The Dallas Mavericks are not satisfied. They have been eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for two straight years. The Mavs want to build a yearly title contender around Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar is a top-five player in the league, but his supporting cast must improve for Dallas to continue climbing the ladder.
It is a crucial offseason for the Mavericks. Doncic is extension eligible this summer. The organization is going to offer a five-year deal worth more than $200 million, which Luka is expected to sign. His salary will jump significantly in 2022 and limit the Mavs financial flexibility to build the roster around him. They need to make moves now.
Dallas can quickly create $34 million in cap space this summer, but the free-agent crop is lacking in top-end talent. The Mavericks have had success acquiring talent via trades in recent years. They could go back to that well again. Dallas has just one tradeable first-round draft pick, but they could move players. Here are the five most likely.
5 Dallas Mavericks players most likely to be traded this offseason
The Mavs only have 11 players currently under contract. They have a team option on Willie Cauley-Stein, which could be declined to free up cap space. Josh Richardson has a player option that he must decide on before Aug. 1. The Mavericks could enter the offseason with just nine players on their roster.
Dallas is going to be looking to make moves to improve their talent. Here are the five Mavs that are most likely to be traded before training camp begins in September.