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Dallas Mavericks: 5 realistic free agent targets this offseason

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Realistic free agent for Dallas Mavericks to target: 2. DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan is the forgotten star in this class. The 31-year-old has averaged over 20 points per game for eight straight seasons. Yes, Luka Doncic was not even old enough to drive the last time DeRozan didn’t put in 20 a night.

The 6’6 wing has improved his playmaking ability over the years. Last season, he averaged 21.6 points, 6.9 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. DeRozan shot 49.5 percent from the field and 88.0 percent on his free throws. He would fill the Mavs need for a secondary scorer and playmaker. DeRozan can get a bucket with the best of them.

The 31-year-old is not a 3-point shooter, which often becomes the focus of the conversation. He shot 25.7 percent from long range last season and is just a 28.1 percent shooter for his career. DeRozan is an efficient and effective scorer, but he does not space the floor. The 6’6 wing is lethal in the mid-range and new head coach Jason Kidd would certainly exploit that.

DeMar DeRozan is one of the most interesting free agents this summer. Does he re-sign with the Spurs or land elsewhere? What type of contract will he command? How will teams try to build around his lack of 3-point shooting? The Dallas Mavericks should be in on the four-time All-Star this summer.

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