The Dallas Mavericks could have significant cap space in each of the next two summers. Luka Doncic’s pending supermax extension will start in the 2022-2023 season. Can they put the pieces around their 22-year-old superstar to jump into title contention before that moment?
Marc Berman of the New York Post discussed in detail what the Knicks should do with Mitchell Robinson‘s contract for next season. The 22-year-old center has a team option at $1.8 million. The Knicks could decline and make him a restricted free agent or accept it to allow him to be unrestricted in the summer of 2022. The decision could be complicated by Robinson’s foot fracture that is expected to end his season.
Berman notes in the piece. “with one NBA source believing Dallas will have an eye out for the center”. Should the Mavs be after the young center when he hits free agency? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks rumored to be interested in Mitchell Robinson
Robinson played a career-high 27.5 minutes per game in his third season. He is a proven rim protector and rebounder. The seven-footer averaged 8.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.5 blocks a night over 31 games this season. He’s a career 70.5 percent shooter from the field.
Robinson rates as an outstanding roll man. He scores 1.37 points per possession, which ranks in the top 15 percent in the NBA. Luka Doncic is one of the best pick and roll ball-handlers in the league. The duo could become potent, but Robinson virtually only attempts shots at the rim.
The Mavs would have to overpay for Robinson if the Knicks make him a restricted free agent. That seems unlikely given the Mavericks want to jump into title contention.
Dallas would struggle to play Kristaps Porzingis and Mitchell Robinson together, especially in the playoffs as teams go small. Both are best suited as centers on the defensive end that struggle guarding on the perimeter.
The Dallas Mavericks will be active in the free-agent market this summer. If Mitchell Robinson is available, they could have some interest. Stay tuned for what should be an exciting offseason. Do not miss it.