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Will the Dallas Mavericks sign Goran Dragic in the 2022 offseason?

Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic
Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Goran Dragic / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Case for the Dallas Mavericks signing Goran Dragic this offseason

Luka Doncic admires his friend (subscription required) and countryman. They have known each other since Doncic’s youth, and the two guards would love to pair up. Dragic is 36 years old and his NBA career is winding down, so next season could be their final chance to play together.

The 6’3 guard can still be productive on the court. He is best suited for a 20 to 25-minute per game role off the bench as a secondary ball-handling option. The Dragon helped the Heat reach the NBA Finals inside the bubble, and he averaged 16.0 points per game in the 2021 playoffs for Miami. There is still some juice left in the tank, but his playing time needs to be monitored closely over the 82-game regular season.

Dragic would be the perfect option to round out the bench in Dallas. Trey Burke has a player option this summer. If he declines it, Dragic would be a natural replacement that could provide leadership and a strong voice in the locker room beyond his on-court play as the Mavericks look to contend for the title in 2023.

They need more veterans on their roster with playoff experience, and fans know that Goran Dragic is comfortable playing off Doncic. It would be a natural fit, and The Dragon is likely willing to sign for the veteran minimum in Dallas.

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