Mavericks Reportedly Interested in Reunion With Two Former Starters

Dallas wants to bring in two former Mavericks in free agency.
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The Dallas Mavericks already made a big splash in the offseason so far, adding Klay Thompson, Naji Marshall, and Quentin Grimes to build one of the deepest and most talented teams in the league. And they are not even done yet.

According to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype, the Mavericks want to add one more dynamic guard. The two names on their list are familiar faces in Dallas: Spencer Dinwiddie and Dennis Smith Jr.

"The Dallas Mavericks have considered bringing one of two former guards back to the team, Spencer Dinwiddie and Dennis Smith Jr, league sources told HoopsHype. Should Dinwiddie and Smith Jr. land elsewhere, Malachi Flynn is also on Dallas’ radar."


Dinwiddie was a key part of the 2022 Mavericks who made it to the Western Conference Finals. Along with Jalen Brunson and Luka Doncic, he was part of the three-headed monster in the backcourt. He is a capable pick-and-roll operator who can shoot off-the-dribble and make plays for his teammates. He can also be a solid defender when locked in. At age 31, he is an unrestricted free agent without much of a market, so he should be gettable for Dallas.

Smith Jr. was the ninth overall pick by the Mavs back in 2017. He was traded to the Knicks after 1.5 seasons. Smith was never able to fulfill the promise he showed as a rookie but he established himself as one of the best guard defenders in the league. His shooting and scoring leave plenty to be desired, but he could be a defensive specialist off the bench for the Mavericks.

It's clear that the Mavs are looking for more playmaking and guard play. That is why they are reportedly interested in Malachi Flynn if Dinwiddie and Smith Jr. sign elsewhere. This makes a ton of conceptual sense to relieve some of the offensive burden from Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic. Who GM Nico Harrison ends up with in his search for a dynamic guard remains to be seen.

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