It's Official: Pacers Acquire Mahinmi for Collison, Jones

July 12, 2012
New Pacers center Ian Mahinmi is shown here going up for a dunk against the Oklahoma City during the 2012 NBA Playoffs

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired 6-11, 230-pound center Ian Mahinmi from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones.

"This trade was an effort to shore up positions as part of our front court," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh. "We feel Ian will do a wonderful job being in our rotation. Our priority during the moratorium was to keep our own guys and shore up our bench. I feel like we are making strides in that direction."

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Mahinmi is a four-year veteran of the NBA, having played for both the Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. In his career he has played 149 games and has averages of 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game, including the 2011-12 season with the Mavericks where he averaged 5.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg.

Born in Rouen, France, the 26-year-old Mahinmi was a first-round pick of the San Antonio Spurs (28th overall) in the 2005 NBA Draft. He played two seasons with the Spurs before signing with the Mavericks in July 2010.

Collison, a fourth-year player out of UCLA, was acquired (along with James Posey) by the Pacers on August 11, 2010, from New Orleans as part of a four-team trade that sent Troy Murphy to New Jersey. In his two seasons with the Pacers he averaged 11.9 points and 4.96 assists per game. Jones, a 6-6, 210-pound guard/forward was signed by the Pacers on July 14, 2009; and in his three seasons with the Pacers he averaged 7.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

"We will miss the contributions that Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones made to the Pacers and feel that they will be valuable members of the Mavericks," said Walsh. "We hope this is a good trade for both teams."