5 burning questions for Dallas Mavericks ahead of free agency

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5. Are the Dallas Mavericks done making trades this offseason?

The Mavs already traded for Christian Wood and made a draft-day deal to acquire Jaden Hardy. Wood figures to be their starting center and an important piece of their rotation. Hardy needs some time to develop, but the 6’4 guard can hand out buckets.

Will the Mavericks make another trade this offseason? They have some clear needs including rim protection, perimeter defense, and ball-handling. Can Dallas find those pieces in free agency? If not, do they make another trade to acquire someone?

The Mavs could have some cap space next summer and the first-round pick they owe the New York Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade is likely to convey. It could present an opportunity for the Mavericks to take a massive swing and find another star player to pair with Luka Doncic, but only if they keep that space open.

President of basketball operations and general manager Nico Harrison will aggressively make moves if he believes they improve the roster around Luka Doncic. He has been working the phones since the Mavericks were eliminated from the playoffs trying to find deals.

Fans should not expect another trade, but there should be zero surprises if Dallas makes one before training camp begins in September. They would love to turn Jalen Brunson's deal with the Knicks into a sign-and-trade just to ensure Dallas does not lose the 6'1 guard for nothing.