2019 NBA free agency tracker: Grades for every deal so far

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Dwight Powell: 3 years, $33 million (Dallas Mavericks)

With Dirk Nowitzki gone and Kristaps Porzingis coming off an ACL injury, the Dallas Mavericks needed a little security in the frontcourt. Extending Dwight Powell was the most logical option, and a move that had been expected for months now.

Last season, Powell averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 21.6 minutes per game, shooting 59.7 percent from the floor. He’s not a floor-spacing big by any means, but he plays hard, is athletic and will only turn 28 years old in a few weeks.

This is hardly a flashy extension, but it’s a competent one that rewards a hard-working role player with room to grow. Even if that development never comes, he’ll still be movable in a future deal.

Grade: B-