5 Moves the Dallas Mavericks Could Make During Free Agency
5 Moves the Dallas Mavericks Could Make in Free Agency
With the NBA season officially over, it's time to start looking forward to the offseason and that means free agency. Teams have been evaluating their rosters to see who they can let walk away and who they need to add to make their teams competitive.
One of those teams, the Dallas Mavericks, is no different. Just two years removed from standing on top of the NBA world as champions, the Mavericks find themselves in unfamiliar territory - a lottery position. The Mavericks will draft 13th but they also have put themselves in a position to make noise on the free agency market. Superstar Dirk Nowitzki has made it known that he is willing to restructure his contract and take less money if that means they can add another key piece to possibly vault them into championship contention again.
Everyone knows the big-named free agents that are available in Dwight Howard and Chris Paul. With news coming out that the Los Angeles Clippers have acquired Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, it seems they are making a big push to try and keep re-sign Paul. There is a feeling that Howard will stay put with the Los Angeles Lakers but the Houston Rockets are also making a huge push for the all-star center. I'm not sure if the Mavericks have a chance sign these two free agents but they have the salary cap room to add some help for Nowitzki. Here is a list of five players, besides Howard and Paul, that the Mavericks could potentially target this offseason.
This 6'-9" small forward could be exactly what the Mavericks need to compliment Dirk. Last season, he averaged 17.5 points per game and 8.4 rebound per game; an area the Mavericks desperately need help with. Smith has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Hawks but playing with Dirk might be enough to get Smith to come to Dallas.
When news came out that Andre Iguodala was going to opt out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets, Mavericks fans all over got a little excited. For years, they have watched Iguodala torch Dallas every time they played the Nuggets or Seventy-Sixers. This 6'-6" shooting guard is exactly what the Mavericks need to compliment Dirk.
One of the areas of concern last year for the Mavericks was point guard. After losing Jason Kidd, they had no real answer for the position and it's an area that must be addressed this offseason for Dallas. Nate Robinson, a 5'-9" point guard could be the answer they are looking for. Robinson isn't someone that will command a lot of money but he will be effective in running the offense for Rick Carlisle.
Another player that could be the answer for what the Mavericks are looking for. Williams is 6'-1" and has been in the league for nine years. For his career, he has averaged 13.8 points per game and 5.0 assists per game. Although not a player to depend on by himself to turn the Mavericks around, he is a player that could help compliment those around him.
If he can stay healthy, Bynum has proven that he can be a dominating center in the NBA. For his career, he has only averaged 11.7 points per game and 7.8 rebounds, however last season he had a breakout year as he averaged 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. The center position is another place Dallas was lacking last season. If they are hoping to contend in the west, they have to get better at the Center position.