The Dallas Mavericks have been busy retooling their roster this offseason, including re-signing Kyrie Irving, adding Seth Curry, and acquiring Grant Williams in a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics, among other things.
Despite these additions, the squad is still active in free agency, looking for a forward addition. The Mavericks have indicated “exploratory interest” in numerous free agent forwards, including Kelly Oubre Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr., according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
Oubre, 27, is by far the most popular player here. Following one of the quieter 20-plus point-per-game scoring seasons in recent memory, the former first-round choice set new career highs in points (20.2) and minutes (32.2) per game with the Charlotte Hornets this season.
While not a lock-down defender and far from the most efficient shooter on the market (a career 43.4% from the field), Oubre is one of the more intriguing scorers in a bleak free-agency pool.
If Oubre joins the Mavericks, he’ll join a wing rotation that includes veteran Tim Hardaway Jr. and talented fourth-year pro Josh Green.
The aforementioned Grant Williams is projected to take over as the starting power forward this season. While he has only averaged 6.2 points per game in his career, his numbers have been hurt by Boston’s frontcourt depth, specifically the presence of Al Horford and Robert Williams. Despite this, he has shown to be a sniper from beyond the arc, making 40.3% of his three-point attempts over the last two seasons.