Monta Ellis and Mavericks closing in on a three-year deal that could rise to as much as $30 million. Deal on course to be completed today
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2013
I’m not sure what to make of this. Donnie Nelson had this to say two days ago to TMG’s own Bryan Gutierrez
Without saying names, Nelson knows that another guard acquisition “makes for a pretty full backcourt.”
— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) July 10, 2013
The back court when from full to bursting at the seams. I’m sure there’s a larger plan behind this; a big reason Dallas wasn’t able to land Dwight was the lack of help surrounding Dirk Nowitzki. They also had nothing to offer in terms of trade assets.
But right now? This doesn’t look good. In fact, it looks absurd. The team as constructed has one center in Bernard James, three forwards in Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, and Jae Crowder (four if you count Vince Carter) and a ton of guards. I’m all for positionless basketball, but this team won’t be able to guard an immobile object. With the deal yet to be announced it’s looking like there might be some sort of sign and trade involving Samuel Dalembert and O.J. Mayo, since Dallas doesn’t have the space to make the move as it’s being reported. We will update as we get more.
A strange off season continues to get stranger.
UPDATED: 3:55pm Eastern
Marc Stein is now reporting the deal is 3 years, $25 million with some incentives that could push the deal t0 $30. He doesn’t explain why this happened, because Dallas now has all of the guards. Well, not Mo Williams. Yet.
*The headline is in reference to a Monta interview where he once said “Monta have it all”. It’s a frequently used “The Basketball Jones” drop
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