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Dallas Mavericks 2019 free agency grade: Maxi Kleber

Dallas Mavericks Maxi Kleber (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks big man Maxi Kleber hit restricted free agency this offseason, but the Mavs signed him to a new long-term contract.

The Dallas Mavericks focused on bringing back their talent in free agency 2019. They had three restricted free agents and others hitting the open market. The Mavs moved quickly on their men.

As soon as free agency opened, they agreed to a five-year max contract with building block Kristaps Porzingis. It did not take the front office long to have handshake deals with Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, and J.J. Barea either. The Mavericks also worked out an extension for Dwight Powell.

It did not stop Dallas from making additions, but it gave the team continuity around their young core.

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The new talent was focused on filling holes in their roster. Seth Curry provides plenty of floor spacing as one of the NBA’s best 3-point shooters. Delon Wright will give the Mavs much-needed perimeter defense plus strong rebounding and slashing talent. Boban Marjanovic is the new third center and a force in the paint. The team improved this summer.

The Dallas Mavericks made the Maxi Kleber deal official on July 10. The 27-year-old big man signed a four-year deal worth $35 million to remain in Dallas. That was after a promising step forward during the 2018-2019 season.

Today, we will focus on his new contract including examining Kleber’s on-court contributions, other contracts handed out this summer, and ultimately, providing a grade for the signing from a Mavs perspective. Let us jump into it.