Dallas Mavericks: 10 free agent targets for the mid-level exception

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks target for mid-level exception: 7. Justin Holiday

Holiday has become a fantastic role player. This season, he averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 25.0 minutes per game playing for the Indiana Pacers. Holiday shot 40.5 percent from 3-point range too.

The 31-year-old played outstanding defense. He finished tied for 27th in the NBA in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR to go along with the strong steals number. The 6’6 wing did not always guard the opposition’s best scorer, but the numbers speak for themselves. He also has versatility and switchability.

Justin Holiday fits the mold of what the Mavericks need. He can play the two, three, and four. The veteran will focus on his defense and knock down open shots. Holiday has performed well as a starter or coming off the bench which is important to Dallas because coach Rick Carlisle loves to play the matchups.

Expect the Dallas Mavericks to be interested in the unrestricted free agent this offseason. They may be able to sign him and another player using their mid-level exception. Holiday made $4.8 million this season which is about half the expected value of the MLE. The Mavs would love to sign two role players that could make a significant impact with their exception.

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