The Dallas Mavericks roster as currently constructed is not of championship caliber. That becomes more clear with each loss.
While the Mavs should avoid mortgaging their future, considering the youthful nature of their core pieces, it still makes sense for Dallas to do all they can to make a run this season. The Knicks own their first-round pick this year as part of the Kristaps Porzingis trade, so there’s no excuse to not go all-in on a postseason run.
Of course, acquiring difference-makers without selling off parts is no easy task. That doesn’t mean that it is impossible to find key additions where no one else is looking. After all, that’s how the Mavs acquired Trey Burke.
Who could the Dallas Mavericks add to their roster?
With the losses mounting, it definitely wouldn’t hurt for Dallas to take some swings. All it takes is one home run. Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson won’t have to find an absolute gem at the bottom of the barrel. Dallas has two stars, a potentially devastating offense, and has shown the capabilities to play elite defense. All they need are some more consistent role-players to support Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
The good news for the Mavs is that their recent losing streak has made their weaknesses obvious. They are lacking perimeter shooting (currently last in the league in 3-point percentage), perimeter defenders, and playmaking outside of Luka.
There’s not a single team who wouldn’t like to trade for a 3-and-D wing or shot creator before the deadline. With the Mavericks already in the rut in terms of future draft capital, Dallas should look elsewhere for any potential additions. Here are five free agents the Mavs could acquire to upgrade their roster.
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