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Dallas Mavericks: 5 free agent targets that pair nicely with Luka Doncic

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The Dallas Mavericks are trying to figure out how to build a title contender around Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old already has two first-team All-NBA honors under his belt, but the Mavs have yet to make it out of the first round of the playoffs with the superstar leading their charge. Doncic averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game in the 2021 postseason, but his supporting cast did not play well enough for Dallas to advance.

The Mavericks can improve the roster this summer. They only have one tradeable first-round draft pick, but cap space is available. How much depends on what Dallas decides to do with unrestricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. The veteran has a $28-plus million cap hold, so the Mavs must decide to renounce or re-sign him before diving in on other moves.

They can create approximately $34 million in cap space if they renounce all their cap holds, decline Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option, and move on from Josh Richardson. The Mavericks should be looking to build around Luka. What free agents pair well with the 22-year-old superstar?

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5 free agents that pair nicely with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic

Anyone can play next to Luka. He is always trying to get his teammates involved to help his team win. Doncic cares more about victories than he does about stats. The Mavericks will be looking to put floor spacers and defenders around him on the wings. They need another ball-handler, plus a roller, rebounder, and rim protector.

Here are five free agents that pair well with Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.