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Dallas Mavericks: 5 best free agents to target at shooting guard

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Shooting guard for Dallas Mavericks to target: 2. Norman Powell

Powell has a $10.5 million player option with the Portland Trail Blazers that he will almost certainly turn down. Over 69 games this season, he averaged 18.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 32.0 minutes a night. Powell brings scoring efficiency too.

The Blazers have a difficult decision to make with Powell. They are over the cap before re-signing the 28-year-old. Portland also had to play him at small forward next to Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Powell never looked comfortable and returning could be a tough sell given the uncertain future of the Blazers superstar.

Over the last three seasons combined, Powell has hit 40.5 percent of his 3-point tries. He has blossomed into a capable second scorer and premium floor spacer.

He brings it on both ends of the floor. The 6’3 wing had strong steal numbers and competes hard. While not being a stellar playmaker, Powell is still exactly what the Mavericks need. He gives them an offensive threat that can guard multiple positions. It’s hard to say what type of contract he will demand, but it will certainly not be a cheap one. The Dallas Mavericks can create up to $34 million in space. Can they convince Norman Powell to come to Dallas?

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