The offseason is upon us and the Dallas Mavericks as always will look to make a splash.
Dirk Nowitzki is the only guarantee to be back of the Mavs’ own free agents. Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, DeJuan Blair, Devin Harris, and Bernard James may have seen their last days in a Dallas uniform. With about $26 million dollars in cap room (Pre-Nowitzki signing new deal), the Mavericks have a great opportunity to improve the 49-33 roster.
The Mavericks recent trade to bring back Tyson Chandler drastically alters the plan at center. Pre-trade we could have assumed this was a position of need. Now? With having Chandler and Brandan Wright in the fold, they will probably look for a cheap and reliant body to add depth, while focusing on other needs.
Marcin Gortat, 30: 13. 2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
Originally signed an offer sheet with the Mavericks during the 2009 season, but had the Orlando Magic match the offer sheet. Great in the pick-n-roll.
Pau Gasol, 33: 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks
Is still one of the best passing and skilled bigs in the league. Can score from inside and out. Like Nowitzki, not the most agile of defenders. Still a good one-on-one post defender who still blocks shots.
Greg Monroe, 23 (RFA): 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, .6 blocks
Multi-skilled big man who can both score inside, midrange, and pass. Can play both power forward and center. Doesn’t offer much on the defensive end
Emeka Okafor, 31: Did Not Play
Okafor missed the 2013-2014 season due to a back injury. No definite answer if he will play again. Was a good shot blocker and rebounder pre-injuries.
Spencer Hawes, 26: 13.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks
7-footer with 3-point range. Not a great defender but will get blocks.
Andrew Bynum, 26: 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks
Has battled injuries over the last couple seasons. Maturity always a concern. When body and head are right, still capable of being one of best centers in the league.
DeJuan Blair, 25: 6.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, .8 steals
Short but wide stature. Great screener who takes up a lot of room. Will use his body and quick hands to compensate for his lack of height and leaping ability. Great in the pick-n-roll. Good around the basket, but struggles to finish over length.