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Dallas Mavericks: 5 best free agents to target at power forward

Brian Sweet
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Free agent power forward for Dallas Mavericks to target: 2. Kelly Olynyk

Kelly Olynyk would be a wonderful addition to the Mavericks’ offense because he can space the floor, knock down jumpers, and make simple plays. The 6’11 forward averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.1 steals in 28.5 minutes per game last season split between Houston and Miami.

Olynyk showcased what he can do in a starter’s role after moving to the Rockets. He averaged 19.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.4 steals in 31.1 minutes a night. He shot 54.5 percent from the field and 39.2 percent on his threes over the final 27 games.

The Mavericks drafted Kelly Olynyk back in 2013, but he was traded to the Boston Celtics for the rights to Lucas Nogueira and two future second-round picks. Dallas was attempting to free up cap space in the deal.

New Mavs head coach Jason Kidd could use Olynyk at the four or the five. The 30-year-old would take some rebounding pressure off Kristaps Porzingis, which could help the Unicorn stay healthy.

Kelly Olynyk is an unrestricted free agent, but he enjoyed his role in Houston. Will the Dallas Mavericks be able to sign him away from the Rockets? Expect a bidding war if they try.

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