Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agents that could improve their roster
By Andy Quach
Free agent to upgrade Dallas Mavericks roster: 2. Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler would provide the Dallas Mavericks most of what DeMarre Carroll brings to the table, except he’s a little bit of a safer bet. Chandler is just as versatile a defender, theoretically would space the floor, and is a little bit younger.
While Carroll has much more playoff experience, Chandler would still provide a much needed veteran presence in the locker room.
Carroll has had the highest peak between the two, but Chandler has been a more consistent contributor throughout his career. He’s always been more of an offensive threat than Carroll, which would allow Dallas to upgrade their defense without sacrificing any offensive firepower.
Chandler is less of a risk than Carroll because of what he has shown recently. Only two seasons ago, he shot 39 percent on 3-pointers while starting 32 games for the 76ers. Between now and then, Chandler has played spotty minutes for the Clippers and the Nets.
It wouldn’t be crazy to assume that he’s still got plenty left in the tank if given another opportunity. If Chandler can manifest the player he was for the Sixers and Nuggets in Dallas, he could be the perfect veteran glue guy between Luka and KP.
Another reason to believe that playing in Dallas will bring the best out of Chandler is competition. Despite being a 12-year veteran, Chandler has barely sniffed the playoffs in his career. With only 15 total postseason games under his belt, he’s probably yearning to play a role on a competitive team. If Chandler can be the 3-and-D guy the Mavericks are lacking, his presence in Dallas could ensure that he gets another shot to compete in the playoffs.
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