The Dallas Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals, but they are not satisfied. President of basketball operations and general manager Nico Harrison is trying to build an annual title contender around superstar Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old was outstanding as he averaged over 31 points per game during their postseason run, but Dallas just did not have enough firepower to take out the eventual champion Warriors.
The Mavericks have to decide if they can win a championship with Doncic as their lone star. Dallas did it in 2011 with Dirk Nowitzki leading their charge, but that model has been difficult to replicate over the last decade. Does that push the Mavs to go all-in for a second star at some point?
The developing drama in Brooklyn is something everyone is watching. Kyrie Irving as an opt-out in his contract on June 29, and what he decides to do could change the landscape of the entire league. Irving wants a long-term deal, but the Nets are reluctant to give him one. If Irving leaves, Kevin Durant could follow him out of Brooklyn.
Could the Dallas Mavericks trade for Kevin Durant? Will they?
Durant is under contract for four more years and remains arguably the best player in the NBA. Every team in the league will be making offers if KD asks for a trade. He is the type of player that instantly transforms any franchise into a title contender.
If Kevin Durant demands a trade, could the Dallas Mavericks acquire him? Will they be the team that lands him? Here is a closer look.