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Mark Cuban has spirited defense of Calderon signing

Jul 25, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

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I liked the Jose Calderon signing by Dallas.

They get a quality point guard — 11.6 points and 6.6 assists a game, plays smart, had a PER of 18.2 and shot 52 percent from three last year — for a reasonable price (four years, $29 million). Remember last season with the failed Darren Collison experiment in Dallas? They had to bring in Derek Fisher at one point. The position was a mess for Dallas. Now with Calderon, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis they are in the playoff conversation.

But not everybody loved it. But Cuban went on ESPN Radio in Dallas this week and defended the move (as transcribed by the Dallas Morning News).

Now, we’ve added someone who can run a pick and roll with (Nowitzki) and know how to run it that knows how to use a screen. I’ll tell you something else, I was shocked when people thought we signed a bad deal with Jose Calderon because hey, the guy shot 50 percent from three. The market for guys who can catch and shoot threes and do nothing else was higher than what we paid for Jose. He knows how to play point guard. He knows how to get Dirk the ball. He knows the game. Never turns it over. Literally, I was like what are people thinking. He may not be the best defender, but it’s not like he was replacing a great defender. I was really surprised by the response to Jose. I think he’s going to make us a much better team.

He’s right about Calderon.

I think in the short term this season Dallas is one of those teams in the middle — they will finish somewhere between the 7 and 10 seeds. They will not be bad, the West is deep, but they are not special. The question is in future years how they lure a free agent or make a trade to get a guy who can dramatically improve them.

But Calderon will fit with any of those guys. People who haven’t watched him the last couple years underestimate him. He’ll play well for Dallas.

  1. htownred34 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    The Calderon signing was pretty good, the Monte Ellis one not so much. This team is nothing more than a 8th seed in a stacked western conference…

    • llfreedman - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Haha exactly- Notice there is no “spirited defense” of the Ellis signing!

  2. dirtydavis - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    MAVS are a joke

  3. wlubake - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    As a Mavs fan I hated the idea of signing Ellis, but I’m willing to see it play out before I write it off as a mistake.

    Keep in mind that Jason Terry was a terribly inefficient scorer before he came to Dallas. It is amazing what playing next to Dirk will do for you. A little space is a good thing. Ellis was the top scorer on Milwuakee. That won’t be the case in Dallas.

    I also like how Ellis gets to the rim better than Jet ever did. And he averaged 6 assists per game last season. If he can penetrate and find the open shooter (Dirk/Calderon), while putting in 16 points a game (assuming down from 19 last season), he certainly lives up to his contract.

    • llfreedman - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      That’s the best Ellis argument for the Mavs I have seen. The problem is we have no evidence he can all of a sudden change his stripes, but Dirk will definitely help.

      • wlubake - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        He shot about over 50% in Golden State in his early days of Nellie ball when Baron Davis and Jason Richardson were co-threats. Not to mention Al Jefferson. He was averaging about 20 points a game then too.

        In fact, his Milwuakee FG% is so notably worse, you have to think the environment had a lot to do with it. In MIL he’s around 40%. In GS he’s around 45% or above.

        Also worth noting in the Jet comparisons, Jet was 27 years old when he got to Dallas. He had been used mostly as a point in ATL. He matured in Dallas considerably and converted to a SG. Monta is 27 and has played a bunch of point. He’ll be a SG in Dallas.

  4. moseskkim - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I think they can be a playoff team.. West is so loaded but they have talent. Marion dalembert dirk monta Jose not bad. VC was solid last year too.

    • uncledrew22 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      I don’t see them as a playoff team. They might have a chance depending on what other teams do. Calderon is a backup PG, not a starter. He’s going to get killed vs the elite NBA PG’s, his defense is non-existent.

      • bendover09 - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        Who thought they win with peja , Stephenson , barea, Chandler, and etc … Everyone laughed from the start to the end & looked what happened. It’s all about chemistry and ball movement

  5. ohioteamsusuallysuck - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Pelicans will do better than mavs

  6. 00maltliquor - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    They are NOT in playoff conversation. Good signing, but this the West. Look at that whole roster.

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