The Dallas Mavericks have already had quite the offseason. From the heartbreaking Game 7 loss to the LA Clippers to the bombshell article (subscription required) that was dropped by The Athletic that forced leadership changes, it hasn’t been an easy road for Mav fans this summer.
There are still a lot of positive things this franchise has going for it, and there is a way that all of this turmoil can be used to jumpstart a chain of reactions that makes this a memorable offseason for supporters.
Here is a closer look at what has already happen and what the Mavs still need to do to make the most of this summer.
Dallas Mavericks have locked in on two key decision-makers
There have been two massive changes at the top. The signing of new head coach Jason Kidd, and the addition of Nico Harrison, who will serve as the Mavericks general manager. All in all, these are great moves.
Jason Kidd is not only a fan favorite as a player but knows what it takes to win it all.
Transition to the Nico Harrison hire, and there is a lot to love. Harrison not only has a great relationship with Luka Doncic but is well connected throughout the NBA. Harrison had options but chose the Mavericks in the end. The former Nike executive wants to be here. It will be up to these two to get this team back on track and provide Luka with a team that is ready to win now.
Dallas Mavericks need to build around Luka Doncic
Mark Cuban has cleaned house in a way, but the work is far from over. The past two seasons have made it clear that Luka is ready to win. However, fans cannot say the same thing for his supporting cast.
Is Kristaps Porzingis the second star the Mavs are looking for? All signs point to no, but the former Knick is still only 25 years old with a lot of potential.
Are the Dallas Mavericks willing to wait on Kristaps Porzingis?
It is a risky decision. If KP never pans out and the Mavs fail to build around Luka, it could very well be the deciding factor in him moving on from the franchise. This is where the new front office comes in.
They need to exhaust every option this offseason and remain aggressive because each decision moving forward will determine the fate of the franchise for years to come.