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Dallas Mavericks: 5 restricted free agents worth overpaying to acquire

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The Dallas Mavericks can create cap space this offseason, and they are focused on improving the roster around Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old is a top-five player in the world, but his team has been knocked out in the first round of the playoffs two straight years. Doncic made the superstar leap faster than anyone expected. Now, the Mavs must get the pieces around him to contend for the championship.

They will have a plethora of important decisions to make this summer. First, Dallas needs to get Luka to sign his max extension. Then, they must decide on retaining Tim Hardaway Jr. The 6’5 wing has a $28 million cap hold, so the Mavericks must choose to either sign him to a new deal or renounce his bird rights. If their new leadership believes they can land a marquee free agent, the Mavs will let Hardaway Jr. walk.

There are multiple avenues to explore to improve their roster. Dallas could attempt to steal away a restricted free agent. Their current team has the right to match any offer, so it always takes an overpay to land the player’s services. Here are five worth targeting this summer.

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5 restricted free agents worth the Dallas Mavericks overpaying this offseason

Trying to sign a restricted free agent is always dangerous. Their current team has two days to match the offer sheet. If they drag their feet, other free agents sign, and the team inking the offer sheet can quickly be left out in the cold. The Mavericks have to be aware of that when targeting restricted free agents.

Here are five names that are worth trying to sign away from their current teams by overpaying this summer.

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