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Who is the Mavericks best free agent signing? What does that tells us moving forward?

Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki
Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks are trying to build an annual title contender around Luka Doncic. They were in this position for two decades with Dirk Nowitzki in the starring role, and the front office always seemingly prioritized cap space. Was that the right strategy to use?

The Mavericks did win a title in 2011, but they have always struck out on their top target in free agency. They chased after prime Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, and DeAndre Jordan, but failed to land them all. The Mavs track record in free agency is not strong.

HoopsHype recently dropped the top free agent signing by every team, and Shawn Marion was the choice for the Mavericks. The 6’7 forward was a key piece of their championship squad, but was he the best? If so, what does that say about the team’s perennial plan?

Who is the Dallas Mavericks' best free agent signing in franchise history?

The Mavs have nearly always failed to sign top free agents. Marion was a four-time All-Star and was just 31 years old when he joined the Mavericks in 2009. He was a key starter, defender, and role player on their 2011 championship squad. The only players that can compete are Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons, but neither player helped push Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks over the top as Marion did.

If Marion, Ellis, and Parsons are the three best free agent signings in franchise history, what does that tell us moving forward? Can Luka Doncic change their free agency fates? How long until someone overtakes Shawn Marion as the team’s best free agent signing of all time? Let us take a closer look at all of those questions.