The Dallas Mavericks swooping in on free agency Reggie Bullock is lowkey one of the best moves in the offseason. The 30-year-old veteran is by no means a superstar in the NBA and his signing is anything but a blockbuster, but what Bullock brings to the table could be the key piece for Luka Doncic and the Mavs this coming season.

After his contract ended with the New York Knicks, a number of teams from around the league were linked to Bullock. One of them was the Los Angeles Lakers, where Bullock spent the second half of the 2018-19 season as LeBron James’ teammate. According to Bullock himself, however, picking the Mavs over every other team in the NBA wasn’t a tough decision for him at all:

“When I played against the Mavericks last year, I liked the way that they competed as a team,” Bullock said, via Grant Afseth of FanNation. “They got great players, so it was an easy, no-brainer for me. Being with the Knicks last year, we made it to the playoffs but I see [the Mavericks] as a team that’s taking that next step to be in the postseason.

“I felt like that the skillset that I have was easy for me to be able to make this move to be able to come down and be around a great organization, a great city, and great fans and just bring my game here.”

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It doesn’t sound like Bullock is throwing shade at the Lakers (or the Knicks, for that matter), but he did clearly say that making the move to Dallas was the easy choice for him. Then again, if the Lakers rumors were true, then it looks like Bullock never even gave them the time of day.

The Mavs snagged a good one in Bullock, and he might just emerge as the x-factor for the Mavs in 2021-22.