The Dallas Mavericks did not leave fans in suspense long as they quickly agreed to a new three-year deal worth $126 million with Kyrie Irving. It was not a surprise move. Bringing back the eight-time All-Star was the team’s top priority after giving up two starters, one first-round draft pick, and two second-rounders to acquire him in February.
Things did not go as planned after trading for Irving. Dallas nosedived down the stretch and missed the postseason entirely. It had fans questioning the partnership between Luka Doncic and Kyrie, but the two superstars need more talent around them if they want to get back to the playoffs in 2024.
The Mavericks had an outstanding draft night, got an important deal done with Kyrie, and brought Seth Curry back to Dallas on a cheap contract on the opening night of free agency. It was a fantastic start, but Dallas cannot be done here. What is left on the to-do list for owner Mark Cuban and the Mavs’ front office?
Moves Dallas Mavericks should make after re-signing Kyrie Irving
5. Add size
The Mavs struggled after trading for Kyrie Irving in part because of their lack of size. Dwight Powell is 6’10, but Luka Doncic was often the second-biggest starter. They closed down the stretch with Irving, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Reggie Bullock flanking those two. That is three players at 6’6 or under. The Mavericks desperately need a 6’8 forward and a new starting center to round out their group.
A starting backcourt of Luka and Kyrie has defensive challenges, and the Mavericks have to address those issues. Seth Curry does not help. They have the $12.4 million mid-level exception to use after re-signing Kyrie. Dallas should be targeting a plus-defender, but they must find someone with size at a minimum.
Adding one piece is not enough. The Dallas Mavericks need to make multiple moves if they plan on returning to contention next season.