Sam Young (just taken)
DeJuan Blair (knee issue apparently)(Just taken)
Derrick Brown- gone
Marcus Thornton- gone
Dejuan Summers (just taken)
I'm sure the Mavs are identifying their perimeter shooting PF for 56 so that value list is not for the Mavs obviously. With 4 second round picks the next 2 years if the Mavs didn't/don't make a play for any of these guys, well, you know what I think...
DeJuan Blair to the Spurs. They've done their best to smite you tonight Junior while you stand in cement shoes...
Update1: Word just came down that houston bought Washington's second (#32)for straight up cash so clearly the mavs arent' interested in getting value here or one of these guys who could play in the rotation right away. Last year it cost 1.3mill plus 2 seconds to move into the early second. This year, not so much.
Update2: Brown and Thornton just taken; Calathes the only value pick left on the board.
Update3: Word has it that the Mavs traded their 56 pick and cash to MN for Calathes. It was the only thing the Mavs have gotten right on draft day. The kid will play in Greece for probably only 1 year and probably has a reasonable buyout. He made a big mistake not pulling his name out of the draft as he slid right out of the 1st round costing him a cool 750k I'm sure. In addition, I think an NBA team can only pay like 300k of a buyout and the rest comes out of the player's pocket. I'm sure he was smart enough to have a buyout clause under 300k.
I like this kid and he has the ceiling to be a starter but probably only on a team that has a couple of swingmen who are above average defensive players. The Mavs are not that team right now. However, he could also be a valuable combo guard, essentially being #3 in a guard rotation and could play alongside a smaller 2-guard like Jet or Barea. His main problem is his relative lack of athleticsm and defensive limitations. He is a heady pg with absolutely outstanding vision and passing ability who has a balanced offensive game as well. And he is only a sophomore to boot. So he will fit into a rotation once he comes over.
Update4: Apparently, we gave up Portland's 2010 second for Calathes not this year's pick so we keep Nivens. Nivens is a fundametally sound college post player with average athleticism, a terrific offensive rebounder, poor passer, good poster scorer, who added a little more finesse to his game this year including a mid-ranger jumper. His ability to defend his position in the nba is the main concern in addition to getting his shots off as he's not all that agile. Don't buy into Juniors annual hype when he calls him a "pj Brown" starter kit. This is a joke. PJ Brown could defend 2-3 positions well and Nivens will never be that guy. Ordinarily, I don't really care what planet a guy lives on, except, in this case, that guy is Junior, and he runs an 400Million$ nba franchise...