The Dallas Mavericks have put themselves in a difficult position. Massive roster upgrades are necessary after a shocking collapse forced them to miss the postseason, but the franchise has limited assets. They are hoping to keep their top ten protected first-round pick because they know without upgrades Luka Doncic could be the next superstar to request a trade.
Priority one will be re-signing Kyrie Irving. No team gives up three draft picks and two starters for a two-month rental. Irving will be an unrestricted free agent, and the Mavs have to find a way to bring him back. That gives Kyrie the edge in the negotiation, but Dallas has no avenue to acquire a star if Irving walks.
Where do the Mavericks need to improve? How can they jump back into the playoff picture and be primed to make another run? Here are five things Dallas must acquire around Luka Doncic this offseason to put themselves back in the mix.
Roster upgrade Dallas Mavericks must make this offseason: 5. Wing depth
Trading Dorian Finney-Smith and Spencer Dinwiddie for Kyrie Irving left Dallas extremely thin on the wing. Fans may remember that the Mavericks had just six players head coach Jason Kidd trusted to play more than 25 minutes per game during their 2022 run to the Western Conference Finals. Reggie Bullock and Finney-Smith both averaged over 38 per game, which led the team.
It spoke to the Mavs' lack of wing depth. They were hoping that the return of Tim Hardaway Jr. and improvement from Josh Green would give them some depth, but the trade crushed that idea. It also made the Mavericks smaller and left them searching for a perimeter stopper.
The Dallas Mavericks need to add multiple wings this summer. They must have at least two players that are at least 6’6 and have the versatility to guard multiple positions. Having Bullock, Green, and Hardaway Jr. is a start, but Dallas needs depth and defense on the wing to get back into contention.