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Unlike the San Antonio Spurs, the Mavericks can pair DeRozan with a star
Looking not too far away, the Dallas Mavericks could be a buyer for DeRozan this offseason. After being eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Mavericks may be looking for a secondary ball-handler and scorer to help Luka Dončić.
While Dončić had some incredible performances in the series for only being 22 years old, going down the stretch, the Mavericks had a lot of trouble finding offense outside of him. Tim Hardaway Jr. was able to provide the team with some microwave scoring, particularly from 3-point land, but he had a few great scoring games along with a few very underwhelming performances. Kristaps Porzingis notably underperformed nearly the entire series as well.
In terms of fit, DeRozan would definitely be questionable on the Mavericks as he would more than likely not help their already mediocre floor spacing. In order to sign DeRozan in the first place, the Mavericks would have to let Hardaway Jr. walk in free agency to have enough cap space for the signing.
Being that Hardaway Jr. is the Mavericks' highest-volume three-point shooter, and also one of their leaders in three-point percentage, allowing him to walk would mean gambling on other guys on their roster like Jalen Brunson, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Maxi Kleber (not to mention Porzingis) to pick up the slack in his absence.
That said, DeRozan would provide the Mavericks with another reliable scorer and facilitator outside of Dončić--something that was sorely missed in their most recent playoff series. Signing DeRozan would certainly be a risk for the Mavericks, but a risk that could pay off well for them in the postseason.