2013 NBA Free Agency: Dallas Mavericks and Andre Iguodala Are Perfect Fit

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The Dallas Mavericks are prepared to go on a little shopping spree, in part due to the generosity of the face of their franchise. In order to assemble a championship-caliber team again, forward Dirk Nowitzki has said he is more than willing to take a pay cut. With that done, the big man Mark Cuban can bring out his checkbook and begin negotiations with some of the league’s biggest stars.

Well, that pool of stars appears to keep growing. Within the past couple days, Denver Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala has made it clear that he does not want to return to his current team. With the Mavericks on the hunt for a swingman, he could absolutely be in play.

Last year, O.J. Mayo didn’t pan out the way they had hoped. He has been more of a project than he has a pleasure to have as a teammate throughout his young career. Mayo is likely gone this summer, as I don’t see them re-signing the shooting guard.

This is where Iguodala could come in and solidify that role. Iguodala may not be the offensive explosion that some of the guys out there can be at the position, but he will offer the Mavericks what they are in desperate need of: a lock-down defender. Going against guys like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony won’t be as difficult for Dallas with Iguodala in the lineup.

The price is sure to be steep for Iguodala, quite possibly anywhere from $15 to $20 million. But, with the pay cut from Nowitzki the Mavericks could make it happen and still have some room to sign another useful asset.

If Cuban is smart, he will take a long, hard look at Iguodala this summer. With all of the potential trades going down involving Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, Iguodala could be a sure thing without having to wait around for an enormous ego to make a decision.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for RantSports.com also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman  or add him to your network on Google.

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