NBA Free Agents Rumors: Dallas Mavericks Could Nab Hassan Whiteside from Heat, Mike Conley From Grizzlies
The Dallas Mavericks believe they have a realistic shot at acquiring NBA free agents Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley Jr. this offseason. If everything goes according to plan, the signings would do wonders for Dirk Nowitzki as he enters the tail-end of his illustrious NBA career.Advertisement
Mavericks general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson is prepared to go all out for Whiteside and Conley. Both of whom are expected to be worth max deals. Financial factors might not matter for Dallas, knowing that the NBA salary cap will increase significantly this summer.
The Mavericks will meet with Whiteside and his representatives as soon as free agency starts on July 1, ESPN reported. The 7-foot rim protector, who averaged 14.2 points and 11.8 rebounds to go along with 3.7 blocks last season, is arguably the most sought after big man in this year’s crop of NBA free agents.
The Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers and the Charlotte Hornets are expected to challenge Dallas in their bid for Whiteside. Miami Heat president Pat Riley has also made it no secret that keeping Whiteside in South Beach is their top priority this summer.
As for Conley, it would take a much determined push from the Mavericks to pry him away from the Memphis Grizzlies, the only team he has played for in his nine-year NBA career. Due to the league’s Bird rights stipulation, the Grizzlies can offer Conley a five-year, $153 million max contract, while competing teams can just tender a four-year, $114 million deal.
Mavs Moneyball noted that the Dallas-based team has a trump card in its bid for the 28-year-old playmaker. Conley said he has a ton of respect for Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, a person who values the point guard position and knows how to maximize their talents.
If the Mavericks do sign Whiteside and Conley, Dallas might decide to part ways with star swingman Chandler Parsons. The Mavericks are determined to bolster their lineup with NBA free agents acquisitions this summer, knowing that superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki could retire soon.