Offseason goal for Dallas Mavericks after Christian Wood trade: 5. Improve depth
Head coach Jason Kidd only had six trusted rotation players in the postseason, which made the team’s run to the conference finals even more impressive. Dwight Powell started all 18 postseason games at center, but he played over 20 minutes just four times. Maxi Kleber was the team’s preferred option, but it left Dallas light on rebounding and rim protection.
Spencer Dinwiddie was the team’s only other trusted bench option. Tim Hardaway Jr. would have factored into the rotation, but he suffered a broken foot in January that ended his season. Still, the Mavericks need more than seven trusted rotation pieces in a playoff series.
The Christian Wood trade was massive because Dallas landed a center upgrade and the Mavericks sent four players that did not play in the postseason to Houston with the 26th overall pick in Thursday’s draft. Dallas has three open roster spaces to add talent and depth this offseason.
They cannot waste those open spots. The Mavs should be looking to find a veteran or two hoping to chase a ring to round out their roster. Having eight to ten trusted rotation options gives the Dallas Mavericks flexibility to play the matchups in a postseason series, which could be the difference in the loaded Western Conference.