The Dallas Mavericks had a successful start to free agency. They signed Luka Doncic to a historic supermax extension and added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. Dallas also re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic.
Getting a secondary ball-handler to help out Doncic on offense was a goal for the Mavericks this free agency. Reggie Bullock is not considered a ball-handler. He is more of a catch-and-shoot option.
Here are three ball-handling guards the Dallas Mavericks should have acquired instead of Reggie Bullock.
Player Dallas Mavericks should have acquired over Reggie Bullock: 3. Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball would have been a perfect young veteran guard next to Luka Doncic. He was considered one of the best ball-handlers on the open market this summer.
Ball had one of the best years of his career last season where he averaged 14.6 points and 5.7 assists per game. He also improved on his ball-handling going from 3.1 turnovers per game to 2.2.
Ball would be able to take the ball-handling pressure off Doncic. He can run pick and rolls. The 23-year-old would give Luka spot-up opportunities and discourage double-teams on the Mavericks superstar.
Ball is capable of running the offense too. The Mavs struggled mightily in the playoffs when Luka rested, including producing an 83.0 offensive rating in 55 minutes of action. Lonzo Ball would give Doncic time to rest and keep him fresh for the fourth quarter.
Unfortunately, Lonzo Ball was traded to the Chicago Bulls minutes after the opening of free agency. He would have been the perfect complement next to Luka Doncic in Dallas.