2. Richaun Holmes
GM Harrison entered this summer with one goal in mind: fix the Mavericks' rebounding issues. Dallas was near the bottom of most rebounding categories last season, resulting in management trading for Richaun Holmes from the Sacramento Kings.
A few years ago, I'd be singing the praises of that move. Holmes was an everyday starting center as recently as 2020-21 when he averaged 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds over 61 games with the Kings.
However, it's hard to tell if the former 2015 second-rounder is worth his $12 million 2023-24 price tag. For starters, he was completely out of favor in Sacramento last year, averaging just 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds while playing less than nine minutes a night over 42 games (one start).
On top of that, Holmes has barely played a full season over the last two years, suiting up in only 87 games since the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
If Holmes returns to his 2021 form, he's well worth the price of admission. The issue is that he'll be 30 years old once the new campaign begins and most players are out of their prime by that age. Throw in the fact that he also has a player option next summer and it's even tougher to like Holmes' contract situation as a Mavs fan.