The Dallas Mavericks have had a busy offseason.
They made one of the more surprising moves, signing Houston Rockets’ forward Chandler Parsons to a three-year, $46 million contract. Earlier in the offseason, they struck a deal with the New York Knicks. The Mavericks dealt point guard Jose Calderón, center Samuel Dalambert, swingman Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and two second round picks, the 34th-overall selection and the 51st-overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, which the Knicks used to select former Wichita State Shockers’ swingman Cleanthony Early and Greek swingman Thanasis Antetokounmpo, in exchange for center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton.
They re-signed point guard Devin Harris but have still been looking for a replacement for Calderon. They talked to Portland Trail Blazers’ free agent Mo Williams, but nothing really came of it. They moved on to Jameer Nelson, who was waived by the Orlando Magic and ironed out a deal on Wednesday night.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, that deal is worth $6 million over two years and year two contains a player option.
Mavs & Jameer Nelson finalizing two-year, $6M deal that will include player option in Year 2. ESPN sources say deal will be completed today
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 24, 2014
Nelson should be able to provide instant offense off of the bench and seems like a very good fit in Dallas. Nelson spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Magic, but his contract was only partially guaranteed for the 2014-2015 season. The Magic waived him to clear the way for young guards Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo.
Nelson averaged 12.1 points, 7.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game while shooting 39.4% from the field, 34.8% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the free throw line last season.