5 Offseason tasks Dallas Mavericks should already be working on

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2. Compiling a list of potentially available big men

The Mavs are undersized, and they have two massive issues in every game. Dallas is among the worst teams in the league at protecting the rim, and they are last in rebounds per game. Poor rebounding and rim protection leads to extra possessions and easy buckets galore. It often feels like watching the All-Star Game when the Mavericks are on defense.

Dallas knows they need a center upgrade. They signed JaVale McGee last summer to be their starter, but that experiment lasted just five games. He was not the right fit, so the Mavericks returned to Dwight Powell. They must upgrade at the five this summer or Dallas will be in a similar position next season.

The center market oftens produces some discounts in free agency that the Dallas Mavericks could look to sign. They could also explore the trade market for someone like Mitchell Robinson. Dallas needs a strong rebounder and rim protector to anchor their defense. Finding someone with a strong offensive game should be secondary. The Mavs would be fine with a strong screen setter to go with the defensive traits.

They will need more than one big man if Dallas lets both Christian Wood and Dwight Powell walk in free agency. Expect the Mavericks to attempt to sign Powell as their backup center, but will he take a pay cut to do that? It is a story to watch this summer.