Mavs’ Powell to decline option, become free agent

Center Dwight Powell averaged a career high in points with the Mavericks this past season.

Dallas Mavericks forward/center Dwight Powell will decline a $10.2 million option on his contract and become an unrestricted free agent, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Powell averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 72 games this past season. He has been with the Mavericks since the 2004-05 season — his first season in the league.

Powell, 27, is 6-foot-11 and highly likely to have “multiple suitors” when free agency begins July 1, Haynes relayed.

The midseason trade for Kristaps Porzingis highly likely would have cut into Powell’s minutes in 2019-20. Either way, the Mavericks are expected to be aggressive in free agency this offseason.