The Dallas Mavericks were bounced from the first round of the playoffs by the rival Houston Rockets, and it became painstakingly obvious that the Mavs need to add another really good player for them to become legitimate title contenders again.
However, signing the wrong player could send them in the opposite direction. Here are three players Dallas needs to avoid this offseason:
PF/SF Josh Smith
Don’t be fulled by his partial renaissance with the Houston Rockets. While we trust that Rick Carlisle could work similar magic to what Kevin McHale did with Smith down the stretch, the mercurial Smith seems to always be walking the tightrope between effective scorer and absolutely ineffective head case. For a team like this one, it’s better to leave such baggage to other teams.
PG/SG Rodney Stuckey
Stuckey is a decent depth piece when you’re looking for volume scoring off the bench, but there’s little else to his game to suggest that the Mavs should take a flyer on him. Stuckey is somewhat of a ball-stopper, and his work as a floor general and ball distributor is light years behind most other backup combo guards.
SG/SF Mirza Teletovic, Brooklyn Nets
Teletovic’s reputation as one of the best shooters in this free agency class, and the Mavs are looking to add more perimeter threats. However, Teletovic is not the answer. He shot just 32 percent from three-point range this season and can’t do much else on the court, ultimately making him a liability for a team like Dallas.
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