Dallas Mavericks rumors: Team interested in Lauri Markkanen

Dallas Mavericks Lauri Markkanen Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Lauri Markkanen Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks filled their roster on the first night of free agency. They quickly re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic before adding Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to give them 15 players under contract. The Mavs improved their roster with pieces that complement Luka Doncic, but they may not be done.

Dallas came into the offseason looking to add a marquee free agent. They missed out on all the top names, so they shifted to signing complementary talents to round out their roster. The Mavericks would love to add another player that is going to crack their playoff rotation, though. Rumors suggest Goran Dragic is the most likely, but other names are in play.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor rumored the Mavs to be interested in Lauri Markkanen on the latest episode of The Mismatch podcast. The seven-footer is a restricted free agent and wants out of Chicago. Dallas would have to make the move happen via a sign-and-trade. What would Markkanen bring to the Mavericks?

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Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in Lauri Markkanen

Markkanen is coming off a down season, but the 24-year-old still averaged 13.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. He has dealt with injury issues in each of his first four NBA seasons, but there is no denying his talent. Markkanen is a floor-spacing big man that can net 15 points per game.

Markkanen has expressed interest in playing for the Mavericks. Are they willing to give up assets to acquire him? At the right price, Dallas would do so. The Mavs are not inclined to hand out a massive contract to Markkanen and give up draft picks to the Bulls. The cost will determine if the Dallas Mavericks eventually make a deal for Lauri Markkanen.

It still feels like the Mavs have a move up their sleeves this offseason. Will they be acquiring Lauri Markkanen? Does Dallas land Goran Dragic? Do they trade for another player? Fans will have to stay tuned to find out.

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