The Dallas Mavericks are still in the early stages of a transformative offseason. They parted ways with president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and head coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs moved quickly to rebuild their leadership structure. Former Nike VP Nico Harrison will replace Donnie Nelson, and Jason Kidd takes over as head coach. Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki join owner Mark Cuban as the five key decision-makers for the franchise.
The Mavericks goal is to improving the roster around Luka Doncic. Finding a new general manager and head coach added another layer of importance to this crucial summer. The new leadership will now be working to build the team.
The Mavs want another star player, and Damian Lillard is one to watch. The Trail Blazers made a coaching change and are expected to try to improve this offseason, but the 30-year-old superstar could be looking to contend for a title now. Here is a closer look at the latest on his situation in Portland.
Could Dallas Mavericks trade for Damian Lillard this offseason?
Lillard has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to be like Dirk and play his entire career in Portland. Things could be changing, though. The Athletic’s Jason Quick reported (subscription required) that Lillard “is getting antsy”. He is about to start a massive four-year extension worth over $176 million, but the superstar could ask for a trade.
Plenty of factors link him to the Mavericks. He wanted Jason Kidd as the Blazers head coach. Lillard also had this to say about Nico Harrison.
Damian Lillard would have to push for a trade to Dallas if the Mavs are going to acquire him. Here is a look at the three best deals the Dallas Mavericks could put together.
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