With the NBA finals just right around the corner, NBA teams start to process which players they want to keep and which to let go.
For the Dallas Mavericks, the process of free agency is just beginning. The team now begins to ponder which players they want to keep and which ones do not fit their long-term goals. Players from this past season like Doug McDermott, Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri are all set to hit the free agency this off-season (whether as a restricted free-agent or unrestricted).
Two other players have made their mark with the Mavericks: Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell. Curry is expected to hit the market as an unrestricted free-agent, while Ferrell is a restricted free-agent. The question Dallas faces with both players is who should they keep or who should they let go?
When healthy, Curry proved to be a valuable asset for the Mavericks roster. This past 2017-2018 season, the Mavs guard missed the entire season due to a stress fracture in his lower leg.
The biggest questions Dallas faces is whether or not they believe Curry can get back to his original form?
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During the 2016-2017 season, Curry averaged 12.8 points per game, which is two points higher than his career average. His best game as a Maverick came on February 24, 2017 when he tallied 31 points and shot 13 for 17 from the field.
As a starter for the team, Curry’s points per game went up to 14 points as his productivity produced in correlation with his minutes. In comparison he only averaged 10 points a game when coming off the bench.
When healthy and given the time, Curry has demonstrated the ability to perform at a high level and whatever happens with the guard there is no doubt he can ball.
Ferrell is another guard who has performed over-top for the Mavericks when called upon. The young guard first came to Dallas during the 2016-2017 season when he was first picked up mid-season.
Ferrell’s first games with the team where spectacular. On his second game with Dallas, he roared up 19 points and four steals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
His primary season with Dallas demonstrated what kind of skill set he can bring to the table and with that the current guard had no trouble earning a contract with the team.
This past season Ferrell did not disappoint either as he averaged 10.2 points per game. His quickness and aggressiveness are just some of the assets the guard contains and when needed he has proved to a huge value off the bench.
Curry and Ferrell have both demonstrated the ability to perform when their names are called and if it were solely up to the Mavericks organization, they would keep both guys. Only time will tell what these two guards are looking for in a contract but there’s a good chance at least one will play elsewhere next season .