When you add LeBron James, you’re the automatic winner in NBA’s free agency. But after the Cleveland Cavaliers come your Dallas Mavericks.
The Cavs obviously improved their team this summer, while the Rockets suffered the most damage. Houston targeted Chris Bosh, traded Jeremy Lin and a 1st-round pick plus Omer Asik to make room for him. Then whiffed. Then they allowed Chandler Parsons to become a restricted free agent, and he was gobbled up by the rivals to the north, Dallas.
It could only have been a better summer for the Mavs had Tim Duncan retired and Kevin Durant been traded to the East.
Nonetheless, the Mavs significantly improved their rotation with the additions of Parsons, center Tyson Chandler and Jameer Nelson. They also added high-upside forwards in Eric Griffin and Al-Farouq Aminu.
I don’t think Dallas did enough to upend the Spurs or Thunder from the top of the West, but they certainly did enough to get us excited about training camp commencing in October.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.