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Dallas Mavericks: 5 role players to target in free agency

By Noah Rubinstein
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Dallas Mavericks: 5 role players to target in free agency

The Dallas Mavericks want to improve their roster this offseason. Things are about to pick up fast with the draft set for Nov. 18 and free agency to open on Nov. 20. The Mavs figure to be tight on cap space, but have avenues to add pieces.

While the draft is an interesting location to pick up cheap and valuable talent, the Mavericks are reportedly shopping their picks. To fill out their roster and complement their young stars, Dallas could turn to free agency to find role players.

The Mavericks proved in the playoffs that defense and toughness are massive needs. The 2011 championship team was filled with hard-nosed players committed to defense. DeShawn Stevenson played a key defensive, while only making $2.5 million per year. Larger salary players like Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion were gritty and committed to making life tough on the opposition. Are there players the Mavs could sign at the minimum or mid-level exception to fill that void?

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Role players the Dallas Mavericks could target in free agency

Mavericks fans still have hope that Giannis Antetokounmpo will come to Dallas next summer, and signing role players keeps the chances alive. Every championship team needs veterans willing to do the little things to help grab wins.

Who could help the Mavericks reach those heights? Will J.J. Barea and Courtney Lee be brought back? At this point, it seems unlikely unless J.J returns in a coaching role. Here are five veterans that the Dallas Mavericks should target in free agency to improve their roster for next season.

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