On Tuesday afternoon it was reported the Dallas Mavericks were thinking of saving their $2.7 million dollar exception until later in the season. But it seems as if things have progressed quickly on the free agent front.
After being informed that Dallas native Mo Williams was seeking more money than the Mavericks were willing to offer, a sit down between the franchise and fellow free agent point guard Jameer Nelson was scheduled to take place on Thursday afternoon.
However such a meeting may be nothing more than handshakes and congratulations as ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that Jameer Nelson will sign with the Dallas Mavericks barring a last minute snag.
Despite having a handful of talent point guards on the roster, the Dallas Mavericks have been searching for another all offseason and after striking out on players like the aforementioned Williams and Isaiah Thomas, Nelson looked to be the next best available talent.
It’s not known as to what type of role Jameer Nelson will have with the Mavericks as both Raymond Felton and Devin Harris should seem ample playing time as well, though the veteran point guard is likely just happy to be back in a winning environment after disappointing seasons with the Orlando Magic.
A relatively ineffective shooter, Nelson was only able to muster 39 percent from the field during the past two seasons though has a strong ability to see the floor and should benefit by playing with a more talented roster.
Nelson averaged 12 points and 7 assists last season for Orlando. Alleged contractual details have yet to be released.