The first name on the list and probably the one who would make the biggest impact for the Dallas Mavericks is Dewayne Dedmon. You may not know much about Dedmon and you would not be alone in that, but his skill set is something that could be well-utilized off the bench for any team in the league.
Dedmon has played 4 seasons in the NBA with very limited success but, at 27 years old, he still has somewhere to go with his ability. He spent his first few seasons on the bench with Orlando before finding a spot in the rotation this year with the San Antonio Spurs. His averages are nothing to write home about, but they aren’t bad.
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The Mavericks would like a player like Dedmon because of his athleticism and his attitude. Dedmon may not be the best player on the court but he is a capable scorer, a capable rebounder, and a guy that is going to give you everything every time he steps on the court. His defense is reasonable and he has been under Popovich for a year. All good reasons to want him.
Dedmon would like to come to Dallas because there is no guarantee that San Antonio will want him back. The Spurs never really show their direction until they are back in the playoffs the next season, but the Mavs would give Dedmon a guaranteed role with the team and more opportunity to prove himself as well. A short contract could be in his best interest with Dallas.
The two would not work together if the Spurs do call Dedmon back. It would be hard for him to argue with the success the Spurs have year in and year out and if they are able to bring him back as a role player, it would be good for Dedmon. The Mavs would like him but are not going to overpay for a backup center.
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