After successfully recruiting DeAndre Jordan to come to Dallas, the Mavericks have one of the league's best young players at center but are in serious need of front court depth. The only big men currently signed to the roster are Dirk Nowitzki and second-year power forward Dwight Powell.
The team plans to look at several low cost veterans already familiar with the Mavericks system for backup roles, according to ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon, including Amar'e Stoudemire, Charlie Villanueva, Samuel Dalembert and Ryan Hollins.
Dalembert was an effective player for the Mavericks during the 2013-14 season when he wasn't sleeping through practice. Last season, he was on a historically terrible Knicks squad but still managed to average 11 rebounds per 36 minutes. The team could do a lot worse for Jordan's back up.
After the Knicks bought out his deal midway through last season, Stoudemire joined the team to fill the void left by Brandan Wright. He provided needed scoring punch off the bench but formed a scary bad defensive pairing with Nowitzki. Hopefully, Rick Carlisle won't be forced into playing them together if he returns to the team.
Villanueva beat out Bernard James for the Mavericks' final roster spot in training camp last year. He made the squad because of his outside shooting abilities and that skill was definitely his biggest contribution throughout the season. Charlie V., as he's known in Dallas, hit 37.6 percent of his three point field goal attempts and was truly unconscious shooting the ball when he saw the court--he took 19 field goal attempts per 36 minutes, more than even Nowitzki did.
Hollins last played for the Mavericks during the 2008-09 season, when he filled a bench role as a high energy player. He spent last year in Sacramento, where he averaged just under 10 minutes per game. Hollins is the kind of player that will try to get under an opponent's skin with questionable success. He's probably best known in Dallas for scuffles he got into with DeShawn Stevenson and Dirk in a 2010 game.
Those names might be incredibly exciting to Dallas fans but the Mavericks will be looking at filling several roster spots with minimum salary players, so it won't be too surprising to see them add some older veterans. The front office will have to hope any older veterans they bring in can be more effective than the team's end of bench big men last season, who were basically unplayable in the postseason.
Considering Nowitzki will be 37 entering the season, the Mavs will need some decent front court depth behind him. But considering the flashes of potential Powell showed last year, the young forward added through the Rondo trade should still hopefully get an opportunity to carve a role in the rotation.