Rumors: Dallas Mavericks looking to fill glaring hole in free agency

Spencer Dinwiddie
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The Dallas Mavericks have nearly had a perfect offseason over the last couple of weeks.

Although they lost Derrick Jones Jr. to the LA Clippers, they signed Naji Marshall, traded for Quentin Grimes, and made a sign-and-trade for Klay Thompson. Considering that this team made the NBA Finals last season, they are putting themselves in the position to contend once again.

Dallas still has one more open roster spot, and although there is a plethora of different free agents they can pursue, their priority seems to be clear according to a recent rumor.

Dallas Mavericks looking to add backcourt depth in free agency

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Dallas is "scouring the marketplace for a potential backcourt boost (subscription required) via minimum contract." Stein also said that the Mavs are looking to re-sign Markieff Morris as well, and it sounds like them adding a bit more backcourt depth is a priority.

Dallas lacked a third true playmaker and shot creator during the playoffs due to the struggles of Dante Exum, and adding backcourt depth is a move that fans have been begging for. They need to bring in someone who can lead the second unit when needed, and they were linked to Spencer Dinwiddie earlier this offseason.

Dinwiddie has proved that he can lead the Mavs' second unit and play alongside Luka Doncic on the biggest stage in the 2022 NBA Playoffs, and he is definitely someone the Mavs should consider bringing back.

He can play with the ball in his hands as an initiator or play off the ball as a scorer and a secondary playmaker, and a return to Dallas could get him back to playing at an elite level. Dinwiddie had a bit of a down year with the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets last season, and a fresh start in Dallas would be beneficial for him.

Someone else Mavs fans have been pushing for to give them backcourt depth is Dennis Smith Jr. Smith Jr. played for the Mavs for a season and a half in 2017, and he may just be the team's missing piece to return to the playoffs.

He is an outstanding defender, and signing him would fill the Mavs' need of adding one more point-of-attack defender.

It's clear the Mavs are looking to add more backcourt depth with their final roster spot, and considering they also plan on re-signing Morris, they will likely have to make some sort of roster move.

For all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks all offseason long, stay tuned.