Say hello to the new starting point guard of the Dallas Mavericks. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
The Mavericks' front office broke out another deal today. Just hours after signing Chris Kaman and waiving Brendan Haywood with the amnesty clause, Donnie Nelson agreed to sign and trade Ian Mahinmi to the Pacers in exchange for point guard Darren Collison and combo guard Dahntay Jones.
Ian Mahinmi was looking for an increase in pay from his meager earnings, just over a million last year, as well as for long term security. It is reported that the Pacers got Ian for 4 years and $16 million dollars, which satified both Mahinmi and the Pacers, who were looking for stability for the back up center position.
In return, Dallas gains a reputable point guard, and likely starter, in Darren Collison. Collison is a 4th year player who came out of UCLA in 2009, and is due $2.3 million this season. Last season, Collison started in 56 games, and averaged over 10 points per game. Darren also had 4.8 assists per game, a bit over 3 rebounds per game, and a little under 1 steal per game.
The other player Dallas now has is Dahntay Jones. Jones is a 9 year player out of Duke University, and joins a glut of players at the shooting guard position. Last season, Jones scored over 5 points per game in 16 minutes of play per game. Dahanty also had 1.8 rebounds per game, and 1 assist per game. Jones was seen as a toxic contract by the Pacers last season, and was on the trading block from day one. He was included in this trade as a salary dump.