Rumors: Dallas Mavericks pursuing Facundo Campazzo

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The Dallas Mavericks are one ball-handler short after the departure of Jalen Brunson in free agency. Luka Doncic will be leading the team’s charge, and they have Spencer Dinwiddie, but those are the only two traditional playmakers on their roster. The Mavs had their most success last season playing two ball-handlers on the floor at all times, but they won’t have that option this season unless they add another playmaker.

According to Encestando, the Mavericks are the NBA team most heavily pursuing free agent point guard Facundo Campazzo. The 31-year-old is a former teammate of Doncic, and he fills a need for Dallas.

What would Campazzo bring to the Mavericks, and should fans expect him to sign in Dallas before the start of the regular season? Here is a look at the latest.

Rumors: Dallas Mavericks pursuing Facundo Campazzo

Campazzo was a backup guard for the Denver Nuggets each of the last two seasons. He is a traditional playmaker that averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 assists in 18.2 minutes per game last year. Doncic and Campazzo shared the backcourt for Real Madrid during the 2017-2018 season where they won the EuroLeague and Liga ACB championships.

Campazzo would be the perfect third point guard for the Mavericks. He can organize and run the offense for ten to 15 minutes per game to give Luka Doncic a break.

Owner Mark Cuban has talked about the Mavericks leaving their final roster spot open to give them more in-season flexibility to make trades or explore the buyout market. Campazzo fills a need, but he is far from a game-changer for the Mavs, so it seems unlikely that Dallas will sign him before the start of the regular season.

Marc Stein added this on Sunday evening about the Mavs potentially signing Campazzo.

Things can change quickly, and the Dallas Mavericks will be scrambling if Luka Doncic or Spencer Dinwiddie suffers an injury, but the team still appears to be favoring letting Josh Green and Frank Ntilikina handle the duties of their third point guard. Expect the team to pursue another ball-handler before the deadline, and do not be surprised to see Facundo Campazzo return to Europe as the starting point guard on a contending team.

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