After the Mavericks address their perimeter needs, they can then focus on helping the interior of their roster.
Chris Kaman just didn't work out for the Mavericks this year, and Brandan Wright, Elton Brand and Bernard James had up and down seasons.
Along with being one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA, the Mavericks also struggled immensely on the glass.
In fact the Mavericks were the third worst team in the league in terms of rebounding differential at minus-3.7 per contest.
A guy who could really help them in that area is J.J. Hickson who has spent the past year-and-a-half with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Since coming to Portland, Hickson has blossomed into one of the most solid scorers and rebounders in the league.
Hickson ranked seventh in the NBA in rebounds at 10.4 per-game, and he was one of only seven players in the league to average a double-double.
Despite being just 6'9'', Hickson plays the center position, and he uses his strength and physicality to bang with the big boys down low.
Hickson would be a great fit in Dallas not only because he would help them in scoring, defense and rebounding, but also because he is used to playing center next to a taller, more offensive-oriented power forward like Dirk Nowitzki, as he played with LaMarcus Aldridge while with the Blazers.
Hickson only went for $4 million in his last contract and he will certainly have a bigger market than that this year, but if the Mavericks don't land Dwight Howard, Hickson may be their next best option at center.