Western Notes: Mavs, Bledsoe, Jazz

August 2 at 6:20pm CST By Cray Allred

Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram writes that the Mavs organization had its most positive offseason since it won the title in 2011. After falling short on free agent targets in recent summers, the team has brought in the likes of Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler while losing Jose Calderon, Vince Carter, and likely Shawn Marion. It will be interesting to see if the new pieces make for a greater sum than last year’s exceptional 8th seed Mavs team, as Dallas fans are hoping. Here’s more from around the Western Conference:

  • Mavs coach Rick Carlisle added to the growing consensus that Marion will not be back in Dallas, telling Price, “Marion’s been a great player for us. I know he’s going to end up in a good situation.”
  • Jess Blancarte of Basketball Insiders compares Eric Bledsoe‘s play to other point guards around the league in an effort to gauge his true value. The market has dried up in the Suns favor, as Blancarte concludes Bledsoe is worth around $15MM per year.
  • The Jazz are hoping their first-round selection of Dante Exum will net them a franchise changing talent. Jay Yeomans of Deseret News looks back at the best draft picks in team history.

Eddie Scarito contributed to this post.

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