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5 Areas the Dallas Mavericks need to improve in this offseason

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors reach for the rebound during the game on December 28, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors reach for the rebound during the game on December 28, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 28: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors reach for the rebound during the game on December 28, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL – DECEMBER 28: Nikola Vucevic #9 of the Orlando Magic and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors reach for the rebound during the game on December 28, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks must address some of these weaknesses this offseason in order to take the next step toward returning to the playoffs.

The offseason has officially begun. The Dallas Mavericks just got done drafting a talented young forward with defensive upside in Isaiah Roby. They also inked un-drafted free agent Josh Reaves to a two-way contract.

Reaves is an elite defensive prospect with a decent outside shooting touch.  He will likely spend plenty of time in Frisco with the Texas Legends next season.

Meanwhile, free agency is now less than a week away. There has been much debate over what route the Dallas Mavericks should take this summer. Should they go all-in after a star or split the money up between role players? If they chase a star, which one? Should they target bigs or wings or guards?

Maybe the best way to begin to answer some of these questions is to look into the biggest weaknesses the team currently has. Dallas’ focus should be to solve as many of these problems as they can.

Because of Kristaps Porzingis‘ impending max contract cutting into future cap space, the Dallas Mavericks need to capitalize on their window to add talent right now.  The front office has done an excellent job setting up their future by securing both Luka Doncic and Porzingis in trades.

Now their new challenge is to provide the young duo with the right supporting cast to help rebuild this team’s winning culture by returning to the playoffs.

Next: Rebounding

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