The Knicks needed another point guard they can trust, in case it turns out they can’t trust Raymond Felton (and Knicks fans would be more than happy to tell you why you can’t trust Felton). Dallas has Devin Harris under contract, but that was not enough.
Enter veteran Jameer Nelson.
We told you the two sides were going to meet. Well, apparently that meeting is more of a formality because they are now very close to a contract, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.
No, this does not mean the Mavericks are looking to trade Felton. Officially.
Nelson averaged 12.1 points and 7 assists a game for the Magic last season, but he hasn’t done it efficiently (a .515 true shooting percentage, just below the league average). Most of his shots are three pointers (more than half his attempts last season) and he shot a respectable but not spectacular 34.8 percent on them. He’s long been good and aggressive on the pick-and-roll, plus he brings a physicality to the position.
Dallas has some nice pieces — Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler — it’s just a matter of finding a point guard who can help bring it together (and some depth).
Nelson can’t give you 30 minutes a night anymore, but he can be a solid backup, plus a guy who can be used as a space-the-floor shooter in certain situations.
At that price this is a nice pickup by the Mavs, who have had a strong off-season.