The Mavericks will test their luck at the NBA Draft Lottery next week. However, given previous results and the new draft lottery system, the Mavericks are not expected to end up with their first round pick this season. Who will the Mavericks opt to sign in free agency?
Free agency has not been kind to the Mavericks. We can trace this back as early as 2004, when the Mavs front office refused to pay Steve Nash enough money to prevent him from returning to Phoenix. In 2006 the Mavs lose another dominant scorer in Michael Finley breaking up a “Big 3” that was important to the Mavs success at the beginning of the decade.
Eventually that loss was mitigated with the addition of Jason Terry. A few years later the Mavs completed a sign and trade deal in order to grab Shawn Marion. However, after the Mavs completed their finals run in 2011, the Mavs failed to re-sign Tyson Chandler.
Sometime after that the Mavs signed Monta Ellis after his deal with the Bulls fell through, and while he had some good years here, Ellis didn’t necessarily elevate the play of his surrounding cast for a ball dominant guard.
Then in 2014, the Mavs signed Tyson Chandler a few years later than they should’ve while notoriously over paying for another Chandler in Chandler Parsons. One year later, the Mavs give up on Tyson Chandler to go sign DeAndre Jordan. While NBA fans got to enjoy an endless thread of memes, MFFLs everywhere were consumed with anger.
Since then the Mavs have overpaid for some free agents like Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, and Deandre Jordan while also finding great budget players like Seth Curry, Maxi Kleber, and Salah Mejri. (Salah doesn’t play nearly as much as the others but the fact that he has an alter ego makes him a great signing)
This off season the Mavs will have a good amount of cap space to work with. The expectation is they sign Porzingis to a 5 year max contract which would leave space for one more max free agent. If some minor tweaking could be done, the Mavs could look to add someone at around $8-12 million dollars per year.
With the hopes that the Mavs can attract free agents to grow alongside Luka and Kristaps, I will be starting a mini-series detailing ideal prospects for the Mavs along with those consistently connected to the team via social media and other news outlets.