Dallas Mavericks Have Eyes on 2 Free Agent Forwards

The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the 'buzzier' teams during the summer so far, with plenty of moves and potential moves making the rounds. 

The latest rumors have the Maves with their eyes set on two free agent forwards, with league sources telling Michael Scotto of HoopsHype that they've expressed "exploratory interest" in Kelly Oubre Jr. and Derrick Jones Jr.

After re-signing Kyrie Irving and bringing in sharpshooter Seth Curry on a two-year deal, the backcourt is set around Luka Doncic, but now Dallas is turning its attention to adding some wing depth. 

Free agents Oubre Jr. and Jones Jr. being considered by Mavs

Kelly Oubre had a career year on the offensive end of the court, scoring 20+ points per game for the first time (20.3) while adding 5.2 rebounds in 48 games with the Charlotte Hornets. He missed a month and a half after surgery for a  torn ligament in his left hand. 

As the Mavs will be losing 17 points a game from their lineup, with the impending departure of free agent Christian Wood, Oubre could add back some of that scoring from the forward spot. 

Derrick Jones Jr. had his minutes limited to just 14.0 per game this past season with the Chicago Bulls, and registered averages of 5.0 points and 2.4 rebounds. He could add some elite athleticism to the Mavs lineup, and he shot 50% from the field for the second consecutive season. 

The Mavericks still have some work to do this offseason to right the ship, after they plummeted from a Conference Final berth in 2022 to completely missing the playoffs this past season. 

They've also been linked to another 20 PPG scorer in trade talks this summer. 

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