Aug 29, 2014 6:11 PM EDT
In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) works through the Southwest Division with Ed Maisonet of The Sports Fan Journal and SBNation (@edthesportsfan) and Jonathan Tjarks of RealGM (@JonathanTjarks).
They review the events of the offseason including which teams improved and which teams got worse, with special attention for the overhauls in Dallas and Houston. After that, the group previews the upcoming season including ranking the teams 1-5 and predicting how many teams will make the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference.
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Aug 22, 2014 12:33 AM EDT
The Dallas Mavericks and Bernard James are finalizing a one-year deal.
James has been with the Mavericks since the 12-13 season.
James played collegiately at Florida State after serving six years in the United States Air Force.
Aug 07, 2014 3:04 PM EDT
Raymond Felton has been suspended four games by the NBA for pleading guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, the league announced on Thursday.
Felton's suspension will start in the 2014-15 season.
Felton was traded by the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.
Aug 06, 2014 9:36 PM EDT
Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers over Indiana Pacers.
The Pacers could offer Marion more than the Cavaliers, but the club is already looking for other options with the expectations that he will eventually sign with Cleveland.
David Aldridge reports that the Pacers will apply for a Disabled Player Exception that would allow the team to sign a free agent to a one-year, $5.3 million deal.
Jul 30, 2014 3:23 PM EDT
Shawn Marion has taken a patient approach in unrestricted free agency.
When asked about his free agent status, Marion said: "I'm just chilling. I ain't talked to anybody. I ain't got nothing going on right now.''
Marion and the Dallas Mavericks have admitted his return is unlikely.
Jul 29, 2014 5:47 PM EDT
Ivan Johnson’s contract with the Dallas Mavericks will be for two seasons, with partial guarantees, league sources told RealGM.
The Mavericks announced the signing on Tuesday.
Johnson played for the Mavericks’ summer league entry in Las Vegas, averaging 7.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, one steal and 20.8 minutes per game.
Johnson spent the 2013-14 season with the Zhejiang in the Chinese Basketball Association.
Johnson, 30, had two productive seasons with the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12 and 2012-13 – scoring 6.5 points and grabbing 3.9 rebounds per contest in 125 total NBA games. The 6-foot-8 forward worked himself back into the league through workouts late last season and into the summer.
Jul 28, 2014 6:10 PM EDT
Shawn Marion almost certainly will not re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks this offseason.
Marion spent five seasons with the Mavericks and helped the franchise win the 2011 NBA Finals.
“It was memorable, baby,” Marion said. “It’s hard to say it wasn’t fun. We had a great run and made the playoffs four of five years and won a championship. We set goals every year, and most years we reached them. And to win a championship, it was unbelievable. I wish we could have made a couple more runs at it, but it is what it is.”
Marion would like another shot at winning a title.
“If I see something really comfortable, then I’ll do it,” Marion said. “Right now, I’m just staying with my [newborn] son and relaxing. It’s only July, man. We got two more months. We’ll just wait and see how it works out.”
Marion plans on planting roots in Dallas even though he'll play elsewhere.
“It was an amazing run in Dallas,” he said. “Who knows what the future holds? But I definitely will be retiring in Dallas. I love living there. I’m building my dream home there, and that’s where I’ll spend most of my time.”
Jul 24, 2014 11:51 PM EDT
Chandler Parsons may have been motivated to leave the Houston Rockets for a bigger role.
James Harden believes the Rockets won't take a step back despite losing Parsons to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason.
"Dwight and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets," Harden said while appearing at a charity event in the Philippines, according to The Philippine Star. "The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We've lost some pieces and added some pieces.
"I think we'll be fine next season."
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season.
"That's a pretty ridiculous statement if he meant that," Parsons said. "That's part of the reason I wanted to go to Dallas, because I'm ready for that next step. I'm ready for a bigger role, and I'm ready for more leadership.
"If anybody should understand that, it's James, because he was in the same situation in Oklahoma City and then he got his chance to come to Houston and shine. I'm not real sure what that means."
Jul 24, 2014 6:08 PM EDT
Free agent guard Jameer Nelson has finalized the paperwork on his two-year, $5.6 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks, a league source told RealGM.
Nelson will earn $2.73 million in the first season of his deal and $2.86 million in Year 2, which will be a player option.
Well over 10 NBA teams – including the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls – pursued Nelson in unrestricted free agency and remained interested as he neared an agreement with the Mavericks.
Nelson’s former star teammate, Dwight Howard, made multiple recruiting calls to Nelson about joining the Rockets, sources told RealGM. Howard and Nelson led the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009.
Despite designs on his potential role with various franchises, Nelson balanced finances and a winning situation and decided upon Dallas earlier in the week. He’s expected to receive strong consideration for the Mavericks’ starting point guard position.
After six straight playoff appearances with the Magic, Nelson underwent two losing seasons in which the organization went 43-121. He averaged 12.1 points, seven assists and 3.4 rebounds in 68 games last season.
Nelson, 32, was the 20th overall draft pick in 2004 out of St. Joseph’s Univeristy. In 10 years with the Magic, Nelson averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 assists.
ESPN first reported Nelson’s deal with the Mavericks.
Jul 24, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
Jameer Nelson will sign a $2.7 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
Nelson was waived earlier this offseason by the Orlando Magic.
The Mavericks are using their room exception to sign Nelson.
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Al-Farouq Aminu will have a player option on the second season of his deal.
Rashard Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.
Jul 23, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Mavericks still have their $2.7 million room exception to offer to Jameer Nelson.
Eric Griffin’s contract with the Mavericks is a three-year deal, league sources told RealGM.
Rashard Lewis started eight games in the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
Jul 15, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki accepted a three-year, $25 million contract to re-sign with the Mavericks.
Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons are both represented by Dan Fegan.
The Rockets gave Parsons an opportunity to explore free agency as a restricted free agent by opting out of the final year of his deal that would've paid him $964,750.
Jul 14, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Nuggets have given Mike Miller his best financial offer.
The Rockets declined their team option on Chandler Parsons to help their chances of signing a major free agent while keeping him from unrestricted free agency next summer.
The Mavericks reached out to Dwyane Wade on Friday, according to a report.
The Mavericks have moved on to engage Luol Deng and Trevor Ariza in free agency talks.
The Rockets and Mavericks discussed sign-and-trade discussions briefly before the offer sheet was submitted.
Donnie Nelson said that the Mavericks are still exploring options and that the offer sheet won't be submitted until Thursday night.
The Rockets would need to sign Chris Bosh before matching Chandler Parsons' offer sheet with the Mavericks.
Jul 09, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Chandler Parsons is a restricted free agent, which will give the Rockets three days to match.
Artem Klimenko is expected to head to the United States to visit the Mavericks and their staff at some point in the summer, sources said.
The Pacers have offered a five-year, $44 million contract to Lance Stephenson.
Jul 05, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Devin Harris rejoined the Mavericks last offseason.
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