The Dallas Mavericks sent scouting department representatives on an Eastern swing this week, sources tell DallasBasketball,com, to observe workouts sponsored by some of the most powerful agencies in the business.
Virginia on Wednesday.
New York on Thursday.
Chicago on Friday.
Of even more importance, among the participants:
*Kentucky guard Malik Monk
*Gonzaga center Zack Collins
*Texas center Jarrett Allen
*Duke center/forward Harry Giles
*UCLA power forward T.J. Leaf
These candidates, as they relate to Dallas, can be bunched into different categories. Monk and Collins are considered by the Mavs to be “top-10,’’ as DB.com reports here. But Dallas views Monk as a shoot-first guard, and the Mavs' idea is a pass-first point guard. Meanwhile, Dallas doesn’t necessarily want to double-up in using assets at center (with restricted free agent Nerlens Noel a club priority). We write about how that applies to Collins here.
But later in the first round, Allen can be a value. Leaf can also be a late-first-rounder. And Giles is in another category altogether, a blue-chip 6-11 big who has sustained torn ACLs in both knees and is therefore facing a great deal of medical scrutiny by the Mavs and all the other teams.
Another category in this agent-run business: Monk and Giles are represented by Jeff Schwartz, a “friend’’ of the Mavs organization … the importance of which we detail here. (Leaf is also repped by Excel, Schwartz' agency.)
In a few days, Mavs boss Donnie Nelson will return from his European scouting tour, at which point Dallas will begin hosting its own pre-Draft workout sessions, with a max of six players at a time coming to town. Those names will be important then.
The above names, as Mavs officials travel to Virginia, New York and Chicago ... and this week will likely observe similar sessions in LA and Vegas ... are important now.