The Dallas Mavericks are rumored to be contemplating what to do with their final roster spot (subscription required). They need another ball-handler after losing Jalen Brunson to the Knicks in free agency, but the team is considering leaving the space open to increase their in-season roster flexibility.
The Mavs had their most success last season with two ball-handlers on the floor. Brunson’s breakout fourth NBA season made it a no-brainer to put him in the starting five, and he became the team’s second-leading scorer. The addition of Spencer Dinwiddie at the trade deadline allowed Dallas to have two on the floor at all times, and they reached the conference finals.
The Mavericks have just two playmakers on their roster after JB’s departure. They plan to start Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie in the backcourt, but head coach Jason Kidd will be forced to stagger their minutes if Dallas cannot find another ball-handler. Who could they still sign?
5 free agent point guards the Dallas Mavericks could still sign
The Mavs had the entire offseason to trade for another ball-handler, and they haven’t. With training camp less than three weeks away, the only way Dallas is acquiring a playmaker is via free agency. They are over the luxury tax and only have a minimum contract to offer, but every available free agent should be willing to accept that.
The Mavericks should be weighing potential impact when looking at free agents. Is the target willing to accept a 15 to 25-minute per-game role off the bench? If not, Dallas should steer clear and stick with its current roster.
Who could the Dallas Mavericks sign to improve their ball-handling and playmaking before training camp begins? Here are the five best available free agent point guards.