The Dallas Mavericks defeated the LA Clippers 105-100 in Game 5 on June 2 behind an unbelievable 42-point performance from Luka Doncic. They are now up 3-2 with a chance to close out the series at home on Friday night.
An important offseason lies ahead for the Mavs. They are set to have cap space and plenty of decisions to make. Most of the top-tier free agents re-signed with their teams already. How can Dallas upgrade their roster around their 22-year-old superstar enough to jump into title contention? They must do it now before Luka’s rookie max extension kicks in.
Dallas should be looking at a role player on their current opponent as someone to add this offseason. Nicolas Batum is the perfect fit. He is a veteran role player with a versatile skill set, which is something the Mavericks crave.
Nicolas Batum set to hit free agency: Dallas Mavericks have cap space
Batum will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He was waived by the Charlotte Hornets in November and latched on with the Clippers on a one-year $2.56 million deal. The 32-year-old will be searching for more money on the open market after a stellar season with LA.
The Dallas Mavericks are going to be looking to fill holes on their roster and add more overall talent. They need to improve their defense, add another ball-handler/playmaker, and find more floor spacers.
Here is a closer look at why the Dallas Mavericks should target Nicolas Batum before determining if they can convince him to leave the Clippers for Texas this offseason.
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