The Dallas Mavericks did not make a trade on deadline day, but it still had a massive impact. A look at how the deadline moves changed things for the Mavs.
The Dallas Mavericks are primed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016. There is still a question of what seed will they have? The Mavs do not want to travel to Los Angeles to face the Clippers in the first round. They match up well against almost any other team in the West.
That is what made the trade deadline so interesting for fans. The Mavs front office wanted to upgrade their roster, but it was not worth sacrificing the future. Luka Doncic is taking a superstar turn at age 20. He is flanked by a second star in Kristaps Porzingis who is only 24 years old plus a handful of solid rotation players.
The Mavericks have the opportunity to be in contention for the next decade-plus. It was all about playing it smart for the front office.
The Mavs were also limited by what they could offer a rebuilding team. The Knicks hold two of Dallas’ future first round picks from the Porzingis trade. That means the Mavericks cannot trade a first until 2025. Dallas had the Golden State Warriors second round pick to offer but wanted to hold their young players too. One pick makes it difficult to grab an impact talent.
The NBA’s trade deadline passed on Thursday, Feb. 6. There was a wild flurry of moves in the final 48 hours. Here is a look at how the Dallas Mavericks were impacted by the deadline deals.