Unless Mark Cuban can go out this offseason and get a real superstar to pair up with Dirk so they can contend again next season I just don't think Dallas will be back in the NBA finals next season. This is probably Dirk's best/last chance to win on the Mavericks. So if Mark Cuban can't go out and get another superstar to pair up with Dirk should Dirk demand a trade or should Mark Cuban trade him to give him a chance to win on a contending team while also getting some players of value back for Dirk at the same time and just start rebuilding the whole team?
If Mark Cuban can get another superstar player and keep JJ, Butler, Terry, Chandler and Haywood together there should be no reason they can't compete next season. But Dirk really needs some help.
I imagine that Dallas will kind of go the same route they always go and try to sign a veteran they think can still be a difference maker. I think they'll do this until they're struggling to make the playoffs, not winning 57 games.
Reggie Evans, Kirilenko, Prince, Jason Richardson, Carl Landry, Battier, etc. would all be good fits.
Getting Paul would be pretty difficult. They'd have Kidd and Terry as expirers and Roddy to trade.
Paul and Ariza for Terry, Kidd and Beaubois + Picks I think would work (though unlikely). Terry would be bought out and then Kidd would retire saving the Hornets a bunch of money.
Marion / Ariza
Chandler / Haywood
If Terry came back after a buyout that would be huge. Butler probably wouldn't be resigned as they'd be eating Ariza's contract. Hell, maybe they could sign David West on a MLE deal, bring him off the bench and keep the scoring going with the West / Paul two man game.
People said it before this season, too... the NBA and owners like Mark Cuban are unpredictable. But I will say this: this year might be Dirk's best shot at winning a ring. MIA will get better, OKC will get better, the LA dynasty might be over but they can always make a huge trade. Dallas better gets their job done this season. Might be huge in attracting guys like Howard and Paul, too.
Dallas and Mark Cuban had that "other superstar" to play alongside Dirk.....but the idiot Cuban let Steve Nash go to the Suns over a few dollars.....what a different series this would be with Nash in the lineup beside Dirk.