Dallas Mavericks: 5 Possible Free Agent Shooting Guards
Switching from old to young, Kentavious Caldwell Pope would offer the Dallas Mavericks a much younger shooting guard with room to grow and a great set of skills. KCP has spent his first 4 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and will now be looking for more of a payday with his new team. Dallas has some cap flexibility, but will they be willing to throw money at him?
I believe that both parties can be happy if this coupling were to happen. Caldwell-Pope is 24 years old and has already shown that he is an NBA level starter during his time with Detroit. Last season, KCP averaged 13.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game, as well as 1.2 steals on the defensive end. Caldwell-Pope is a capable player on both ends of the court and can be a solid defender with his 6’5″ frame.
This would be a great match for Dallas because they would get younger at the shooting guard position. KCP would be a reasonable player for the Mavs on both ends of the court much like Matthews is, but he will bring fresh, young legs. His shooting definitely needs to improve, but Dallas can be happy to see that his three-point shooting percentage was at a career high last season.
KCP would benefit from this because he would be in a great locker room with good developmental coaches and an opportunity for a new surrounding. The Pistons have not excelled in the postseason and he may have a better chance with a new surrounding. The Mavs will not be willing to throw top-dollar at him, but he will get a reasonable offer from Dallas.
This relationship would not work because the two parties would be slightly disinterested from the start. The Mavs will be looking for more of a scorer at the two and KCP is not quite that yet. There will be better options in free agency, meanwhile some teams will put there focus in Caldwell-Pope.
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