Dallas Mavericks steps to get back on track: 4. Find second star
Getting Luka Doncic’s signature on his superstar max extension is job one this offseason. They next move should be solving their biggest problem. As Tim MacMahon outlined on the Lowe Post podcast, the Mavericks need a second star. Kristaps Porzingis must be their championship-caliber sidekick to Luka. If he cannot be, Dallas’ best bet is trading KP to acquire one. Both seem difficult this offseason.
The Mavericks could also use their cap space to grab one. It would mean letting Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Richardson (if he declines his player option), and J.J. Redick walk in free agency. That is a gamble because they have no guarantee of signing said player. They need a second star to complement Luka.
If they cannot create a path to acquiring one, the new leadership must focus on improving the pieces around Doncic. Adding a capable secondary ball-handler, upgrading the perimeter defense, and giving Luka a new pick and roll partner should be on the agenda. The Mavs could acquire the pieces through trades or free agency. They have a ton of options to explore.
The new leadership must get it correct and improve the talent around their superstar.
Next: Step 5