How can Dallas Mavericks upgrade their roster without breaking the bank?
Nico Harrison made a masterful trade on deadline day last season as he shipped Kristaps Porzingis and a second round to Washington for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. It gave the Mavs a needed ball handler, and Dinwiddie was a better fit next to Luka Doncic than the Unicorn. The deal helped push Dallas on a deep playoff run.
Can the Mavericks pull off a similar move this year? Tim Hardaway Jr., Davis Bertans, Christian Wood, and Dwight Powell all have medium-sized contracts that make almost any trade realistic. Can Harrison put something together that nets Dallas another role player without having to give up a first-round pick? That is the move the front office will attempt to make.
The Mavs want to raise their ceiling, and they are light on ball-handling. Can Nico fill a hole and improve their roster? The Mavericks GM will wait and look to take advantage of another situation where things are not working out. It is his chance to get a discount and make an upgrade.
Nico Harrison helped the Dallas Mavericks reach the conference finals in his first year in charge. What can they do for an encore? How will Harrison treat the trade deadline? Does he pull off a shocking trade for the second year in a row? Stay tuned to find out.