Dallas Mavericks

Mavericks back in business with Warriors exes Bogut, Barnes on board

Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) celebrates a basket by Golden State Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa (19) during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Bogut (12) celebrates a basket by Golden State Warriors’ Leandro Barbosa (19) during their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. TNS

Because of Kevin Durant, the Dallas Mavericks were able to happily celebrate the Fourth of July.

After days of haggling over which team he would sign with during free agency, Durant stunned many in the NBA world Monday when he agreed to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and sign with the Golden State Warriors.

To prepare for Durant’s arrival, the Warriors renounced their rights to small forward Harrison Barnes, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. That paved the way for the Mavs, who reached an oral agreement Monday with Barnes on a four-year, $94.4 million contract.

Golden State also agreed to trade center Andrew Bogut and a second-round draft pick to the Mavs, freeing up for the Warriors an additional $11 million in salary cap space they plan to use to sign Durant to a two-year, $54 million deal.

$11MCap-space money the Warriors gained in agreeing to trade Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks. Golden State then agreed on $2.9 million deal with former Mav Zaza Pachulia.

Both the Barnes’ agreement and the Bogut trade can’t be completed until the NBA moratorium is lifted Thursday.

And neither would have occurred had Durant remained in Oklahoma City or had taken his talents to another team besides the Warriors.

While some may view Barnes and Bogut as the two expendable players in a Warriors starting lineup that included All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Mavs view the acquisitions as upgrades.

Oklahoma City Thunder fans react to the rumors surrounding Kevin Durant's free agency.

Barnes will fill the starting spot vacated when Chandler Parsons left via free agency and agreed to sign a four-year, $94.4 million contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. Bogut will replace Zaza Pachulia, a Mavs free-agent center who replaces Bogut after agreeing Monday to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with Golden State.

The additions of Barnes and Bogut are solid comeback pieces for Dallas after the Mavs lost their top three free-agent hopefuls — Hassan Whiteside, Mike Conley and Nicolas Batum — in lightning-quick fashion when the free agency period started Friday.

Add the new additions to a starting lineup that is likely to include power forward Dirk Nowitzki, shooting guard Wesley Matthews and point guard Deron Williams, and the Mavs have enough talent to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference next season.

But do they have enough to get out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time since they captured the 2011 NBA title?

Nowitzki hasn’t made his free agency plans known. The 18-year veteran, however, has repeatedly said he will re-sign with the Mavs, unless Dallas goes into a rebuilding process.

And the additions of Bogut and Barnes means the Mavs won’t enter the season as rebuilders.

Barnes, 24, averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season and is a much better defender than Parsons. But Parsons is a more efficient scorer, creator and ball-handler.

Barnes went practically unguarded by the Cleveland Cavaliers in last month’s NBA Finals when they figured out that he’d lost his confidence and his shooting touch.

5 of 32 Harrison Barnes’ shooting line over the last three game of the NBA Finals for the Warriors against Cleveland.

Over the last three games of the Finals, he averaged just five points and was only 5 of 32 from the field — many of them wide-open shots — as the Warriors became the first team to blow a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.

In Bogut, who turns 32 on Nov. 28, the Mavs are taking a huge gamble because of his ongoing history of injuries and that he may be damaged goods. The Warriors announced in mid-June that Bogut would be sidelined for up to eight weeks after he bruised his proximal tibia and distal femur in Game 5 against the Cavs.

5 of 32 Harrison Barnes’ shooting line over the last three game of the NBA Finals for the Warriors against Cleveland.

Bogut has only played all 82 games in an 11-year career once, as a rookie with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005-06. The 7-foot, 260-pounder has missed 136 of a possible 394 games over the past five seasons.

However, he’ll come off the Mavs’ books next summer and become a free agent, giving the Mavs more salary cap flexibility for the huge 2017 free agency class.

Williams agreed Sunday to a one-year, $10 million contract to return for his second season with Dallas. The Mavs also shored up their bench Sunday by agreeing with restricted free agent forward/center Dwight Powell on a four-year, $37 million deal.

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Projected lineup

(2015-16 statistics)

 

Pos.

Player

Age

Ht.

PG

Deron Williams

32

6-2

14.1 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.9 rpg

SG

Wesley Matthews

29

6-5

12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg

SF

Harrison Barnes

24

6-8

11.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 38.3 3-pt%

PF

Dirk Nowitzki

38

7-0

18.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 89.3 FT%

C

Andrew Bogut

31

7-0

5.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.6 bpg

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