Will Dallas Mavericks sign Dennis Schroder after watching him in EuroBasket 2022?

Dallas Mavericks, Dennis Schroder
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Should the Dallas Mavericks have interest in Dennis Schroder?

The Mavs were at their best last season with two playmakers on the floor. It is why they inserted Jalen Brunson into the starting five and traded for Spencer Dinwiddie at the deadline. Going small, spacing the floor, and having a second playmaker on the floor were key ingredients in the Mavericks' recipe for making the conference finals.

Dallas lost Jalen Brunson to the Knicks in free agency this summer, and they have failed to find a replacement. The front office upgraded the frontcourt by trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee, but the Mavs desperately need another ball-handler and playmaker to round out their roster.

Dallas only has 14 players under contract, but they are well over the luxury tax as Luka Doncic’s max extension kicks in. Cutting players is much costlier for owner Mark Cuban, which is why the team values the in-season flexibility of leaving it open, but Dennis Schroder is still a free agent.

He was a finalist for Sixth Man of the Year in 2020 and turned down a four-year deal worth $84 million from the Lakers in 2021. His talent is unquestionable, and he is displaying it for the German National Team after a down season in the NBA. Schroder is the best available free agent on the market at this moment.

The Dallas Mavericks should be interested because he fills a need, improves their overall talent, and can be acquired on a veteran minimum deal to round out their roster.