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

Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic
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Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic
Dallas Mavericks, Goran Dragic, Steve Nash / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Case against the Dallas Mavericks signing Goran Dragic this offseason

Dragic is 36 years old, and he has played in just 166 regular-season games over the last four years combined. The injuries are beginning to pile up for the veteran as he been on the floor in just over 53 percent of the possible contests since 2018. Dallas would have to watch his minutes and games closely, so he would be available come playoff time.

There will likely be a strong market for The Dragon this summer. He is an unrestricted free agent, and multiple contending teams were interested after he was bought out following the trade from Toronto to San Antonio. The Nets will want him back, and Dragic has a close relationship with Brooklyn head coach Steve Nash. Signing him away from the Nets may not be a given for Dallas.

The Mavericks will be over the cap starting this summer as Luka’s supermax extension kicks in, so they can only afford to offer a veteran minimum contract. If Dragic’s price rises above that level, Dallas should move on to other options.

There is some risk in signing Goran Dragic. The Mavericks traded for J.J. Redick in 2021, and he could just never get healthy enough to contribute before retiring at the end of the season. It is the potential downside of acquiring a veteran, but they still make an impact in the locker room and on the bench.