Devin Harris, J.J. Barea (who agreed to the room exception) and Raymond Felton are all at least decent backups but underwhelming as starters.
Jeremy Lin, both for his talent and fit in a pick-and-roll system, should be Dallas’ top target. That would probably involve a sign-and-trade.
But as the Mavericks explore that, they’re not overlooking other needs.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Last season, Charlie Villanueva didn’t have a guaranteed contract entering training camp. He earned a little more security this year.
Villanueva is a solid stretch four, shooting 37.6% on 3-pointers last season. He might not do much else, especially defend, but that skill is vital in Dallas.
The Mavericks scored a sterling 110.5 points per 100 possessions with Monta Ellis, Parsons, Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler on the floor. Swap Villanueva for Nowitzki and that barely drops to 110.4.
Whoever starts at point guard in Dallas, that outside shooting from the power forward spot is pivotal for floor spacing around the pick-and-roll. Nowitzki can’t play all the time, and his minutes should probably come down even further at age 37. Villanueva preserves the spacing.
Acquiring Lin or another point guard remains the priority. But Villanueva will make his job a little easier.