Adding Marcus Morris makes Dallas Mavericks title contenders
The Dallas Mavericks have outperformed expectations so far in the 2019-2020 season. Most experts had them as a fringe playoff team coming into the year. Few expected the Mavs to virtually have a playoff spot locked up by the All-Star break.
Luka Doncic became a superstar and led the way for the Mavericks. He was in the thick of the MVP race all season. The front office did well in adding a second star in Kristaps Porzingis and filling the roster around them to suit their strengths.
The NBA suspended play on March 11. The Mavericks had played 67 games. Talks of resuming are heating up, but there is no definitive word yet. Hopefully, Dallas gets to put an end to their playoff drought. Their two young stars are pumped to finish the year and get their first postseason experience.
Soon, just making the playoffs will not be enough. Once any team finds a superstar, the goal becomes getting into title contention. That is the Mavericks’ next step. How they get there will be the difficult part.
Dallas has options, though. The cap situation this summer is totally unclear because the figures are based on the NBA’s revenue split between the owners and players. Obviously, the league lost significant money in the pandemic. No word yet on how they combat that, so let us leave the cap aside.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has a player option that will determine if the Mavs have significant cap space or not.
There will be a free agent on the market that may be willing to take a one-year deal (Dallas wants to preserve cap space for 2021) and would make them title contenders. That man is Marcus Morris Sr. Here are five reasons why he improves the Dallas Mavericks significantly.
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