What will the Mavericks do with their $2.7 million cap room exception? For a while now, the money has been on signing Mo Williams. He lives in Dallas after all. Hell, according to my own sources, you can find him at Hopdoddy Burger Bar in Preston Center from time to time. The Mavericks are traditionally silent about their acquisitions so it's up in the air on whether Dallas will look to sign him. If they don't, ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon reports on three options the front office apparently likes.
He suggests that Evan Turner, Jordan Crawford, and Jameer Nelson could be on the Mavs' short list. Now, I know what you're thinking: "OMG, Evan Turner?! Are you serious?!" Calm yourself. This is just a rumor from a reliable source.
Let's take a look at these players, though. How would they fit on the Mavericks?
In the right system, Turner can be the best scorer on a team. That system, however, requires a team to be the worst team in the NBA. The Mavericks certainly aren't that.
Turner, though, can score. Don't let his time on the Pacers fool you. Before being traded to Indy, he averaged 17.4 points, five rebounds, and 3.2 assists. Yes, the Sixers were tanking and doing a beautiful job of it. Turner was their best guy. He was the second overall pick in 2010 but he is the Villain. He also comes with a lot of hang-ups.
In terms of his locker room mentality, well, the rumors aren't great. Rumors suggest that he's a prick. Those are just rumors though. None of us know this man personally. But, when you break it down, Turner doesn't really fit well with Dallas. He only facilitates when he has to, he looks to score more than he should, he doesn't score efficiently, and defense isn't something that matters to him. Get him running in the open court: fine. Let him jack up 20 foot jumpers? No thanks. Doug Collins doesn't coach the Mavs.
I will be the first to admit I don't know much about Crawford. That said, he loves buckets, all the buckets. He has a career average of 12.2 points on 40.5 percent shooting and totaled a few boards and assists. Not too shabby when you think about it. But he has played on five different teams in his four seasons in the league. Naturally, he fits the role of a player that will never see the court under Rick Carlisle. He's got that going for him.
This is a guy the Mavs should sign. Dallas needs help at point. Do you think Raymond Felton is going to cut it? Nelson is a solid point guard. He averages over 12 points a game and for the past two seasons he has averaged seven assists. Nelson has also shot over 34 percent on threes in his two previous seasons. Those aren't Jose Calderon numbers but not everyone is an elite 3-point shooter.
None of these are horrible options for the Mavericks. However, Dallas should look at who fits best. In my opinion, that's Nelson. The Mavs need a solid point guard to run the offense. Felton and Devin Harris can't be relied on too heavily.
Of course, these are just the musings of McMahon for the time being. What plays out in the next few days could be totally different. Nelson, though, is more than a viable option.