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It’s official: Jameer Nelson signs with Mavericks, says: “I’m just preparing myself to make open shots.”

Jul 24, 2014, 5:49 PM EDT

UPDATE 6:57 pm: It’s official — Jameer Nelson is a member of the Dallas Mavericks for the upcoming season.

5:49 pm: Quality shots have been hard to come by in Orlando the past couple seasons. Ever since Dwight Howard left there hasn’t really been a Magic player that demanded a double team or forced you to adjust your defense.

Jameer Nelson thinks that impacted his three point shooting this past season. He also expects things to be different in Dallas.

Nelson is meeting with the Mavericks Thursday and, has been expected, they are going to reach a deal soon, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

In Dallas there are players that demand double teams — Dirk Nowitzki every night, Monta Ellis some nights — and guys who can benefit from the better looks like Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler and now Nelson. The point guard talked about that with Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning NewsA.

“My 3-point percentage hopefully will go up playing with better guys,” he said. “The looks will be there. Dirk will draw a lot of attention. Monta draws a lot of attention. Chandler Parsons, too. Everybody’s going to draw attention, so somebody’s going to be open. I’m just preparing myself to make open shots.”

Nelson is going to split time at the point with Raymond Felton and Devin Harris (plus you can be sure Ellis will serve as a defacto point guard at times). The guy who does not turn the ball over, defends a little and knocks down the open threes will get the lion’s share of the minutes.

That could be Nelson. He can’t do it for 30+ minutes a night anymore, but for 20-25 he could be a guy Rick Carlisle leans heavily on as the season moves along.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Mavs will be fun to watch.

  2. calkinsrob - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    I rather have nelson start than felton. I hope the mavs think that as well.

    • ybizzel - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Felton probably won’t even be on the team by the time the season starts

      • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        This guy, he speaks truth.

  3. ybizzel - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Screenshot this comment… Mavs vs Spurs western conference finals. Mavs win in 6. Bulls vs Cavs eastern conference finals. Bulls win in 7. Mavs vs Bulls in the finals. Mavs win in 5.

    • calkinsrob - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      what??!! “no more questions for you bro…”

      • ybizzel - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        So what are you saying, that the Mavs right now are not better than the Bulls?

      • kinggw - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        No, not even close.

    • ybizzel - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Don’t just give a thumbs down without an explanation. Let’s talk sports here

    • spursareold - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Mavs aren’t beating the Spurs in any universe where both teams are fully healthy and playing their best ball.

  4. milkman1989 - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Really, really like what the Mav’s have done this off-season, there starting 5 can compete with any starting 5 out there and its not like they have a portland style bench either. Going to be gooooooooooooood to watch

    • kinggw - Jul 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      Take a step back. The Mavs reacquired a guy whose best days are behind him in Chandler. Overpaid a guy whose stats aren’t much different from the guy he’s replacing in Vince Carter (12/3/4 vs 17/4/6) and picked up Felton.

      The Mavs have added a few interesting pieces, but they don’t have a strong bench and are still looking at bottom of the Western playoff picture. Yet some people have them making it to the Finals.

      • bigdogarita - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

        Man… I can understand they aren’t shoo-ins for the finals but YOU need to take a step back. To say they haven’t gotten better makes you look uninformed..

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM

        Parsons had those stats as a third option, playing off the ball in Houston, with a ball hogging 2 guard, not only that but Vince is on the tail end of his career, he is only getting older and within three years he will probably be out of the league. Parsons is a guy who’s coming into his own now, he is getting better and more experienced with every game and his game is completely different then Carter’s game. Parsons gets labelled as a spot up guy by talking heads and by people who don’t watch the game but in reality he is a guy who can take it to the rack, finish through contact, get boards better then most others at the three spot and he can defend his position. Carter is a guy who has flashes of his old self once or twice a game and the rest of the time he is spotted up for threes, Parsons is not the same as VC, that’s an ignorant comment if I’ve ever seen one.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        bhunter1995, thank you.

        You summed up in one comment what PBT authors and commenters have failed to grasp in hundreds of posts.

  5. bhunter1995 - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    The Mavs have an extremely solid team, they could easily be the fourth or fifth seeded team and the third seed isn’t out of the question either. They have no weak spots in their starting five. What will make or break them as a contender will be Dirk and Chandler. If Dirk can post up 20+ PPG and if Chandler comes with his hardhat on for the season, the west needs to watch out.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      I’m going to have to disagree with “no weak spots in their starting five.”

      There is a big soft spot called Raymond Felton’s belly. And it’s very weak.

      Their other two point guards are also fat and past their prime.

      • bhunter1995 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        Felton will be the second string PG behind Nelson, trust me I know Felton is garbage, he may even end up as the third stringer.

  6. itmgrindmachines - Jul 24, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    Mavs have gotten better but lets not get ahead of ourselves, Not sure of Finals status, you are in the West.

  7. timcast12 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Only reason he’s saying that is because he’s probably a Mavs fan and if he’s not, well he doesn’t have much basketball logic.

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      The Mavs were underrated last year, they showed that when they pushed the Spurs to seven games, something that no other team could do. Are they championship contenders, no I dont think so, but if Dirk and Chandler play well, they will get to the second round, and then it gets dicey for them. I do think they can beat the Clippers with their roster as constructed, but it I’m not guaranteeing anything, it is going to be a close series if those two teams face off, the Spurs and OKC will be able to beat the Mavs IMO, so I don’t think they will be in the finals, but they have a better team then the Rockets and the Blazers so I think that we will be seeing the Mavs get homecourt advantage in the first round with the fourth seed behind SAS, OKC and LAC.

      The reason I say Dirk and Chandler need to play well is that they are question marks moving forward. Nelson will do what Nelson does, aka spot up threes, running pick & rolls. Ellis and Parsons are the same way, they will bring to the table what they have always brought to the table as far as skillsets and stats. Dirk on the other hand is getting old and he needs to keep it going at age 36. How long can he maintain his high level of play? If this is a drop off year for him the Mavs will have to rely more on Ellis and Parsons, who are not the guys you necessarily want as your first option. Chandler is a big question mark, he had a dip in production last year and he never fully bounced back from his injury so the jury is still out on whether or not he can be a big time contributor. So my point is that Dirk and Ty need to bring their A games, and if they can do that then the Mavs will be a 54-55 win team easy.

      • spursareold - Jul 25, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        VC’s shot was cold blooded, but it was also an uncalled travel, and that’s not even open for debate. Without that, Spurs take it in 5.

    • bhunter1995 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      and btw Im a Laker fan

  8. haaaaasoooooo - Jul 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Rick is a great coach, and this is a solid veteran signing. Very jealous that the Mavs added Jameer to their bench. Wish the Bucks would have gotten him. He could have really helped Marshall and B Knight while playing all the minutes he could handle. The spurs proved that bench play matters in the playoffs once again, and the mavs took notes!

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