The Dallas Mavericks came into the offseason believing they would add a marquee free agent and vault into title contention, but things did not go as planned. Kyle Lowry decided to join the Miami Heat, and the Mavs were left trying to fill holes in their roster. They added wing depth, shooting, and defense by signing Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. Dallas also traded for Moses Brown, but their best moves were re-signing talent.
Superstar Luka Doncic agreed to a historic contract extension that will keep him with the Mavericks for five more years. The new front office also re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic in free agency. Dallas chose continuity after missing on the big fish free agents, but they improved on the margins.
Sites are handing out offseason grades with most of the free agents signed. Here is a look at where the Mavericks landed and why they may not be done making moves.
Dallas Mavericks offseason grades aren’t pretty: More moves to come?
ESPN gave the Mavericks a C in their Western Conference offseason grades (subscription required). The biggest downgrade was based on Jason Kidd replacing Rick Carlisle as head coach.
Bleacher Report was slightly higher by handing out a C-plus grade. They focused on the disappointment of the Mavs having cap space but failing to jump into title contention.
Yes, the Mavericks failed in their pursuit of the top free agents, but landing an All-Star caliber talent is never easy. There are only a couple on the market and only one team secures the signature of each. Dallas improved their roster and filled some holes. They needed to do more, but there was an increase in talent. B-minus or C-plus seems like a fair grade for the moves that were made this summer, given the circumstances.
The Dallas Mavericks may not be done. The Goran Dragic rumors will persistent until he moves on from the Raptors, but he is not the only player the Mavs could still acquire. They have a $10.9 million trade exception and a couple of young talented players that could interest rebuilding teams. Dallas wants to add more talent, but they are waiting for the right moment to strike.
Adding an upgrade would improve their offseason grade. The Mavericks are not going to head into the 2022 playoffs with this roster, they will add more talent before the trade deadline. It is a waiting game for the moves to go down, so stay tuned.