DONUT 1: The Odom deadline-shift exclusive ...
The process has begun. This isn't about "rewarding that S.O.B.'' or "helping the Lakers.'' It's not necessarily a "salary dump'' and it's not even limited to "clearing out room.''
It can be so much bigger than that.
We've visited with league officials to take us this far in what we believe is a major story and we've got DB.com master capologist David Lord working the angles, too. While we work toward some ideas of what this can mean, go ahead and think a little bigger than "salary dump.''
Think about what the Mavs can do with $8.2 million of room. Think about what other teams might trade for that room. Think about
which teams might be looking for assets that match what Dallas can dangle.
Think about how it can change the draft. (Charlotte and New Orleans are shopping their top-10 picks, eh?) Think about how it can be part of a three-way trade that doesn't force the Mavs to strip all the way down.
Think about how to use $8.2 million of room to trade for a "big fish.''
Think about "Asset Management.'' And stay tuned, because we'll have more details in the coming days.
DONUT 2: The Flame Fund ...
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