The Dallas Mavericks have made two straight playoff appearances, but they are not satisfied. Luka Doncic has transformed into a top-five player in the world, and the Mavs want to build a title contender around their superstar.
The organization has already made massive changes this offseason. Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle are out after nearly four decades of combined service with the Mavericks. Former Nike executive Nico Harrison was hired as general manager and president of basketball operations. Jason Kidd replaces Carlisle as head coach. Owner Mark Cuban retains the final say in all decisions, but the Mavs believe this is the beginning of a new era.
Next up is to improve the roster. Luka produced monster numbers in the playoffs, but the Mavericks still lost the series. The supporting cast around their superstar is not good enough to compete for a championship. Where do they need to improve this offseason?
5 things the Dallas Mavericks need in free agency
The Mavs can create $34 million in cap space this summer if they renounce the cap holds on their free agents, move on from Josh Richardson, and decline Willie Cauley-Stein’s team option. Dallas could be active in the trade market looking to plug holes, but they are limited to dealing just their 2027 or 2028 first-round pick by the Stepien Rule. That likely means the Mavericks will have to make their improvements via free agency.
Here are five things the Dallas Mavericks must acquire this offseason if they want to jump into title contention.