We are in absolute summer dregs. The NBA offseason has produced some truly amazing moments — the huge distance Minnesota has been dumped for Rudy Gobert. And there’s always electricity in the air as critics and fans alike wait for the shoes to drop in a potential business deal for Kevin Durant. But for Dallas fans? It is rough.
Things started off badly with breakout guard Galen Bronson walking out the door unrequited and leaving a glaring gaping hole in the ball handler’s spin. Spencer Dinwiddie will likely bear the brunt of those minutes, but the assumption that Dallas will look to cement that spot after Bronson’s exit has yet to materialize. This empty space in the list that it asks to fill is really making dissident believers desperate.
thats understood. Necessity is the mother of invention. Beggars cannot be chosen. You can’t always get what you want. Any number of vulgarity applies to Dallas’s current slate predicament. But there’s one other thing that I think is probably more appropriate – people hurting people. This dissident fanbase, perhaps more than any other, bears some of the ugliest free agency scars in the league. He made us believe we should be happy with whatever we can get our hands on. I’m here to tell you that you can ask for more.
Here are three backup ball wizards that would have me adding to the list by Joker.
Stop asking for Patrick Beverly. You don’t want Patrick Beverly. Nobody should want Patrick Beverly. You think he had a very good streak with Minnesota and I love how emotional he was about getting the seventh seed for the West. This is a “you” problem.
Entering his eleventh season in the NBA, unique PBev is more of an online meme factory dwarf than a viable NBA point guard. It seems that his entire raison d’être is not just to be a good basketball player per se, but simply to be as annoying as possible. Having achieved this, he was said to have made a good match.
What may once have been a good gaming skill and “solid” defensive advantage has aged in petty squabbles and spilled tea on ESPN after he was kicked out of the playoffs. No doubt this dirty laundry aerator has rubbed some guys the wrong way, and at least one – Damien Lillard – Said it publicly.
But this is just the latest example of Patrick Beverly’s annoying behaviour. In many ways, this PBev is still what we thought it was. And this is the man who has consistently antagonized Luka Doncic off the bench for two consecutive years as a clipper when the two teams faced off in the post-season. Sure enough, Beverly has since continued to give Luca his blooms, calling him the toughest goalkeeper in the NBA, yada yada yada.
I’m sure if you asked Luca, he’d say there’s no bad blood, but look at the context. Dallas has moved on from Luca friendly players such as Salah Magri, Boban Marjanovic and Galen Bronson. They let his national coach flee to Brooklyn. They have apparently refused on multiple occasions to bring in fellow Slovenian teammate and mentor Goran Dragic despite him being one of the only players in recent history to have said frankly that he would like to play in Dallas. Now you want to bring in one of the guys who Luca showed an outward distaste for? And do you want them to go to work together every day? How much is too much? Patrick Beverly, 31, a 6’1-inch point guard, simply doesn’t justify the baggage he’s bringing to the menu.
Walker is definitely a player with some character. He was a former All-Star and had some really great years in Charlotte. The question is how many All-Star caliber players are still around?
Over the past three seasons, Walker has played fewer games, reaching the bottom of last season with only 37 games played by Knek. low career. It is not like nicks I didn’t need help at the point guard. Walker simply fell from the position of head coach Tom Thibodeau.
Now, if you, like me, don’t think much of Thebes as head coach, there’s certainly an argument to be made that Kemba’s sidelining was just poor training. Walker made the case himself when the team’s injuries and virus forced him back to the starting role, after he was put off the bench as a health scratch.
Likely running with a sense of grudge and pride, he proceeded to come out and hang 44 points on Washington Wizards. It sure does come as a surprise from a guy whose coach didn’t think he could play anymore. However, it wasn’t long before Walker returned to the bench, and that was where he stayed for the final two months of the season.
The obvious blow against Walker would be his defense. He’s never been particularly strong on this side of the ball at the best of times, and things just don’t get any better as the 6-foot-tall goalkeeper celebrates his 32nd birthday. The defensive responsibility of the Doncic/Walker back court is too much to bear. Not to mention that after failing in their pursuit of Walker in 2019, they added another player after years of their initial interest (like not Derek Williams and Diandre Jordan) just smelling of a front office move ahead of Nico, and that’s an era I think we should rightfully put in our rearview.
Dennis Smith Jr.
Talk about things in the rear view.
a look. Did you like Dennis Smith Jr. as Maverick? yes. Was he criminally robbed twice in an NBA Dunk contest? no doubt. Did he have an uphill road to success with Rick Carles as his coach and Luka Doncic as his teammate? surely. Does this mean returning to this particular well? is unlikely.
With Smith Jr. struggling to get on board after his hiatus with the Knicks ended unceremoniously and an unfortunate injury shortened his time in Portland, he took his time working to prove he still belonged in the league. I drag him. I really. I even understand the romantic ideal of bringing home the prodigal son to “do good” over all the potential of the DSJ he demonstrated in his time in Dallas. Jason Kidd is a different coach than Rick Carles. Dennis Smith Jr. is a different player than he made in the top 10. On a purely personal note, having both Dennis Smith Jr. and Frank Ntelekina on the roster – two players I loved with Dallas in the 2017 Draft – feels like the kind of alternate universe that would have made the MAF fan I was 5 years ago a cliffhanger.
Unfortunately, the NBA doesn’t work based on how utopian your roster is. It’s a brutal gang that demands talent. It may be the hard truth that no commercial target is possible or that a Dallas free agent can add who will replace Jalen Bronson. This does not mean that they simply have to make a to-do list of such importance to any player in the project. After all, they already have Christian Wood for it.