As NBA free agency ties up some loose ends at the end of its second week, most of the major free agents have found a new home. Of the top 19 free agents available according to SB Nation's Tom Ziller, only restricted free agents Brandon Jennings, Jeff Teague and Nikola Pekovic remain unsigned.
That's likely to change soon. Pekovic is reportedly nearing a four-year, $50 million contract to stay with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Also, Teague has signed a four-year offer sheet with the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Atlanta Hawks are now contemplating whether or not to match. There has been little buzz around Jennings.
Monta Ellis reaches deal with Dallas
After missing out on Dwight Howard, Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bynum earlier in free agency, the Dallas Mavericks appear to have finally signed someone they're after: Bucks free agent guard Monta Ellis.
Ellis is known as a high-volume, low-efficiency scorer, but it's tough to argue his production. The 27-year-old guard has averaged 19.4 points per game on 45.6 percent shooting in nine NBA seasons.
His shooting percentages have been steadily declining over the last three seasons, though. Last year in Milwaukee playing alongside Brandon Jennings, Ellis averaged 19.2 points per game on 41.6 percent shooting and made just 28.7 percent of his three-pointers on four attempts per game.
Jonathan Tjarks broke down the Ellis signing over at Mavs Moneyball:
Monta Ellis may not have it all, but he is a good basketball player. He’s easily the most explosive perimeter scorer in Dallas since Jason Terry began aging. He’s also a very underrated passer who has averaged 4.7 assists on 2.8 turnovers a game in his career.
In Milwaukee, Ellis had to be a volume scorer. They really didn’t have too many other options. The Bucks had abysmal floor spacing and no frontcourt player who could create his own shot. Their entire offense was Monta and Brandon Jennings going 1-on-1 and taking tough shots.
In Dallas, Ellis will be surrounded by guys who can space the floor for him, which will create a lot more driving lanes to the rim. The pick-and-roll with Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki will be impossible to defend. Even if you go under the screen, Ellis is still fast enough to turn the corner and wreak havoc.
Devin Harris, Mavericks scrap agreement
The Mavericks had previously reached a three-year, $9 million agreement with point guard Devin Harris, but now both sides are calling it off due to Harris' dislocated left toe. The injury was found unexpectedly during X-rays, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.
Dallas remains interested in signing Harris, but Harris is likely to have surgery in hopes of being ready by the first game of the regular season. The Mavericks signed point guard Jose Calderon earlier this offseason, a move that now appears even more savvy because ...
Shane Larkin out with broken ankle
The Mavs' rookie point guard suffered a broken ankle during a Summer League practice, and could now miss two to three months. Larkin, the No. 18 selection in the 2013 draft, was set to provide depth for Dallas behind Calderon and Harris. Now, the Mavericks are hoping he can recover by the time the regular season gets underway.
It's certainly a bad blow for the Mavericks, who invested in depth at point guard this offseason after being forced to play 37-year-old Mike James major minutes last season. Summer League can be a valuable experience for rookies, and now second-round pick Ricky Ledo will likely garner most of the summer spotlight for the team.
Dalembert draws interest in Dallas
The injury to Harris has opened up money for the Mavericks, and the plan is to try to lure a big man. Bucks free agent center Samuel Dalembert is the team's top priority, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Dalembert, 32, is an 11-year veteran who has spent time with four different teams. He averaged 6.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game playing 16.3 minutes a night in Milwaukee last season in 47 games. While Dalembert struggled to stay healthy last season, he has been remarkably durable throughout this career for a center, playing all 82 games four years in a row between 2006-2010 for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mavericks reserve center Brandan Wright is also still unsigned on the free agent market.
Suitors line up for World Peace
Metta World Peace joked (or did he?) about wanting to "average 40 a game" in China or play arena football next season, but the recently-amnestied Lakers forward has made it clear he doesn't want to be claimed off waivers by Sunday night's deadline. Assuming World Peace gets his wish, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. At that point, there will never no shortage of suitors.
Artest has the Los Angeles Clippers atop of his list of possible destinations, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.The desire to remain in Southern California is reportedly the main reason World Peace would like to join the Clippers. Should LA and World Peace be unable to come to an agreement, other possible suitors include the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers.