The Dallas Mavericks put re-signing Jalen Brunson atop their offseason priority list, but the 6’1 guard decided to join the New York Knicks in free agency. It was a massive blow after JB transformed himself into the team’s second-leading scorer and one of their most consistent players.
The Mavs traded for Christian Wood, signed JaVale McGee, and drafted Jaden Hardy this offseason. They have filled the rebounding and rim protection holes in their roster, but other issues remain. Dallas needs another wing to take the pressure off Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock, and they could add another ball-handler to replace Brunson.
The Mavs have 14 players under contract, and Marc Stein reported that they could leave the final spot open to see if something unexpected surfaces. The Kevin Durant trade will shake up the league, and it could create an unforeseen opportunity for the Mavericks. Nico Harrison and the front office should be exploring the trade market to take advantage.
5 trades the Dallas Mavericks should make after Jalen Brunson's departure
The Mavs are likely trying to keep their draft picks in hopes of swinging a future deal for a star player. They owe their 2023 first-rounder to the Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade, and it is top ten protected. If the Mavericks keep the protection on, they cannot trade a first-rounder until 2027.
Next summer, Dallas would have all their picks available to trade, but the Mavericks’ track record at landing a star player is not strong. They should be looking to upgrade their roster here and now, instead of waiting for the mythical big fish target.
Here are five trades that the Dallas Mavericks should make after Jalen Brunson left for New York. Obviously, they cannot make them all, but swinging one could push the team further towards title contention next season.