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Dallas Mavericks: 5 steps to becoming title contenders this offseason

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks are in the early stages of the most important offseason in the franchise’s 41-year history. They have already hired a new general manager and head coach. Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle, two of the key figures behind the Mavs championship in 2011, departed following the Mavs second straight first-round playoff exit. Owner Mark Cuban signed Nico Harrison to take over as general manager, and Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd will be the head coach. The Mavs now have a plethora of important decisions to make.

Dallas’ primary goal is to improve their roster around Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar was otherworldly in the playoffs, but he did not get enough help. The Mavs need to find the right pieces to put around him to take the next step. They will be looking for scoring, playmaking, and defensive upgrades this summer.

How can the Mavericks accomplish that goal? Here is a five-step plan to take the organization from playoff team to title contender.

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5 steps to the Dallas Mavericks becoming title contenders next season

This offseason is massive for the Mavs because it is the final one of Luka’s rookie contract. The 22-year-old superstar is extension eligible this summer. Everyone expects him to ink a five-year deal worth more than $200 million, but the clock starts ticking for the Mavericks to win. They can create cap space this offseason, and Dallas needs to leap into the title picture to keep Doncic beyond his second NBA contract.

Here is a five-step offseason plan to vault the Dallas Mavericks into championship contention.

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