The Dallas Mavericks have a major reason to pursue Paul Millsap next summer. The team needs a reliable power forward as it prepares for life after Dirk Nowitzki.
The Dunking Deutschman will be 39 next year. He is not expected to play beyond his 40s. Millsap would be a solid pickup for the Mavericks while the team assess its plans for the future.
The Smoking Cuban indicated that the Mavericks hope to develop Dwight Powell as their future starting power forward. The Canadian big man still needs a few more years to blossom into a legitimate NBA starter.
Millsap would play two crucial roles for the Mavericks. He will be a mentor to Powell and be the team’s main scoring option sans Nowitzki.
The Mavericks could potentially land Millsap earlier than expected. Basketball Insiders reported that the ten-year veteran is a name to watch as the trade deadline draws closer.
Millsap has a player option for the 2017-18 season. The Atlanta Hawks might be forced to trade him as upcoming free agents usually lose their trade value the longer they stay with their respective ball clubs.
The three-time All-Star is not a flashy player, but he gets the job done on both sides of the court. Last season, he put up 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for the Hawks.
Like Nowitzki, Millsap stretches opposing defenses with his impeccable shooting. His career averages include 49.9 percent from the field and 73.2 percent from the charity stripe, as per ESPN.
According to Star Telegram, Nowitzki will have limited participation in training camp. He will also be sitting out games during the NBA preseason.
The Mavericks will be holding a public practice session at American Airlines Center on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The team will start its preseason campaign on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans.