You win some, you lose some.
That’s the name of the free agency game.
The Mavericks knew that rescinding their qualifying offer to McDermott, to make way for adding DeAndre Jordan, that they’d be at risk of losing him.
Well, that happened, as McDermott agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal with the Indiana Pacers. Sad to see Doug go, but he earned that contract in the second half of the season with Dallas, where he shot 49% from three.
McDermott deal is fully guaranteed, per sources. https://t.co/8ZI3TpUtNj
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
So, where does that leave the Mavericks in terms of outside shooting off the bench? It’s a definite need as surrounding Dennis Smith Jr. and Luke Doncic with shooters will be a vital point for this offense.
Luckily, for the Mavericks, McDermott wasn’t the only sharp shooter on the team last season. He may have missed the season due to injury, but we haven’t forgotten about Seth Curry.
Curry joined the Mavericks during the summer of 2016. In 70 games with Dallas in 2016-2017, Curry averaged a career-high 12.8 points per game while shooting 42.5% from downtown, which happened to be a better percentage than his two-time MVP brother Steph Curry that year.
Though he missed the entire 2017-2018 season with a stress fracture in his left tibia, which he received surgery for in February, Curry has now been fully cleared to return to basketball-related activities, which is a great sign that he is ready to return to his 2016 form.
Free agent guard Seth Curry, who missed season with a left tibia fracture, has been medically cleared and engaged in full basketball-related activities for a month, his agent Alex Saratsis told ESPN. Curry had his best season w/ Mavs in 2016-17, averaging 12.8 points in 29 mpg.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 27, 2018
With McDermott gone, that leaves a void off the bench for outside shooting, which the Mavericks hope Curry can fill the void. Resigning Curry will add a veteran to the bench who is comfortable in Carlisle’s system and can play both guard positions with ease alongside the likes of DSJ, Doncic, Wes Matthews, and J.J. Barea.
The only concern is what type of market will there be for Curry. For Dallas, after signing DeAndre Jordan and the soon-to-be new deal for Dirk, Dallas won’t have much money to dish out for Curry. Coming off the injury, that leaves some leverage for Dallas but it’s likely that Curry’s services will be attractive to several teams looking for some help off the bench.
Source: Mavs have interest in re-signing SG Seth Curry, who missed last season due to stress reaction in leg, and could use chunk of $4.4M exception on him.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) July 1, 2018
Mavs fans were robbed of seeing the potential backcourt of DSJ and Curry last season so adding Luka to the perimeter alongside those two would make for an exciting offense. Let’s hope a deal gets done sooner rather than later.
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