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Report: Mavericks going to make run at Jarrett Jack, Jerryd Bayless

May 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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The Mavericks top off-season goal is to try and sign Dwight Howard. Have fun with that, knowing what we do about Howard it should be a quick and decisive process.

But they need more than just a big man. It was evident this season the Mavs need better point guard play, and somebody who can both score and create from the perimeter.

So they have their eyes on a couple point guards we all have been watching in the playoffs, reports the Star-Telegram.

The source said two point guards who interest the Mavs are Golden State’s Jarrett Jack and Memphis’ Jerryd Bayless. Both players figured prominently in their teams’ runs in the current playoffs, and both will become free agents in July.

Jack was in the Sixth Man of the Year conversation, giving Golden State 12.9 points and 5.6 assists a game off the bench. His game and his shooting efficiency got better during the playoffs (he shot 50.6 percent in the postseason). On a team that was all about scoring guards Jack was a key part of the mix, and Golden State wants him back. But he also would make a good fit in Dallas, a team where he would start and get more touches.

Bayless is a less efficient, but also less expensive, player at the point. He had played better for Dwane Casey a couple seasons ago in Toronto but has mot meshed nearly as well in the Memphis system.

I imagine in either case, Dallas would be offering shorter term deals as they try to keep future cap space available to chase free agents. Unless you think they are actually going to land Howard.

  1. anhdazman - May 24, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Collison and Jack on the same team? That would mean Collison starting and Jack as the back up.

    As much as Jack had a great season for the Warriors, he’s a much better 6th man coming off the bench then a starting PG. If you have watched Jack throughout his career, there’s a reason why he was a journeyman and moved from team to team. Yes he had probably one of his best season last year, but it was because he thrived as a 6th man coming off the bench.

    If Dallas uses him in this capacity and paying him a lot more dollars then GSW, I can understand the move. If Dallas thinks he can be their starting PG, then they’re going to be in for a little surprise.

    Jack, be smart, stay in the bay area and look into building something special. This is a young team and your experience and leadership have been incredible. This is a close knit team and as you can see, winning, makes basketball fun like when you first learned how to play the game. Settle down with the Warriors, you won’t regret the decision.

  2. sunlightpianist - May 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Carlisle said, that he would like Mayo back, so they need at his side a good defender as PG. Jack would be an ideal fit. And Carlisle made clear that he doesn’t see Collison as a starting PG, just a scorer and pace changer from the bench. Thats why Mike James started and closed the games. So I would not expect Collison back. Maybe he will be back, because other teams will not offer a starting job and more money too.

    But true, the numbers of assists depends on shooters making points out of the assists. So Jack may benefit from other Warriors.

  3. miamatt - May 24, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Makes sense, both players have played well in big spots. I am no kinda Mavericks fan, but I admire their aggressive approach to team building.

  4. ryanrockzzz - May 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I dont’ really think either one of them are an upgrade.

  5. saint1997 - May 24, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    GSW may be able to re-sign Jack even if they offer less money – because clearly the Mavs don’t want to hand out a long term contract and Jarrett may be looking for a bit of security

  6. coryfor3 - May 25, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Wow. Mavs are really players now. Either guy would put them over the top. Big time.

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