Realistic free agent for Dallas Mavericks to target: 5. Richaun Holmes
Holmes just keeps getting better. He averaged 14.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game last season, while shooting 63.7 percent from the field and 79.4 percent on his free throws.
The Clippers dominated Dallas in the playoffs by going small and attacking the rim. Holmes instantly upgrades the Mavs rebounding and rim protection. The 6’10 big man could slot in as their starting center and be a significant defensive upgrade for Dallas on the backline.
Holmes is also an elite roll man. He scored 1.3 points per possession off that play type last season, which ranked in the top 17 percent of the league. The 27-year-old is going to roll hard to the rim and has no issues finishing inside. Pairing him with one of the best pick and roll ball-handlers in the world in Luka Doncic would make him even better too.
The best is still yet to come from Richaun Holmes. He has improved in each of his first six NBA seasons and is just entering his prime. ESPN projected (subscription required) Holmes’ salary in free agency to be $12-14 million. The Dallas Mavericks would have enough to bring in Homes as their starting center and sign another free agent. The 6’10 big man should be among their top targets this offseason.
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