Dallas Mavericks: Grading the Boban Marjanovic signing

Dallas Mavericks Boban Marjanovic Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Boban Marjanovic Mandatory Credit: Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time in agreeing to a deal with Boban Marjanovic. It was just minutes after talks were allowed that Shams Charania announced that the two sides had reached a pact. Tim MacMahon noted it is a one-year deal, but there was no word on the dollar figure.

Fans were ecstatic to see the 7’4 big man choosing to stay in Dallas. He was an unrestricted free agent that had other suitors. It appears Boban wants to be with the Mavericks where he has become a locker room and fan favorite. The agreement was a win for all involved.

Dallas was quick to bring back Marjanovic. What is his role moving forward? What grade should the Mavs get for re-signing Bobi? Let us attempt to answer each of those questions.

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Grading the Dallas Mavericks agreeing to re-sign Boban Marjanovic

Mavericks fans know what to expect from Marjanovic on the court. He will not play every night, but Bobi is impactful when called upon. His ability to shoot over any opponent and his soft touch around the basket makes him nearly impossible to stop down low. Marjanovic uses his size well on the glass and is a walking double-double. The 32-year-old cannot defend on the perimeter and can be played off the floor, but he will help change games for the Mavericks next season.

Dallas re-signed him as much for his off court impact as what he does on the floor. Boban is a star. He loves acting and is never shy about being part of the team’s outreach. Marjanovic always has a smile on his face and plays an important role in keeping things upbeat in the locker room. He is beloved by his teammates and his friendship with Luka Doncic makes Tobias Harris jealous.

In ESPN’s prediction of the salary of every free agent (subscription required), Boban was pegged to earn $4 to $6 million as his starting salary. It appears the Mavericks agreed to sign him at or below that mark on a one-year deal

Dallas Mavericks grade for re-signing Boban Marjanovic: A

The Mavs moved quickly in bringing back Boban. The saying in the NBA is there is never a bad one-year deal. Dallas agreeing to re-sign Marjanovic is far from one. His locker room presence, on-court production, and friendship with Luka make him an important part of the Mavericks. Dallas earns an A grade for this soon-to-be signing.

Fans can rejoice because Boban Marjanovic will be back with the Dallas Mavericks next season. They have a bit of a logjam at the five right now. Expect the Mavs to make moves to clear it up in the days ahead. Will Dallas be able to land the marquee free agent they have longed for? Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, and Mike Conley are off the board, but a sign-and-trade for the Mavericks is still on the table.

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