.

      • rushbacker - Dec 30, 2011 at 2:33 AM

        No, but it IS a blog run by a company called NBC. You may have heard of them. The guy isn’t exactly writing from his mom’s basement, and it’s truly not setting your standards too high to expect a multi-billion dollar communications company to shell out ten bucks an hour to have a couple of grad students edit said blog. This isn’t somebody’s Facebook page.

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