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February 18, 2015 Updates

The Mavericks wanted to sign 36-year-old big man Jermaine O’Neal to address their desire for a rebounder and defensive presence to come off their bench. So of course they have some interest in a freakishly athletic 26-year-old center who is available only two seasons removed from being a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate. But the Mavs’ interest in Larry Sanders, based on conversations with team sources, is best described as cautious and complicated. ESPN.com

The Mavs can only offer the veteran’s minimum, so theoretically they would be taking a minimal risk if Sanders agreed to come to Dallas. However, the Mavs’ front office is sensitive to the potential of creating chemistry problems by adding a player who isn’t all in, the Lamar Odom disaster still fresh in their minds. Sanders, whose agent Happy Walters has a strong relationship with the Dallas front office and also represents Stoudemire and other key Mavs, would have to make a convincing case that he’d be fully committed to attempting to help make a playoff run in the Western Conference. ESPN.com

February 17, 2015 Updates

Earl K. Sneed: Per Rick Carlisle, Ricky Ledo has been informed that if "said" player does clear waivers, Ledo will be waived. Otherwise, he could stay. Ledo did not practice today and will not be practicing tomorrow while everything else plays out. Twitter @EarlKSneed

The decision in December to trade Rondo to Dallas (in a five-player deal that netted Boston a couple of picks and a $13 million trade exception) was, according to Ainge, unanimous among the leaders of the Celtics. He focused his owners and staff on two questions as Rondo, who turns 29 on Sunday, played out the final year of his contract. "Is the team good enough to keep him here? And is he somebody that we want to pay $110 million to going forward?'' says Ainge. "Rondo knew that, and he had the same questions: Is Boston where I want to stay, and what am I going to get on the open market? It's hard, it's challenging, to get a point guard that doesn't score, that's not a great defender, but that is a master passer -- and to pay him that much money,'' Ainge goes on. "That's how we debated it. And now he has a team that the guys he passes to are going to make a higher percentage of the shots; and his passing, his intellect and his experience in winning a championship, those are all assets for Dallas.'' NBA.com

I think they are keeping a hole card, just in case. I expect Greg Smith to be waived to make room for Stoudemire. So Bernard James can stay in the open roster spot that he now occupies. If Jermaine O'Neal decides to jump into action, the Mavericks could make room via Ricky Ledo. I agree with you that you simply cannot have enough big men in the Western Conference. If you run into the Clippers, Grizzlies or Blazers in an early round, you're going to need that extra bulk. And those six extra fouls. I'm not a Larry Sanders fan at all. Kanter would cost too much and really, after that you're talking about guys that would not be heavy lifters. Jermaine, if he's fully committed and in basketball shape, would be a palatable option. Dallas Morning News

February 16, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Sources close to situation confirm @Shams Charania report and say Mavs hope to formally complete Stoudemire signing Thursday. Stoudemire will most certainly clear waivers Wednesday and, barring any late snags, could be in a Mavs uniform as soon as Thursday at OKC Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

According to sources, Dallas owner Mark Cuban is gaga over Stoudemire’s potential to beef up the Dallas frontcourt that is lacking depth after backup center Brandan Wright was traded in the Rajon Rondo deal. New York Post


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