Why signing JaVale McGee likely points to Dallas Mavericks trade for wing

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The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason looking to re-sign Jalen Brunson and add a 3-and-D wing, but they have struck out on both after day one of free agency. Brunson agreed to a four-year deal with the Knicks to be their lead ball-handler, and most assumed the Mavs would use their mid-level exception on a wing, but Dallas agreed to a three-year deal with JaVale McGee worth $20.1 million.

The Mavericks got back into the draft to select Jaden Hardy, and they plan on signing him to a multi-year deal. Dallas needs to save a piece of the mid-level exception to do just that, which could take some cap gymnastics after McGee’s deal.

Dallas also did nothing to solve their issues on the wing. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock were both overtaxed in the postseason because the Mavericks lacked a backup option. They are hoping Josh Green and Frank Ntilikina can both grow into 3-and-D wings, but that will take time. The Mavs need a wing upgrade now.

Why signing JaVale McGee likely points to Dallas Mavericks trade for wing

Dallas wants shooting and defense flanking Luka Doncic. They have acquired two big men that will both be capable pick and roll partners already this summer. Now, Dallas needs a shooter on the wing that can guard multiple positions, but they just have minimum contracts left to hand out in free agency. Finding a 3-and-D wing on a minimum deal is almost impossible because every team is searching for multiple options.

All signs point to the Mavericks trading for a 3-and-D wing before training camp begins. Tim Cato noted that Tim Hardaway Jr., Dwight Powell, and Davis Bertans are options that could be traded sooner rather than later. Dallas is likely looking to acquire a wing in that deal. Nico Harrison is searching for the right move as fans read this, but what move can they pull off?

A Dallas Mavericks trade is something to watch for in the days ahead. Will they be able to add a wing? The Mavs still have three open roster spots, which are likely to go to Jaden Hardy, Goran Dragic, and Theo Pinson. If Dallas wants to add anyone else, they will have to open up some space in a trade, so stay tuned.

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