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Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agents that would be big mistakes

Dallas Mavericks Dennis Schroder Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Otto Porter Jr. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent that would be a mistake for Dallas Mavericks: 5. Otto Porter Jr.

Porter Jr. is coming off a four-year $106.5 million contract that saw him traded twice. The 28-year-old had his minute’s dip each of the last three years, and he has played a total of 98 games over those three seasons combined. It was a foot injury at the close of the 2020-2021 campaign, but back, ankle, shoulder, knee, hip, and toe issues that have held him out since 2018.

The injuries are piling up and causing some alarming trends. In the 2017-2018 season, Porter Jr. started in all 77 games he played in. He was in the game for 30-plus minutes in 54 of those contests. It dropped to 31 of 56 in the 2018-2019 campaign. Porter Jr. has played over 30 minutes just three times over the last two seasons. Injuries and effectiveness are both factoring into the dip in time on the floor.

The 6’8 forward is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the 28-year-old will be looking for a multi-year deal. The Dallas Mavericks should avoid giving it to him. If they get Otto Porter Jr. on a veteran minimum contract, it could be worth the flier. Dallas should not be interested if others are offering more than that because there is just too much risk of him not being healthy enough to play.

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