After shocking all of us with the signing of Chandler Parsons two seasons ago, it could be wise for the Mavs to test the market for restricted free agents once again. Andre Drummond and Bradley Beal headline the crop (neither of whom are leaving their respective clubs), but there are plenty of great (and not so great) options the Dallas Mavericks might consider.
Parsons replacement: Evan Fournier
With Parsons' return growing unlikely, the team will probably need to find a new replacement at small forward. There is sadly only one viable option on the market.
Evan Fournier, 23 years old, has seen his numbers and game improve during his last two seasons with the Orlando Magic. The Frenchman averaged career highs of 15.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.2 steals, while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor and 40% behind the arc.
Just as impressive, after a rough January and February, Fournier's scoring increased each month: 15.8 (March), 17.5 (April), and 19.9 (May). But with the Magic recently trading guard Victor Oladipo to the Thunder, which removes the logjam on the wings, it may show their faith in Fournier as a cornerstone piece.
Wings and shooters: Allen Crabbe, Maurice Harkless
Wesley Matthews and Parsons (if he re-signs, or if not maybe Justin Anderson) are expected to lock up the starting wings, but there's no denying that the team needs some length and shooting off the bench, especially on the perimeter.
Outside of C.J. McCollum, Allen Crabbe may have benefited most from the Portland Trail Blazers rebuilding move. After playing in just 66 games his first two season with the team, Crabbe played in 81 regular season games during the 2015-2016 campaign. He logged 26 minutes per game and put up a career high 10.3 points per game and shot 39.4 from three. During the first two round of the playoffs, Crabbe shot 42.9% behind the arc on 3.2 attempts. The 24 year old would give the Mavs great shooting and length (6'6") from the bench.
Crabbe isn't the only free agent Blazer who will have suitors throwing offers at him. Maurice Harkless, 23, is coming off a strong postseason after have an up and down regular season. In 11 postseason starts, Harkless averaged 11 points and 5.1 rebounds. At 6'9", Harkless showed he can also be used as a smallball power forward.
Other names the Mavs could look at include Troy Daniels (Charlotte Hornets), James Ennis (New Orleans Pelicans), and Jarrell Eddie (Washington Wizards) for shooting. Cleanthony Early (New York Knicks) could be a energy wing off the bench.
Bigs: Plumlee, Leonard, Jones, Motiejunas
The Mavs are all in on Whiteside, but if they strike out on him, plus the likes of Dwight Howard and Bismack Biyombo, they could look to the names below to add compete with Salah Mejri for the starting spot.
Warning: These aren't great names, so let's hope Mavs don't have to rely on these names to start.
The Bucks' Miles Plumlee, 27, is one of the older restricted free agents on the market. Plumlee has played on three teams already during his four years, but has been serviceable for the most part. He holds career averages of 5.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, .9 blocks, and has shot 53.4 from the floor.
Another Trail Blazer, Meyers Leonard, could be sought after due to his versatility. Leonard, 24, has struggled to stay healthy during his four years with the Blazers. But when healthy, he's shown the ability to contribute. Leonard isn't your prototypical center, as he prefers to play from the perimeter. During this last season, he shot 37.7 percent from behind on the arc on 3.7 attempts per game. The 7'1" big man could be a nice change of pace from Mejri.
Terrence Jones (23) and Donatas Motiejunas (24) went from key rotation players for the Houston Rockets to reserves and nearly traded. Both offer great offensive versatility, as they can shoot from the perimeter, put the ball on the floor, and score near the basket. It's unlikely Houston will just let these two walk, as they could be useful pieces for new coach Mike D'Antoni. But a substantial offer could force their hands and allow the Mavs to add at least one option behind Dirk Nowitzki.
Names to stay away from: Barnes, Ezeli, Waiters
There are a few RFA names out there that the Mavs need to stay away from.
If there's one player that may have cost himself more money than Harrison Barnes this postseason, it's Festus Ezeli. Ezeli, 26, struggled with injuries during the season, as he played just 46 games. During those 46 games, he was able to average 7 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 16.7 minutes of action. But his play during the Golden State Warriors playoff run greatly hurt his value. His numbers dropped across the board due to him struggling to play well enough to stay on the court (just 8.8 minutes per game). Once a nice backup plan, it would be best to allow another team to pay him big money.
Ezeli isn't the only Warrior to hurt his stock. Teammate Harrison Barnes showed that he isn't suited for a lead role. With Stephen Curry ailing, it would have been a great moment for Barnes to step up his play. After averaging just 9 points on 38.5 percent shooting, it's apparent that Barnes isn't someone to build around. Honestly, if the Mavs aren't open to giving Parsons the max, it would be foolish to think using that money on Barnes would be wise.
With Oladipo now suiting up for the Thunder, it appears Dion Waiters will be looking for a new home. While he has improved playing with the Thunder, he still hasn't shown to be a consistent key piece. His scoring dropped from 9.8 points per game in the regular season to 8.4. With OKC up 3-1 against the Warriors, Waiters scored a total of 8 points in the three straight losses. For someone that's expected to get anywhere from $10-15 million annually, Waiters is a reliable piece to throw that type of contract at.
Overall, there aren't many great names available, and restricted free agency is a complicated and tricky matter, but if Dallas can make some quality offers, they can add some useful pieces to a depleted roster.