Bucks and Mavericks Swap Guards; Hawks Retain Teague and Sign Brand

"NOOOOOOO!!!" shouys Jose Calderon as he learns that the Mavericks signed Monta Ellis. "Now who am I supposed to pass to?"

“NOOOOOOO!!!” shouts Jose Calderon as he learns that the Mavericks signed Monta Ellis. “Now who am I supposed to pass to?”

It’s official!  The Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks have kind of traded shooting guards.  Though no trade was actually made, Dallas guard O.J. Mayo signed a 3-year deal worth 24 million with the Bucks, well Bucks guard Monta Ellis, as reported, has signed a 3-year deal worth 30 million dollars with the Mavericks.  Dallas owner Mark Cuban, it would seem, is hoping to regress even further next season and is willing to pay more to do it.  Though Mayo’s FG, 3pt and FT percentages were all higher than Ellis’s, and though Mayo was willing to sign for 6 million dollars less than Ellis, the Mavericks still insisted on signing Ellis for even more money than Mayo was willing to take, ensuring the Mavericks will be lacking a shooting guard that can actually shoot for at least three years.  The Bucks, on the other hand, are likely scratching their heads trying to figure out how they got the better shooter for far less. Dallas’s 41-41 record was apparently not bad enough for Cuban last year, who it seems is hoping to at least do as badly as Milwaukee’s 38-44 mark last season and is looking to appropriate another Bucks roster member as well.  Newly minted Maverick Jose Calderon will likely be wondering why he should even bother passing to Ellis since he himself is the superior shooter and making a pass to Ellis would just increase the risk of a turnover whilst also reducing the chance of the ball actually going into the hoop. 

Hawks are reportedly happy to pick up a forward who doesn't mind grabbing 10 rebounds a game and won't insist on being allowed to miss 140 3-point shots throughout the season.  Also, they are happy he's not asking for 15 million dollars a year.

Hawks are reportedly happy to pick up a forward who doesn’t mind grabbing 10 rebounds a game and won’t insist on being allowed to miss 140 3-point shots throughout the season. Also, they are happy he’s not asking for 15 million dollars a year.

In other news, the Atlanta Hawks have made two moves.  They matched the Bucks’ offer for point guard Jeff Teague, and have also signed power forward Elton Brand to replace the departing Josh Smith.  Like Smith, Brand has no ability to consistently shoot 3 pointers, but unlike Smith, Brand seems to be aware of his deficiencies and as a result does not actually shoot 3-point shots, whereas Smith seems to think he’s Ray Allen judging by the 942 3-point shots he’s taken during his career.  Brand is also a notably better rebounder and can actually hit more than 50% of his free throws, and Brand also comes at a much more affordable rate and isn’t considered an asshole by most people who know him well. 

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