Free-agent the Dallas Mavericks should sign after day 1: 5. Goran Dragic
**UPDATE: Dragic signed with the Chicago Bulls on July 3.
Finding a veteran ball-handler that can make plays on a minimum deal is never easy. The Mavs were most successful last season with two playmakers on the floor. Spencer Dinwiddie figures to take Jalen Brunson’s role in the starting five, but Dallas must find a replacement for his bench minutes.
The Mavericks have been linked to Goran Dragic for over one year now, and those rumors are back. The 36-year-old guard is a close friend and mentor of Mavs superstar Luka Doncic. He returned to play for the Slovenian National Team for the first time in five years to work with Doncic again.
Dragic is the perfect fit in Dallas with Brunson gone. He can play 20-25 minutes per game as the lead ball-handler in the second unit. It will allow Dallas to play three point guards and keep two playmakers on the floor at all times. Dragic can attack off the dribble, space the floor, and get buckets.
The Dragon would be a key figure in their locker room as well. The Dallas Mavericks need leadership after Jalen Brunson left for New York. Dragic brings a veteran presence that has made multiple deep playoff runs, and he is a fantastic fit in Dallas.