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Mavericks trade for Bulls’ Greg Smith

Jul 15, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

Greg Smith, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings Greg Smith, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings

I’m not sold on the cost of doing business, but the Mavericks – intent on maximizing Dirk Nowitzki’s remaining years – are adding some solid players this offseason.

Chandler Parsons was the big catch, and Tyson Chandler could return to being very good in Dallas. Richard Jefferson helps, too.

And Greg Smith adds more frontcourt depth – and he comes at practically no cost.

Mavericks team release:

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have acquired forward Greg Smith from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the rights to Tadija Dragicevic.

The Rockets waived Smith late last season, because he was injured and they wanted a healthy option for the playoffs. The Bulls signed him to a minimum contract through next season.

Smith, 23, showed flashed with Houston. He deserves a roster spot and could develop into handing a bigger role.

For the Bulls, this is more salary slashing in line with the Anthony Randolph trade – clearing room for Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic.  At least this time, they didn’t have to add draft picks. Dragicevic, 28, was drafted No. 53 in 2008. It’s unlikely he ever joins the NBA.

  1. benjamincharlesparho - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    As a Piston’s fan I got super excited when I saw the name Smith and the picture. Looks like I’ll have to keep dreaming for now.

    • kinggw - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Josh Smith isnt your problem. They stunk before he got there and may stink after he leaves, right now he’s a convenient scapegoat.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        “Josh Smith isnt your problem. ”

        Let him throw up brick threes for your team and see if you feel that way

  2. 4thquartermagic - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Hmmm Chicago keeps making moves. Wonder what they got cooking.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

      Nothing. They’re just making space for the contracts for Pau, Mirotic and Kirk. All they have room for after that would be minimum deals.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I think I finally realized why teams in the mid-late 2nd round draft foriegn players who have no chance of playing in the league. They use them as trade bait for when they want to get something for free without having to give something up to teams looking to shed salary, since you can’t just trade air. It’s all making sense now.

    • rrhoe - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      U kiddin right??

  4. rrhoe - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Dallas making alot of good moves,the west gonna be a minefield.

  5. sportsfan18 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I like all of the moves Dallas has made except for Richard Jefferson. His body has been caught by Father Time. He was a very good player for a long time but he can’t come close to replacing what Vince gave them.

    Yes, the Mavs have gotten better overall this off season but got worse trading out Carter for Jefferson.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      Agreed. Except he wasn’t good for a long time. He peaked early and dropped off the last 5 years. Who knows though, they coulda done worse. 1 yr./ 1.4 is very, very reasonable. Hopefully if someone in his backup SF position steps up and outplays him Carlisle doesn’t stay stubborn and continue to use him, like a Scott Brooks. Some coaches just refuse to give up on the old and/or washed up players and keep more deserving youngsters nailed.

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