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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: 2. Eric Bledsoe

Bledsoe was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers in July before he ever played in a game in their uniform. He was acquired in a deadline day trade that sent Robert Covington and Norman Powell to the LA Clippers, but Bledsoe missed the remainder of the season with an Achilles injury. The 32-year-old is reportedly healthy, but he is past his prime.

Bledsoe is a below-average shooter, but his 33.6 percent for his career is respectable. Teams are not just going to leave him wide open beyond the arc like Elfrid Payton. Bledsoe made two All-Defensive teams in his career, and the veteran is no stranger to handling the ball and making plays in an NBA game.

Is he the perfect fit in Dallas? No, but Bledsoe is an upgrade over Frank Ntilikina and Josh Green, who are likely to split the ball-handling duties if Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie are both off the floor.

If Doncic or Dinwiddie needs to miss time, the Mavericks have nobody else. They will have to play the healthy option for 40 minutes with Ntilikina and Green filling in the remaining eight. Adding Eric Bledsoe to be their third point guard could be massive for the moments when Doncic or Dinwiddie needs to miss a game.

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