In hindsight, the true mad scientist of the Dallas Mavericks isn't head coach Rick Carlisle.
It's Casey Smith, the head athletic trainer.
Over the last number of years when the Mavs have signed players with age and/or injury history, there's hardly news saying that the player is out for a long time. Case in point, look at guys like Jason Kidd, Peja Stojakovic and Tyson Chandler.
Smith and team doctor T.O. Souryal have built a resume to attract players to Dallas who want a clean bill of health. So why not take a shot on Greg Oden and bring him to Dallas for a minimal contract, with the possibility of a high reward?
Yes, the tragic story of Oden's short-lived career has been well documented and it's been replayed for the Portland Trail Blazers for the last few years. But according to ESPN, the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft plans to give it one more shot at a playing career, in hopes of contributing in some way, and the Mavs are reportedly interested in his services.
ESPN Dallas' Tim McMahon reported on Friday that Dallas has been in contact with Oden's agent in hopes to make the big man the newest member of the Mavs, who could always use some frontcourt depth.
Dallas may not be the only team interested in signing Oden. The USA Today lists a few teams who could benefit from adding the big man, including Miami, Golden State, New York and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Although the team is struggling, the best pitch Dallas can give Oden is a great possibility that he can possibly stay healthy for more than 20-plus games a season.
Whether he would play this year or next, if Dallas could somehow swoop in and bring Oden in, who's to say that he can't bring quality minutes to the team?
Look at it from both possibilities: If he continues to injure himself, it's $1-2 million down the drain and it just doesn't pan out. But what if he does some good?
There's no way he's going to do what Tyson Chandler did during the championship run, but if he's anywhere near his career averages of nine points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes of play, you have to give him a shot if you're the Mavs.
Yes, it's a low risk, but think of the high reward for a moment. Just think about it.