With small forward options quickly dropping off for the team, the 33-year-old provides valuable depth at the position. The Mavericks are also in desperate need of shooting, and Jefferson shot 40.9 percent from the 3-point line last season. He averaged 10 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 27 minutes per game last season in Utah, and he played in all 82 games.
At the minimum, I don't actually have any problem with this pick-up. At the very least, he's a solid veteran who backs the position up well. As long as Carlisle uses him in an appropriate role, he should fit in well on this squad.
UPDATE: And yes, it appears that Jefferson is here for a backup role, not to be a major factor into the rotation.
Actually, I'm told that Richard Jefferson is more of a replacement for Wayne Ellington than Vince Carter in the Mavs' rotation.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 13, 2014