Two weeks ago there were some who went so far to predict the Dallas Mavericks were in line for a 30-35 win season once they lost out on Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry. Some scoffed at the Mavericks’ acquisition of Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones for center Ian Mahinmi in a sign-and-trade, and it sparked Dirk Nowitzki to tell ESPNDallas "If we really come out with nobody this summer then maybe they want to rebuild and, obviously, I'm too old for that."
As free agency continues to unfold it would appear that Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson had no such intention. Earlier I suggested that Dallas may have put together the “combo moves of the summer“http://thefanhub.com/posts/detail/560567/Mavericks-quietly-strike-big-with-moves-for-Kaman-Collison in landing Chris Kaman (FA) and Collison/Jones and now they may have added another instrumental piece for another championship run next year.
As reported by Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas, the Mavericks had come to terms with free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo on a multi-year deal.
Mayo, who had his offer sheet rescinded by the Memphis Grizzlies, making him an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer, will reportedly make roughly $4 million in 2012 with a higher player option in 2013. It isn't often that signings are mutually beneficial to both parties, however, in this case it's a major win for both sides.
Mayo, who is just 24 years old, was in desperate need of change of scenery after he had clearly fallen out of favor in Memphis and head coach Lionel Hollins. It was a mixed bag in terms of progress for him last season, as his TS% climbed from the previous season, yet he still shot below the league average (53.4) of guards who played 25+ minutes a night, finishing with a meager 51.3 percent. On the flip side, he shot 36.4 percent from downtown, which was slightly better than the league average under the same parameters. He was also set to be dealt to Boston at the trade deadline, but which Boston pulled out at the last minute.
The word from many scouts around the league to describe Mayo is potential All-Star with the mother of all caveats — "if he ever gets it." If Rick Carlisle can get him to put consistent effort in on the defensive end the floor, the Mavs may have walked away with another player who can create his own shot while at the same time has the ability to get out on the break and get them easy baskets in transition.
With a rotation that will most likely feature Dirk, Kaman, Collison, Mayo, Vince Carter, Elton Brand, Rodrigue Beaubois, and a fleet of rookies who have looked promising thus far in Las Vegas, the Mavs will be right back in contention to be a threat in the West.
_Stats compiled by www.basketball-reference.com
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