Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 7/12/12

Free agency wasn't going initially well for Dallas. Deron Williams didn't work out, nor did Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash, or any other Point Guard they tried to acquire. They didn't appear to have enough ammo for a real shot at Dwight Howard, and then Jason Kidd left along with Jason Terry. But I do have to say the Mavs recovered nicely yesterday. Vey nicely I think.

First Dallas agreed to terms with Chris Kaman. One year-deal for $8 million, not putting yourself at risk for the summer of 2013 while adding value alongside Dirk for next season. That's not too bad for the Mavericks, or Kaman either. He was an All Star center once, before the injuries, and in today's world where Omer Asik, Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert get paid like they're Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson, $8 million here is a steal. It's great that Dallas didn't have to invest multiple years, and it's great that Kaman landed in a good situation after the last few seasons of injury he's had. Match-made in gun-law heaven for Kaman and the rest of the Dallas community.

The Darren Collision move that followed was under the radar but even more impressive to me. Here's a young Point Guard who can still take that step forward, that you can now plug into your starting line-up and go from there. Nothing more than a one-year deal invested in Collision either, so if it doesn't work than it doesn't work.

But I still think it might. There was a reason he was the guy at one point for the Pacers. I think George Hill was more of a preference, than it was Indiana thinking he was that much better than Darren. We'll find out in Dallas.

The details of each deal, which also sent Dahntay Jones to Dallas in the sign and trade for Collison, are below. Indiana received back-up center Ian Mahami in return for Collision and Jones, and he's slated to back-up Roy Hibbert in Indy.

Those details according to ESPN.com:

Sources told ESPN.com the Mavericks have agreed to acquire Collison and swingman Dahntay Jones in a sign-and-trade deal that will send free-agent center Ian Mahinmi to the Pacers to serve as a backup for Roy Hibbert.

Collison is the second significant addition made Wednesday by the Mavericks, who also signed center Chris Kaman. Both Collison and Kaman will be playing on expiring contracts next season.

Collison has one year left on his contract at $2.3 million. ESPN.com reported earlier Wednesday the Mavs and Kaman agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $8 million.

Jones, a defensive specialist who's been involved in feisty scraps with the Mavericks while playing with Denver and Indiana in recent seasons, also is entering the final year of his contract at $2.9 million.

Jones is going to play for the Mavericks. That's all for the short-term. Long-term plans for Dwight or whoever else are still in play too. Assuming he's not traded in the meantime.


Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kobe will probably see time at power forward next year

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from the Boston Red Sox

Clemson's Swinney wants Notre Dame in a conference

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel as Browns starter

David Price won't rule out Red Sox despite testy past


Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Why Jay Gruden may lose job if he can’t fix Robert Griffin III

Report: T.Y. Hilton wants similar contract to Dez Bryant

Norv Turner sees Teddy Bridgewater as top-five NFL QB

Report: Brady, NFL could be making 'earnest effort' to settle

Portland smart to take on Haywood, Mike Miller contracts

Nik Stauskas trolls Thad Matta

Will Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette

Sammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East

The most important quarterback in the game?

Boston Mayor Walsh refusing to sign Olympic host contract

Chris Johnson accused of smashing up Rolls-Royce rental

Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

Answering the AFC East's biggest questions in 2015

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

College football's top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015

Was Gregg Popovich close to retiring last year?

Projecting the prospects in the Johnny Cueto trade

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

With Cueto dealt, what's the market for other pitchers?

Report: Vlade Divac is against analytics

Pedro apologizes to Babe Ruth

Report: HOF won’t allow Seau’s family to speak at induction

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker