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Report: Gordon Hayward on Mavericks' 'wish list'

Report: Gordon Hayward on Mavericks' 'wish list'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Dallas has dreams of adding Gordon Hayward, reportedly.  (USATSI)
Dallas has dreams of adding Gordon Hayward, reportedly. (USATSI)

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The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Mavericks still list restricted free agent Gordon Hayward, who has drawn interest from the Cavaliers and Celtics and whom the Utah Jazz can match any offer for, on their wish list.

Hayward would give the Mavericks a tremendous replacement for free agent Shawn Marion. While Hayward might not be the star the Mavericks need to bridge their life between now and post-Dirk-Nowtizki, it would give them a versatile passer, rebounder, and scorer who can get up and down the floor.

Maybe most importantly, it would replenish what the Mavericks need in terms of athleticism. They've used an aging Marion and Vince Carter on the wing for years now and need someone besides Monta Ellis who can leap and run. But the Mavericks' cap space is a little more confined after spending $10 million on Dirk Nowitzki. They've got lots of room left, but Hayward's also got a strong market that could be demanding as high as a $14.5 million starting offer for the Jazz star.

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