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Jeremy Lin the new starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks next season?

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Apr 8, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin (7) goes up for a shot against Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (24) during the first half at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Mavericks want to reload their line-up and give Dirk Nowitkzki the last chance to contend for an NBA title next season. The Texas team is involved in NBA rumors this offseason, linking them to point guard free agents like Jeremy Lin with the starting PG spot available in Dallas.

Deron Williams, the previous starting PG in Dallas, has a player option worth about $5.6 million for the 2016-2017 season. The veteran is expected to opt out to search for a long-term deal in free agency.

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Without Williams, the Mavericks “need an upgrade at point guard”, notes Hoops Rumors, which suggests that Dallas should go after Jeremy Lin (Charlotte Hornets), Brandon Jennings (Orlando Magic) and Greivis Vasquez (Milwaukee Bucks), all of whom are expected to explore free agency this summer.

The same report adds that the Mavericks might also target other players from other positions like Eric Gordon (New Orleans Pelicans) or even Nicolas Batum (Charlotte Hornets), if they can offer the lucrative maximum contract.

Of the players mentioned, Jeremy Lin to Dallas makes the most sense since the Asian-American guard is in his prime and coming off a great year for the Hornets. Lin has also mentioned in previous interviews that he wants a major role and a starting spot with whichever team he signs in the 2016 offseason.

However, among the three free agent point guards, Lin will be the most expensive as he is looking for a long-term deal. Both Jennings and Vasquez will demand cheaper contracts.

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If Williams leaves Dallas, Lin can take over the starting spot and try to run a team featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons, if they re-sign him in free agency.

Jeremy Lin has options this summer with other teams reportedly interested in signing him. The veteran point guard is being linked to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls, among other teams.

Photo courtesy: Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports

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