A Tale of Two Trades: How the Mavs and Stars are Affected by 'Melo and Neal

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​The Dallas Mavericks got better today. The Dallas Stars? Hmm.

With the trading of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the New York Knicks, you can cross the Denver Nuggets off the list of NBA Western Conference powers in this spring's playoffs.

Raymond Felton is a decent point guard and Danilo Gallinari has some potential, but even with a 2014 first-round pick in the deal the Nuggets are gutted. Ask the Minnesota Timberwolves what happens when you trade a star like Kevin Garnett. It ain't good. I don't blame Denver, they had to get something before Anthony walked away in free agency with zero compensation. But for the time being, we can all forget about the Nuggets.

With one less foe to worry about, it's even more likely that the Mavs won't make a trade before Thursday's deadline. For the first time in a long time, standing pat seems to make sense. The Mavs in recent years have made splashes trading for Jason Kidd and Caron Butler, but with the additions of Peja Stojakovic and Roddy Beaubois and the tantalizing possible return of Butler for the playoffs, status quo seems OK.

As for the Knicks, they have amassed some impressive firepower with Anthony, Billups and Amare Stoudemire. They don't play enough defense to compete with the Heat or Celtics for the East, but it should be a fun spring in the Big Apple.

Not sure I can say the same for the Stars, with the trading away of their third-leading goal scorer to the Penguins for two-way defenseman Alex Goligoski,

I'm not going to pretend to know even a tenth about hockey as I do about hoops, but last time I checked Neal played on Dallas' first line and was a consistent producer on an overachieving team. Guess I should check in more on the Stars, because it looks like he and his team - thanks to injuries - have been seriously slumping entering tonight's home game against the Devils.

Trading Neal and Matt Niskanen seems a hefty price, but I guess if you've free-fallen to eighth place in the NHL West desperate times call for drastic measures.

Eh?


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Davek
Davek

Sad thing for Mavs fans is they have the resources as a franchise to be one of these Big Three type teams, but black superstars don't want to play for what they view as a "white" franchise.

Otherwise, Mavs coud have made a legit attempt to team Dirk with Melo and CP3.

Richie's hair plugs
Richie's hair plugs

I wish people in this in town cared about hockey. At least they don't try to price the common man out of attendance, unlike skeletor aka Jerry Jones.

Mishon
Mishon

Great trade for the Mavs and as for the Stars...who gives a shit.

Rooster
Rooster

Alex Goligoski is a damn good player. He's a defensemen with 31 pts this season. By comparison, Stephane Robidas has 26.

It's not like we gave Neal away, or this was the Jimmy Johnson/MN trade. Nisky was a throw in who hasn't exactly been lighting it up this year. Goligoski's +/- so far for this season is 20. Nisky's was, well, you know, 1.

I think it was a solid trade for both sides.

And yes, I fully realize I am one of like 5 people in this town that actually care.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

And lets not forget, we r saving about 2.5 million in salary with this deal. Now as long as they spend that on Richard's extension, ill be happy.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Good hockey comments. So most Stars are on board with this?

Corby's Backpack Fullaweed
Corby's Backpack Fullaweed

I'm right there with you rooster. Liking hockey in this town might as well be liking Curling. But the Stars improved greatly in this trade. Neal and Niskanan were underproducing so a change in scenery should treat them well.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Hockey...meh.

Mavs...good lookin' out. I was worried the Mavs would end up facing the Thuggets in the first round. If we stay healthy, I think we make a deep run in the playoffs.

If Caron comes back for the playoffs, how much of an impact will he really have?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

He'll mess up any chemistry they have if Peja adds anything. It's hard to plug someone in and flip a switch.

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

That's what I'm thinking too. I believe Peja is going to make major contributions to this team down the stretch. I love me some Mavs...and Rangers! Baseball-ball!

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Like RW said, Caron won't be the pre-surgery Caron we saw before the injury. He will be a rusty, not in actual game shape Caron. Is that his fault? Nope, but it's the truth since he has missed the majority of the season.

Richie Whitt
Richie Whitt

Some of us are naively holding out hope that Caron comes back as his former, pre-surgery self. But it probably ain't happening.

luniz
luniz

Peja can not even provide half the defense/rebounding that Caron gives Dallas. There's no way he messes up "chemistry" by coming back for the playoffs. Anything he gave would be a bonus and he'd know that.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Good to see another team that can beat up at least a little bit on Boston, Miami, and Orlando. I'm not saying the Knicks are going to knock them off, but they can extend a series by a game or two. That'll help SA or Dallas if they make the finals.

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