The Dallas Mavericks have been busy as free agency kicked off on Aug. 2. They agreed to new contracts with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic just minutes after talks were allowed. The Mavs viewed them as two key pieces that will help them become title contenders next season. Fans were anxiously awaiting the organization’s first free-agent addition of the Nico Harrison era, and they got it after just over an hour.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Mavericks reached a deal with unrestricted free agent Sterling Brown. There were rumors that Dallas would be able to sign him away from Houston. The deal cannot officially be signed until Aug. 6, but the organization and Brown have an agreement in place on a two-year contract worth $6.2 million, according to Marc Stein.
What does Sterling Brown bring to the Mavericks? Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks agree to deal with Sterling Brown: What does he bring?
Brown is a 6’5 wing with four years of NBA experience. The 26-year-old continues to improve. He played a career-high 24.1 minutes per game last season with the Rockets. Brown averaged 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
He gives the Mavericks some needed depth on the wing after trading away Josh Richardson. Brown shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range last season and is a career 37.4 percent shooter from long range. The 26-year-old could become an important floor spacer in Dallas.
Brown lacks ball-handling and playmaking ability. He averaged a career-high 1.4 assists per game last season. The Dallas Mavericks will mitigate that weakness with Luka Doncic feeding him the ball.
Brown’s defense will be the make-or-break skill. His numbers were strong in limited samples during his first three seasons. The numbers dipped significantly last season in Houston in an expanded role, but the Rockets were also rebuilding. Can Brown hold his own on the defensive end in Dallas? That will likely determine how much playing time he receives.
The Dallas Mavericks are not done making moves yet. Sterling Brown joins Moses Brown as the two new additions so far. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the news and analysis on the team’s offseason.