6. Mavericks sign Seth Curry
On the first day of NBA free agency, the Dallas Mavericks signed Seth Curry to a two-year contract with their bi-annual exception. Curry will be returning to the Mavericks for his second stint with the team.
Throughout the course of his career, Curry has turned himself into one of the most efficient three-point shooters of all time, and this past season, he shot 40.5% from deep on 3.8 attempts per game.
However, the Mavericks don’t need Curry.
Yes, they need shooters. With Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving at the helm, the Mavericks need to have guys who can stand on the three-point line and nail shots in catch-and-shoot situations.
But Curry is a complete negative on the defensive side of the ball, and any lineup with him, Doncic, and Irving in it will struggle defensively, especially on the perimeter.
There were plenty of other options Dallas could have targeted with that money at the time they inked Curry to a deal. Here are some guys who signed for less money than Curry: Taurean Prince, Troy Brown Jr., Josh Richardson, Torrey Craig, Lonnie Walker IV, and Ty Jerome.
All of those guys are either bigger than Curry, who stands at just 6-foot-2, better on defense, or both. Curry is certainly the best three-point shooter out of the whole group, and probably by a wide margin, but his lackluster defense makes most of those guys, if not all of them, better options.
Curry could end up being a fine pick-up for Dallas, and he’s a great role player, but the defensive side of the ball should have been the priority with the money he was handed.