The Dallas Mavericks are looking to make some moves in free agency this offseason to make one more serious push for a championship with Dirk Nowitzki still playing at a high level. They were able to push the San Antonio Spurs to a seven-game series in the first round of the playoffs last season, and they believe that they are close to being a serious contender.
According to a report from Bryan Rose of FanSided, the Mavericks are interested in signing both Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza this offseason.
Both Ariza and Gortat played with the Washington Wizards last season, and were key pieces to a team that scared the Indiana Pacers in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Gortat would add the type of double-double threat that Dallas has needed at the center position for awhile, and Ariza would likely take over Shawn Marion’s role as a tough defender and capable offensive player.
Gortat played in 81 regular season games with the Wizards last season, starting in 80 of those appearances. He averaged 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game, and was a true leader on the court for the young Washington roster. There have been reports that he would like to return to the Wizards if at all possible, but the Mavericks could very well steal him away by offering a lucrative deal.
Ariza was big piece for the Wizards last season, averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He is known as a lock-down defender around the league, and would take over for the aging Marion. His three-point shooting improved drastically last season, and he ended up shooting it at 40.7 percent on the season. Dallas could use another wing shooter, and he would certainly add just that.
Overall, both of these players would be nice upgrades at their respective positions and would help Dallas make one more run. Mark Cuban believes that his current team needs two more upgrades to reach the next level, and these two guys would be the upgrades. It will be interesting to see how serious things get between these three parties when free agency opens up on July 1st.