Examining the 2023 doomsday scenario for the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Kyrie Irving, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks fail to add a 3-and-D wing this offseason

Trading Dorian Finney-Smith left the Mavs without that defensive stopper on the perimeter. They struggled to rebound and protect the rim during last season’s run to the conference finals, but Doe-Doe and Reggie Bullock played strong perimeter defense to hold the opposition in check. Bullock cannot do it by himself. The Mavericks’ defense could take a significant leap if they find a 3-and-D wing this summer.

Those do not come cheap, though. Every team in the league is looking for those players, which immediately drives the price up. It will likely cost Dallas at least one if not two first-round picks to acquire a 3-and-D wing in the offseason on the trade market.

What if the Mavericks strike out here? They needed one after trading for Kyrie Irving at the deadline, and the front office did not find a deal. The demand is high and the supply is low, which always makes for a bad market when trying to acquire that piece.

The Dallas Mavericks could fail to add a 3-and-D wing on top of all their other struggles, but that is not the final piece of the doomsday scenario. It still gets a bit worse from there.