Mavs eyeing frontcourt help in wake of Dwight Powell injury
The Dallas Mavericks have started to look around for potential help in the frontcourt in the wake of Dwight Powell sustaining a torn Achilles tendon, an injury the Mavs talent suffered on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
Dallas was already in the market for an upgrade at the wing but is now exploring its options for a move (either via trade or the signing of a free agent/buyout player) to bolster the frontline as well.
Powell was a mainstay in Rick Carlisle’s rotation, always bound for solid minutes at power forward or center in smaller lineups; praised for his relentlessness on the glass and his ability to make the occasional perimeter shot.
The Mavs also reportedly reached out to free-agent center Joakim Noah, who has been out of the league this season but helped the Memphis Grizzlies in the second half of the 2018-19 season.
The veteran is reportedly still waiting for a call from NBA teams, though the Mavs will do their due diligence before filling the vacant spot Powell left in the roster after being ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Andre Drummond is the most prominent name in the market, but acquiring comes with the gaudy commitment of re-signing him in the summer for a hefty figure. Others like Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dewayne Dedmon of the Sacramento Kings remain a potential option, though the Mavs will have to sift through their options well before pulling the trigger on a deal.