By Kareem Gantt on June 25, 2014
The Dallas Mavericks returned to contender status last season when they took the eventual NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs to the brink of elimination in their first-round playoff war. So what moves can the Mavericks make to stay in the contending pack in the ultra-competitive West? Let's find out.
Carter showed that he still has game left in the tank, and was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year last season for his stellar play off the bench. This will lead the Mavs to re-sign him in the offseason.
Stephenson will fill a ton of needs for the Mavericks, namely giving the team a third scoring option in the starting lineup and providing tough one-on-one defense, a player Dallas lacked last season. The team will offer Stephenson a nice contract, and he will flourish in Dallas.
There is no reason to think that Mark Cuban will not make a run for LeBron James, the biggest fish in the free-agent pool this summer. Granted, the chances of Dallas landing The King is a long shot, but Dallas will make a run for him anyway.
Although their chances of landing The King is slim, Dallas may have better odds landing the second biggest fish in the free-agent pool. Dallas has everything Anthony is looking for in a team: Stability, talent and championships to match. Based off of Carmelo's criteria, Dallas is on his short list of free-agent destinations.
If the team fails to get Stephenson, LeBron or Carmelo, Turner will be a nice consolation prize. He never really got into a groove in Indiana, and he will find the Mavericks' style of play more to his liking. Like Stephenson, Turner can be a very capable third scoring option in the starting lineup, and as a bonus, he is also a very good rebounder.
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