Thing Dallas Mavericks still need to improve after free agency frenzy: 2. Wing depth
Rumors suggested the Mavs planned to use their taxpayer mid-level exception on a 3-and-D wing since they were knocked out of the playoffs, but that did not happen. Dallas used the majority to sign JaVale McGee to a three-year deal, and second-round draft pick Jaden Hardy grabbed a piece, so the Mavericks could lock him up for three years.
The Mavs are getting a shot in the arm on the wing with the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. after he suffered a season-ending foot injury in January that required surgery. The 30-year-old is back in the gym working out, and he should be fully cleared for training camp.
An NBA team can never have too much wing depth in 2022. The Clippers are stockpiling options as they look to make a championship run with the return of Kawhi Leonard. Does Dallas have the personnel to matchup if LA or another playoff opponent goes five-out? The Mavericks would love to add another wing to use in that scenario.
The goal would be to find another 3-and-D wing that could fill in when Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock needed a rest. Those are always difficult to acquire on the trade market because every contending team wants multiple options on their roster.