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Dallas Mavericks: 5 things they need in free agency

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks need in free agency: 5. Rim protector

The Clippers went small in the playoffs to defeat the Mavericks. LA spread the floor and attacked the paint, and Dallas had no answers. They shifted to playing Boban Marjanovic at the five and using a zone defense. The 7’4 big man gave the Mavs a paint presence and some needed rim protection, but it was not enough.

Boban is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Dallas desperately needs to improve their rim protection. Kristaps Porzingis took a significant step back in that area last season. The Mavericks are hoping a healthy offseason will help improve his athleticism and lateral movement. KP returning to form would give Dallas a needed rim protection boost.

The Mavs need another option, though. Porzingis has not played more than 60 games in a regular season since 2017. Dallas plans on resting him to manage his workload. They need someone that can step in and protect the rim when KP is on the bench.

Finding a big man that can protect the rim, rebound, and be Luka Doncic’s pick and roll partner is a must this summer. The Dallas Mavericks would love to bring back Boban Marjanovic as their third center, but they will be looking for an upgrade on the open market too.