Jermaine O’Neal Would Be Final Piece to Dallas Mavericks’ Puzzle

December 20th, 2014 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »

Adding four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to a starting lineup that had already acquired impact players Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler over the summer signified another bold move by an ambitious Dallas Mavericks front office.  

But the team still has some details to hash out between now and the postseason.

The Rondo deal required team president and general manager Donnie Nelson to part ways with Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder (along with two draft picks and a trade exception)—an acceptable cost that nevertheless creates holes in the rotation. Particularly, there's a void left by Wright, who was averaging 18.7 minutes per contest as a reserve big man.

A highly qualified solution may be well within reach.

According to Marc Stein:

Sources told that O'Neal, who opted to spend the start of this season with family and focusing on business interests while deciding whether to come back for what would be his 19th season, is 'highly intrigued' by the idea of joining the Mavericks as a free agent in the wake of the Rondo deal.
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