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).
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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.