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Report: Mavericks to target Nash and Lin

Jul 4, 2012, 2:32 AM EDT

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Well, so much for that plan.

With Deron Williams choosing the Nets, the Mavericks are going to have to put together some sort of backup plan. And according to ESPN Dallas, the next targets are point guards.

The Dallas Mavericks’ point guard priorities are now shifting to 39-year-old and former Mav Steve Nash and one-time Mavs Summer League hand Jeremy Lin, sources told’s Marc Stein.

Sources say the Mavs will pursue Nash and the New York Knicks’ Lin, who is a restricted free agent. As such, the Knicks can match any offer made to Lin.

via Dallas Mavericks have interest in Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, according to sources – ESPN Dallas.

The Mavericks are still in talks with Jason Kidd to return as well, but both of these options would be a better option short and long-term. Lin would inspire some level of excitement but you have to wonder if it could come back to bite them as the Mavericks have so little information to work off of with Lin. The Knicks can also match any offer for Lin. Nash would be a fitting end to his career after leaving the team when Mark Cuban elected not to pursue retaining him in free agency.

Neither is Deron Williams, but both would represent at least a temporary salve on the burning wound of losing out on Williams.

Part of the issue is that the Mavericks haven’t landed a top free agent in quite a while. That’s a disturbing trend they’re trying to buck. But more than that is the concern that the Mavericks need a major star, and they’re running out of them. It’s back to the drawing board, but at least one of these point guards would bring some excitement to the team.


  1. BigBeachBall - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    didn’t the mavericks win a title a year ago?
    where did that team go…damn….

  2. storebrandcookies - Jul 4, 2012 at 3:22 AM

    Not surprising, the Mavs are now on plan B,C, and D. Time is ticking Cuban!

  3. gabebigtuesday - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Nash if you hear me, get the ring forget the bing, go to LAL and @ least put yourself in contention, the MAVS really don’t do it man

  4. ccshocktalk - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Dallas going after Nash is smart, after Lin not such a good idea. I think he’s a system player quite honestly (and a lot of people are)…but Nash and Dirk wouldn’t be a bad fit. They still need a true big man though…at this rate tey might as well call up Oden.

  5. chicagosworth - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    The Mavs have fell off!!! I can barely remember they one a championship 2 years back!

  6. fugubeach - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Nash played with dirk and mavs before. So go for Nash instead of Lin

  7. franchiseplaya - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Despite nashs friendship with dirk i don’t see nash going to the team (and owner) that didn’t think he was a worthwhile player when they let him go the first time.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:29 AM

      Money talks, BS walks.

      • franchiseplaya - Jul 4, 2012 at 2:34 PM

        well then if thats the case then wouldn’t he go to the Raps instead?

      • davidly - Jul 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        If they had talkin’ money, they should’ve kept the championship squad together. Plugging Nash into this line-up won’t get it done.

  8. grhopper - Jul 4, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    If Mavs were to sign Lin to a max contract, and Knicks match, how does that affect the Knicks salary cap? Wouldn’t they be way over? How ’bout Nash and Roy Hibbet to pair with Dirk?

  9. vadergriffin - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Steve Nash is 38 not 39. Terrible writter.

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