Mark Cuban said Dallas needs a big playmaker to play alongside Luka Doncic.
With Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie declining his player option, he enters unrestricted free agency. And the Dallas Mavericks have shown interest in the veteran guard’s services, according to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News.
“Home is the preferred destination,” a source told The Daily News. “But he wants to secure his financial future, too.”
Dallas isn’t home to Dinwiddie, Los Angeles is, but the organization can offer him “the bag” if it needs to.
With Tim Hardaway Jr. and JJ Redick off of the books next season, Dallas gained some needed financial flexibility heading into the offseason. However, what remains unclear is Dinwiddie’s interest in Dallas.
At 28-years old, he is long overdue for a pay raise. When healthy, he averaged 21 points and seven assists. That level of playmaking will help take some of the pressure off of Luka Doncic’s shoulders next season. While also giving Dallas a one-two punch at the guard position, unlike most teams in the league.
The other team’s in pursuit of Dinwiddie:
Dallas isn’t alone in its pursuits of the talented guard. The other teams allegedly interested are the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers. But with both the latter two teams operating above the cap, it would require some form of sign-and-trade for Dinwiddie to play in LA.
The Mavericks represent an alluring spot for a 28-year-old guard looking for a career revitalization. Playing alongside Doncic means more space on the floor with the attention he commands. And it also means Dinwiddie can play a role in pursuing an NBA championship while also getting paid – his primary goal.
Dinwiddie to the Mavericks is far from happening right now, but a move to Dallas makes sense for both parties involved.
Cuban said he’d like to find Doncic a secondary ball-handler and playmaker. Bringing Dinwiddie in means Cuban is putting his money where his mouth is. But in the NBA, things are always easier said than done.
“We need a secondary ball-handler with some size,” Cuban said. “KP will spread the court, make threes, is a great cutter, and block shots. Luka will create. We’ve got shooters with Tim and Trey [Burke] and Maxi [Kleber] and others. But we need someone to take the pressure off of Luka, so instead of him having to have the ball in his hands for 40 minutes, it could be 32 minutes, and that’s what we need.”
Huh, that sounds an awful lot like Dinwiddie.
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