The Dallas Mavericks took a massive step forward this season as they won their first playoff series since 2011 and reached the Western Conference Finals by upsetting the top-seeded Phoenix Suns. Superstar Luka Doncic proved he is among the league’s best players as he lifted the Mavs to the conference finals when nobody believed they would make it.
Their roster is still a work-in-progress. The Mavericks dealt Kristaps Porzingis to Washington at the trade deadline to gain flexibility and add some depth. It was clear to the team’s new front office that KP was not the second star the team needed, and Luka helped them arrive in the conference finals just three months later.
Dallas is going to need to upgrade their roster this offseason if they plan on making another deep playoff run as its weaknesses were on full display in the postseason. Those faults eventually caught up with the Mavericks as the Warriors won four of the five games in the conference finals to advance. Where do they need to improve?
5 glaring holes in the Dallas Mavericks roster heading into the offseason
The Mavs want to jump into title contention this summer. They have the most difficult piece to acquire in Luka Doncic, but it will be an important offseason for the team. Do they need a second star to reach the next level? Can Dallas do it by plugging holes in their roster? What pieces are necessary to jump into title contention.
Jalen Brunson heads into free agency this summer, but the Mavericks plan on re-signing their starting guard. He is expected to command $20-plus million per season, which will push Dallas deep into the luxury tax.
The Mavs will have limited resources to plug the holes in their roster, but here are five glaring ones facing the front office as the team heads into the offseason.