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Report: Jameer Nelson near $2.7 million deal to join Dallas Mavericks

Jul 23, 2014, 2:56 PM EST

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The Knicks needed another point guard they can trust, in case it turns out they can’t trust Raymond Felton (and Knicks fans would be more than happy to tell you why you can’t trust Felton). Dallas has Devin Harris under contract, but that was not enough.

Enter veteran Jameer Nelson.

We told you the two sides were going to meet. Well, apparently that meeting is more of a formality because they are now very close to a contract, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

No, this does not mean the Mavericks are looking to trade Felton. Officially.

Nelson averaged 12.1 points and 7 assists a game for the Magic last season, but he hasn’t done it efficiently (a .515 true shooting percentage, just below the league average). Most of his shots are three pointers (more than half his attempts last season) and he shot a respectable but not spectacular 34.8 percent on them. He’s long been good and aggressive on the pick-and-roll, plus he brings a physicality to the position.

Dallas has some nice pieces — Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler — it’s just a matter of finding a point guard who can help bring it together (and some depth).

Nelson can’t give you 30 minutes a night anymore, but he can be a solid backup, plus a guy who can be used as a space-the-floor shooter in certain situations.

At that price this is a nice pickup by the Mavs, who have had a strong off-season.

  1. flyrocket31 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    The Knicks needed another PG they can trust? isn’t he gonna sign with Dallas? haha

    • badge3832 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      Obvious mistake but 61 (and counting) idiots can’t figure that out.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    He’s over 30 and past his prime so he fits the Mavs perfectly. I was shocked they signed parsons. The mavs usually hate young exciting players

    • grantgoodman93 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      ^you’re a consistent Mav troll. Who’s your team? The Rockets? If so I understand; it’s tough being incompetent

    • muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      Parsons is good but deeply, DEEPLY overrated!

  3. convincedofthehex - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Jameer blows hot and cold with his outside shot, is injury prone, has trouble defending taller guards, loves to dribble baseline to baseline under the rim and kick the ball out. Good attitude, plays hard and is a nice pick up by the Mavs for the price. He already collected his $2 million buyout from the Magic.

    • elcapitanfiscal - Jul 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      He was really good before he got injured when Princess Dwight was still in Orlando. I do remember he returned prematurely in the finals and threw the entire team out of sync. I like him though, welcome addition.

  4. jolink653 - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Yeaa, the opening sentence to this article was really confusing.

    Nice signing for the Mavs as a bench player. Nelson will give them solid production and could even start at times if Felton still sucks and Harris gets hurt

  5. officialhintz - Jul 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Someone didn’t take their ADD pills this morning.

  6. spursareold - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Mavs had better give Jameer a physical BEFORE signing him so they don’t have to back track…AGAIN.

  7. 00maltliquor - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Nice price, nice pickup. Mavs stay winning in their own way this off-season.

    It’s also good to have that 3 PG depth since all of those guys can be underwhelming at times, so if someone slips up, there is a ready replacement. Keeps them sharp and on their toes. I like it.

    • muhangis - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      Not really paying a highly over-rated player Parsons that much. Parson’s isn’t bad, but he’s HIGHLY overrated! Awful move by the Mavs.. hype instead of an honest evaluation gets to their ears.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        Yeah, Parsons is getting paid by an extra 5-6 million a year, but it was still a good signing. He’s young with a ton of uoside and is a two-way player who can do a bunch of everything. DAL keeps striking out every year on cream-of-the-crop FAs, so instead of waiting ANOTHER year they took the risk. I believe it will pay off for them in the end. I like the way he can potentially fit in with all the pieces they have right now.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        …plus Dirk’s not getting any younger.

  8. MTArider - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Virtually ending Felton’s career, despite Cuban’s claims.

  9. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    You mean to tell me that Dallas might not be able to trust that gun-totin’ Pillsbury Dough Boy as their PG?

  10. ghelton03 - Jul 24, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Part of me thinks Mav’s are quietly building a power house (and I hope that is true), other part of me thinks they are building a shelter for the has been’s. Mav’s have a lot of great players who are past their prime.

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