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Jul 23, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Will Raymond Felton or Devin Harris start at point guard for the Mavericks?

After trading Jose Calderon to the Knicks, Dallas has a vacancy in the backcourt next to Monta Ellis. Felton has disappointed lately, and Harris hasn’t been a full-time starter in a couple years.

The decision will say as much, if not more, about how Rick Carlisle wants to balance his starting lineup and bench rather than just the ability levels of Felton and Harris.

But beyond their choice between Felton and Harris, the Mavericks want another point guard. At this point their best options are veteran castoffs – Jameer Nelson (waived by the Magic) and Mo Williams (essentially cast aside by the Trail Blazers).

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Mavericks still have the room exception ($2,732,000), a decent raise over minimum contracts for Nelson and Williams ($1,448,490).

But can Dallas sell them on this role?

Both Nelson and Williams seem overqualified to become typical third point guards. However, that’s probably not what the Mavericks envision for either.

Beyond Felton, Harris and Ellis, they’re pretty thin at guard. They also have just Gal Mekel and Ricky Ledo, so maybe Carlisle wants Nelson or Williams to frequently deploy two-point guard lineups. Last year, Calderon and Ellis often shared lead-guard responsibilities, and that worked well.

The Mavericks can make a reasonably compelling pitch. Now, it’s just a matter of whether Williams liked it or Nelson will.

  1. connorchew - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    If I were either of the two players, I’d have the confidence that I could outplay Felton for minutes. And if you don’t have that confidence, then you deserve to be a 3rd string

    • misremembered72 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      Just what I was thinking. Devin Harris doesn’t seem to have the point guard skillset, as far as distributing, to be a starting caliber point guard. He’s a great first guy/energy guy off the bench.

      As far as Raymond Felton, Mark Cuban is way too smart to trust that bum to be anything more than a 15 minutes a game type of player, if that.

  2. bhunter1995 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Both Nelson and Williams are better then Felton and Harris. If one of them joins the team they will be the starting PG not the backup. Felton is trash and Harris isn’t bad at what he does but he doesn’t have all the skillsets that a starting PG needs.

    • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Why are people thumbing this down ??
      He’s right !

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Thanks lol I was thinking the same thing when I saw how many negative votes I had on this comment.

  3. sprest83 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    With the current roster, Harris is already said to come off of the bench as an attacking PG and Felton would be the starter. Both Nelson and Williams would put Felton on the bench and behind Harris. I’m hoping for Nelson.

    • money2long - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      If they get Nelson the Mavs starting lineup would look enticing.

  4. csbanter - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    The Mavs will be better because of the additions of Chandler and Parsons to give Dirk help in the frontcourt. As long as they get decent numbers from the PG spot it doesn’t matter who starts. Monta Ellis will do most of the scoring anywhere in the backcourt.

  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Surprised Mo Williams is not playing with LBJ

  6. au1978 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Just great. What the $#*&%!$!$# is Daryl Morey doing while all these decent pg’s are being snatched up by other teams?????

    • mazblast - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      Probably reading his press clippings from last off-season about how he’s such a genius.

      • au1978 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        Sigh.

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