Will the Dallas Mavericks capitalize on Utah Jazz turmoil?
Turmoil and desperation can create panic moves, but the Jazz have all summer to sort out their roster. Expect Rudy Gobert to be shopped to improve the roster around Donovan Mitchell. If the Mavericks want the 7’1 big man taking over at the five, he can likely be had a relative discount given his massive four-year contract worth north of $169 million.
Short of a Gobert trade, Dallas would be looking at acquiring role players to improve their depth and fill needs. The Mavericks need rim protection, rebounding, and wing depth this offseason. They must find an upgrade at center and add a wing along with re-signing Jalen Brunson. It will not be easy given the Mavericks' cap situation, but Dallas has their 2022 first-round pick to dangle on draft night.
How different will the Utah Jazz look on the opening night of the 2022-2023 season? Do they trade multiple pieces to improve their roster or head into a rebuild? They want to make moves, but it is too early to tell what they will do. I'd set the likelihood of a deal between Dallas and Utah this summer at about 10 percent until we find out the direction the Jazz want to take.
The Dallas Mavericks want to make moves to improve their roster this summer too. Expect both teams to active and aggressive, which means plenty of rumors. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Mavs.