The palpable anxiety of NBA Free Agency is enough to drive any fan of the league insane. Now more than ever the moving parts have the potential to rock the power structure of the league for years to come.
Contrary to the chaos lies a steadfast Dallas Mavericks club hell-bent on establishing a team built on compatibility and continuity. Driving this point home are the multiple re-signing of key role players from last years squad.
Ryan Broekhoff – 4 ppg, 1.5 rpg 0.5 apg
Ryan’s contract was guaranteed after the deadline to waive him passed on June 29th. The long range dead-eye is guaranteed $1.4 Million for next season. In limited minutes Broekhoff was able to show is shooting stroke in spurts. Expect a renewed focus as he looks to become a more consistent member of the Mavericks rotation.
Can confirm per source that Ryan Broekhoff is guaranteed at $1.4M for next season. The deadline to waive him if Mavs wanted to save the money was 4 p.m. today. Mavs let deadline pass w/o doing anything.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) June 30, 2019
JJ Barea – 10.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 5.6 apg
A devastating leg injury limited JJ to only 38 games last season. The MFFL fan favorite was able to accumulate respectful numbers in only half a season. Although the amount has not been disclosed his return to the club is has been announced by Shams Charania and others. The contract is believed to be for the veteran minimum.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2019
Dorian Finney-Smith – 7.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg
The seldom mentioned defensive contributions of DFS are largely overlooked but he is a mainstay in Rick Carlisle’s rotation. Sources suggest Dorian has signed for 3-years for $12 million. This deal also increases the Mavs salary cap space by removing DFS’s qualifying offer from the books. The versatile wing-man has consistently improved each season. So lets hope he continues this trend next season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2019
Maxi Kleber – 6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg
After showing consistent improvement throughout his tenure with the Mavericks, Maxi is cashing in. The restricted free agent will reportedly sign a 4-year deal worth $33-$35 million. Kleber has increased his overall production in just his second season with the team. Expect Maxi’s role to expand if he can maintain an improved three-point percentage (35%) while improving upon some dismal rebounding numbers.
4-year Maxi Kleber deal, reportedly $33-$35 million, does not inhibit Mavs ability to continue free agent chases. As a RFA, he can be signed to whatever amount is agreed upon after the Mavs reach cusp or exceed the cap.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 1, 2019
Delon Wright, 8.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg
After much speculation Delon has joined the team in a sign and trade. Delon finished last season strong contributing 3 triple doubles in the final five games. Delon was able to showcase his skills in the Southwest Division so it must have been difficult to miss his size and defensive acumen. His addition low-key could be paramount to the team’s rotation.
Sources: Memphis and Dallas are agreed on a sign-and-trade for G Delon Wright. Dallas will send Memphis two second-round picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2019
Boban Morjanovic 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.9 apg
Easily one of the more intriguing signings via free agency is the speculated acquisition of Boban Morjanvic. The Serbian native reportedly will sign a deal for 2-years worth $7 million. In his final 22 games with the 76ers, Boban averaged a career-high in minutes averaging 13.9 in those contest. As a backup center, the big man can contribute to the team’s depth, defensive reliability and the understated comedic relief only “Bobi” can provide.
You know what they say….EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas. @dallasmavs
— Boban Marjanovic (@BobanMarjanovic) July 3, 2019
Seth Curry, 7.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.9 apg
After a previous stint with the Mavericks Curry is reportedly ready to re-join the club. He is rumored to sign a 4-year contract worth $32 million. Seth is coming off a season where he finished 3rd in three-point field goal percentage (45%). Although undersized the knockdown capability of Curry is too tough to pass up. Especially since the club finished 27th in three-point field goal percentage last season. Logging a measly 34% from deep. The hope is Seth can help improve upon these disastrous team numbers.
Guard Seth Curry has reached an agreement with Dallas, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
Kristaps Porzingis, (career avgs) 17.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg
Despite joining the team late last season Kristaps can be considered the squads marquee free agent signing. Porzingis inked a deal with the Mavericks after leaving a tumultuous Knicks organization via trade. The maximum-salary is reportedly for five-years, worth $158.253 million. This is by far the clubs most lucrative contract ever signed! The signature was anticipated without doubt however it ignites a barrel of expectations most MFFL’s cant wait to see materialize. KP turns just 24 in August so there is limited time for patience. Couple this with the stress of the franchises largest deal and one could assume the time of reckoning is closer than most think.
Kristaps Porzingis has agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 30, 2019
Free agency has taken on a new meaning. At an even higher rate teams are now using this strategy as a method to immediate success. Bypassing the grueling and timely method of acquiring talent via the Draft Lottery. Most would agree the Mavericks are only a few key players away from serious playoff consideration. Here are a few potential targets moving forward:
Kelly Oubre Jr., RFA
Jabari Parker, RFA
DeWayne Dedmon, FA
Once Kawhi signs with a club the free agent talent pool significantly decrease. However, the Mavs have a history of using out of the ordinary methods to accomplish the ultimate goal. To take a look at the top unsigned players click here. Also access the NBA’s “Free Agency Tracker” here and stay up to date on all the latest moves.
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