Donnie Nelson initiated free-agent conversations Sunday with the
representative for Devean George, James Posey, P.J. Brown and Mikki Moore, plus
made an inquiry into
Wallace, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, has plenty of suitors and
will be difficult for the Mavs to land. He’s coming off a breakout season, his
He made $5.5 million last season and could command a Josh Howard-like $9 million or $10 million. The Mavs can only go as high as their midlevel exception, expected to be about $6 million (the league is still working on the exact figure), so a deal to land Wallace would involve a sign-and-trade.
“As far as caliber of player, certainly athleticism has it’s place with us,” said Nelson, the Mavs president of basketball operations. “From a financial perspective, it’s hard to know if it’s a fit for us.”
The Bobcats have room under the salary cap and have indicated that they want to re-sign Wallace even though they made a draft-day trade for Jason Richardson, who can play the same position.
Wallace also plays the same position as Howard.
“Sign-and-trades are a little harder to do in all likelihood,” Nelson said. “A lot of things have to come together to make that happen.”
Several players agreed to terms quickly Sunday, including Jason Kapono, who leaves Miami to join Toronto, reportedly agreeing to a four-year, $24 million deal.
That could signal the departure of
Also on the Mavs’ radar is Matt Barnes, the gritty forward from
The Mavs are also moving forward on re-signing sixth man Jerry Stackhouse.
Rookies Nick Fazekas and Reyshawn Terry went through their first
Mavs practice Sunday at
American Airlines Center in preparation for the NBA Summer League, which starts Friday in
Fans can get an early peek at the rookies when the Mavs’ summer league team, coached by assistant Joe Prunty, takes on the Chinese National team and No. 6 pick Yi Jianlian on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as part of the Global Games at SMU’s Moody Coliseum.
-- Jeff Caplan