The Dallas Mavericks offseason did not go as planned. They lost Jalen Brunson in free agency, but the Mavs improved their frontcourt and traded back into the second round to grab rookie Jaden Hardy. Did Dallas improve? Losing their second-best player hurt, but the Mavs have more depth and talent.
Dallas still has one open roster spot. In recent years, they have entered training camp with the 20-player maximum as they try to take the best 15-man squad into the regular season and have options to send to the G League. It appears the Mavericks are taking a different approach this year.
Owner Mark Cuban was interviewed on The Ticket’s The Norm and D Invasion earlier this week where he was asked about the team’s open roster spot, and he gave a surprising answer. Here is a look at his quote, and the pros and cons of adding another player.
Will Dallas Mavericks fill final roster spot? Pros and cons of adding another player
Cuban pulled no punches on the team’s plans for their final roster spot heading into training camp.
"Unlikely, unless somebody gets cut somewhere that really surprises us. We want that flexibility throughout the season. I know how fans feel about it. It’s like we got to win the summer. We’ve got to do this, and we got to do that, but come the trade deadline, having a roster spot will be beneficial. Come that time when teams are doing buyouts, that roster spot can be very beneficial."
Cuban continued to talk about the different avenues the team could use to fill out their roster, including adding a non-guaranteed contract into the regular season.
Going into the season with just 14 players is a bit surprising, especially given the team’s lack of ball-handling, but there are several reasons why Cuban and the Mavs could be choosing that route. Here is a look at the pros and cons of adding another free agent before finishing with what the Dallas Mavericks should do.