Report: Pacers Trade Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to Mavs for Ian Mahinmi

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJuly 11, 2012

The Indiana Pacers are reportedly sending Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Ian Mahinmi.

Real GM’s Michael Scotto reported the news via Twitter. 

Multiple reports say the Indiana Pacers will trade guards Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones to the Dallas Mavericks for center Ian Mahinmi.

— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 11, 2012

A first-round pick by the Hornets in 2009, Collison began the season as the Pacers’ starting point guard and averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 assists per game. But head coach Frank Vogel decided to go with George Hill later in the season, who ended up starting all 11 of the team’s playoff games.

A restricted free agent this offseason, Indiana re-signed Hill to a five-year deal, thus making Collison expendable. 

Dahntay Jones, a shooting guard, was used primarily in a reserve role and averaged 5.3 points per game in a little over 16 minutes a game.

Both guard positions are areas of need for the Mavericks, who were unable to re-sign Jason Kidd and Jason Terry. Kidd left for the New York Knicks, while Terry went to the Boston Celtics.

As for Mahinmi, he was no longer a necessary piece of the Mavs roster when they struck a one-year, $8 million deal with center Chris Kaman on July 11, as reported by Marc Stein of ESPN.

The 25-year-old native of France averaged 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game this past season. Mahinmi will likely play a backup role in Indiana, as the team appears set to retain restricted free-agent center Roy Hibbert.

The Mavericks were able to add to their extremely thin backcourt, while Indiana received a young, talented player to bring off the bench. This was no blockbuster, but both teams benefited from the deal.