The Dallas Mavericks had a lackluster 2018-2019 season but made up for it by drafting the potential Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic and trading for Kristaps Porzingis. Now they are heading into free agency and one player that the Mavericks can sign is Kemba Walker but will they?
This season, Walker killed with 25.6 points per game and 5.9 assists per game. He looked unstoppable but that wasn’t enough to help the Charlotte Hornets make the playoffs in the weak Eastern Conference. Now Walker is a free agent and can sign anywhere and he is most likely going to sign elsewhere. A lot of teams will pursue Walker and the Mavericks are one of those teams.
What can the Mavericks offer Walker that other teams can’t offer him? The first thing that comes to mind is a solid roster. Walker would be playing alongside Doncic and Porzingis who is expected to resign. Those three would be unstoppable and would give the Mavericks a high chance of making the playoffs. On top of that, the Mavericks will have a lottery pick this year and ready to take over the league in two years.
The question that remains is can Walker win with the Mavs? The answer is a big maybe. The lineup would be great but the Western Conference is just too crowded and good teams still miss the playoffs. I believe that Walker would take the Mavs to the playoffs but after that, anything can happen. The potential is there but it is another thing to actually see the players play together.
Dallas has a good chance to land Walker but that is if Walker wants to move all they way to Dallas. It would be a big change for him and I do think that will be a factor. He can easily sign with the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets and go back to his hometown. There will be a lot of factors like this that will play a big role and ultimately decide who Dallas signs.
The Mavs should pursue Walker heavily and maybe they might convince him to give them a try. If they do end up signing him, Knicks fans will see Walker and Porzingis play together, just not for the Knicks.