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

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mike Conley Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Nicolas Batum Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Free agent that pairs well with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic: 5. Nicolas Batum

Batum is a fantastic fit next to Luka Doncic. The 6’8 wing is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, who can guard multiple positions, handle the ball, make simple plays, and knock down open shots. Batum is the switchable defender every team covets, and the 32-year-old veteran is not going to back down from any opponent.

He was a key reason why the LA Clippers defeating the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs and made a run to the Western Conference Finals. Batum has 58 games of playoff experience, and he would bring a strong veteran presence to the Mavs locker room.

The 6’8 wing would thrive playing next to Luka Doncic. Batum hit 40.4 percent of his 225 catch and shoot 3-pointers last season. He also shot 43.2 percent on wide-open threes as classified by NBA Stats. Luka is one of the best offensive players in the league. His ability to attack the rim creates plenty of wide-open triples, and the 22-year-old superstar always makes the right play.

Nicolas Batum pairs nicely with Luka, but he will likely be looking to chase a ring next season. Will the Mavericks take a large enough leap to be under consideration for the veteran? Stay tuned.

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