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Dallas Mavericks: Did they do enough this offseason to jump into title contention?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

What else could the Dallas Mavericks do to improve their roster?

Being able to play even basketball in the playoff minutes where Luka Doncic rests would be massive. The Mavs outscored the Clippers by seven in Luka’s 281 postseason minutes in 2021. Dallas lost the other 55 minutes by 43 points. They need a playmaker and creator to keep the offense rolling.

Goran Dragic is the most rumored target for Dallas to fill that role. The 35-year-old veteran plays his best in the playoffs. He can score 15 a night and run the offense. The Raptors are in no hurry to buy him out, and the Mavericks are not eager to give up draft compensation or a young talent for a one-year rental of Dragic. The addition may have to wait until closer to the trade deadline.

Lauri Markkanen is another rumored target. The Mavs are not giving up a first-round pick for him, but the deal could come together as the stalemate prolongs.

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Adding Dragic and Markkanen would make the Dallas Mavericks a dangerous team in the Western Conference. No team would look forward to facing them. Can the Mavs make those moves or find another impactful player to add? Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.