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Dallas Mavericks: Should Mavs target Harry Giles in free agency?

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Dallas Mavericks: Is Harry Giles worth signing in free agency?

The Dallas Mavericks have important decisions to make in free agency. With Willie Cauley-Stein’s decision to decline his player option and Kristaps Pozingis injured and set to miss the beginning of the season, the team needs to add big man depth before the start of the season.

This free agency class has many big men who could fit but one prospect that stands out amongst the pack in Harry Giles.

Giles was ESPN’s top high school prospect in 2016, but a bevy of injuries derailed his promising collegiate career at Duke including two ACL injuries.

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Dallas Mavericks to unlock Harry Giles’ potential?

As a result of the injuries, his college stats were abysmal. Giles averaged 3.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks over 26 games.

After the single tumultuous year at Duke, Giles was taken 20th overall by the Portland Trailblazers in the 2017 NBA Draft, and his rights were traded to the Sacramento Kings. The cloud of misfortune would continue to follow him to the NBA where he would miss his entire rookie season to rehab his knees.

Harry Giles would then go on to be buried in the Kings’ frontcourt depth chart behind the likes of Richaun Holmes and former number two overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, Marvin Bagley. Sacramento declined his fourth-year option which was worth around $4 million, which makes him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

The Dallas Mavericks will be hunting for pieces that help them jump into title contention in free agency. Could Giles be the missing rotation player?

Next: What would Giles bring to Mavs?

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