After making the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Dallas Mavericks face an important offseason. It’s going to lead to a ton of rumors on the NBA front this fall and winter.
With minimal cap space, the Mavericks will look to improve their roster via trades or use their mid-level exception, allowing them to sign players above the cap. Here are five players the Mavericks will target this offseason.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Jae Crowder
Jaw Crowder started his NBA career as a member of the Mavericks before being traded in the disastrous Rajon Rondo deal. Since he’s left Dallas, Crowder has turned into a valuable player, starting for the Miami Heat during their NBA Finals run. After arriving at the Heat mid-season, Crowder averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. More impressively, he’s shooting 48% from three and guarding the opposition’s best scorer every night. His impressive postseason may have priced Crowder out of their range, but the Mavericks will do their best to land the veteran.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Goran Dragic
The Mavericks had an opportunity to trade for Dragic prior to last year, but the deal fell through at the last minute. After seeing his impressive play this past season, the Mavericks may regret that decision. Averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists off the bench during the regular season, Dragic was a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. During the playoffs, he became a starter for the Heat, leading them in scoring en route to a surprising NBA Finals appearance. An outstanding playmaker and shooter, Dragic would relieve some ball handling duties from Luka Doncic while also spacing out the floor. He also played with Luka on the Slovenian team at EuroBasket 2017 and they are known to be close friends. Dragic’s recent injury and age gives the Mavericks an opportunity to get a solid player below market value. Expect rumors to pick up on this front soon.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Trade for Marcus Smart
This would be a surprising trade, but one that makes sense for both teams. The Mavericks need defense, shooting, and toughness. Marcus Smart has all three of those traits and more. After a disappointing exit in Orlando and amid some disruption in the locker room, the Boston Celtics may move on from Smart. A package of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber as well as the 18th and 31st picks in the 2020 NBA Draft could be enough to bring the Dallas native home. He’d slot in perfectly next to Doncic and give the Mavericks the veteran presence they were missing in the playoffs. If the Celtics look to make some changes, the Mavericks should be calling.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Avery Bradley
Every move the Mavericks make will be to complement Doncic’s talent. They need solid defenders who can shoot threes. One free agent who fits that criteria is Avery Bradley. A great perimeter defender, Bradley would mask Doncic’s deficiencies on defense and add toughness that was clearly missing from the Los Angeles Clippers series. He’s also a good shooter, finishing above 35% from three point range in three of the last four years. Bradley has a player option for $4.9 million. But at 30 years old, may opt out in favor of a more lucrative contract. A 3-and-D guard with NBA Playoff experience is the type of player the Mavericks want and he’d be worth a one-year deal. This rumor would make sense.
Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Justin Holiday
After giving up two second-round picks to acquire Delon Wright, the Mavericks thought they had a defensive stalwart to pair with Doncic. However, with his numbers down from last season, Wright has been a major disappointment. In fact, he was a healthy scratch in two of the Mavericks’ six playoff games. The Mavericks can rectify their mistake by going after Justin Holiday. The Indiana Pacers guard is one of the best role players in the league. He can guard the two, three, or four equally well and finished the 2019-20 season shooting 40.5% from three point range. Making just $4.8 million this past season, expect the Mavericks to make a serious run at Holiday.