Dallas could use Nelson as part of a rotation at the point, but as much as the Mavs like Harris off the bench, Nelson could end up as a starter should he choose to sign in Dallas.
Teams and players could negotiate and agree to deals since July 1, but contracts couldn’t be signed or trades made until Thursday, after the moratorium period ended and next season’s salary cap was set.
The NBA has set the 2014-15 salary cap at $63.1 million, an all-time high, paving the way for contracts to be signed.
The Dallas Mavericks are working on sealing a deal with Devin Harris, with the likelihood being that he gets the sort of deal (three years and $9 million) that was on the table for him in Dallas before the toe injury was revealed.
The last time LeBron was on the market, the Mavs politely downplayed their interest because they lacked cap space and could only pull up a chair to the poker table at the invitation of the Cavs.
The Mavs pulled some ‘misdirection’ before Wednesday’s Carmelo Anthony recruiting session but, once all were gathered, were nothing but ‘direct’ with their free-agent target.
Carmelo Anthony will meet the Mavs in Dallas today and while there will be a dog-and-pony show, the foundation for Mark Cuban’s proposal will follow a four-step outline
Today is a big day for the Dallas Mavericks because they have a meeting with a free agent player who could make a big difference for this team the next few years.
As all-over-the-map as it looks, here is a profile of what the Mavs are looking for.
No contracts will be official until the moratorium ends on July 10. But there will be plenty of meetings, sales pitches and conference calls in the interim
Other shoes must drop, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday with the opening of the NBA free-agency Shopping Season.
Where is Dallas roster-wise?
Free agency opens Tuesday, and it’s no longer just a means for players to make their situations better. That might be Anthony’s goal, but for players such as LeBron James and Dirk Nowitzki, improving their teams might be the biggest benefit.