Rumors: Mavericks interested in underrated move to bring back fan favorite

Spencer Dinwiddie
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With the NBA offseason in full effect, Sunday officially marked the first day of free agency. With this year's free agency class being headlined by names like LeBron James, Paul George, and Klay Thompson, many fans were eager to see where some of the league's top names would end up.

With the Dallas Mavericks in clear win-now mode, many fans were excited to see what moves the Mavericks would make to better their odds of returning to the NBA Finals. Unsurprisingly, Dallas started its slew of offseason deals by trading Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Detroit Pistons for guard Quentin Grimes. This deal not only gave Dallas another impactful defender, but it also cleared up much-needed cap space for the team to make additional moves.

With the cleared-up money created from trading Hardaway Jr., the Mavericks made a shocking move to sign forward Naji Marshall. The 26-year-old forward signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the Mavericks late Sunday night. Unfortunately for fans who fell in love with the Mavericks during their Finals run, this move meant the end for a beloved fan favorite, Derrick Jones Jr.

Rumors: Mavericks interested in signing Spencer Dinwiddie

Despite signing Marshall, the Mavericks still have many needs at the guard position. During the Mavericks' run to the Finals, the team got exposed for their lack of creation off the bench but luckily for Dallas, a former Mav is still available who would fill this gaping hole.

Spencer Dinwiddie was only a Maverick for one season before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets in the deal that landed Kyrie Irving in Dallas. Despite only playing one season in a Mavericks uniform, Dinwiddie became a fan favorite for his unique ability to get buckets. As a Maverick, Dinwiddie averaged a near career high in points with 17.7 per game and 3-point percentage.

Since being traded away from Dallas, Dinwiddie has struggled as a Net and a Laker, which could bode well for his price tag when trying to negotiate a contract. As reported by HoopsHype, the Mavericks and Dinwiddie once again have a common interest in one another. Assuming Dallas can sign the veteran point guard, it would likely be at a low price tag.

It's no secret that Dallas could use a player like Dinwiddie to not only create off the bench but to mentor Jaden Hardy into becoming a player Dallas could use down the line. While Dinwiddie was a Maverick, he and Hardy shared a special bond that could continue if the Mavericks picked up Dinwiddie for the right price.

If the Mavericks had a player like Dinwiddie, it could be argued that Dallas may have had a different outcome when playing the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The veteran guard offers a unique ability to score in the middle of the floor, which is something any contending team could use off the bench. Now, the Mavericks have a chance to get Dinwiddie for a relatively low price tag.

They were interested in signing Dinwiddie last season before he joined the Lakers, and the interest is back.

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