Dallas Mavericks free agency grades: Overall marks
The Dallas Mavericks are a team on the rise. Luka Doncic led them to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, but the organization has no plans on stopping there. The Mavs want to jump into title contention. They have two stars but are a few pieces from making that a reality.
The front office focused on eliminating their weaknesses this offseason. The Mavericks finished with the NBA’s top offense in 2020, but the 18th ranked defense. Dallas wants to be in the top-ten and needed some toughness on their roster. The improvements started on draft night by trading for Josh Richardson and adding three talented rookies, but the Mavs were not stopping there.
They made multiple moves in free agency that improved their roster. It was not just signings. The Mavs made a trade to both improve and open up a roster spot. Let us take a closer look at every move.
Grades: Dallas Mavericks upgraded their roster in free agency
The Mavs entered with just the mid-level exception at $9.3 million to add players. Once that was gone, Dallas had to fill their roster with minimum salary talent. The limited cap space eliminated them from acquiring any of the top players. Fans dreamed of Danilo Gallinari or Bogdan Bogdanovic, but they were always going to receive more than the mid-level. There were still plenty of opportunities to improve, though.
The Dallas Mavericks did not disappoint in free agency. Let us examine each move they made before handing out an overall grade for the business they did this offseason.