Free-agent that pairs well with Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis: 4. Nicolas Batum
Batum brings versatility to any lineup. The 6’8 forward can guard anyone on the floor, handle the ball, make plays, knock down shots, and is no stranger to pressure-packed moments.
He would be able to set Porzingis up for easy looks. The Mavericks need a secondary creator. Batum could fill that role and help Dallas conserve Luka’s energy. The 6’8 forward shot 40.4 percent from 3-point range last season, and he would allow the Mavs to expand their offense.
Batum’s ability to switch and take on elite scorers could help unlock Porzingis on the defensive end. The Unicorn needs to stay in the paint and protect the rim. He struggles on the perimeter, but Batum could switch and let KP get back inside. New head coach Jason Kidd needs to figure out how to get Porzingis back to being impactful on the defensive end and adding a versatile forward would help.
Nicolas Batum would give the Dallas Mavericks another international talent that has a wealth of experience. He is on France’s Olympic team and has 58 games of NBA postseason experience. The Mavs need veterans and versatility to pair with Porzingis, and Batum offers both.
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