The Dallas Mavericks almost always seem to somehow be in the contention for top players in NBA free agency, but never really get the big names they chase.
They have tried and failed to get point guard Deron Williams and center Dwight Howard in the past. This season they missed out on forward Carmelo Anthony, who decided to stay with the New York Knicks, eventually having to settle for overpaying Chandler Parsons.
And it seems like, with Dirk Nowitzki acting like some sort of gracious genie allowing the Mavs one more wish with his contract, the Mavs again have cap space to make things happen. The Mavericks are expected to use their max money to try and bring in the best free agent in 2015, Portland Trail Blazers‘ big man LaMarcus Aldridge.
Memphis Grizzlies‘ center Marc Gasol could be another star in play for Dallas, but Aldridge will be the key priority according to Eddie Sekfo of the Dallas Morning News. And it could be Nowitzki himself that tries to push the deal through.
"Nowitzki made it clear that teaming up with Aldridge would be something compelling to him, even though they play the same position," Sefko wrote today. “...I think I’ve showed in my career that I can play with anybody in this league,” Nowitzki said, clearly warming up to the idea. “In some situations, he’s playing the five [center] when they go small, so …”
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It will be a long shot for the Mavericks to try and get their man. Aldridge already has one star teammate with him in Portland in the form of point guard Damian Lillard, who followed up his Rookie of the Year win with an All-Star and All-NBA 3rd team nod.
But, the Mavericks do have two things going in their favour. Aldridge was born right there in Dallas, TX and he attended college at the University of Texas, spending two years there before being the 2nd pick in the 2006 draft.