Restricted free agent worth the Dallas Mavericks overpaying: 5. Josh Hart
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported that Hart “would like a fresh start” next season. The Pelicans can match any offer the 6’5 wing receives, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out this offseason.
Hart was limited for 47 games this season after suffering a season-ending thumb injury. He will be healthy and ready for training camp, though. The 26-year-old averaged 9.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 0.8 steals in 28.7 minutes per game. He shot 43.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent on his threes, and 77.5 percent from the free-throw line in his fourth NBA season.
Hart is the type of versatile two-way wing the Mavericks want to put around Luka Doncic. The four players he guarded most this season were Jayson Tatum, Jordan Clarkson, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMar DeRozan. The Mavs lack the option that can match up on those long athletic scoring wings.
It would likely take a four-year deal worth north of $48 million to dissuade the New Orleans Pelicans from matching. Josh Hart would give the Dallas Mavericks a strong perimeter defender that is just entering his prime. They would look to improve his jumper and shot selection in hopes of helping him reach another level. Overpaying for Josh Hart could be a win for both sides.
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