Mavs make Indiana sign-and-trade official
They come over via a sign-and-trade completed Wednesday with the Indiana Pacers that sent backup center Ian Mahinmi to the Pacers, who will pay the big man $16 million over the next four years.
Collison, 24, is due $2.3 million next season, the last final year of his rookie contract. He is expected to take over as the team's starting point guard. The defensive-minded Jones, 31, is owed $2.9 million next season and is also entering the final year of his deal.
“We are thrilled to add these two players to our roster,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in the team release. “Darren is a young, explosive point guard with tremendous upside. He has proven that he can lead a playoff team and we are excited about his potential. Dahntay is a rugged veteran who will play the kind of tough defense that will fit perfectly in coach (Rick) Carlisle’s system."
A glance at the newest Mavs:
Collison (6-0, 160): Selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by New Orleans. He spent his rookie year starting for the injured Chris Paul and was named NBA All-Rookie First Team while averaging 12.4 points, 5.7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 76 games. In three years, Collison holds averages of 12.1 points, 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 215 career games (172 starts) with New Orleans and Indiana. Collison still holds the New Orleans rookie record with 18 assists on Jan. 30, 2010, and tallied his first triple-double on Feb. 19, 2010.
Jones (6-6, 225): A nine-year veteran who holds career averages of 6.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 16.8 minutes in 511 games (138 starts) with Memphis, Sacramento, Denver and Indiana. Originally the 20th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, Jones had his draft rights traded to Memphis where he spent the first four years of his career. In 2008-09, Jones started 71 games and helped the Denver Nuggets reach the Western Conference Finals. Last season with the Pacers, the swingman saw action in 65 games and averaged 5.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 16.2 minutes per contest.
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