The Dallas Mavericks want to improve their roster after reaching the Western Conference Finals. They traded for Christian Wood, signed JaVale McGee, and drafted Jaden Hardy, but Dallas lost Jalen Brunson as the unrestricted free agent decided to sign with the New York Knicks. Many thought the Mavs would sign Goran Dragic to replace JB, but the veteran landed elsewhere on July 3.
According to Jordan Schultz, Dragic agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls. The Mavericks missed on the opportunity to pair together the Slovenian legends. Dragic will always be rumored target for Dallas because of his close relationship with Luka Doncic, but the Mavs have been reluctant to sign The Dragon when he's available.
The Mavericks have 14 players under contract, but they still have multiple holes to fill on their roster. They will not be adding Dragic, so where does Dallas go from here?
How do Dallas Mavericks round out their roster after Goran Dragic joins Bulls?
Fans thought Dragic would sign with the Mavericks for over one year. He planned to come to Dallas last summer, but the Heat picked up his player option to trade him to Toronto. Dragic thought the Raptors would buy him out, but they held out until finding a deal with the Spurs at the trade deadline. By the time the 6’2 guard finally became a free agent, the Mavs had acquired Spencer Dinwiddie, and they did not have minutes for The Dragon.
To finish last season, Dragic signed with the Brooklyn Nets where he averaged 7.3 points, 4.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per over 16 games. The 36-year-old is best suited for a 25-minute per-game role off the bench at this point in his career, and will likely fill that in Chicago.
The Dallas Mavericks have 14 players under contract, but they need another 3-and-D wing and someone to fill Jalen Brunson's playmaking role. Marc Stein reported the front office is comfortable leaving it open to see what materializes. The Mavs should be looking for a trade, but finding one is easier said than done. Expect Dallas to add a defensive-minded wing in free agency if they cannot work out a deal in the coming weeks.
There will be more trades this offseason. Kevin Durant awaits his move in what could be the biggest trade of all-time, so fans should stay tuned for all the latest.