The Dallas Mavericks made significant improvements in the first year under head coach Jason Kidd. The Hall of Fame point guard helped their defense leap into the top ten as a handful of players had breakout seasons. It resulted in a 50-plus win season, and the Mavs securing homecourt in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Dallas is just short of true title contention, though. They have one of the top five players in the league in Luka Doncic, but the front office must improve his supporting cast. The Mavericks have a host of quality role players, but they are missing that second star that pushes them into the NBA’s elite. Dallas traded Kristaps Porzingis at the deadline to improve their flexibility in acquiring that piece.
Luka’s max extension kicks in this summer, so the team will not have cap space. If the Mavs are going to significantly shake up their roster, it will have to come via trade. Cap space around the league will be limited, so fans should expect plenty of deals, and here are five that could push the Mavericks into title contention.
5 offseason trades that make the Dallas Mavericks title contenders
Supporters will be hoping the Mavs land another superstar, but it won’t be easy. The best players in the league chose their destinations, and it is unlikely Bradley Beal or another All-Star decides Dallas is where he wants to play unless the Mavericks make a deep playoff run this season.
Expect them to be aggressive in trying to acquire players in the next tier down. Men that can average 15-plus per game and have an elite skill. Multiple players fitting this category will be available, but will the Mavs put together the package that acquires them?
Here are five hypothetical offseason trades that could make the Dallas Mavericks true title contenders.