15 players the Dallas Mavericks signed past their prime

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13. Markieff Morris

The Dallas Mavericks made one of the biggest moves in franchise history back in February when they traded Spencer Dinwiddie, Dorian Finney-Smith, and multiple draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets for Kyrie Irving and Markieeff Morris.

The Mavericks re-signed Irving on the first night of free agency as he was their obvious priority, and the Mavs re-signed Morris in September.

This was one of the more unexpected moves of the offseason on the Mavs end, as not many people expected him to be returning to Dallas after playing in just eight games after the trade.

In eight games for Dallas, Morris averaged 4.5 points and .5 rebounds per game. He scored 13 and 10 points in Dallas' last two games respectively, but bringing him back was a bit of a headscratcher on the Mavericks' end as he is just a veteran presence at this point.

The Mavericks need that type of presence, but that doesn't change the fact that he is way past his prime.

Morris played three years at Kansas and was 22 years old by the time he played his first NBA game. He is now entering his 13th season, and Morris is not close to the level of play that he exhibited at his peak.

Morris' best season was in 2016-17 when he averaged 14.0 points per game on a playoff team (the Washington Wizards). After that season, Morris only averaged double-digits one more time, and his production has steadily declined.