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5 free agent point guards the Dallas Mavericks could still sign

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Free agent point guard Dallas Mavericks could still sign: 5. Dennis Smith Jr.

The Mavs drafted Smith Jr. ninth overall in 2017 to be their point guard of the present and future. He averaged 15.2 points, 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 29.7 minutes per game during his up-and-down rookie season. There were plenty of flashes, but Dallas drafted Luka Doncic the following summer. Both players needed the ball in their hands to thrive, so the Mavericks traded DSJ to the Knicks in the original Kristaps Porzingis deal.

Smith Jr. has struggled to find a consistent role and stay healthy since leaving for New York. He also played for the Pistons and Trail Blazers, and things have not quite come together for the 6’2 guard. DSJ is only 24 years old, and he still has plenty of room to grow.

Smith Jr. has a strong relationship with Luka, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Reggie Bullock, but he is not the perfect fit. His career 31.2 percent from 3-point range makes him a non-factor off the ball, and he has only made 40.2 percent of his career field goals.

Dennis Smith Jr. wants to come back to Dallas and prove he belongs in the NBA. A deal between the two sides is unlikely, but it could be the chance DSJ needs because the playing time is there for the taking.

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