Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The Mavs run at any type of championship is over. It was gone for good the moment Deron Williams decided to stay with the Brooklyn Nets. Did anyone really think we had a shot at signing Williams? And even if we did, does that mean we are back in the title hunt? The answer of course is NO!
But it isn’t over simply because of the Williams decision. The Mavericks decided to do something strange when, after winning their first and only World Title, they blew up the team to make cap room to sign free agents Williams and Dwight Howard this offseason. They never tried to hide their intentions or even come up with a backup plan. For them to survive as a championship-caliber team, they had to get Williams and Howard to sign here.
Cracks started to form the moment Howard demanded a trade and then backed off that, and then decided to re-op with the Magic, keeping him with the team until the end of next year. Now, the Mavs would have to trade for him. Problem is, they don’t HAVE anything to trade!