The NFL offseason is full of various checkpoints that we all have to go through before football is back in our lives on a regular basis.
We’ve already blown past March Madness and The Masters, the NBA Finals are also in the rearview window, before we know it it’ll be time for the Little League World Series and that’s when things get really serious.
Before then, though, we have to go through NBA Free Agency which, despite months of speculation, finally got going on Sunday. A few superstars changed teams and it looks like the Brooklyn Nets are going to be a lot of fun in the foreseeable future (it also looks like the New York Knicks remain a dumpster fire like their neighbors the New York Giants).
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving may have been the headliners with their moves to Brooklyn, but there were plenty of other changes of note. Jimmy Butler is headed to the Miami Heat, the never-aging J.J. Redick is going to New Orleans, and Al Horford shocked the world by joining the Philadelphia 76ers.
Which NBA team’s approach reminded you most of the Cowboys?
If you didn’t know, I’m a San Antonio Spurs fan so I’ve gotten fairly used to little action around free agency. The same was true this year as the biggest push of the needle made by San Antonio was bringing Rudy Gay back. When you’re as good as they are more of the same is never a bad thing.
There are obviously a lot of Cowboys fans who support the DFW’s Mavericks, and both Texas teams were rather chill on Sunday (certainly not for lack of effort on the Mavs’ part). Texas in general was quiet as not even the Houston Rockets were able to pull off something worthy of a national headline.
All of that being said... which team’s approach to all of this most reminded you of how the Cowboys handle free agency? It’s been a long time since Dallas went after big-time names on the open market. They choose to pay their own (there are a lot of guys who they need to pay, by the way) and build through the draft. It’s not exactly as easy to build a contender via the draft in basketball as it is in football (not to say that it’s easy at all), but the NBA game is more predicated on landing help these days. In spite of this, there are a lot of organizations that stand idly by.
If you’re looking for a team that most resembles Stephen Jones and friends then it might be fair to consider the Spurs, Mavericks, or Rockets. After all San Antonio wasn’t alone in retaining a player as Dallas locked down Kristaps Porzingis who they traded for in the middle of the season.
In fact, that might equate the Cowboys to the team they share the metroplex with more than anyone. Both Dallas squads traded for big-time contributors in the middle of their seasons and knew they were going to have to hand him a huge deal in the immediate future. While Amari Cooper still doesn’t have his big-time extension it’s obviously coming. The Cowboys and Mavericks might as well be one.
What say you, BTB? Which NBA team most felt like the Cowboys as free agency began?