Dallas Mavericks rumors: Maxi Kleber key part of team’s future

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The Dallas Mavericks have a decision to make on the contract of Maxi Kleber. The 6’10 forward has a $9 million contract for next season that becomes guaranteed on July 4. They could let him walk and become an unrestricted free agent or keep him at his full salary for next season.

Some were wondering what the Maverick planned after trading for Christian Wood, but ESPN’s Tim MacMahon put those questions to bed on June 21. He notes that sources say Kleber remains a key piece for Dallas, and they plan on guaranteeing his salary for next season.

This should come as no surprise after Kleber was the team’s most trusted big man in the postseason. Here is a further look at what it could mean for Kleber and what his role will be next season.

Rumors: Maxi Kleber key part of the Dallas Mavericks future

Picking up Kleber’s contract is a formality for the Mavericks. They were never going to let him walk. The addition of Christian Wood should push Kleber into a more comfortable role.

The 6’10 forward has a unique skill set that allows him to space the floor, defend on the perimeter, and protect the rim, but he is best suited for a 25-minute per night role. Kleber has a long injury history, which can be flared up by playing extended minutes. Wood will be the starting center with Kleber coming off the bench to play the five in the postseason.

Do not be surprised to see the Mavericks sign Maxi Kleber to an extension this summer. The 30-year-old remains a key piece of their roster and his versatile skill set gives head coach Jason Kidd plenty of flexibility, especially in the playoffs.

The Mavs traded four players for one in the Christian Wood deal, so they have room to upgrade their roster. They are targeting a 3-and-D wing with the taxpayer mid-level exception, and the front office is still searching the trade market for upgrades. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest offseason news, rumors, and analysis on the Dallas Mavericks.

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