There a number of free agents who could come in and have an immediate impact on the 2021-22 Dallas Mavericks.
There’s the top tier of names which includes Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry, but it’s more likely than not that Leonard stays and Lowry joins a contender. John Collins, Richaun Holmes, Lonzo Ball, and Norman Powell are names that are attainable for Dallas given how much money they could have available this offseason, but the fact that each of those guys are going to draw interest from just about every team in the league, it’s unlikely any of them end up Mavericks. It’s not impossible and I will continue to hold out hope, but the Mavericks are one team of thirty.
Let’s dive in to some other more easily attainable targets.
While McConnell has been a fantastic addition for the Pacers, he’s a player that could be snagged at the right price. He would certainly require an overpay given the impact he’s had on Indiana, but it’s not out of the question. He’s very JJ Barea-esque and brings lots of energy. He’s currently averaging 7 points, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals in 25 minutes off the bench. While Jalen Brunson gives us more of an offensive boost off the bench, McConnell would bring something different. Trey Burke’s minutes have declined. McConnell would immediately become a fan favorite on effort plays alone.
Conley has been a huge part of the Utah Jazz’ success this season, however, they don’t have the cap space to resign him. There are going to be a lot of eyes on Lowry, and if the Mavericks don’t feel like they have a horse in that race, Conley could be a solid backup option. If the Jazz were to resign Conley to a three-year deal, they would be paying a significant amount of luxury tax until 2024. Utah does have a new ownership group, so we’ll see if they are willing to foot that bill.
After leaving the Sacramento Kings to join the Portland Trailblazers last offseason, Giles will be a free agent yet again this coming offseason. While his numbers aren’t overwhelming this season, his game very unique. He’s an underrated passer, moves like a wing, and has a good feel for where the ball is going to go on the defensive end. He’s more of a project, but I’ve always been a fan. He could be a cheap option if Boban Marjanovic decides to move on or if Dallas doesn’t pickup Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option.
Schroeder is in a very interesting spot. He recently turned down a 4-year, $84 million deal, which caught a lot of people by surprise. I’m not sure how much the Mavs would be willing to offer him, but if he doesn’t come to terms on an extension with the Lakers, he could be an option for Dallas considering he’s still only 27 and is currently averaging 15.4 points, 5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds. He is a crafty guard that could provide to be a decent secondary ball-handler next to Luka.
Who doesn’t love a reunion? While the Mavericks just acquired JJ Redick at the trade deadline, he is on an expiring deal and seems to want to be in the northeast. McDermott is an unrestricted free agent this summer and I would absolutely love to see Dallas go after him. He’s currently averaging 13.4 points, 4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists while shooting 39 percent on 4.5 three-point attempts per game in twenty-five minutes off the bench. He would be a cost-friendly, realistic option for Dallas.
At first glance, this move might not make a lot of sense, however, I’d be lying if I said that I thought there was a 100 percent chance that Kristaps Porzingis would still be a Maverick in three years. Markkanen failed to come to terms on an extension with the Bulls this last offseason and after acquiring Nikola Vucevic, his future with the team seems more uncertain than ever. It is no secret that Markkanen has had some trouble staying healthy, but he has also shown flashes of serious talent. He could be a reasonably attainable piece despite the fact that he’s a restricted free agent. Chicago might require a sign-and-trade, but I wouldn’t be mad about it if Dallas didn’t have to give up too much. Anytime you get a shot at a young guy who has shown flashes of potential and finds himself in a situation where he doesn’t have a long-term future, you take that shot. This is a perfect example of low-risk, potential for high reward.