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Dallas Mavericks: Gauging Some Power Forwards of Free Agency

By Kohl Rast
Nov 11, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 11, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 11, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks will be searching all over for players to strengthen the roster in the coming year. Will one focus be on finding a power forward of the future?

The 2017 NBA Free Agency class is one to be reckoned with. Every position has players that could potentially boost a team in big ways as well as some great backups that may be looking for a change. The Dallas Mavericks should be very interested.

One position in particular that the Mavs shouldn’t be afraid to explore is the power forward position. Dallas has been set at this position for nearly two decades, but as we know, all good things must come to an end. It’s not over yet, but preparation will be key for something like this.

So the scenario that really interests me is this one: the Mavericks luck out and someone like Dennis Smith or Frank Ntilikina falls to Dallas in the draft. This puts the immediate need of Dallas to find a player who can split time with Dirk Nowitzki this season, and the long term goal of someone who could take over for Dirk (in body, not in production) once he decides to hang it up for good.

This led me to want to see just who was going to be available in this year’s free agency class for power forwards. The Mavericks youth movement makes a slight hiccup in the market, so I only added PFs either 30 years old or younger for the list (excluding Taj Gibson). There are a lot of options and a lot of good options, but today I am including the ones that I could see the Mavs pursuing. Here is a list of some of the long shots.

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