Once again, the Dallas Mavericks were aggressive in free agency, targeting the likes of New York Knicks’ free Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony, of course, decided to re-sign with the Knicks and the Mavericks came up empty in their pursuit of a second star once again. However, the Mavericks did not strike out in free agency. Last week, they inked Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent forward Chandler Parsons to an offer sheet. After missing out on Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh, who re-signed with the Heat for $118 million over five years, and then agreeing to a four-year, $32 million deal with Washington Wizards’ swingman Trevor Ariza, the Rockets decided not to match the offer for Parsons, making him a Maverick.
Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors believes the Mavericks, even after acquiring Parsons still want to bring veteran forward Shawn Marion back.
A lot of Mavs questions here, so I’ll go with one from the head honcho himself. I think you’re going to try to work around the fringes now and bring back Shawn Marion, though he might be less inclined to come back now that his starting small forward job is occupied. The Mavs still have about $7MM worth of cap flexibility by my quick glance, and while that could get the team a decent bench player, I think they’ll prioritize re-signing Marion, or perhaps go after a guy like Mike Miller, who they’ve reportedly had their eye on.
Marion went for 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 48.2% from the field, 35.8% from the field and 78.5% from the free throw line.