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10 Lower-Tier Free Agents For Dallas Mavericks To Consider

10 Lower-Tier Free Agents For Dallas Mavericks To Consider

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This offseason, the Dallas Mavericks have the means to improve their team through every possible avenue -- the draft, by trade and via free agency. It has been a while since they could say that in Dallas. In recent days, we've taken a look at the cream of the crop as far as the players who can solve all the Mavericks' problems. Now, let's count down some of the other players who might help a little... or a lot.

10. Chris Andersen

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10. Chris Andersen

Chris Andersen
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Chris Andersen is a guy who has overcome a checkered past to become a productive role player in the NBA. He's gritty and he has an intangible way of energizing the crowd and his teammates. He could serve as a member of the Mavericks' rotation at the center position, but probably wouldn't supplant Samuel Dalembert as the starter, which is really what Dallas needs.

9. Thabo Sefalosha

Thabo Sefalosha
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9. Thabo Sefalosha

Thabo Sefalosha
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Thabo Sefalosha fell out of the Oklahoma City Thunder's rotation in the Western Conference Finals. It appeared to be a good decision by Scott Brooks, as going with a more offense-oriented rotation seemed effective, but could it have affected Sefalosha's comfort level in Oklahoma City? He may not replace Shawn Marion as the starting small forward, but he would bolster the defense of the second unit and spread the floor with his shooting ability.

8. Spencer Hawes

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8. Spencer Hawes

Spencer Hawes
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Spencer Hawes has a solid offensive toolbox -- he can finish around the rim and has the range to stretch the defense -- but he's not known for his play at the defensive end, which means he probably isn't the best option for Dallas. He's a guy to consider, but only if some of the other more suitable options at the center position do not materialize.

7. Danny Granger

Danny Granger
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7. Danny Granger

Danny Granger
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Somewhere along his path of rehabilitation from a variety of injuries, Danny Granger misplaced his All-Star caliber talent. Apparently, there wasn't enough room for Granger and Paul George on the same team, and he found himself on the end of the bench with the Los Angeles Clippers. Could Dallas' combination of an elite training staff and Rick Carlisle's motivational coaching resurrect Granger's career and bring his play back to a high level?

6. Caron Butler

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6. Caron Butler

Caron Butler
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Caron Butler had a short run in Dallas earlier in his career. He and Dirk Nowtizki complemented each other nicely and proved a formidable scoring duo. Unfortunately, Butler suffered a season-ending injury in the second half of the season. Dallas missed Butler, but still managed to win the NBA Championship that year. He could fit in nicely with the current rotation in Dallas and play a much more significant role than he is in Oklahoma City.

5. Gordon Hayward

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5. Gordon Hayward

Gordon Hayward
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Gordon Hayward is an intriguing option for the Mavericks. He is an offensive-minded player, which makes it a gamble for a Dallas team that needs no help on offense and every bit of help on defense, but there's a certain dynamic to his game that makes him difficult to pass up. Hayward certainly isn't at the top of the list of free agent targets for the Mavericks, but if the opportunity to sign him presents itself, they may have to make an offer.

4. Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay
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4. Rudy Gay

Rudy Gay
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In recent years, Rudy Gay has developed the reputation of a me-first guy who puts up big numbers for losing teams. The Memphis Grizzlies were very competitive with Gay in the starting lineup, but they haven't seemed any further from the NBA Finals since shipping him off. All that considered, there is no denying his skill. If the Dallas coaching staff can get the best out of him (see: Monta Ellis), he could give the team a tremendous boost.

3. Paul Pierce

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3. Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce
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Rumor has it that Paul Pierce is taking a long hard look at going back to Boston to finish his career with the Celtics. He certainly won't do anything to make the Mavericks any younger as a team, but Dallas is a team that relies on its veteran savvy and experience, and Pierce has no shortage of either. There may not be anyone screaming for Pierce in Dallas, but the fans would have trouble being upset if he landed with the Mavericks.

2. Andrei Kirilenko

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2. Andrei Kirilenko

Andrei Kirilenko
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In Dallas, Shawn Marion is known as a Swiss army knife. Andrei Kirilenko might warrant the exact same label. If you're talking about defense, Kirilenko never takes a possession off, and throughout his entire career, he has been known as a guy who stuffs the stat sheet. Points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals -- he can give a team a little bit of everything. He might be well-traveled in this league, but he always contributes to his team.

1. Trevor Ariza

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1. Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza
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Trevor Ariza is not a marquee name; he isn't going to sell any tickets. In fact, at one point of his career, many people were waiting for him to cross the threshold into stardom -- the Houston Rockets even spent a lot of money to sign him with that hope. No one would call him a star at this point, but with his perimeter defense, rotational versatility, shooting range, and ability to finish at the rim, he might be a perfect fit for the Mavericks.