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The Mavericks will be in a precarious position this offseason. While they will certainly have the cap space to sign top-notch free agent. However, in a class that potentially could include players such as Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, the question that has to be asked among top-tier free agents is if the Mavericks are really an attractive destination to play for right now.
Sure, the fanbase is great, and Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle are among the best in the NBA at what they do, and money won't be a problem knowing that Dallas will have only about $24 million locked up for next season if it trades Shawn Marion.
However, the Mavericks don't have much else to sell on other than playing along side 34-year-old Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs may have a tough time convincing free agents to come on board when there will be plenty of other teams who are in a better position to win a championship who also come calling.
Because of this, it would benefit the Mavs to go after a top player this season and not have to wait until the offseason to make their move.
Dallas doesn't have great talent, but it has enough pieces in place to make a big move somewhere in the NBA.
It may not be acquiring a superstar like Dwight Howard, however, there are several All-Star caliber players who may be on the open market that Dallas could bring over.
If the Mavericks are able to bring another star on board this year, they become more appealing to other stars in the offseason, and can also focus more on bringing in key role players to complement their multiple All-Stars.