DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks opened NBA free agency on Tuesday with a ‘Dinner With Devin,’ maybe Dinner or Drinks or plans for Donuts with Dirk, a scheduling of a Wednesday visit from Carmelo Anthony and what owner Mark Cuban says was "about 20" reach-out-and-touch contacts with assorted free-agent names.
Here, we’ve got a handy "rumored contact list" so far…
As all-over-the-map as that looks, there is nevertheless a profile of what the Mavs are looking for, as Cuban tells 105.3 The Fan:
"I don’t know that it’s positional as much as the old standard best player available. We want to get younger; we want to take some of the scoring urgency off of Dirk to complement him and Monta. We want to get better defensively… So we’re pretty much in the best-player-available type mode."
Dallas is prioritizing incumbent point guard Harris but likely wishing to keep him on hold for a bit. A Nowitzki agreement could come quickly. The Mavs have ways to make room for Anthony or even LeBron James in the unlikely event they wish to jump teams.
I wrote yesterday that Dallas "would be on 27 doorsteps." Cuban says it’s 20 so far. We’ve collected 18 names.
More contacts, more names and more doorsteps to come today.