The Dallas Mavericks number one goal heading into the offseason is to improve the roster around Luka Doncic. They were knocked out by the LA Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, despite an otherworldly performance by the 22-year-old superstar. His supporting cast did not produce enough to get Dallas into the second round.
The Mavs have already made significant changes this offseason. Nico Harrison replaced Donnie Nelson as general manager and president of basketball operations. Head coach Rick Carlisle resigned, and Jason Kidd was selected to fill his role. The Mavericks will have a completely different coaching staff next season, and the organization believes the changes will help the roster take another step.
Dallas can create $34 million in cap space this summer if they renounce the cap holds on their current free agents, move on from Josh Richardson, and decline Willie Cauley-Stein’s player option. The Mavs have to turn the cap space into upgrades, though. There are plenty of options that just do not fit.
Free agents that would be a mistake for the Dallas Mavericks to acquire
The 2021 free-agent class is led by Kawhi Leonard, but he is recovering from ACL surgery. It lacks superstars, but there are a bunch of difference-making role players hitting the open market. There are several risky acquisitions available too. Be it age, injuries, or underperformance teams looking to fill their rosters will have to gamble that they can maximize their newest player’s talent.
Here are five free agents that would be massive mistakes for the Dallas Mavericks to sign this offseason.