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What should Dallas Mavericks do if Jalen Brunson signs with Knicks in free agency?

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What should Dallas Mavericks do if Jalen Brunson leaves: 4. Sign Dragic

Brunson’s departure leaves the door wide open for the Mavs to sign Goran Dragic. Dallas traded Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertains at the deadline, and the Mavericks had their most success last season playing two ball-handlers on the floor. Expect Dinwiddie to slide into the starting five with Dragic playing his offensive creator role off the bench role.

The Dragon is a friend and mentor of superstar Luka Doncic. He has talked about wanting to come to Dallas to play with Luka on several occasions and now is a perfect time. The Mavericks can play Dragic 25 minutes off the bench during the regular season and open up more minutes for him in the postseason.

Goran would give Dallas a veteran ball-handler and playmaker that is going to thrive in his role. He would be a leader in the locker room, which the Mavs will need if Jalen Brunson heads to New York. Dragic can also space the floor and knock down shots. His versatility and leadership would be key for the Dallas Mavericks after losing Jalen Brunson in free agency.

Fans should not expect 2017 Dragic or the player who helped lift the Heat to the NBA Finals in 2020, but the 36-year-old is still an impactful guard that makes the Mavericks better.