6. Mason Plumlee
Plumlee was drafted by the Nets in 2013 to be Brook Lopez’s backup just two weeks after Jason Kidd was brought on as head coach. The Hall of Fame point guard ended his playing career and immediately jumped in to lead the Nets. Plumlee played well as a rookie on a veteran team, including shining when Lopez had to miss time with a foot injury.
Kidd shockingly lasted just one season in Brooklyn, but Plumlee made it clear that he enjoyed playing under the Hall of Famer back in 2014.
"I wish him well. I’ve said constantly I had a great time playing for him, I enjoyed him as a coach."
Kidd went on to coach Mason’s brothers Marshall and Miles in Milwaukee, so he knows the Plumlee family well. Mason is back in the playoffs with the Clippers this season and the veteran big man will be an option for the Mavericks as they look for a starting center this offseason.
Plumlee is not the best rim protector, but he rebounds well and would be a strong pick-and-roll partner for Luka Doncic that brings some playmaking chops. He knows coach Kidd well and thrived in his defensive system in Brooklyn. Could a reunion be in order this summer?
The Dallas Mavericks will have to outbid the Clippers for Plumlee because LA owns his Bird rights. Would he be interested in joining Luka and the Mavs? It is something to watch closely as the Mavs search for an upgrade.