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3 Free Agents the Mavericks Should Sign This Offseason

Adam Taylor McKillop
Three free agents the Dallas Mavericks should pursue this offseason including Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Jackson and Jarrett Allen.
Three free agents the Dallas Mavericks should pursue this offseason including Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Jackson and Jarrett Allen. / Nic Antaya/Getty Images

After getting bounced from the NBA Playoffs by the Los Angeles Clippers for the second straight season, the Dallas Mavericks have some decisions to make moving forward. Rising superstar Luka Doncic will likely become eligible for a rookie max contract extension (worth 30% of the cap) this offseason.

That cap hit won't hit until the following season, so the Mavericks will want to make some moves to put a championship roster around their budding young superstar. Tim Hardaway Jr., J.J. Redick and Boban Marjanovic all hit unrestricted free agency this offseason while other important pieces like Dorian Finney-Smith and Jalen Brunson all have one year remaining on their current deals.

Dallas has an opportunity to capitalize on one more secured year of Doncic and Porzingis playing together. With that in mind, check out three free agents the Mavericks should sign this offseason to help build a championship level roster around Doncic.

Mavericks Free Agent Targets 2021

1. Tim Hardaway Jr.

It became quite clear that Tim Hardaway Jr. was a more than capable third scorer behind Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis this season. In 28.4 minutes played, Hardaway Jr. averaged 16.6 points per contest while shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 39.1 percent from deep and 52.4 percent from on his two-pointers. Hardaway continues to impress in the playoffs, adding in 17.0 points per game and shooing a stellar 40.4 percent from deep. He's the biggest priority of the Mavericks' impending free agents on roster.

2. Reggie Jackson

Dallas ranked in the bottom-10 of the NBA this season in total defensive rating (112.3). The Mavericks did an excellent job limiting points in the paint while ranking seventh, allowing only 45.2 points per game. One troubling defensive metric for Dallas was points off fast break. Dallas surrendered 12.4 points off fast break, a number ranking in the bottom half of the league. Veteran Clippers guard Reggie Jackson could be a perfect solution for that metric. He's a physical and defensively minded guard that put up a defensive rating of 109.3 this season. Jackson's a cheaper veteran option that could come in with the second unit or remain on the floor for big defensive possessions as he put up 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 steals in just 23.0 minutes per game this season.

3. Jarrett Allen

Center Jarrett Allen remains a restricted free agent with the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason. He has the opportunity to make a nice payday after continuing to thrive in Cleveland following the blockbuster James Harden deal. Allen solves another glaring defensive issue for the Mavericks, shot-blocking. Despite all of the height on Dallas' roster, the Mavericks averaged the fifth-lowest blocks in the NBA this season with 4.3 per game. Allen is a shot-blocking machine, averaging 1.4 per contest throughout his early four-year career. Allen has never averaged more than 30 minutes per contest, making that number even more impressive. Allen will be costly, but the Mavericks could envision a young tandem of Doncic and Allen as opposed to hanging onto Porzingis for the long term, especially after he has expressed some displeasure recently.

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