Goran Dragic slots in as Dallas Mavericks sixth man
The Mavs added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown in free agency, but weaknesses remain on their roster. If Dragic is bought out and decides to sign in Dallas, it gives them the secondary creator and ball-handler they desperately need.
The Mavs outscored the Clippers by seven points in Luka Doncic’s 281 minutes on the floor in their first-round playoff series, but LA won the 55 minutes with him on the bench by 43 points. Dallas’s offensive rating sunk to 83.0 when Luka rested in the postseason, but those issues are gone if they add Dragic.
The 35-year-old is a proven performer no matter the situation. He averaged 19.1 points, 4.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in 32.5 minutes per game during the bubble playoffs as he helped lead the Miami Heat to the NBA Finals. He is a proven scorer and creator that plays well on or off the ball.
The Dragon gives new Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd another option for his closing lineup too. The Hall of Fame point guard could choose Dragic for more playmaking and scoring or Bullock for his defense. The Mavs also have the advantage of riding the hot hand down the stretch with a plethora of capable options.