Though the Dallas Mavericks missed out on their biggest targets in NBA Free Agency, the Mavs have been active this summer. Their original plan was to land either Chris Paul or Dwight Howard and, after that, plan B was to sign Andrew Bynum. With none of those deals coming to fruition, though, they had to go out and make other moves.
Arguably the biggest name that Dallas signed was shooting guard Monta Ellis and they also landed a solid big man in Samuel Dalembert. They also signed Devin Harris to one of the best bargains that any team in the league saw this off-season. However, the free-agent that they landed that will have the biggest impact this season is undoubtedly point guard Jose Calderon.
Dallas signed Calderon to a four-year, $29 million contract earlier this summer, which may be a lot of money, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s going to be a welcomed addition to this Mavericks’ roster.
Last season while spending time with both the Toronto Raptors and the Detroit Pistons, Calderon had an impressive year. In 73 games he averaged 11.3 points, 7.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 29.6 minutes per game while shooting an impressive 49.1 percent from the field and 46.1 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Though Calderon won’t help what is going to be a poor defensive Dallas team, he’s going to help make this a solid offensive team. Not only is Calderon a capable and efficient scorer, but he’s best known for his ability to distribute and facilitate. With him on the floor, Ellis could have more success than he did alongside Brandon Jennings and Dirk Nowitzki should benefit as well. The Mavs are likely going to miss the postseason, but Calderon will at least give them some hope of getting there.