The Dallas Mavericks’ decision-makers wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t touch base with all of the premier free agents.
It appears, however, that their preliminary contact with point guard Kyle Lowry is simply a matter of due diligence.
The expectation among Mavs sources all along has been that the 28-year-old Lowry, who averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds while helping lead the Toronto Raptors to the playoffs last season, would be well out of Dallas’ preferred price range. The fact that the Raptors are prepared to make Lowry a long-term offer with a starting salary in the $12 million range, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports, supports that theory. The Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are among the other teams to reportedly express interest in Lowry.
Nevertheless, there’s no harm that can come from a phone call as the Mavs attempt to make sure that they’re prepared for as many scenarios as possible to unfold.
At this point, the Mavs’ priority at point guard is bringing Cuban’s late-dinner date Devin Harris back to Dallas next season. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the Mavs simply don’t have enough cap space to re-sign Dirk Nowitzki, succeed in their attempt to significantly upgrade at small forward and add a point guard of Lowry’s caliber.
Having Harris split time with Knicks castoff Raymond Felton might not be the ideal situation at point guard for the Mavs, but it is the most likely.