5 Dream, 5 reach, 5 realistic free agents for Mavericks to target after draft

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7. Realistic - Markieff Morris

The Dallas Mavericks have an extremely tough decision this summer with veteran forward Markieff Morris. Dallas signed him to a one-year deal last summer after acquiring him in the Kyrie Irving trade, and although he didn't play much this past season, he made his impact felt off the floor and from the bench.

Morris emerged as a huge leader in the locker room, and all of his teammates and coaches have harped about how great he is as a teammate. Jason Kidd even named Morris as the team's MVP from last season, and now he's an unrestricted free agent.

The Mavs can either re-sign Morris, knowing he can't play real minutes, or they can let him walk and use his roster spot for someone who can play within the rotation. This won't be an easy choice for Dallas.

Finding rotation players for veteran minimum contracts is a challenge, but Morris may bring enough value off the floor to make the Mavs want to keep him. Every team needs a locker room leader and a vibes guy like Morris, and if I had to guess, I'm sure Morris would be thrilled to be back with the Mavs.

He is the definition of a class act, but the Mavs' stance on whether they want to re-sign him or let him walk is unknown at this juncture. Knowingly having an unplayable player on your roster is hard, but Morris coming back to Dallas just feels right.