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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 Dennis Schroder Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent that would be a mistake for Dallas Mavericks: 1. Dennis Schroder

Schroder is healthy and has helped his team reach the playoffs in seven of his eight years in the NBA. The 27-year-old should be entering his prime and would give the Mavericks the secondary ball-handler they need next to Luka Doncic. Why would signing Schroder be a mistake?

The 6’3 guard has seen his efficiency dip in each of the last two postseasons. Schroder was a role player on the Hawks in 2015 and 2016 when they advanced past the first round, but only twice in seven trips has his team won a playoff series. Schroder would help the Mavericks win more regular-season games, but his postseason track record is spotty.

The biggest reason is the money, though. Schroder turned down a four-year $84 million extension from the Lakers, and he is seeking over $100 million as a free agent. The Mavericks cannot lock him in for four years at $25 million-plus per season because there is almost no way that Dennis Schroder can return that value.

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The Dallas Mavericks would have to let Tim Hardaway Jr. walk to sign Schroder. That makes little sense considering the 6’5 wing is a better fit in Dallas moving forward. Signing Dennis Schroder would be a mistake that the Mavs regret for the next four years.