The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason with the ability to create significant cap space and the desire to add another star to pair with Luka Doncic, but things did not go as planned. Dallas’ top target Kyle Lowry opted to join the Miami Heat, and the Mavs were left to fill holes in their roster.
They improved by adding wing depth, shooting, and perimeter defense, but it was not the summer they hoped for coming in. The Mavericks' most important move was agreeing to a five-year extension with Doncic. The 22-year-old does not hit free agency until 2026, and he puts Dallas firmly into the playoff picture every season.
The Mavs made seven significant moves to their 15-man roster this offseason. How did they perform given they started with the ability to create $30-plus million in cap space? Let us take a closer look at each move before determining an overall grade.
Grading the Dallas Mavericks 2021 offseason
The Mavericks made smaller moves too, including replacing both two-way contract players from last season. Nate Hinton and Tyler Bey are gone with Eugene Omoruyi and Jaquori McLaughlin taking their places. Feron Hunt and Carlik Jones received invitations to training camp after strong performances in the Las Vegas Summer League. All are four are young unproven players with plenty of potential and make sense as upside moves for Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks want to take a step forward and jump into title contention this year. Did they do enough this summer to make that a reality? Here is a grade for each move and their offseason overall.