Free agency in the NBA is back in full force.
Obviously, the first choice for the Dallas Mavericks would be courting LeBron James. But recent reports suggest that he wants a max contract and frankly I don’t think the Mavericks are willing to spend that much during free agency.
But who knows, the Mavericks still have the cap space to make LeBron an extremely intriguing offer if he decides to venture to Dallas.
No income tax in Texas would have to be part of the Mavericks’ pitch to try and sway King James’ decision on where to chase championships.
But the Mavs are also in talks with Carmelo Anthony. He has a high asking price like LeBron, but reports suggest the Mavericks are still in contentions to land either superstar (I doubt the Mavericks will sign Melo or Lebron). Although, adding either of these two players would take up all the Mavericks’ cap space.
Luol Deng is another play that comes to mind. He is a great defender, which is exactly what the Mavericks need to improve in the Western Conference.
If the Mavericks sign Deng, that still leaves room to sign either Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Devin Harris, or Dejuan Blair, all of whom are unrestricted free agents.
But if the Mavericks can’t acquire Deng they still have other options.
Chandler Parsons and Gordon Hayward are interesting options.
Both players are going to be pricy salaries for whichever team signs them, but Chandler Parsons would fit in perfectly for the Mavericks with his ability to defend and hit threes.
The Mavericks should also try to peruse Isaiah Thomas, former Sacramento King point guard. The Kings just signed Darren Collision to a three-year deal and have Ray McCallum Jr. coming off the bench at point guard.
Raymond Felton is not the answer for the Mavericks at point guard for the short-term or long-term, and Isaiah Thomas is coming off a season where he averaged 20 points a night.
Another option at Small forward would be Trevor Ariza. He has playoff experience with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Wizards. Paul Peirce is another small forward that the Mavericks could look at. His resume speaks for itself.
The Mavericks can go in so many directions; I salivate over the possible lineups the Dallas Mavericks could produce in the 2014-2015 season.
The biggest need for the Mavericks is on the defensive end. Adding Tyson Chandler was a way to improve on that side of the ball but it’s not enough in the loaded West.
No matter what happens the Dallas Mavericks will be an improved team by the end of this free agency chaos. Mark Cuban will put the Mavericks in position to compete for championships no matter whom they sign.