3. Sort of center position
Ahead of the draft, owner Mark Cuban made it clear that the team needed a rim-protecting big man. They traded back to select Dereck Lively II 12th overall and acquired Richaun Holmes, but is that enough?
The Mavs want to be in title contention next season, which should factor into their decision-making. Do they want to count on a 19-year-old that averaged just 20.6 minutes per game in college to be their starting center? Lively II should be in the rotation to continue his development, but Dallas cannot count on him to carry the mail as a teenage rookie.
Is Holmes the answer? The 29-year-old has shown flashes, but he was out of the rotation for the Kings last season and has played more than 57 games just twice in his eight-year NBA career. Holmes has played more than 24 minutes per game just two times and his defensive numbers have been subpar over the last three years. The Mavericks would be banking on getting the best out of him if they plan on making him the starting center.
The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to re-sign Dwight Powell, but they cannot rely on him to be their starting five again. The front office has to make another move to find a better answer. That likely means trading both Richaun Holmes and JaVale McGee, especially if the team plans on bringing back Powell but now is the time.