Free agent Dallas Mavericks should consider for final roster spot: 1. Dennis Schroder
Save for restricted free agents, Schroder may be the best left on the board. The 6’3 guard is just over one year removed from turning down a four-year deal worth $84 million from the Lakers. He was the Thunder’s sixth man in 2020 where he averaged 18.9 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.6 rebounds on a surprise playoff team.
Schroder would solve the Mavericks' ball-handling issues, and the 6’3 guard has plenty of upside. Could head coach Jason Kidd and his team help Schroder rebuild his value? There would be some frustrating moments as Schroder gets too locked in on scoring the ball at times, but he remains a talented player with the potential to be in the running for Sixth Man of the Year.
The Mavericks played their best with two playmakers on the floor last season, but they only have two on their roster after trading Trey Burke and watching Jalen Brunson depart in free agency. Dennis Schroder gives them a third option that averaged over 19 points and six assists per game back in 2018. Age is not an issue for the 6’3 guard, he just needs to find the right fit.
If he is willing to accept a secondary playmaking role, that could be in Dallas. Luka Doncic would create wide-open shots and plenty of chances to attack the basket for Schroder. All he would have to do is covert.
The Dallas Mavericks appear set on entering the regular season with the flexibility of having an open roster spot. That could turn into a massive mistake if they cannot find a way to improve their roster midseason, but time will tell.