The Dallas Mavericks Have Options Ahead of Free Agency

By Evan Siegel
Oct 18, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports /
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For the first time in five years, the Mavericks are not expected to make a major push for any marquee free agents in this year’s free agency period. The Mavericks are in a position to add depth, youth, and developmental assets to a team looking to accelerate their rebuild.

Compared to where they were this time a year ago, the Mavericks are in a great position to add to their roster as they look to put the next few pieces in place for their team. The Mavs’ past pursuits of Deron Williams, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, DeAndre Jordan and Hassan Whiteside have all been failures, and now the Mavericks can simply look to add some younger, cheaper players.

Despite their long anticipated interest in Jrue Holiday, the full expectation is that he will re-sign with the Pelicans. The Mavs are not in any kind of position to add Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap, or Kyle Lowry, so their focus can turn to some of the “their two” free agents that could prove to be valuable contributors for a team looking to find its footing.

The first name that should be floated in free agency discussions is Ben McLemore. The free agent shooting guard has had a disappointing career to this point with the Sacramento Kings, who are unlikely to resign him. The Mavs have shown interest in McLemore in trade talks before, and could use his untapped potential to see if he could be a reclamation project for Rick Carlisle.

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Ian Clark should also be on the Mavs’ radar. The free agent shooting guard has been used sparingly in his time with the Warriors to this point, and similarly to McLemore, the 27 year-old has a great shooting touch and could be a nice young addition to the Mavs backcourt.

In the front court, the Mavs have some options as well. Shabazz Muhammad, Lavoy Allen, and Cristiano Felicio could be sought after. One potential name to keep an eye on is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. The twenty-nine-year-old forward has had a nice career to this point with the Bucks and Clippers. Mbah a Moute is older than ideal for the Mavericks, but the team would be smart to add one veteran with experience to help the team get a few extra wins while they retool.

The biggest priority for the Mavericks this offseason however, should be Tyreke Evans. A talented scorer and surprisingly good rebounder, Evans has consistently been in the wrong place at the wrong time throughout his career. It may be unlikely that Evans will be willing to go somewhere where he would not start, but he is the one player that the Mavericks should be willing to open up the checkbooks for.

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The Mavericks do not have much cap space, but Evans is not the world’s most expensive free agent this summer. Dallas could use his offensive diversity and should keep close tabs son the veteran guard. There are countless options for the Mavericks, but the younger, more athletic options should be of the highest consideration for the team.

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