Mavs Grab Their Backup Point Guard in Jameer Nelson

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    Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic reacts after he made a 3-point shot in overtime against the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 24, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Last week Jameer Nelson was on my list of potential free agents for the Mavs.

    This week he’s their backup point guard.

    In need of a guard help in the wake of Jose Calderon’s departure and thin on confidence in newly acquired Raymond Felton, the Mavs gave Nelson their salary-cap exception of $2.7 million to be the main backup for Devin Harris.

    Nelson, 32, comes to Dallas after a 10-year career in Orlando that ended with him near the top of the Magic’s all-time records in games played, points scored, etc. His career averages are 12 points and six assists per game and despite his age he’s an upgrade defensively over Calderon.

    The Mavs may have liked the roster that won 49 games and pushed the Spurs to seven games in the playoffs, but they’ve overhauled it this summer nonetheless. Gone are Calderon and Shawn Marion, and new to the team are Nelson, Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.