The Dallas Mavericks have struggled since the calendar flipped to 2023 as they are just 4-8 in their first 12 games. Entering the new calendar year, the trade deadline is creeping its disastrous head into teams as they try to solidify their rosters for the stretch run.
However, some teams make moves using free agency instead of going through the trade market. Following the release of four-time All-Star Kemba Walker, the Mavs have an open roster spot, and teams can’t go wrong with a veteran in the locker room, especially as playoffs slowly approach. Experience goes a long way in this league.
Just look at LeBron, who is looking better than ever at 38 years old. With age comes a chip on your shoulder, especially an older player (33-plus) who still has a lot to prove. Here are some OGs that the Mavericks should consider signing to help bring some experience to a team that is looking to contend this season.
5 veteran free agents the Dallas Mavericks should consider signing
Interest in Carmelo Anthony has been quiet this season, but his 13.3 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season should garner some noise. Another reliant shooter for Dončić to kick out to on the drive is always beneficial. Anthony is a fan favorite that still hungry for his first championship.
Before joining the Lakers last season, Bazemore had one of his best shooting seasons, percentage-wise, on the Warriors as he made 44.9 percent from the field over 67 games, which is solid for any guard. Dallas could be a solid place for a bounce-back season, but we can begin with a ten-day contract.
The Mavericks are 25th in the league in block shots per game and 30th in rebounds each night. Who better to hold it down low to take some stress off of the big men than the former three-time Defensive Player of the Year? If he can record a fraction of his 23.8 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game he’s averaged with the Taoyuan Leopards, the Mavs have a hidden gem.
Though he has been under the radar, Whiteside could be another viable option for a big man off the bench. He is coming off his best career shooting percentage at 65.2 percent. Along with 8.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, the seven-foot big would be a good nod for the Mavericks, who are currently last in rebounds per game.
Lou Williams played the fewest minutes of his NBA career last season. Despite him being 36, he’s still got that dog in him. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year coming off the Dallas Mavericks' bench could help provide energy, and his offensive bag would be a solid addition.