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Dallas Mavericks: 5 bargain bin free agents to pursue

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Dallas Mavericks Nemanja Bjelica Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Bargain big free agent for Dallas Mavericks to pursue: 5. Nemanja Bjelica

Bjelica would give the Mavs another international talent. The 33-year-old Serbian won EuroLeague MVP in 2015 before jumping to the NBA. He has never been more than a role player in his three stops so far, but Bjelica brings multiple skills to the court.

He is 6’10 with the size to defend inside and on the perimeter. Bjelica has made 38.7 percent of his 1,147 career NBA 3-point tries. When starting for the Kings in 2020, he averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 27.9 minutes per game. The 33-year-old shot 48.1 percent from the field, 41.9 percent on his threes, and 82.1 percent from the foul line. Bjelica has been an above league average NBA player for his career.

Adding Nemanja Bjelica would give the Dallas Mavericks another capable big man to play in a playoff series. The 33-year-old would space the floor for Luka Doncic and compete hard on both ends. He has only played in seven NBA playoff games, but his experience across the globe would help the Mavs when the games matter most. Bjelica is a solid veteran that would be ready when his number is called.

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