Dallas Mavericks: Why Anthony Tolliver could be a target this offseason

Dallas Mavericks Anthony Tolliver (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Anthony Tolliver (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks attempted to trade for Anthony Tolliver from the Timberwolves at the trade deadline. Could Tolliver be a target this summer?

The Dallas Mavericks did plenty of wheeling and dealing at the trade deadline this year. They made a seven-player blockbuster trade with the Knicks to acquire Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavs also dealt Harrison Barnes to Sacramento. In total, they traded away four starters to rebuild around Luka Doncic and Porzingis.

The Mavericks made plenty of offers that were not accepted too. That happens every year. General Managers are always throwing ideas around. Some of them become trades and others usually never make the light of day.

Mavs wanted Tolliver at the deadline

The Minnesota Timberwolves came to Dallas on April 3. As part of that game, Darren Wolfson sent out the following Tweet regarding a trade offer the Mavs made for Anthony Tolliver.

J.J. Barea was already out for the season with his torn Achilles, so it was a basically a second round pick for Tolliver. Dallas wanted him as a floor-spacing big man to close out this season.  Tolliver is a free agent this summer. He would have played significant minutes for the Mavs down the stretch.

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Tolliver a target this summer

Expect the Dallas Mavericks to target Anthony Tolliver in free agency this offseason. He turns 34 in June and is coming off a one-year $5.75 million deal. If the Mavs can land big fish in free agency, they may be able to convince Tolliver to come to Dallas for the veteran minimum.

Tolliver would instantly help the Mavericks floor spacing. Over the last six seasons, he has made 39.3 percent of his 1,607 3-point attempts.

Tolliver is a veteran role player. He is going to play 15-25 minutes per game off the bench. Tolliver also has 11 years of NBA experience under his belt.

The veteran only appeared in 13 playoff games, so joining the Mavs that plan on competing for a playoff spot could be attractive. Tolliver lives in Dallas during the offseason, so the Mavericks may have the inside track at signing the forward this summer.

Final thoughts

The Dallas Mavericks tried to trade for Anthony Tolliver at the deadline this season. Expect the Mavs to be interested when he hits the open market in the offseason. The veteran would provide leadership and floor spacing to the young core in Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks fans are in for a wild offseason. The organization will be in the news plenty as they try to push toward contention by building around Luka and Kristaps. The Mavs also need some lottery luck to keep their first round pick and have the questions about Dirk Nowitzki’s playing future up in the air.

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