7. Mason Plumlee
Plumlee is set to become a free agent this summer, and the LA Clippers are facing the new second tax apron. Owner Steve Balmer is never afraid to spend his money, but LA has to trim payroll at some point to avoid all the restrictions in the new mechanism. That could mean the 6’11 big man is looking for a new home this summer.
Plumlee has primarily been a starting center in his career, and he averaged 10.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 26.0 minutes per game split between Charlotte and LA last season. The former Duke Blue Devil was traded for a second-round pick at the deadline, and he is likely looking for the full taxpayer mid-level exception from a team in free agency.
Plumlee is not a rim protector at this point in his career, so Dallas would have to sign him for his rebounding and pick-and-roll abilities. The 33-year-old veteran helped the Denver Nuggets reach the conference finals in 2020 before they lost to the eventual champion Lakers, and he would bring valuable experience to Dallas.
Finding a Mason Plumlee is not easy, and the Dallas Mavericks could look to swoop in and sign him this summer. Expect him to have several suitors, including the LA Clippers in free agency.