Why mismanagement will sink the Dallas Mavericks again this offseason

Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki
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Dallas Mavericks do not have enough assets to fix their roster

The Mavs need to add at least one 3-and-D wing and a starting center. Deciding on what type of center fits best next to Luka Doncic is on the front office. They had success playing small in the 2022 playoffs, but Brunson is a better defender than Kyrie, Reggie Bullock cannot recreate his form, and Dallas is unlikely to add a perimeter defender as strong as Dorian Finney-Smith. Do they need a more traditional big man?

Acquiring two starters won’t come cheap. 3-and-D wings are the second-most sought-after commodity behind star players. Acquiring a difference-maker will take at least two first-round picks, and Dallas only has two to trade. They could get lucky in the draft lottery on May 16 and have a top ten selection to deal that may be enough to acquire one.

The Mavs have zero second-round picks to trade and limited firsts available this summer. Their other draft picks have been sunk into other moves. Dallas does not have an abundance of assets on their roster. Josh Green and Jaden Hardy have upside, but they are likely more valuable to the Mavericks than other teams until they truly break out.

Acquiring difference-makers with limited assets is next to impossible in the NBA, which could lead to utter disaster in Dallas.