3 Players Not Named Josh McRoberts Mavs Could’ve Called About
If the Heat had to make a move to clear some cap space out, and it had to be for a player making around $6 million, they knew they would want to move Josh McRoberts but would probably have to end up moving Wayne Ellington. The Mavericks should have been more aggressive to help force their hand into something more meaningful.
Wayne Ellington actually spent some time with the Mavericks in the 2013-14 season where he was an end of the bench guy. Now, just a few years later, Ellington is playing some great basketball and has a chance to be a real contributor for his team. The Heat really like him, but certainly not more than James Johnson. So wouldn’t it make sense that he could be available.
Dallas needs some depth at the forward spots much more than the guard positions, but a player like Ellington would be useful regardless. At 29 years old, he may not be a young asset anymore, but he is definitely coming into his prime years in the NBA.
The fact that we ended up with McRoberts over Ellington from the Heat means one of two things: either the Mavs weren’t interested in him, or the Heat weren’t willing to part with him. Either way, the contracts are so similar, it doesn’t hurt to dream.