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What The Hell Are The Indiana Pacers Thinking By Giving Away Darren Collison?

Submitted by on July 12, 2012 – 3:59 pmNo Comment

Did I miss something? Maybe Indiana just feels bad for the Dallas Mavericks tumultous 2012 off-season where they saw them scuttled by Deron Williams and Jason Terry “jetted” to Boston. That’s the only other reason I can explain trading Darren Collison (along with Dahntay Jones) for Ian Mahini.

Ian Mahini?

Look, I’m aware that Collison lost his starting gig to George Hill and struggled mightily at times in the Pacers offense. But this was a guy who put up monster numbers for the Hornets when Chris Paul went down two seasons ago. I figured that they would attempt to give it time, not trade him and a defensive specialist for a bag of Mahini chips. It certainly wasn’t to free up cap space, as Collison is in his final year of a contract but is only making $2.3 million. I would have anticipated Collison to play his ass off in a supporting role as he looked to maximize his free agency status. But now he’ll get to do it in a Dallas uniform.

I don’t get it.

At least keep him for insurance if Hill goes down or can’t duplicate his breakout 2011-12 campaign. Meanwhile, Mahini will back up Roy Hibbert. Hooray? The Mavericks get a starting PG to put alongside their recent acquisition of Chris Kaman. Maybe they won’t be lottery bound this upcoming season after all.

However, I still can’t make much sense of this. I would think that Collison should be mildly offended by whom he was traded for. He’s certainly no bum and has a ton of potential. It’s true that he didn’t have much of a future in the Pacers current offensive scheme, but they should at least get something noteworthy back. I’m sure that a lot of teams just said “Wow, that’s it?” when they saw what it took to pry Collison from the Pacers slippery grip.

We’ll see how this pans out. Maybe I’ll eat my words. I doubt it though.

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