Prediction for 2022-23 season: 4. Dallas Mavericks make 2 trades before deadline
The Mavs want to build an annual title contender around Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar proved he can take his game to another level in the playoffs, and he keeps improving. Dallas wants to build on their run to the conference finals. They improved their frontcourt and depth this offseason, but their roster is far from a finished product.
There will be a race to make the playoffs and a race for Victor Wembanyama this season. The 7’4 big man is the consensus top player in the 2023 NBA Draft, and he is a generational prospect. Teams will be lining up to improve their odds of landing the French prodigy, which will create plenty of opportunities for contenders to upgrade their rosters.
Mavericks' general manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison is not afraid to make moves. He traded Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie at the last season's deadline in a deal that helped propel Dallas to the conference finals. Expect Harrison to be aggressive again at the deadline.
The Mavs make two trades to improve their roster this year. They acquire a third playmaker to complement Doncic and Dinwiddie, and Dallas lands another 3-and-D wing on the cheap to further increase the team’s depth and flexibility in the postseason.