Dallas Mavericks waste no time signing talent as NBA free agency begins

Free agency started off well for the Dallas Mavericks. Unlike in years past, when the organization lingered at the start of the NBA signing season, the newly revamped front office was ready to take action when the clock struck 6 p.m. ET on Monday night.

While Dallas can’t finalize their deals until the end of the NBA signing moratorium – something that has bitten them in the past – new GM Nico Harrison wasted no time putting his mark on the list. .

Minutes after the deadline passed, the Mavericks consolidated two signing priorities. They brought shooter Tim Hardaway back on a favorable four-year $ 74 million contract with an average annual salary of $ 18.5 million. He will receive a base salary of $ 16.5 million for the 2021-2022 season. In 2017, he signed a four-year, $ 70.9 million contract with the Knicks. He joined the Mavericks through a successful business including Kristaps Porzingis in 2019.

Last season, 29-year-old Hardaway was arguably the team’s second-best player behind superstar Luka Doncic, who will likely sign a $ 202 million contract extension from the Mavericks later this summer. In 70 games, he averaged 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 44.7% overall and 39.1% from three points.

The Mavericks also brought back a fan favorite. They expanded a one-year contract to Boban Marjanovic. Deep bench player Marjanovic, 32, played 33 games last season, averaging 4.7 points and 3.9 points. Even though he hasn’t seen much playing time, apart from the start of three playoff games, he has a positive influence in the dressing room and has a close bond with Doncic.

Details of his one-year contract are not yet available. He previously signed a two-year, $ 7 million contract with the Mavericks in 2019. Dallas will have full Bird rights after the 2021-22 season.

Re-signing both Marjanovic and Hardaway were necessary moves, but the new front office didn’t stop there. The new brain trust is also bringing in Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to add some powerful outside fire around Doncic.

Bullock, 30, and the Mavericks OK to a three-year, $ 30.5 million contract. He will earn an average annual salary of $ 10.1 million with a base salary of $ 9.6 million in 2021-22. He previously signed a two-year, $ 8.2 million contract with the New York Knicks in 2019.

With the Knicks, as the franchise experienced a resurgence, Bullock solidified as a key starter. In 65 games, 64 starts, Bullock has averaged 10.9 points. 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists. It shot 44.2% from the ground and 41% from depth. Bullock, 6ft 6in, also has a reputation as a strong perimeter defender.

Brown, 26, also adds more firepower. In 51 games with the Houston Rockets last season, serving primarily in a 3-andD reserve role, he averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 while shooting 44.8% from baskets. and 42.3% on three-point attempts. It join the mavericks under a two-year, $ 6.2 million contract. Brown will earn just over $ 3 million next season.

Over the weekend, Dallas also picked up the second-season option over center Willie Cauley-Stein. In 2020-21, 27-year-old Cauley-Stein played 53 games and averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds. He will earn $ 4.1 million next season.

These players may not be the All-Stars that several rumors have linked the Mavericks to the free agency leadership, but they are solid additions that should pay dividends on the pitch and in the locker room. Not only that, they signal the official changing of the guard in Dallas. The Mavericks are no longer content to wait for superstar players to take days to decide where to sign, inevitably pushing them away. Instead, Harrison and his company seem intent on making their own way and moving quickly rather than getting bored.

NBA teams can begin officially recruiting players on August 6 at 12:01 p.m. ET.