The Dallas Mavericks sat out of the draft after trading away both of their picks, but they promised to be aggressive in free agency. Dallas traded Josh Richardson to the Boston Celtics for Moses Brown on July 31 to create an additional $10 million in cap space. They did not wait around in using it after talks were allowed on Aug. 2.
The Mavs agreed to two deals just minutes after negations could begin. Within the first three hours, Dallas had made deals with four players. Their new general manager and president of basketball operations worked fast and efficiently to get things done. Remember, they are only handshake agreements at this point. Free agents cannot sign until Aug. 6 at 11:01 p.m. CT.
The Mavericks agreed to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic before adding wings Sterling Brown and Reggie Bullock to their roster. How did Dallas do on the opening night of free agency?
Grading the Dallas Mavericks four moves to open free agency
The discussion should start by saying the Mavs are not done. They used the majority of their cap space, but Dallas is still searching for avenues to acquire a marquee name via a sign-and-trade. Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan, Dennis Schroder, and John Collins all remain unsigned. Can Mark Cuban and Nico Harrison pull off a deal? Expect more from the Mavericks in the days ahead.
Let us focus on what the Dallas Mavericks accomplished on the opening night of free agency. Here is a grade for each move plus an overall grade for the team’s business thus far.
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