The Dallas Mavericks fought until the very end of the 2012-2013 NBA season to try and get out of the hole that they dug for themselves early in the season and make the playoffs, but they ultimately fell short. Dallas finished the season with a 41-41 record, but it’s obvious that they are going to have to make some savvy moves this off-season to get back to prominence.
Much of the talk about this summer regarding the Mavericks is whether or not they will be able to bring their personal Holy Grail into town by signing Dwight Howard. Mavs owner Mark Cuban has been very open that the team wants Howard and will pursue him in free agency this summer.
However, it seems highly unlikely that the Mavericks will be able to sign Howard simply because all signs point to the fact that Howard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Given that, the Mavericks would likely be better off pursuing quality backcourt players in free agency since the market for frontcourt players after Howard is relatively slim.
If that’s the road they are forced to go down this summer, the Mavericks should re-sign Brandan Wright, who served as their backup center this season. Wright played in 64 games for Dallas and averaged 18 minutes per game. In that reserve role, though, Wright was able to show nice productivity by averaging 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game on 59.7 percent shooting from the field. He was nice as a backup.
In head coach Rick Carlisle’s system, Wright seemed to be able to thrive. His 18 minutes per game were a career high, but all signs point to the fact that Wright could be a serviceable starting center for Dallas and could be re-signed for a relatively cheap price. Obviously it wouldn’t be necessary to keep Wright if the Mavs get Howard, but since that’s unlikely Wright seems like their best option.