The Dallas Mavericks have a massive year ahead of them after losing to the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. Here are some important dates that you should pay attention to for the rest of 2021.
August 2: Free agency starts for Dallas Mavericks
The Mavs will have to act fast to keep Tim Hardaway Jr. in Dallas since he is a high-priority free agent. They will already have a deal in place, and it will be announced at 5 p.m. CT that he is staying in Dallas.
Boban Marjanovic will sign a deal as well to stay with Luka Doncic in Dallas. Fans don’t see Marjanovic leaving his best buddy for another team.
Luka will also sign his record $200 million extension to stay with the Mavericks for the long term and put to rest rumors he is frustrated in Dallas. Jalen Brunson will also sign an extension.
August 10: Mark Cuban makes two blockbuster trades for Luka
Mark Cuban will make Luka Doncic the happiest man in the NBA by bringing in two major players to team up with him.
In the first trade, the Mavs acquire point guard Kemba Walker and center Tristan Thompson from the Boston Celtics for Josh Richardson (if he ops in for the final year of contract) and Kristaps Porzingis.
This allows the Celtics move an unhappy Kemba to a team that is ready to win, and they get a young center in Porzingis to build around.
Dallas would receive another scoring threat that would take the double team off of Doncic and a starting veteran center in Tristian Thompson. It would be a win-win situation for both teams moving forward.
In the second deal, the Mavericks acquire Mitchell Robinson from the New York Knicks for Tyrell Terry. The “Block-ness Monster” would be perfect in the Mavericks rotation and would help Luka with rebounding and scoring.
Now one or both of these trades might happen, but Mark Cuban needs to show Luka he ain’t afraid of trading for big-name players.
October 29: Dallas Mavericks open regular season vs. LA Clippers
With a revamped Dallas Mavericks team, the NBA cannot pass on making this the first game of the regular season.
December 25: 2021 NBA Christmas Day vs. Clippers or Spurs
The NBA must have the Dallas Mavericks playing on Christmas this year after Luka drew 5 million people to watch Game 7 vs. the Clippers on television. You’ll see a rematch of the Clippers vs. Mavs if Becky Hammon isn’t the Spurs coach next season.
Spurs Gregg Popovich might retire this offseason, and he will give Hammon the Spurs coaching job before another team signs her. It would be an ideal day for Coach Hammon to have her first game against the Dallas Mavericks on ESPN on Christmas night.
Hopefully, fans will see some of these dates come to fruition. The Dallas Mavericks are going to have plenty of key dates remaining on the 2021 calendar. Stay tuned for all the drama.