With two acquisitions in quick succession, it’s clear that the Dallas Mavericks have a plan in mind. Quite what that is, I can’t tell you right now, but knowing Mark Cuban it’s probably the sort that’s going to require a lot of money and even more faith. Of course, an official reason has been given (or conjectured) for their anticipated signing of Devean George, so it’s up to us to call shenanigans.
The 6-8, free-agent forward was a vital part of the Lakers’ championship teams with Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. That experience is what has the Mavericks excited about the possibility of landing him with a veteran’s minimum contract, about $1.2 million guaranteed.
I have serious beef with Cubes if this is really the reason they’re signing him, and here’s why: Devean George’s playoff “experience” consists of watching Shaq and Kobe dominate the competition for three years. Given that I did the same thing (albeit from my lounge rather than the other side of the court), I feel entitled to that $1.2 million, and possibly more given that I actually understood what was going on.