3. Matisse Thybulle offer sheet
On July 5, it was reported by Chris Haynes of TNT and Bleacher Report that Matisse Thybulle plans to sign an offer sheet submitted to him by the Dallas Mavericks.
Dallas was reportedly very interested in the restricted free agent, and now, the Portland Trail Blazers will have to decide whether or not they want to match the offer.
Based on the cap space and assets Dallas has available to them, it seems very likely that the offer they gave Thybulle is for the Non-Taxpayer MLE, which is worth roughly $12.4 million per season.
This is a perfect swing for the Mavericks, who desperately need to improve their play on the defensive side of the ball after the season they had this past year.
Two years ago, one of the main reasons the Mavericks were able to make a run to the Western Conference finals was because their defense was surprisingly solid.
Adding Thybulle to the mix would give them a huge boost on that side of the ball. He’s a two-time All-Defensive player who could take a ton of pressure off of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic.
Plus, during his time with the Trail Blazers this past season, his three-point shot showed signs of serious improvement. Over the course of 22 games, he shot 38.8 percent from deep on 3.9 attempts per contest.
The only thing preventing this from being an A or A+ grade is the fact that reports have indicated that Portland intends to match the offer sheet, meaning Dallas will have to pivot. But regardless, this is a great idea by the Mavericks.