The Dallas Mavericks are staring down the most important offseason in franchise history. Owner Mark Cuban has already hired Nico Harrison as general manager and president of basketball operations and Jason Kidd to be the team’s head coach. It was the first time Dallas made a change at either position since 2008. Now, they shift to the transaction market.
There is added pressure this summer because Luka Doncic is eligible for a rookie max extension. The Mavs are expected to get his signature on the more than $200 million deal, but it will limit their future flexibility. They have cap space this offseason and must improve the roster around their 22-year-old superstar.
Several free agents would be talent upgrades for the Mavs, but just do not fit. Here is an in-depth look at the players Dallas should avoid this summer.
Free agents the Dallas Mavericks should avoid this offseason
There are several reasons why a free agent should be avoided. Injury issues should rule out talented options like Otto Porter Jr., Justise Winslow, and DeMarcus Cousins. Availability is an important skill, and Dallas needs their additions healthy when the games matter most.
Restricted free agents are risky and could cause Dallas to strike out on the open market because they will have to wait on the other team’s decision on matching.
Other free agents just do not fit their current roster. Money is an issue too. Dallas has to be careful not to overpay for the production they receive.
Here are five free agents that the Dallas Mavericks must avoid this offseason.