After quite a delay, the player valuations are back. Let’s do this.
Specs: Small forward. 6’8”, 235 lbs. Drafted with the 23rd pick in the 1999 draft out of Augsburg.
2008-2009 Stats: 3.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 41.3% FG, 7.5 PER
Why we want him: George is the resident “been there, done that” guy. He had a hand in some pretty legit teams, and once upon a time was a well-respected perimeter defender. Those days might be behind him, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t pester some of the best in the league on occasion (Carmelo comes to mind). As far as insurance policies go, he’s not a bad option, and having solid veterans at the end of the bench can be good for the locker room and for prospect development. His contributions aren’t overwhelming and they’re probably not even whelming, but his contract is reasonable and he doesn’t exactly come with high expectations. Provided he keeps his turnovers down, hits the occasional three, and defends well, he’s an asset.
Why they want him: The exact same reasons. One of the funny things about the ol’ wily veteran at the end of the bench is that their role rarely changes from team to team. You put Devean George on any squad and he’s still Devean George. He’s not waiting for his big break, his production isn’t suddenly going to skyrocket, and everything about his game is a known quanitity. It makes him both consistent and boring. But for other teams, it also makes him safe.
Trade value: Marginal. Devean George is a safe player, but the aforementioned boringness means he’s not exactly the most intriguing trade chip. His modest contract ($1.6 per year for 2008-2009 and 2009-2010) doesn’t make him appealing for salary dump reasons, and the man clearly values his Bird rights. The phones aren’t ringing off the hook for George, and his ticket out of Dallas would seem to hinge on throw-in status. I’m sure that’ll be a blast.
Likelihood of Being Traded Before the Deadline: In honor of Jim Jackson, former Maverick and the most stereotypical NBA journeyman to ever journey, man, each player’s likelihood of being traded will be evaluated using the Jim Jackson Index (JJI; a scale of 0-5):
1.5 Jim Jacksons out of 5.