Dallas Mavericks rumors: Team re-signs veteran guard JJ Barea

Jan 10, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; A view of the Dallas Mavericks logo during the game between the Mavericks and the Lakers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

After making the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season, the Dallas Mavericks face an important offseason. There’s also a ton of Dallas Mavericks rumors to sift through. Here, we start with the NBA Draft.

Updated: Nov. 27, 11:55 AM EST

Dallas Mavericks rumors: JJ Barea returning on 1-year contract

The longtime Mavs guard is signing a fully guaranteed deal worth $2.6 million, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Barea holds a special place in Dallas’ hearts as the spark plug who moved from the bench to the starting lineup, proving to be an X-factor who helped lift Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs to their 2011 NBA Finals triumph over the favored Miami Heat.

Although he’s played sparingly and appeared in only 67 regular-season games over the past two seasons, Barea is still capable of providing instant offense as a reserve. Perhaps more importantly, the 36-year-old an invaluable veteran mentor for a team that needs such leadership as young superstars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis continue to come into their own as the leaders of the franchise. Rookie Dallas guard Tyrell Terry stands to benefit from Barea’s wisdom, too.

As Doncic has emerged as a ball-dominant point forward, though, Barea’s value looms larger for the upcoming 2020-21 campaign. He’s a capable point guard, yet Barea is also effective working off the ball and is proficient from beyond the arc, shooting an impressive 37.6% from 3-point range last season.

With Seth Curry now in Philadelphia, the Mavs need as many proficient spot-up shooters as possible to complement Doncic’s elite ability to drive and dish, which he does better than almost anyone in the NBA right now. Barea fits the bill for that role even as he enters what could well be his final year. Dallas was ravaged by injuries in 2019-20, so having someone like Barea as insurance with a championship on his resume to boot is an all-around win for the Mavs locker room.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Will the Mavericks trade their draft picks?

With just two days remaining before the 2020 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks are rumored to be shopping both of their draft picks. At 18 and 31, the picks are seen as valuable commodities and could be part of a package to get a third star or a crafty veteran.

The latest rumor gaining steam is Dallas making a move for Danny Green. After Green was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, experts believe the Thunder are looking to trade him now or at the trade deadline. The Mavericks, who tried to sign Green last summer, can offer Delon Wright and the 31st pick, a deal the Thunder would seriously consider. Despite a rough postseason, Green is still a good three point shooter and plays good defense, two areas Dallas is looking to improve this offseason. Green is also on the last year of his contract, giving the Mavericks max cap space for the 2021 free agency class.

If the Mavericks trade both picks, the possibilities become more tantalizing. The team has been heavily rumored in trades for Buddy Hield and Victor Oladipo. Since both Oladipo and Hield have allegedly requested trades, the two 2020 picks, Wright, and Justin Jackson may be enough to bring one of them to Dallas. If the Mavericks can pull off one of these trades, they would become a contender in the loaded West. If they don’t, another first round playoff exit may be in their future.

Any major trade Dallas can make this off season hinges on the two 2020 picks. If the draft comes and goes without a trade, expect the Mavericks to make their big splash next summer.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Jae Crowder

With minimal cap space, the Mavericks will look to improve their roster via trades or use their mid-level exception, allowing them to sign players above the cap. Here are five players the Mavericks will target this offseason.

Jaw Crowder started his NBA career as a member of the Mavericks before being traded in the disastrous Rajon Rondo deal. Since he’s left Dallas, Crowder has turned into a valuable player, starting for the Miami Heat during their NBA Finals run. After arriving at the Heat mid-season, Crowder averaged 11.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game. More impressively, he’s shooting 48% from three and guarding the opposition’s best scorer every night. His impressive postseason may have priced Crowder out of their range, but the Mavericks will do their best to land the veteran.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Goran Dragic

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic during NBA Finals
Sep 30, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) handles the ball against Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green (14) during the first quarter in game one of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks had an opportunity to trade for Dragic prior to last year, but the deal fell through at the last minute. After seeing his impressive play this past season, the Mavericks may regret that decision. Averaging 16.2 points and 5.1 assists off the bench during the regular season, Dragic was a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. During the playoffs, he became a starter for the Heat, leading them in scoring en route to a surprising NBA Finals appearance. An outstanding playmaker and shooter, Dragic would relieve some ball handling duties from Luka Doncic while also spacing out the floor. He also played with Luka on the Slovenian team at EuroBasket 2017 and they are known to be close friends. Dragic’s recent injury and age gives the Mavericks an opportunity to get a solid player below market value. Expect rumors to pick up on this front soon.

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Dallas Mavericks rumors: Trade for Marcus Smart

This would be a surprising trade, but one that makes sense for both teams. The Mavericks need defense, shooting, and toughness. Marcus Smart has all three of those traits and more. After a disappointing exit in Orlando and amid some disruption in the locker room, the Boston Celtics may move on from Smart. A package of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber as well as the 18th and 31st picks in the 2020 NBA Draft could be enough to bring the Dallas native home. He’d slot in perfectly next to Doncic and give the Mavericks the veteran presence they were missing in the playoffs. If the Celtics look to make some changes, the Mavericks should be calling.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Avery Bradley

Every move the Mavericks make will be to complement Doncic’s talent. They need solid defenders who can shoot threes. One free agent who fits that criteria is Avery Bradley. A great perimeter defender, Bradley would mask Doncic’s deficiencies on defense and add toughness that was clearly missing from the Los Angeles Clippers series. He’s also a good shooter, finishing above 35% from three point range in three of the last four years. Bradley has a player option for $4.9 million. But at 30 years old, may opt out in favor of a more lucrative contract. A 3-and-D guard with NBA Playoff experience is the type of player the Mavericks want and he’d be worth a one-year deal. This rumor would make sense.

Dallas Mavericks rumors: Sign Justin Holiday

After giving up two second-round picks to acquire Delon Wright, the Mavericks thought they had a defensive stalwart to pair with Doncic. However, with his numbers down from last season, Wright has been a major disappointment. In fact, he was a healthy scratch in two of the Mavericks’ six playoff games. The Mavericks can rectify their mistake by going after Justin Holiday. The Indiana Pacers guard is one of the best role players in the league. He can guard the two, three, or four equally well and finished the 2019-20 season shooting 40.5% from three point range. Making just $4.8 million this past season, expect the Mavericks to make a serious run at Holiday.

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