Report: Dallas Mavericks believe they will meet with Hassan Whiteside and Mike Conley in free agency

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With the NBA Draft now extremely recent history, attentions are beginning to turn to free agency on July 1 with some major names available on the market.

Of course, Kevin Durant is the headlining superstar from the crop of available talent, and while many have argued that this is a shallow pool of talent compared to recent years, there is still plenty of names on the market.

The Dallas Mavericks didn't have a first-round pick during the Draft in New York after Boston assumed their number 16 pick, but they did welcome A.J Hammons from Purdue with the 46th selection.

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It appears the bulk of their business will be done in free agency and per a report from Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein at ESPN, they have their sights set on Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies and Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat.

Both men are unrestricted free agents, but the duo are still wanted men at their current respective homes. However, the report indicates that the Mavs will get a sit down with both stars.

"The Dallas Mavericks expect to be granted a meeting in the opening hours of free agency with Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside, one of the Mavericks' two primary targets this summer, sources told

"Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley is the other top target for the Mavs, according to sources, as Dallas attempts to construct a core that will allow the franchise to be competitive during veteran Dirk Nowitzki's twilight and beyond.

"Dallas' ideal scenario of landing both Conley and Whiteside would not leave enough cap space to re-sign forward Chandler Parsons. The Mavs are willing to take the risk of Parsons accepting an offer from another team while they pursue their Plan A, sources say."

Both men are probably the top star in their position in free agency. Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks during the 2015-16 regular season to truly assert himself as a force at the pivot. He finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year ratings and after only earning just shy of $1 million last season, he is in line for a major payday.

Conley is a 28-year-old guard who has spent his whole career with the Grizzlies and averaged just over six dimes with 15.3 points last season in an injury-riddled Memphis side.

It's rumoured that the San Antonio Spurs are another side in the hunt for the point guard's signature and, along with the Mavs, they interest Conley. The floor general can not make more money anywhere away from Memphis, but it would appear he wants to contend for titles at this stage of his career.

Both general managers of their respective franchises have repeatedly insisted they want to re-sign their star men, but what will the players decide?

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