5 players the Dallas Mavericks should have never given up on

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The Dallas Mavericks are currently searching for more talent around superstar Luka Doncic. They want to be annual title contenders, but Dallas needs to upgrade their roster. The Mavs have the hardest piece to acquire in Doncic, and they are searching for a co-star to help him compete for a championship.

The Mavs have been searching for talent for more than two decades as Dirk Nowitzki’s legendary run in Dallas overlapped with Doncic’s rookie campaign. They have been trying to improve their roster and build a sustainable title contender since Mark Cuban took over as owner in 2000.

The Mavs have had plenty of turnover over the last two decades, and that means some regrettable decisions. Here are five players that the Mavericks should have never given up on.

Player Dallas Mavericks should have never given up on: 5. Seth Curry

The Mavs gave up on Seth Curry twice. He found his NBA footing with the Kings during the 2015-2016 season before truly breaking out the next year with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 29.0 minutes per game while shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range. Curry was a key piece of their rotation, and it looked like Dallas had found a gem.

The 6’2 guard missed the entire 2017-2018 season with a leg injury, so the Mavs decided to let him walk in free agency. After a stellar year in Portland where Curry helped the Trail Blazers reach the conference finals, the Mavericks re-signed him.

He was again a fantastic floor spacer and shot-maker, but Dallas decided to deal him to Philadelphia on draft night 2020 for Josh Richardson. The Mavs were hoping Richardson would bring more playmaking and defense, but he lasted just one season in Dallas as the experiment did not work. Curry was fantastic in Philly and immediately made the Mavs regret giving up the sharpshooter.