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Report: Pacers trade Darren Collison to Mavs for Ian Mahinmi

Jul 11, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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Indiana is a team on the rise in the East, but they have come to the conclusion point guard Darren Collison is not part of that future.

So they have traded him to the Mavericks, a story broken by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress (via twitter):

Indiana will acquire Ian Mahinmi (4-years, 16 million) in a sign and trade with Dallas. Darren Collison and Danhtay Jones go to Dallas.

The Pacers get a solid backup big man to play behind Roy Hibbert. Mahinmi gave Dallas 18 minutes a game, 5.8 points (on 54 percent shooting) and 4.7 rebounds a game. The Frenchman is fairly athletic and is improving.

That said, they traded a less expensive, quality point guard for a back-up-big. Don’t really love this for Indy.

It leaves a hole at starting point guard but George Hill will step into it. The Pacers also are looking into trading for D.J. Augustine.

For the Mavericks, they pick up a quality point guard who is in the last year of his deal (making $2.3 million). He will start for them but neither he nor just acquired center Chris Kaman have contracts that go beyond this year, so Dallas can be big players in the free agent market next summer.

  1. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    i don’t understand why they would make this deal. it’s a great deal for dallas. but for indiana? and a backup plan to possibly trade for DJ? that wouldn’t even be a lateral move, that’d be a downgrade imo

    • ewyorksockexchange - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      collison is in the last year of his rookie contract, he’ll have to get paid next year. With all of the young talent on the team and almost all of the Pacers’ players’ contracts rolling over in the next two years, they probably thought they could get a better value and some cap relief by bringing in mahinmi and shipping out collison.

      • dirtyvu - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        second contracts don’t make much. you have to get to the third contract to really make the money.

      • eaglessuperfan - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Second contracts don’t make that much? Huh? Second contracts go up to 5 years 58 million. I think that is “much”.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Ridiculous. We miss Larry already.

  3. pikkiwoki - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    “It leaves a hole at starting point guard but the Pacers have a few options.”

    Guess you forgot about George Hill.

    • muhangis - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:06 AM

      George Hill is more of a quality bench player not a true starter level, neither is Hill a pg and overall he’s not as good as Collison, he merely helps solidify any team. Yet pikki is forgetting that, if you are constantly replacing your starters with (even quality) bench players, you’re not gonna be left with any bench! A very poor philosophy.

      • pglive21 - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        You clearly haven’t watched the Pacers very closely. Hill is a clear starter, and superior to Collison. He won’t rack up huge assist numbers but nobody will in Indiana’s offense. It’s predicated on moving the ball side to side to be able to feed the high and low post. One huge problem that Collison had is that he simply could not execute on pick and rolls. He would come off screens fine but because of his diminutive size, he would really struggle to dish the ball to the screener. Because he’s short he has major issues feeding post players and making entry passes.

        Pikki isn’t forgetting anything, he just recognizes that Hill is a superior player. Ignorant people will claim that Collison is better simply because he’s quicker than Hill. Absolute nonsense. Hill’s a much better defender, can mark up against opposing point guards and shooting guards and he’s unbelievably better at getting into the lane and actually finishing at the rim. Collison couldn’t finish at the rim if his life depended on it. I still think Collison has more value than the Pacers got for him, but he still would have been a backup point guard on an expiring contract nonetheless.

  4. bparmalee - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    This is the end result of overpaying George Hill 5/40 million. I like Collison… he played well in spots for us. I don’t mind Mahinmi as a backup but considering we wasted a draft first round pick on Hansbrough and this year on Mile Plumlee I don’t see why we would trade for another big. I mean Mahinmi is way better than them but couldn’t we have done this before the draft and not wasted the pick?

  5. cosanostra71 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Good trade for the Mavs. Not really sure what the Pacers are doing here.

  6. rdly49ers - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    Wtf .I liked darren more then hill ..what are the pacers doing….

  7. astrosfan75956 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    WTG mavs.

  8. conjecture101 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    2 Words: Lance Stephenson

    • professoressadiesel - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      If he can FINALLY step up, that will be huge. People are still trying to figure out why Larry Bird is his biggest supporter.

      • juanandonly24 - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM

        He has a tendency to choke, though.

  9. maynardstool - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Sounds like a bad deal, but they could be positioning themselves for a run at OJ Mayo.
    I wasn’t particularly impressed with DC as the starting PG. They just gave Hill 40 mill, and I think he’ll be just fine as the starter.

  10. thisisether - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    What the Indiana Pacers doing? Miles Plumlee and now this? I’m watching miles Plumlee in summer league a few times and he looks every bit like a poor mans Yi Jianlian.. The could have drafted Marquis Teague then traded Collison if they didn’t want him… Gosh. For Mahimi??

    • muhangis - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:16 AM

      Yeah I agree they waay overreached for Plumlee! Much more better players were on the board. I must say a poor man’s Yi Jianlian does not spell for very good lol! And yeah they traded away a very all-around solid pg for a scrub in Mahimi.

  11. zacmonte - Jul 12, 2012 at 1:18 AM

    I personally do not like this trade for Indiana, but I see the reasoning behind it with it being his contract year and all.
    As far as the people commenting on the Miles Plumlee pick, did you watch him in the summer league today? Yes, I know it’s not much to go off of, but he actually looked pretty good for a late first round pick (given though, I think the pick could have been much better spent on either Arnett Moultrie or Perry Jones, who both were picked directly after Plumlee respectively).
    Also, George Hill was just overpayed, so there is pressure to start him, and then you have Lance Stephenson who looked impressive as hell yesterday in the summer league, but had a bad outing shooting today, I still think they want to create more minutes for him, though, to see if he can make the leap to the next level.

  12. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Dallas pulled off a robbery! Why would Indy agree to this when they are on the rise with all that nice depth??

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Great trade for both teams

  14. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 12, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    …Indy became so good by making a lot of small, “under the radar” moves under Bird’s watch. Don’t agree with this move for them. I understand Collison wasn’t in their long term plans and they would likely let him walk at the end of the year, but unless you’re getting a really good return (which they didn’t) or saving significant money (which they won’t, Collison is still on his rookie deal I believe) I just don’t see the point. They were the third best team in the east last year and played really well against the heat in the playoffs. Keep a good thing going, they’re moving on reverse.

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