Mavericks' 'Plan A' falls through... now what?
The Mavs' Plan A is in shambles. So ... Plan Z?
That would be embodied by center Zaza Pachulia, acquired from the Bucks on Thursday for a future second-round pick, an action taken in the wake of the unprecedented screw job applied to Dallas by the Clippers and reneging star DeAndre Jordan.
Dallas put its eggs in the DeAndre basket, secured an agreement with him, and then lost him when he flirted with his former team the Clippers, who then babysat him through a Wednesday that kept the Mavs from even meeting with "their" prize acquisition.
So now, in a move that looks something shy of 'Team Tank,' the 31-year-old Pachulia comes to Dallas with his averages of 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds from last season in Milwaukee. Pachulia is a tough guy, a good defender and a rugged rebounder and he's in the last year of a deal that pays him just over $5 mil. So he's expiring, and Wes Matthews is signed to a bloated deal that starts at $16 mil, and there is $11 more in cap room and there is Chandler Parsons and there is Dirk Nowitzki.
This was not at all "the plan." But it's "a plan."
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