As the Dallas Mavericks look to improve by adding outside free agents to their playoff roster they also keep a watchful eye on their own free agents. Managing external and internal free agents will be a difficult task to juggle as focusing on one may lead to losing another. Here’s a look at the top four.
The Mavericks have already made it a point to dine with free agent PG, Devin Harris. Both sides are interested in striking a deal but what kind of deal is unknown. Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko speculates it will be north of the initial 3 year/$9M offer agreed to last offseason (one that was later voided).
Harris proved last season that he can be a force when healthy. Unfortunately the “when healthy” part complicates things. Don’t be surprised by a 2 year/$10M deal being his going rate on the free agent market.
Completely Unscientific Chance of Returning: 60%
Vince Carter is another free agent the Mavs have expressed interest in re-signing. Carter provided excellent firepower off the bench and was rejuvenated in the playoffs giving San Antonio fits on both ends of the floor.
Carter himself has indicated he would be happy to return to Dallas. So what’s the problem?
Money of course.
Most will agree, Carter outplayed his contract in Dallas. Expect him to demand much more money than he previously played for. Contending teams will be lining up for his services as a sixth man, so the Mavs face an uphill battle re-signing him.
Completely Unscientific Chance of Returning: 30%
Shawn Marion seems destined to move on. Marion is determined to join a legitimate championship contender which is something the Mavericks are not as of yet. Marion is still considered a top defender who can create his own shot. He also seems willing to play for less money for a chance at another trophy.
Top teams will be willing to offer Marion steady minutes which may be more than enough to lure him away.
Completely Unscientific Chance of Returning: 15%
Who are we kidding? Dirk will be back. How much money depends on if the Mavs can sign Carmelo Anthony or not. Dirk is willing to take less money than market value in order to build a better team. He’s even willing to take an even bigger pay cut if the Mavs can sign Melo.
Dirk will remain in Dallas no matter what. He will play for far less than he deserves. The delay is only because the amount of money he agrees to will be based on who else the Mavericks come to agreements with
Completely Unscientific Chance of Returning: 99%