Mavericks Well Poised to Strike in Free Agency

After being bounced out of the first round by the Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks are looking to bounce back through a strong off-season. Since winning the title in 2011, the Mavericks are yet to advance out of the first round of the playoffs and much of it is due to its inability to attract marquee free-agents.

Since that 2011 title, the Mavericks have struck out on Dwight Howard, Deron Williams and LeBron James just to name a few, with Chandler Parsons being the only quasi-star they have managed to acquire in free-agency.

However, according to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, the Mavericks are the most likely team to lure center DeAndre Jordan away from the Los Angeles Clippers this summer.

Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons, who regards himself to be Dallas’ lead recruiter on free agent matters, visited Jordan in Houston last weekend and traveled to Los Angeles immediately after Thursday’s draft to spend more time with the big man.

Jordan, who lead the league with 15.0 rebounds per game this past season, was also named in the All-NBA Defensive 1st team, as well as the All-NBA 3rd team.

Despite his success in the past season, Jordan reportedly clashed with Clippers point guard Chris Paul throughout the previous season and may be looking for a situation which allows him to expand his game.

Wesley Matthews averaged 15.9 points per game in 2014-15.
Wesley Matthews averaged 15.9 points per game in 2014-15.

Parsons, who finished the season injured, has been recruiting Jordan as well as free-agent shooting guard Wesley Matthews who is also an unrestricted free agent, according to McMahon.

With Monta Ellis opting out of his deal as well as the exit of Rajon Rondo, the Mavericks will have plenty of money to throw at Jordan and Matthews, and could also potentially throw themselves into the mix for Texas native, LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

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