5 Players from the NBA Finals who could be realistic Mavericks targets this offseason

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3. Max Strus

The Heat would not be in the NBA Finals without Strus. Miami had to go through the Play-In Tournament to reach the playoffs. They lost the first game to the Hawks and faced a win-or-go-home matchup against the Bulls where they trailed entering the fourth quarter. If it was not for 31 points and seven 3-pointers from Strus, it would likely be the Heat who missed the playoffs.

The 6’5 wing has gone from undrafted in 2019 to a key rotation player for the Heat. He averaged 11.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in 28.4 minutes per game during the regular season before becoming a starter and key floor spacer in the playoffs. Strus is a career 37.1 percent 3-point shooter that continues to improve his game.

The Dallas Mavericks desperately need wing depth, and Max Strus has helped the Heat reach the conference finals in back-to-back years. He will now play in his first NBA Finals. He is not a lockdown defender, but he has bought into Heat Culture and will compete on both ends of the floor.

Strus is not the perfect fit, but he could take his game to another level by playing off Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving in Dallas. Defenders will leave him open as they try to stop the Mavericks' superstars, creating more open looks for the 27-year-old. Max Strus will be looking for a significant payday this summer, but would he settle for the taxpayer mid-level from the Mavericks?