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5 bargain bin free agent centers the Dallas Mavericks should target

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The Dallas Mavericks were not supposed to be in the Western Conference Finals after trading Kristaps Porzingis at the deadline. It appeared they would take a short-term step backward to gain future flexibility. The Mavs knew KP would never be the second star that they envisioned when they acquired him in Jan. 2019, and it was time to move on as they attempt to build a championship contender around Luka Doncic.

The Mavericks superstar proved everyone wrong and made his case for the NBA’s best player as he helped the team reach the conference finals. It was their first playoff series win since 2011 and upsetting the top-seeded Suns was a surprise that had fans believing anything was possible. The Golden State Warriors dominated Dallas to reach the NBA Finals for the sixth time in eight years, but it was still an incredible run by the Mavs.

The Mavericks' playoff run exposed the holes in their roster, including their need to upgrade at the five. Dwight Powell started all 18 playoff games, but he struggled to produce. Maxi Kleber was the team’s preferred option off the bench, but Dallas had issues on the glass throughout the postseason.

5 bargain bin free-agent centers for Dallas Mavericks to target

The Mavericks are projected to be over the luxury tax before re-signing Jalen Brunson, so they will only have the taxpayer mid-level exception and minimum contracts to give to free agents.

Dallas would love to add a starting caliber center, but that may not be possible given their limited resources. They may be limited to acquiring a veteran that is an upgrade off the bench and searching the trade market for a starter.

What free agents could the Mavs add on the cheap to improve this position? Here are five bargain bin options at center.