The Dallas Mavericks eliminated the Utah Jazz in six games in the first round of the playoffs. Luka Doncic did not play in the first three games, but the Jazz lost two of those contests, including one in Salt Lake City. It was the four versus five match-up, but it felt like Utah had zero chance of winning the series after Game 1.
Changes are likely on the way for the Jazz after their third first-round playoff exit in the last four years. Utah has made six straight postseason appearances, but they have never advanced beyond the second round. To make matters worse, rumblings continue to come out of Utah about the chemistry, specifically the relationship between stars Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
The Jazz had the best record in the NBA in 2021 before being knocked out by the Clippers in the second round of the playoffs. They kept the roster together, but their results did not improve. Changes are coming, but can the Mavericks take advantage?
Could the Dallas Mavericks capitalize on Utah Jazz turmoil?
The Mavs want to contend for a championship in 2023, but Utah’s direction is not clear. The Jazz have two stars every team would love to employ, but can they trade one and improve their roster?
Dallas will be looking to improve their roster this summer, and they would love to add a second star to pair with Luka Doncic. Finding that trade will not be easy, but the Mavericks will have multiple draft picks available to deal if someone becomes available.
Here is a look at how the Jazz could shake up their roster, ways the Mavericks can capitalize on Utah’s moves, and the odds of Dallas getting a deal done with the Jazz this summer.