Continuing an impressive off-season, the Dallas Mavericks have set up a sit-down with veteran free-agent point guard Jameer Nelson.
ESPN sources say Mavs will be hosting free-agent point guard Jameer Nelson in Dallas for a face-to-face visit Thursday
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014
Despite improving their biggest weaknesses coming into the off-season by way of trade (Tyson Chandler) and restricted free agency (Chandler Parsons), the Dallas Mavericks have one last move to make, one that likely improves their point guard position.
And Jameer Nelson fits the bill. After being bought out by the Orlando Magic early in free agency, there has been little talk of where he might land in free agency, with most assuming he’d take a significant pay cut to land with a bonafide playoff team.
Flying under the radar following the Dwight Howard trade, Nelson has remained a solid point guard, averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game in the last two seasons. But with Orlando undergoing a youth movement, selecting Victor Oladipo in last year’s draft and Elfrid Payton/Aaron Gordon in this year’s draft, the Magic found it time to part ways with the franchise’s fourth all-time scorer and all-time leader in assists.
While Nelson isn’t the point guard the Mavericks likely had on their mind in terms of a starter, his ability to spread the floor and facilitate the offense makes him a decent candidate at point guard, allowing the recently re-signed Devin Harris to remain in a reserve role.
According to Stein, if the Mavericks were to acquire Nelson it would be by way of $2.7 million room exception available to all teams who fall below the salary cap line during free agency.