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Mavericks to sign Wayne Ellington to two-year, $5 million+ contract

Jul 10, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony

Back in March of 2011, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban revealed key piece of his strategy for building a team. Henry Abbott of ESPN:

Cuban confessed that once Dirk Nowitzki retires he expects the Mavericks to lose, and, if he gets his way, they’ll lose badly. Kevin Pritchard seemed to agree and introduced a new term into our lexicons: “the mediocrity treadmill.”There is no championship future for a middling team that is stuck in the embattled space between those who struggle to make the playoffs and those that struggle and miss. Cuban has no desire for the Mavericks to be such a team.

A few months later, the Mavericks won the championship, and Cuban was hailed as a genius.Now, I can’t help but think back to those remarks, as I read this:, a quality 3-point shooter who plays some defense, represents good value at that price. But how does he help the Mavericks escape the middling zone Cuban once so clearly wanted to avoid?Dallas went 41-41 last year with an old roster. Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and a healthy Dirk Nowitzki should help, but aging and the loss of O.J. Mayo won’t. Even if the Mavericks move a little in either direction, they’re starting at exactly mediocre, so middling will be difficult to escape.I guess Ellington helps a little more, but he doesn’t exactly move the needle. Hop on the mediocrity treadmill.

  1. sprest83 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Dirk by himself gets the Mavs in the playoffs including last year. If Dirk played just 10 more games last year, playoffs are attainable even with that crap roster. Also Cuban said it was a two year plan…meaning this offseason and next.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Agreed. Mavs had a decent record.once dirk came back and got going..

      Add some shooters and a center that plays D (unlike kaman) and they’re ok..

      Go Mavs!

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      I still don’t think they will make the playoffs. The West is really deep. But even if they do, Why would you want to barely miss or barely make it as a 7 or 8 seed? That just wastes a year running in place. It’s better to just suck horribly. If you make the playoffs, you lose in the first round and get a mid round draft pick. They should just try and suck and then get an impact player in the draft. I know Dirk won’t let that happen though.

    • eatitfanboy - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      You’re missing the point. Cuban stated in 2011 that he had no desire to be in that middling place where the debate was whether would make the playoffs or not but whether they would win the championship or not. The point of the article is if that Cuban has no desire to be in that place, why pull off a signing that ensures that they stay there? This is the year to be bad, given the strength of next year’s draft.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

        Call me crazy but I’m not one of those fans that’s ok with their team sucking on purpose in the hopes of maybe getting a star..

        I like going to games knowing we are not going to get destroyed each night..

        Plus Cubes got us 50 wins for like 10 years and 1 ring, and Dirk is here so we can’t rebuild since he onlyhas 2 years left..

        In Cuban we trust

      • sprest83 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        No, you are missing my point. This article is basically writing the Mavs off as mediocre just because we signed Wayne Ellington and not a superstar. When the Mavs won the championship…how many superstars were on the roster, one. It takes a good team…and you don’t make a good/great team in one off season.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        You’ve heard of the draft lottery right? Just cause the team sucks you are not guaranteed a top pic at all..

        Plus if u do get a high pick you gotta hope it’s not a bust and a true star,

        Also, what established superstar wants to go to a crappy team?

  2. dezglobal - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    The Mavs won’t be champs for a very long time.

  3. jbones77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    O.J. Mayo is no big loss. He hurt the team more than he helped a lot of the time.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Actually he was holding it down for them for a long time before Dirk came back.

  4. dialogtees - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    We didn’t see it coming the last time

  5. wadecounty93 - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Ima make it Wanye!!!

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:19 PM


  6. lalifer - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    He helps the team cause he can score. Besides, there not much better players out there for the taking.

  7. thekingdave - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    “Cuban confessed that once Dirk Nowitzki retires he expects the Mavericks to lose, and, if he gets his way, they’ll lose badly”

    Since Dirk has yet to retire, I think you have your answer.

  8. sportsnut101 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    They have to trade dirk. Cheap Cuban buying these joke of players. He traded brewer last yr to nuggets n all he did was have breakout season None of the free agent chase he has done has worked

  9. peripateopneuma - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    They have taken the smartest path here. Although I think they started it one year early. They are making poker odds decisions. They know they had no guarantee but had a chance at getting some key players here. For whatever reasons it failed.

    NOW they are making the best with what they have. They picked up the right players last year. Some of them didn’t live up to potential. but on paper and habits they were good educated, decisions. But the team was built AROUND Dirk. With Dirk out it fell apart. Nuff said.

    This year, I really like their moves so far. I mean, after failing in the target. But I consider the target that pays off to be Bynum. Dwight is a whiner, always looking for an excuse for his failure which occurs when he gets timid and stops trying. He’s the kid that called foul everytime he missed the shot on the playground. FUGGA DUHWIGHT. That’s his Native American name.

    I’m not sure what they have on defense with these new players. But you won’t tell until they are on the court anyway. If they came from one system or another the emphasis on defense would vary, so past performance is not indicative of future performance.

    You gotta sit back and wait. If they get Bynum and SOMEONE to spare him some minutes that can do some Defense and rebound, I’m pretty good with their chances to have an impact next season.

    Carlisle understands the game, but he UNDERSTANDS people and how they fit together. He gets more from less than just about any other coach out there. Given equal talent, Carlisle over P. Jackson 9 games outta 10.

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