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5 offseason goals for the Dallas Mavericks after the Christian Wood trade

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Offseason goal for Dallas Mavericks after Christian Wood trade: 3. Add 3-and-D wing

Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock were forced to carry a massive workload in the postseason because the Mavericks lacked wing depth. Each played over 38 minutes per game and ran more than 49.5 miles over their 18 postseason contests as they guarded the opposition’s top scorers. Head coach Jason Kidd was reluctant to take them off the floor.

The Mavs need another stout perimeter defender that can guard on the ball and knock down open jumpers. They are hoping both Frank Ntilikina and Josh Green can grow into 3-and-D wings, but both have struggled to make shots throughout their NBA careers.

Rumors suggest the Mavs are targeting a 3-and-D wing with their taxpayer mid-level exception. It will be difficult to find an impactful option because every team covets the possession. They will explore the trade market, but the front office owes their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks. Dallas has limited assets in acquiring a second star and finding someone willing to part with a 3-and-D wing could also prove difficult.

The Dallas Mavericks need to add another wing that can take the pressure off Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock in the postseason.