The Dallas Mavericks were rumored to be interested in a number of free agent wings this summer, and one of these wings happened to be Dillon Brooks.
Dallas ended up drafting Olivier-Maxence Prosper, signing Derrick Jones Jr., and making a sign and trade for Grant Williams to bolster their wing depth, but they were reportedly pretty deep in the mix for Brooks.
Brooks was coming off a season in which he averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists per game, and 0.9 steals per game for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was looking for a bigger role, so he decided to sign with the Houston Rockets (through a sign and trade).
Dillon Brooks proves the Mavericks caught a massive break by not signing him
Houston is a young team, and they had plenty of money to throw around. They ended up signing Brooks to a four-year, $86 million deal, much more than the Mavs could have given him (if not acquired in sign and trade).
But did the Mavs get lucky that the Rockets signed Brooks?
After one game of preseason basketball, the answer to that question is yes.
In the first quarter of the Rockets' first preseason matchup, Brooks was ejected from the game after throwing a low blow at Indiana Pacers big man Daniel Theis. Brooks is known to be a dirty player, and he got off to an awful start in Houston to put this narrative to rest.
Brooks would have been an awful fit in Dallas, as the Mavs don't put up with things like that, and he is a massive distraction. Brooks getting ejected in his first game isn't a shocker by any means, and things worked out as he went to Houston rather than Dallas.
The Mavs have no room for players that are a distraction, and getting ejected in your first preseason game is about the biggest possible distraction to start the season with.
Dallas brought in players that fit their culture while also fitting next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Brooks would have been a questionable fit in both aspects and signing him would have likely brought more harm than good.
Dallas Mavericks fans' first chance to see Luka and company battle Dillon Brooks and the Houston Rockets is on November 28.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news on Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.