5 players the Mavs have to pursue this summer

1. Luol  Deng

Luol Deng is one guy the Dallas Mavericks have to get this summer. He is the perfect match for what they are looking for. The Mavs are looking for a defender and a 3rd option on offense. Luol Deng fits the bill for those priorities this summer and will not cost you as much as Carmelo Anthony would. Somebody like him will give you everything that Shawn Marion brings to the table, plus more and the fact that he is 7 years younger. The Mavs don’t have a lot of two-way players on the team, they have a lot of great offensive players and a few above average defenders. They could use a guy like Luol Deng that gives you great offense and defense. He will upgrade your defense tremendously while solidifying the Mavs vacant 3rd scorer role.

Things I Like:

  • Perfect 3rd Option for a Contending Team
  • Team First Guy (No Ego)
  • Defense

Things I Don’t Like:

  • 3-Point Shooting
  • Didn’t Show Up w/ Cavs

2. Marcin Gortat

Marcin Gortat gives you things the Mavs were missing last year, rebounding and low post game. We know he has at least some interest in the Dallas Mavericks. Marcin Gortat signed with Dallas in 2009, only to be matched by the Orlando Magic. He is a double-double machine that will also give you a threat on offense. Marcin Gortat will give the Mavs a more dynamic offense than it already is. He is a guy that you can throw the ball to in the paint or high post and get his own shot. Imagine if Chris Kaman had above average defense, that is Marcin Gortat. Imagine if Sam Dalembert had a post up game and a mid range jump shot, that is Marcin Gortat.

Things I Like:

  • Two-Way Player
  • Consistent
  • Rebounding

Things I Don’t Like:

  • Not a Rim Protector

3. Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza is the best back up plan, if the Dallas Mavericks miss out on Luol Deng. He is also a guy that will not cost you as much as Carmelo Anthony and Luol Deng, but will get the job done. He brings great defense and knows his role well. He has played many roles in his career and has succeeded at every one of them. While most fans will know him for his play with the Wizards recently, but don’t forget he was the starting SF for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2008-2009 championship season. He is also a great 3-point shooter, which is something that will be beneficial in Rick Carlisle’s system. The Mavs are looking for a defender and a 3rd option on offense. Just like Luol Deng, Trevor Ariza can do that for the Mavs.

Things I Like:

  • 3-Point Shooting
  • Defense
  • Cheaper than Carmelo Anthony & Luol Deng

Things I Don’t Like

  • Not Consistent Year to Year

4. Greg Monroe

Greg Monroe is the player the Mavs need for the present and the future. He can play both PF and Center with a low post game that you can build a team around. Monroe just turned 24 years old on June 4th, and brings size (6’11” 250 lbs) to the front court. He reminds me of Al Jefferson, but 5 years younger. He might not be the ideal Center for the Mavs to pair up with Dirk Nowitzki, but you also have to think about the era after Dirk. Rick Carlisle did wonders for Monta Ellis defensively, maybe he will do the same with Greg Monroe.

Things I Like:

  • Age
  • Offense
  • Successor to Dirk

Things I Don’t Like:

  • Defense

5. Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry is the wildcard of the group. He had a break out year this season and received all-star consideration. He is a great two-way player that is not afraid of the big moments. If you loved how Devin Harris played this year, you would love Kyle Lowry even more. He is a playmaker on offense and a streaky shooter while being very tenacious on defense. Lowry is also just now entering his prime being 28 years old. If Rick Carlisle has a priority of defense this offseason, Kyle Lowry would be a good start. It would also help Jose Calderon showcase his skills even more being on the bench as the primary playmaker. In the starting line up he played the “shooter” role very well but he couldn’t maximize his game being next to Monta Ellis. Bringing in Kyle Lowry and Calderon off the bench would be a top 5 PG duo in the NBA.

Things I Like:

  • Two-Way Player
  • Leadership Skills

Things I Don’t Like:

  • Size (6’0″ 205 lbs)

Honorable Mention: Chandler Parsons (Restricted), Tyson Chandler, Larry Sanders (Trade Targets)


2 thoughts on “5 players the Mavs have to pursue this summer

  1. I like the Greg Monroe thought. I don’t think it’s a good option for the team as a whole in the present as of now. But in the future, I could see him stepping in. As a MFFL, I wonder how the Mavs could be after the Dirk era.

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