Well, I guess it is off to plan ‘B’ for the Dallas Mavericks. Losing out on Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets puts a damper on the free agency plan for owner Mark Cuban, but at this point it is time to move on and begin adding other pieces.
Former Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon agreed to a four year deal with the Mavericks worth approximately $29 million on Friday. In their first move since getting the shaft by Howard, the Mavericks solidify one of their biggest needs this offseason.
Drafting Shane Larkin out of Miami was a step in the right direction, but at this point Cuban would like to see a tenured veteran at point for the Mavericks. For now, Larkin will back up Calderon which should work out well for all parties involved.
Behind Calderon, Larkin can ease his way into the offense and begin to develop his game even further at the NBA level.
The Mavericks are getting a couple of different things in Calderon. First, he will bring scoring. Last season, Calderon shot a scorching 49 percent from the field, including over 46 percent from three point range — good for number one in the league.
Calderon also put up 7.1 assists per game as well, which is a good sign for the Mavericks who have lacked that type of creator in the back court since Jason Kidd left for the New York Knicks a couple of years ago.
Darren Collison wasn’t cutting it, and Cuban knew it. Calderon has always been one of the more overlooked point guards in the league, but in Dallas he may get his opportunity to truly shine alongside forward Dirk Nowitzki.
What’s next for the Mavericks? It’s tough to predict, but they are likely not done with their free agency signings. Cuban made it very clear he was after another championship-worthy roster, and he won’t stop until he’s satisfied.