It’s always nice when a team and a player who both need to save face can find each other organically on the free agent market.
The Mavericks have won more games than anyone but the Spurs since the turn of the millennium, but no superstars want to play for them. Joakim Noah is a two-time All Star and Defensive Player of the Year, but no contending team will think about paying him. Both are going to hang out on the side of the dance floor watching their potential partners get snapped up without being able to do a thing about it.
And then hey, the Dallas Mavericks will spy Joakim Noah, two-time All Star and Defensive Player of the Year, sitting alone in the corner. And Joakim Noah will see the Dallas Mavericks, winners of more games than anyone but the Spurs since the turn of the millennium, staring quietly into the bowl of punch.
And neither will nut up and ask the other to dance until the popular players are all making our with the desirable teams in the back of Danny Ainge’s Toyota.
Poor quality of my metaphor aside, the Mavericks are going to realize a few weeks into the summer that nobody wants to play for them, so hey, adding a big name like Joakim Noah wouldn’t exactly be the worst thing. And around the same time, Joakim Noah will realize that playing for a respectable team like the Mavericks would save him from the embarrassment of being ignored for so long, so he’ll be interested. They’ll work out one of those classic one-year “prove it” deals veterans sign so often, and Noah will become a Maverick.
And hey, the basketball fit is intriguing enough. Maybe Noah is healthy and can give Dallas the defensive anchor they missed out on in DeAndre Jordan last summer. His passing certainly makes sense in a Rick Carlisle scheme. And maybe Carlisle revives Noah enough that he gets the multi-year deal he craves next summer, and the Mavericks bring in the next lost soul seeking redemption on a .500 team, as is the way of the league.
Worst case scenario, Deron Williams is probably coming back, Lance Stephenson is more than available, David Lee and Roy Hibbert are going to struggle to find teams and Joe Johnson is just itching to eat into someone else’s cap space again. The Mavericks could form a 2011 super team is 2015, and that’d be pretty neat.
Likely Contract: One Year, $7.5 Million