The Dallas Mavericks did not let restricted free agent Dwight Powell reach the point where he had to sign an offer sheet. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the 24-year-old big man has agreed to re-sign with the Mavericks for four years and more than $37 million, with a player option on the final season.
CBSSports.com's Matt Moore had Powell on his list of best potential steals in free agency because of his impressive athleticism for his size. Powell also has good hands, a solid midrange jump shot and a high basketball IQ. If he pushes his range out to the 3-point line in the life of this contract, then it will become a bargain.
You don't find 6-foot-11 guys as quick and bouncy as Powell very often, and in the new NBA he can play power forward or center. He's not quite strong enough to defend the league's bulkiest bigs, but he's not afraid of contact, either.
Powell is far from a household name, but Dallas would have been unwise to let him slip away for nothing. The question here is whether the team overpaid to retain him. Presumably, the front office's research showed that there was a good chance another team was willing to give him more than $9 million annually on the open market. That might sound weird for a backup, but much crazier things have happened in three days of free agency.