- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Mavericks don’t expect to do any more summer shopping for backcourt help.
“That’s probably a long shot,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told reporters Wednesday.
In other words, don’t hold your breath for Monta Ellis to become a Maverick.
The Mavs have addressed their backcourt needs by agreeing to terms with point guard Jose Calderon, combo guard Devin Harris and shooting guard Wayne Ellington. Sources have indicated throughout the free-agency process that the Mavs’ interest in Ellis has been dependent on his slipping through the cracks and being a short-term bargain, as O.J. Mayo was last summer.
The Mavs, who have approximately $8.2 million in salary-cap space, have made filling their massive void at center a priority. They are engaged in cautious negotiations with Andrew Bynum after meeting with the free-agent center and his agent Wednesday morning.
Ellis, a combo guard with a career average of 19.4 points despite poor efficiency ratings, is a luxury the Mavs likely cannot afford.