12 Potential Mavericks free agent targets with ties to Jason Kidd

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The Dallas Mavericks must upgrade their roster this offseason after shockingly missing the playoffs. They were in the conference finals in 2022, but a horrific close to the regular season that saw Dallas win just seven of their final 25 games caused them to miss the postseason entirely.

Their roster could be on the brink of disaster if changes are not made. Kyrie Irving is a free agent, and there is a real chance that he has already played his last game with the Mavs. Losing the eight-time All-Star would be a massive blow, and if significant upgrades are not made around Luka Doncic, the 24-year-old superstar could request a trade in 2024.

Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd is a Hall of Fame point guard with three decades of NBA experience. He has seen it all, and the 50-year-old legend could play a significant role in who the franchise can acquire in free agency. J-Kidd has relationships with talent all over the league, and he has worked with several soon-to-be free agents.

Free agents Dallas Mavericks could target with ties to Jason Kidd: 12. Wesley Matthews

Mavs fans know Matthews well after his three and a half seasons in Dallas, including playing 44 games with Luka Doncic during the 2018-2019 campaign. He has bounced around the NBA since leaving the Mavericks, including playing for four different teams in the last five seasons.

Matthews has been a bit unlucky in his ring chasing. He joined the Bucks in 2019, but Milwaukee got knocked out in the second round of the playoffs inside the bubble. Matthews left to join the defending champion Lakers for the 2020-2021 season where Jason Kidd was an assistant coach. Milwaukee won the championship in 2021, and Matthews returned the following year. He remains on the Bucks with a shot to win it all this year.

Matthews will be 37 years by the opening night of the 2023-2024 season, so the only reason to return is to chase a ring. He will be a veteran minimum target for a contender if the 6’4 wing decides to play another season, but a reunion in Dallas seems unlikely at this stage.