Friday, April 19, 2013
Mavericks' next PG
By Tom Carpenter
Darren Collison will be a restricted free agent this offseason and still sees himself as a starter, even though he only made 47 starts at the point for the stumbling Dallas Mavericks this season. Per the Dallas Morning News' Kevin Sherrington, Collison hopes he doesn't return to the Mavs in a backup role next season.
"I'm not going to say no, because I definitely experienced it, and I'm capable of playing off the bench," Collison said. "At the same time, I just know who I am as a person and as a player. I know I'm capable of playing for any team as a starter."
The trouble with that notion, as ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon notes, is that "the Dallas decision-makers clearly don’t share that opinion." Furthermore, MacMahon believes that "upgrading at point guard is the top priority" this offseason.
Ideally, the Mavs would love to somehow woo Chris Paul to Dallas as a free agent, though that would be an unexpected coup. They could get lucky in the draft, but MacMahon suggested the likes of Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Jeff Teague and Mo Williams as free-agent options, though the most intriguing option might be Milwaukee Bucks PG Brandon Jennings:
Tim MacMahonMavs' top priority: Upgrade point guard
"Brandon Jennings: Can the former lottery pick flourish under Carlisle’s coaching? Would it be worth offering enough to the restricted free agent for Milwaukee not to match? The 23-year-old Jennings, who has butted heads with his Bucks coaches, is on the record saying he’d love to play with Dirk and for Cuban and Carlisle in Dallas. His shooting percentage might soar in that situation, but the fact that it’s 39.4 percent for his career is a red flag. So is his slender frame (6-foot-1, 169 pounds). Oh, and so is the fact the Bucks have occasionally benched him during crunch time down the stretch this season. But Jennings (17.5 ppg, 6.5 apg this season) has shown enough flashes of brilliance to at least make him intriguing."