5 Mavericks who are playing for their future in Dallas
2. Justin Holiday
The Mavs signed Holiday off the buyout market after he slipped out of the Hawks' rotation. The veteran wing is a sturdy defender that knocks down open shots. He is best suited for 15 to 25 minutes per game at this point in his career, but the 33-year-old can still be a valuable contributor.
Holiday will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Mavericks only have non-Bird Rights on his contract. That means they can only give him a 120 percent raise on the minimum salary or they have to use one of their exceptions to bring him back because they are over the salary cap. Does Holiday command more than the minimum? If he plays well down the stretch, he could. That could put Dallas in a bind in keeping him this summer.
The 6’6 wing is playing for a payday and his future in Dallas down the stretch. How well does Justin Holiday fit next to Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving on the Dallas Mavericks? Fans have only seen a small sample as the two stars have dealt with injuries in recent games.
Holiday’s role is simple. He needs to defend well and sink open shots. There should be plenty of the latter when both superstars play, but the former could be difficult given the Mavs' current personnel. Stay tuned to see how his market shapes up this summer, and if he wants to stay in Dallas.