The Dallas Mavericks (Mavs) are one of the busiest teams in free agency. Their owner, Mark Cuban, is in the middle of an aggressive pursuit to form a new Big 3 comprising of top free agents Mike Conley, Hassan Whiteside and Nicolas Batum.
According to several insiders, the Mavs and Whiteside have already agreed on a four-year max contract. Conley and Batum, too, are expected to meet with the Mavs over the weekend. In fact, ESPN has reported that Conley’s first free agency meeting would be with Dallas on Friday.
It’s been reported for weeks that Dallas is ready to part ways with 3-and-D specialist Chandler Parsons, who is seeking nothing less than a maximum contract extension. However, the Mavs have already informed Parsons that they are looking to replace him with Batum.
Mavs would need to trade a few pieces…
Dallas is currently working with $60 million in cap space. If they managed to acquire both Whiteside and Conley with max contracts, they could face a stiff challenge to acquire Batum. However, there is the likelihood that they ship the contracts of Devin Harris and J.J. Barea to accomplish the same.
“Conley and Whiteside are top priorities, and sources say Dallas is prepared to offer both players max deals. If the Mavs are successful with their ambitious Plan A, they would not have cap space to spend at small forward and would likely promote Justin Anderson after a promising end to the 2015 first-round pick’s rookie year,” read Thursday’s report from Tim MacMahon and Marc J. Spears.
Nicolas Batum, 27, can get a five-year $153 million deal from incumbent team Charlotte Hornets. Dallas can offer him as much as $113.6 million over four years.
If Mark Cuban manages to land Whiteside, Conley and Batum, it would be a significant haul for the Mavs a year after the drama surrounding DeAndre Jordan.