Dallas Mavericks: 5 offseason targets that would bring the team toughness

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks offseason target that brings toughness: 3. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart had a career year for the Boston Celtics. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists, and 1.7 steals in 32.0 minutes per game. The 25-year-old is a pesky perimeter defender that can force the offense into mistakes. He would immediately be Dallas’ best option. Smart is not afraid to take on any player one through four.

The 6’3 guard has improved his offensive game too. He could be a secondary creator for the Mavs. Smart connected on 35.5 percent from 3-point range over 741 attempts in the last two seasons combined.

The 25-year-old is not light on experience either. Boston has made the playoffs in all six seasons of his NBA career. Smart played in 49 career postseason games entering their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors.

Smart has two years left on his contract after NBA Orlando concludes. The Celtics are unlikely to part with him, but they have three first-round picks in the 2020 NBA Draft. Boston will have to make room somehow. That could mean trading the picks or moving a veteran.

The Dallas Mavericks would love to add Marcus Smart, but not expect it to happen this offseason.

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