DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in signing with the Mavericks.
That’d mean Dallas loses Tyson Chandler, who’s also a pending free agent.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
A sign-and-trade swap of the centers, which has been mentioned in Mavs front-office offseason brainstorming sessions, would make a lot of sense for all of the involved parties.
Dallas would insist that the Clippers also take reserve point guard Raymond Felton
This probably won’t happen because of the complexity. Four parties – Jordan, Chandler, Mavericks and Clippers – would have to agree.
But – if Jordan wants to sign with Dallas – it’s at least possible.
Why Jordan agrees: He’d get the same money as if he signed with the Mavericks directly. But this way, Jordan helps the Mavericks avoid clearing enough cap space to sign him, which makes it a little easier for them to build a strong supporting cast.
Why Chandler agrees: He had success with Chris Paul in New Orleans, and they’d reunite on a good team in his hometown. There might not be a better destination for Chandler, including Dallas. Paul, Chandler and David West worked well together. Imagine that trio with Blake Griffin instead of West.
Why the Mavericks agree: They’d unload Felton, whose contract is a burden. As a bonus, they’d be helping Jordan, a player the seem to like.
Why the Clippers agree: This would be their best option to replace Jordan. They won’t have cap space if he leaves, and this team is built to win now. Chandler is a downgrade, but the alternative downgrades are much steeper. Felton is a small price to pay for avoiding other routes for finding a new center.
Raymond Felton knows the reality of his NBA career at this point — he could barely get off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks this past season. That’s a team that took stock of its point guard situation and decided to trade some quality assets to roll the dice on Rajon Rondo (that roll came up snake eyes).
Felton also is smart and wants to get paid next year, so he is picking up his option to stay in Dallas, reports Shams Charania of Real GM.
Dallas Mavericks guard Raymond Felton will file paperwork to exercise his $3.9 million player option for the 2015-16 season, league sources told RealGM.
This was expected and his only good option. If he had opted out into the free agent market he likely would have been eventually picked up on a minimum contract, maybe even non-guaranteed, and been a limited use backup or third point guard somewhere.
The 10-year veteran can make some plays — he hit a game winner this season — and Mavs coach Rick Carlisle praised his professionalism. He was limited early in the season by a couple ankle sprains and just never got much into the rotation for the Mavericks, playing in only 29 regular season games.
Because he picks up his option does not mean he will be back with the Mavericks next season. That is a very tradable sized contract, one that can be tacked on to a larger deal potentially, or moved in another way. Whatever the Mavericks look like next season Felton is not going to be a major part of the plans (if he is, well, I feel for Mavs fans).
But he is going to get paid.
We may have seen the last of Rajon Rondo in a Dallas Mavericks uniform.
Mavs’ coach Rick Carlisle yanked Rondo :36 seconds into the second half of Tuesday’s Game 2 loss to the Rockets, when Rondo picked up two fouls and a technical in just more than half a minute. Dallas was better off without him — he has played 37 minutes against the Rockets in two games and is a -35 on the court.
Now he is done, likely for the playoffs, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Reports have come out saying Rondo was playing through a sore back in the playoffs, then some contact he took during Game 2 aggravated the issue. Let’s say I’m skeptical it’s that bad, but this is the report.
Back injury or no, this is the smart play by Dallas. It says everything you need to know about how bad things have gotten with Rondo and the Mavericks that Dallas is just better when Raymond Felton is on the court instead of Rondo.
This also is almost certainly the end of Rondo in a Dallas uniform.
Dallas traded for Rondo back in December, giving up a quality young defensive big in Brandan Wright, for the chance to improve their perimeter defense. But from the start Rondo was a bad fit in Dallas. He and coach Rick Carlisle clashed over control of the offense. Plus Rondo’s lack of shooting — and his not being surrounded the quality of shooters he had when at his peak in Boston — allowed teams to pack it in and dare Rondo to shoot jumpers. Rondo still hasn’t developed a jumper.
Rondo will be moving on this summer. He’s not getting a max, and it will be interesting to see how many years a team would give him right now.