Dallas Mavericks rumors: Mavs have significant interest in Nikola Vucevic

Dallas Mavericks Nikola Vucevic Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Nikola Vucevic Dirk Nowitzki Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks are looking to improve their roster through free agency this offseason. They have reportedly heavily scouted All-Star Nikola Vucevic.

Dallas Mavericks fans are excited for the offseason ahead. The Mavs are motivated to contend and figure to be active in free agency. The class is deep with a number of All-Star talents. Dallas would love to add one to their core of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Mavericks supporters will also be heavily invested in the draft lottery on May 14. Dallas needs to move up into the top-four to retain their pick. If not, it heads to Atlanta as part of the Luka Doncic trade from last year.

The Mavs can create enough cap space to offer a max deal to a player with less than nine years of service time this summer. Fans can read more about how that is possible here. That could be enough to secure the services of a third All-Star level talent.

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Mavs want Vucevic

According to Josh Robbins of The Athletic, the Dallas Mavericks had a scout present to watch Nikola Vucevic numerous times since the trade deadline.

Vucevic should be a prime target for the Mavs. They need a starting center that can both rebound and stretch the floor. Vucevic checks both boxes.

The 28-year-old center is coming off the best season of his career. He was an All-Star for the first time in 2019. Vucevic averaged 20.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 3-pointers, 1.0 steal, and 1.1 blocks per game in 31.4 minutes a night. He shot 51.8 percent from the field, 36.4 percent on his 3-pointers, and 78.9 percent from the free throw line.

Vucevic also led the Magic to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. It was a massive improvement for Orlando. They went from 25 wins in 2017-2018 to 42 this season. Nikola Vucevic was the catalyst of that turnaround.

Final thoughts

The Dallas Mavericks have a significant interest in signing Nikola Vucevic this summer. Vucevic figures to command a hefty salary after being named an All-Star in 2019. The seven-footer is from Switzerland. He would give the Mavs a third European star building block.

Mavericks fans are hopeful this offseason will be different. In the past, the organization has struggled to sign top talent in free agency. The excitement about Luka plus the addition of Porzingis could change that fact, though.

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