DALLAS (AP) The Mavericks are sending 2012 NBA slam dunk champion
Jeremy Evans and cash to Indiana as Dallas prepares to wrap up
several moves in free agency.
Two people with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday that the trade
was made to clear salary cap space for the Mavericks. One of the
people said Dallas is making room to add center Andrew Bogut after
agreeing to a trade with Golden State. The people spoke on
condition of anonymity because trades can’t be official until
league business resumes at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Thursday. The
Evans trade was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Dallas has also reached agreements with point guard Deron Williams
and Golden State’s Harrison Barnes. The small forward, who agreed
to a maximum contract at four years and $94 million, will become an
unrestricted free agent when the Warriors renounce their rights to
him to clear cap room for the addition of Kevin Durant.
Bogut is set to make $11 million in the final year of his deal. The
Warriors had to trade him for salary cap reasons after persuading
Durant to leave Oklahoma City and agreeing with the four-time
scoring champion on a two-year, $54 million contract.
Williams agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal, twice what he made
in his first season with the hometown Mavericks after taking a
buyout in Brooklyn. Star forward Dirk Nowitzki is returning for a
19th season on a two-year, $40 million contract. He will have a
player option for a 20th season in Dallas.
Evans, a small forward, played sparingly in his only season with
the Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 30 games.
He spent his first five seasons in Utah.
The 28-year-old Evans joins a frontcourt that got another addition
in Thaddeus Young in a draft-night traded with Brooklyn. The Pacers
also agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with center-forward
Al Jefferson on the opening day of free agency.