Free agent power forward for Dallas Mavericks to target: 1. Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen would be an interesting pickup for the Mavs because he was a draft target in 2017. The Bulls snagged him at seventh overall, just two spots ahead of Dallas’ selection. Scouts were comparing him to Dirk Nowitzki because of his 7’0 frame and how he played in the post.
Markkanen averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Bulls in the 2020-2021 season. He has played for three different coaches in his four NBA seasons in Chicago. Maybe all he needs now is a change of scenery, and Jason Kidd could be that coach that takes him to the next level.
Jason Kidd could use him similar to Nowitzki was in Dallas, a low post and 3-point threat who can rebound. It would be interesting if they play Markkanen at the center position mostly since the Mavericks don’t have a true five on their roster.
One thing Markkanen has going for him into free agency is that he is entering the prime of his career. This alone will attract many suitors for the restricted free agent. Markkanen has mentioned that Dallas is at the top of his list if they offer him a contract. Pairing him next to Luka Doncic could be the spark that the Mavericks need to get past the first round of the playoffs.