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Dallas Mavericks: 5 under the radar free agents the Mavs should target

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Under the radar free agent Dallas Mavericks should target: 3. Doug McDermott

McDermott had arguably the best 26-game stretch of his career in his first stint with the Mavs. They acquired him in Feb. 2018 from the Knicks as part of a three-team trade. Over the final two months of the season, McDermott averaged 9.0 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 49.4 percent on his 3-pointers. Dallas had the opportunity to make McDermott a restricted free agent after the 2017-2018 season, but they declined in hopes of landing a marquee free agent.

The 6’7 forward is an elite 3-point shooter. He has connected on 40.7 percent of his 1,510 career threes. The 29-year-old set new career-highs in minutes, points, rebounds, and steals per game last season with the Indiana Pacers. He also shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field, thanks to added rim attacks.

The Dallas Mavericks had the best offensive rating in the league the last time they had a sharpshooter playing next to Luka Doncic. McDermott’s improvements would give the Mavs a significant offensive boost and push them back near the top of the NBA on the offensive end.

McDermott will not be easy to land. He loves playing in Indiana and enjoyed his time under coach Rick Carlisle. Staying with the Pacers means he gets to do both after they hired the former Mavericks head coach, but Dallas should still be targeting the under-the-radar free agent.

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