The 2014-2015 season came to an end for the Dallas Mavericks with a 103-94 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 5. That means the focus now shifts to free agency and, as we know, the Mavs are always big players during the summer. Throughout the past few days, there have been a few interesting stars and superstars that have showed interest and been linked to the Mavericks.
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- 10.2 RPG
- Led the Blazers to 51-31 record in 2014-15 season
LaMarcus Aldridge has been linked to the Mavericks for a while now due to the fact that he was born in Dallas and he played basketball at Seagoville High School. Eventually he went on to play for the Texas Longhorns from 2004-2006. Since then, he has become a franchise player for the Portland Trail Blazers but with their lack of success in the Playoffs, he could be looking for new scenery this summer.
At the age of 29, he will come on the market this summer as a 4x All-Star and will most likely sign elsewhere unless the Blazers can convince him to stay. Obviously the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers will have lots of money but the focus for Aldridge will be in Texas, his home state. The San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks will both have interest and money to sign Aldridge if they persuaded him to join their respective teams. The Spurs getting Aldridge would just be outright unfair but if he joined the Mavs, he would be backed up by Dirk Nowitzki, who recently said he would take a bench role if he had to.
The Mavs have the advantage over the Spurs due to the fact that they have a younger team, potential for the future, and most importantly, he would be back in his hometown. In my opinion, LaMarcus Aldridge will take a long hard look at Dallas and I would not be surprised if he inks a contract with them this summer.
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- 15.0 RPG
- Helped the Clippers reach a record of 56-26 in the 2014-15 season
DeAndre Jordan is another native Texan that will be on the market this summer. He was born in Houston, Texas and played high school ball at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas. Just like Aldridge, he played college basketball in Texas, except he went to Texas-rival Texas A&M. He was drafted in 2008 and has played for the Los Angeles Clippers since then.
Recent reports have come out from people close to Jordan that say he would be “very interested” in signing with the Mavs this summer. Jordan looked very frustrated and upset after Game 5 against the Spurs and could also be looking to re-locate this summer. Jordan is one of the best defensive players and most athletic offensive players in the NBA today which would give the Mavs a huge edge in a category that they have struggled in historically.
One positive thing is that DeAndre Jordan’s agent, Happy Walters, also represents Amar’e Stoudemire, Chandler Parsons, Monta Ellis, J.J. Barea and Bernard James along with many other former Mavericks players. The only problem that comes with signing a guy like DeAndre Jordan is that you have to figure out what to do with fan-favorite Tyson Chandler. Unless he was to take a major pay cut to become a backup, you could be looking at another heartbreaking separation.
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- 9.6 APG
- Played on a 30-52 Denver Nuggets team in the 2014-15 season
This is a rather interesting story and definitely not a likely addition for the Mavericks but it is one to keep an eye on. Ty Lawson has no Texas ties and is a relatively random player to be associated with the Mavs. However, Lawson was caught replying to comments on Instagram the other day where he stated the he wished he played for the Mavs and he thinks he is “wayyyyyy better” than Rajon Rondo, who had a nasty divorce with Dallas in the Playoffs.
The only way the Mavericks would be able to acquire Ty Lawson is through a trade. Now, the Nuggets were actively shopping Lawson at the trade deadline last season but ultimately, nothing was ever done. It is highly unlikely that Lawson will ever be in Dallas, but he is interested in being a Mav and the Nuggets are interested in unloading him somewhere else.