Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in signing Gary Payton II

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The Dallas Mavericks want to sign another 3-and-D wing with their taxpayer mid-level exception. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock were overworked in the postseason as both players played over 38 minutes per game. Head coach Jason Kidd needs another option to use that brings perimeter defense.

Gary Payton II is one of the best perimeter defenders in the league. He has struggled to land a significant NBA role because of his offensive game, but the 6’3 guard proved he can make a massive impact in a playoff series this year as Golden State went on to win the championship.

Anthony Slater of The Athletic wrote about the Warriors' free agency options (subscription required) where he discussed them bringing back Payton II. There is mutual interest on both sides, but Golden State is watching their spending closely. The Mavericks are rumored to be interested if he becomes available.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks interested in signing Gary Payton II

The Mavs should immediately offer the full taxpayer mid-level exception to force the Warriors to match. It would eliminate them from re-signing Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica unless they are willing to play on veteran minimum deals. If the Warriors choose to pursue those two players, Dallas gets an impactful defender that shot 35.8 percent from 3-point range last season.

Slater notes the Mavericks “are considered among the most serious suitors” to sign Payton II. Dallas only has the $6.3 million taxpayer mid-level to offer, but that is a significant raise from the just under $2 million he made this season. Will the Warriors match the Mavs offer?

The Dallas Mavericks should go all-in on signing Gary Payton II away from Golden State. He is an impactful defender, and Dallas could offer him a larger role than the Dubs. The 29-year-old loves playing for the Warriors, but things can change fast in free agency. Stay tuned for all the latest.

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