Why Josh Richardson is the perfect trade target for the Dallas Mavericks this offseason
The Dallas Mavericks will be part of the NBA’s restart in Orlando. 22 teams are going to Disney World to crown a champion. The seeding games begin on July 30 with the playoffs set to start on August 17. The Mavs will be taking part in the postseason, but their position will be determined by the first eight games in Orlando.
Fans should be excited about the first playoff experience for both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. It will be a key step in their development.
It is important not to forget that they are a young star duo set to be in Dallas for years to come. Doncic is 21 years old and eligible for a rookie extension next year. Porzingis signed a four-year max contract with a player option in 2023 last offseason. The best is yet to come for the Mavs.
How the Dallas Mavericks can improve this offseason: Josh Richardson available?
The front office will be tasked with building a perennial title contender around their two stars. That means exploring every avenue to improve the team. This offseason, the Mavericks figure to be limited by cap space. Nobody knows what the numbers will be after the pandemic impacted the league’s revenues, though.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has a hefty $18.975 million player option that will sway the Mavs books too.
The team will likely be forced to make a trade to improve this offseason. Fans can read about five possible trade targets that would make them title contenders here.
Derek Bodner of The Athletic noted in a recent mailbag that the Philadelphia 76ers could put Josh Richardson out on the market (subscription required). Here is a look at five reasons why the Dallas Mavericks should trade for Richardson if he becomes available.