Dallas Mavericks Reportedly Tried to Get Quincy Pondexter
The Dallas Mavericks apparently were in conversation with the New Orleans Pelicans about acquiring Quincy Pondexter. Although they fell short, this news should surprise and encourage Mavs fans.
Quincy Pondexter, a 5-year veteran who has spent his career with the New Orleans Pelicans (and Hornets), and the Memphis Grizzlies, has been traded to the Chicago Bulls today for the price of a 2nd round draft pick. The price was not much for a player who has done fairly well in his career, but the fact that he has not played since 2014-15 definitely lowered his price tag.
I assume the Dallas Mavericks did not offer much, considering the Pels settled for a single 2nd round pick in return. David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) reported earlier today about the fact that the Mavs had been interested in Pondexter before the final deal was had.
Quincy Pondexter is a small forward who makes his biggest impact on the defensive end, but has been plagued with injuries lately. His career averages of 5.3 points, 2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.2 blocks per game are less than stellar but his impact is noticeable. The Mavs would have been a good stop for Pondexter, but that is obviously not going to happen.
The real reason people should be excited is that the Mavericks are still having conversations about players. Taking that into account along with the understanding that they still have a lot of cap space after the Nerlens Noel fiasco is important. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson are rarely ones to settle and now we know they are not settling yet.
This becomes especially important when we start to think about trade packages before the trade deadline. Dallas will be on the prowl with cap space and trade assets and may make a big move shortly after the All-Star Game. It may happen, it may not happen, but we can be pretty confident that all options will be explored.
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The Mavericks may not have gotten Quincy Pondexter from the Pelicans, but what they did give is a renewed desire to spend money and get good players. Something that should never be overlooked by the fans.