When Dallas brought in Yinka Dare and Randy Livingston, there was plenty of excitement for the future. Purchasing the contracts of young players that were thought to improve the team seemed like a good direction to go in. But when the team thought they were set with the big man they had just recently acquired, there became another opportunity.
In talks for yet another deal, a call to Portland inquiring about Aaron McKie led to a much larger swap. In a 6 player trade, Dallas sent Dare and Livingston, along with young center Malik Rose and vet sharpshooter Jim Jackson, to Portland for McKie and Arvydas Sabonis. Along with the collection of prospects, Dallas also sent a future 1st round selection in exchange for the pair.
The Lithuanian Legend spoke about his new team-
"They got a lot of talent, two of the best young guards in the league. And they got some depth to keep going all year. The Mailman and the Lithuanin Legend on the same side? I like that. I am thrilled to work and play with them all."
Ghost shared a few thoughts after the deal was approved-
"When it comes down to it, when an upgrade is there you have to seize it. We undoubtedly love the game Dare has, there's a reason we went out and got him. Sabonis has proven to be a very skilled player in this league. With his multi-faceted game, we felt like he complimented our core uniquely, and that brings a dynamic to our team that we couldn't pass up."
Sabonis also has one more year under contract, while Dare has the right to become a free agent at season's end. That may have played some part in the deal, as this core still has at least one more year before there may be some need for a major shake-up.
The Mavericks have mustered a respectable season, going 30-23 through the first 4 months. With 29 games remaining, it's going to be exciting to see if this team can put it all together to make a title run this year.
Edited by Ghost, 26 May 2016 - 10:02 PM.