Dallas Mavericks

Jrue Holiday too risky for the Mavericks at high price

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Jrue Holiday is one of the hot-ticket free agents drawing interest from a plethora of organizations looking to get their team over the hump. Among the list of interested suitors are the Dallas Mavericks, a team that struggled last season and then tanked their way to the ninth overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

If the price is right, the Mavericks should definitely consider signing Holiday to a contract.

He’s an old school type of point guard who can be a tremendous ball general whenever he’s on the floor. The Mavericks could certainly use a better ball distributor to help with the flow of the offense. They had the least amount of points last season and the lowest field goal percentage. While Holiday isn’t particularly a great scorer, he could get others involved by giving them better looks. He ranked in the top-10 of the entire league last year in assists.

The problem the Mavericks should be concerned the most about, however, is Holiday’s injury history, especially if he comes on a max contract. According to ESPN’s Ian Begley, Holiday could command top-dollar on the free agent market.

“One team that’s interested in free agent point guard Jrue Holdiay? The Dallas Mavericks,” wrote Begley. “League sources say members of the Mavericks organization view Holiday as a free agent target this summer. Holiday will likely command top dollar on the market and Dallas would probably have to clear some cap space to make Holiday a competitive offer. New Orleans would also like to retain Holiday and can offer him more money than any other team. Some in the Knicks organization are fans of the 26-year-old, though it’s unclear just how strong that interest is from New York. The length and amount of Holiday’s contract would likely take New York out of the running.”

A team like the Mavericks could certainly afford to bring him onboard, but given the price tag, it would probably be wiser to hold off.

The Mavericks don’t need to get into a situation where they offer a player a blockbuster deal just to see them underperform or end up injured. A top-dollar deal for Holiday would be a huge gamble. Some teams are built with the kind of roster to absorb the repercussions from that risk if things go south, but the Mavericks clearly aren’t one of those teams.

They would do better to pass on Holiday and look to the draft for a rookie prospect. North Carolina State’s Dennis Smith Jr. would be a nice fit.

As for Holiday, his best bet might be staying in New Orleans and seeing out Dell Demps’ vision with the twin towers, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

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