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.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.