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Report: Mavericks looking to move No. 13 pick to clear out cap space for run at Howard, CP3

May 22, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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It’s no secret that the Dallas Mavericks want to get a big star to pair with — and eventually take over the franchise mantle from — Dirk Nowitzki. And there are only two franchise-caliber players on the market this season, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.

But to offer a max contract Dallas has to make a couple moves, and one of those may be trading the No. 13 pick in the draft, according to Chad Ford at ESPN.

Multiple sources have told’s Chad Ford the Mavs are likely to shop the pick in hopes of creating the cap space necessary to make a run at Dwight Howard in free agency.

The 13th overall pick has a cap hold of $1,655,300.

A cap hold is just what it sounds like — the Mavs are required to sign (or trade) the No. 13 pick if they take him, and as NBA rookie salaries are slotted we know what that will cost. So the base amount is a “cap hold” against the Mavs cap space — it’s money they will have to spend on that player eventually, so they can’t spend it on someone else first.

Trade the pick, the cap hold goes away.

It’s widely thought around the league that Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and will re-sign with Los Angles (the Clippers just let their coach go to make Paul happy).

Howard has said he will listen to other offers, and the Mavericks are expected to be one of those. It’s still a long shot, smart money bets he re-signs with the Lakers, but it’s worth the shot for Dallas.

If it doesn’t work out for Dallas this year, Nowitzki said next year he would take a pay cut to clear out more cap space to make moves.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    (Barbershop conversations circa 2009)

    Guy 1: “Imagine a team with both CP3 and Dwight Howard?”
    Guy 2: “That team would be UN-STOP-A-BLE.”

    (Barbershop conversations circa 2013)

    Guy 1: “Imagine a team with both CP3 and Dwight Howard?”
    Guy 2: “… They’d be good I guess… good enough to lose in the first round.”

    • bendover09 - May 22, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Sorry to tell you this but id rather have cp3 , Dwight, & dirk over Miami’s big three bosh , wade , & LeBron. Yes Miami has great players but they’re not a complete team.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Umm… no. I also am not a fan of the Heat, however that team is either in the finals winning or in the finals losing. Bottom line is they are in the finals.

        Anyone with any basketball sense knows Dwight is a prima donna headcase and that CP3 hasn’t lead a team out of the second round.

        Also the article is about CP3 and Dwight going to the Clippers. No mention of the Mavs in there man. Sheeesh.

      • eureca323 - May 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

        CP3 and Dwight aren’t both going to Dallas anyways. This move only gives them enough for 1 max contract. Nowhere near two. And I doubt either goes to Dallas. So Dallas will be waiting another year. After next season then pretty much everyone is off the books including Dirk.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        lol ignore my last sentence. Was replying to two different comments at the same time.

        Stand by point tho. Rather have proven winners instead of talented knuckleheads.

      • themars211 - May 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

        They are complete enough to win the championship. I’m a Laker fan but you cannot argue the Heat championship pedigree. Its been proven and smart money says it will be proven again. I would love for my team to be incomplete like the Heat….lol

      • topdawg4ever - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        Are you crazy? It ain’t just the big 3 it’s also the supporting players. That’s what makes a championship run.

      • pantsfreezone - May 22, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        You would be the worst GM. You probably thought Darko was a better pick than Wade.

        The best player in the world, an all world SG and one of the top 3 bigs in the league are way, way better than the best PG in the league, a prima donna who can’t shoot free throws and an aging, defensive liability in Dirk.

    • rohlo - May 22, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      the mavs arent going after both of them to is one or the other! howards best option is houston,younger team and brighter outlook than the mavs who arent that young of a team and aging..houston and dallas both have the tax breaks in texas,but houston has the asian endorsement market which pays millions…dwight is spending the offseason in houston again working with olajuwon!

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        My comment was to emphasize that even acquiring both doesn’t move the success meter all that much.

        Love Dirks game but him and CP3 isn’t an impossible matchup. Methinks CP3 will agree with that as well. Why would he attach his “last big contract” wagon to a HOFer on his way out?

      • topdawg4ever - May 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        No way Dwight will get along with Cuban. Cuban doesn’t take any crap from prima donnas.

    • topdawg4ever - May 22, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Exactly. Just look at ClownDwight in the pic above. Tells you all you need to know.

      • paleihe - May 22, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        What’s wrong with a picture of someone smiling?

      • topdawg4ever - May 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Because he’s always clowning around. Shows he isn’t serious. If you’re on the court, be intense.

  2. logisticalvoices - May 22, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Wasn’t that the Mav’s plan in 2012? Clear space and get big-named free agents? That’s a great plan until they don’t sign with you. Then you end up with the kind of year the Mav’s had last season. It’s like history is repeating itself.

    • themars211 - May 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      Yeah that’s Cuban’s big plan every year, then he doesn’t show up for the meeting with player he is targeting.

  3. tigerpork - May 22, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    No way chris paul is leaving LA. Look at the state farm commercial he’s doing. He look so happy!

  4. jhuck92 - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    If what the media says is true about the Clippers firing Del Negro to keep Chris Paul happy, Paul isn’t going anywhere. Mark Cuban tried this last summer and instead of actively pursuing another superstar like D-Will or Howard, he filmed Mountian Dew commercials. If Cuban wants his coach fired after a long and drawn out melodrama, then he should by all means go after Howard. But I think his best bet right now is Brittney Griner.

    • florida727 - May 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Sorry but no skirt will EVER be able to compete in the NBA. Too slow. Too weak physically. Can’t jump relative to any of the guys. Get off the Griner bandwagon already and be a realist. As long as the game is played below the rim and slow, she’s a good player. In the NBA she, literally, couldn’t beat the 12th man at the end of the bench for playing time… unless Cuban needs to sell tickets and uses her as a gimmick. She’d be lucky to get a shot off without having it slapped back in her face.

      • jhuck92 - May 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        I was being sarcastic about Griner, but you’re right. Cuban might need her to sell tickets if he can’t find another star to pair with Dirk.

  5. supremekingz - May 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    LOL@ Brittney Griner. Having Dwight would be great for just about any team. The Mavericks are a force as long as they have a defensive center and a scrappy point guard off the bench like Barea was for them in the past. If the Mavs sign Nate Robinson and Dwight, that’s good enough to win the west or at least get to the Western Finals against the Thunder.

    I don’t see CP3 leaving the Clippers as long as Blake Griffin is there. No way no how

  6. peterm5 - May 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Howard is going to either Houston, Atlanta or NYN’s and my bet is on
    Houston, unless Lopez goes to the Lakers in a sign and trade for Howard.
    The new CBA has screwed up the league.
    As for Howard and Paul, neither one can carry LeBron’s jock!

    • Kurt Helin - May 22, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      The Lakers and Nets cannot do a S&T for Howard and Lopez, both are over the apron. CBA prevents it.

  7. pistol7pete - May 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    ^ Still has the Nate Robinson hangover ^

  8. pbyrne11 - May 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Trade the 13th pick and then don’t sign either guy. That would be an awesome off season for Cuban. I’m sure Mavs fans would be pumped. But if there is a year not to have a first rounder this is the one. I don’t see any franchise changers in this draft.

  9. clownsfan - May 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Dwight Howard has absolutely no heart. Never had it. Never will.

  10. mazblast - May 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Don’t do it, Mark. You’ll get a frequently-injured poor-free-throw-shooting constant complainer with no offensive game for your max contract. DH may be the most overrated player in the entire league, and that’s saying something.

  11. johnheisman - May 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    I am not a Dwight Howard fan but if there was interest on his part to join the Celtics and if they could somehow sign and trade Pierce ($5 million Guarntee who could then be cut) and more ? the Celtics would be a great team and Howard would be in a superior situation.
    Howard (backed up by Garnett)
    Sullinger, Green, Bass – forwards
    Rondo, Bradley, Terry – guards

    rebounding and defense much improved. need another shooter. Rondo, Bradley, Green and Howard on a fast break would be unstoppable. Sullinger is the garbageman.

    • melkipershero - May 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      The Lakers cant receive a player via a sign and trade because theyre a tax paying team. They could trade Dwight and not receive a player back (aka picks) but that would make no sense for the receiving team because theyd be giving up picks and Dwight can sign the exact same contract anyway.

      Plus you have KG as a backup with Sully starting.

  12. gmsalpha - May 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    From the article: [bold]It’s widely thought around the league that Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and will re-sign with Los Angles (the Clippers just let their coach go to make Paul happy).[/bold]

    Oh right. Just like how Orlando got rid of Stan Van Jeremy to make Dwight Howard. How did that work out for the Magic?

  13. evgeniidadonov - May 22, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I don’t see either of the two going to Dallas. But man, with all that cap Mark Cuban sure can buy some players

  14. losanginsight - May 22, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    What a difference a month makes. First all the trolls not from LA hated and bashed D12 all year. Now everybody wants him on their team. Good Luck

  15. jdvalk - May 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Call Ernie Grunfeld, he’s done enough deals that create flexibility elsewhere and keep the Wizards the Wizards.

  16. 13arod - May 22, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    chris paul said he is going were every grifferien is people

    • florida727 - May 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Is “grifferien” that power forward out Albania that I’ve heard so much about? Can’t blame Paul for wanting to play with him. That’s for sure.

  17. 00maltliquor - May 23, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    Keep the pick Cubes, ain’t either one of ’em going to the big D. Sorry.

  18. florida727 - May 23, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    “A cap hold is just what it sounds like — the Mavs are required to sign (or trade) the No. 13 pick IF THEY TAKE HIM…”

    Hypothetical, and I doubt anyone would ever actually do this, but can a team choose NOT to draft a player when their turn comes? Probably a stupid thing to do, but if they can’t trade it, and they want to free up cap space to fulfill a promise made to a potential free agent, can they do it? I wouldn’t put this past someone like Cuban. Obviously they’d have to have some assurance from the player that if they free up the cap space, the player will accept their offer, but I’m just wondering if they can do it, or has it ever been done in the past.

  19. wlubake - May 23, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    The Mavs #1 target will be CP3, not Howard. Cuban and Nelson know that this is a guard’s league. They are luke warm on Howard (don’t get me wrong, they’d give him a max contract), just like they were luke warm on D-Will.

    The sales pitch to CP3 will come up short, but look like this:

    1. The Dirk/CP3 high pick and roll will be almost unstoppable. No one on the Clipps can run it with him anywhere near as well. There’s probably 3-4 years of this in his future.

    2. Mark Cuban will stop at nothing to win. Can the Clipps say the same about their owner? CP3 should be seriously concerned about the direction of that team after he and Griffin are signed to long term deals.

    3. Dirk comes off the books next year. He’s already offered up a pay cut. That team will have the opportunity to get good talent (even another max player).

    4. Rick Carlisle. CP3 admires him. He’s a top 5 NBA coach. Firing Del Negro doesn’t mean they can find a better option.

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