10 Reasons the Dallas Mavericks will be back in NBA Finals next year

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, P.J. Washington
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8. Nico Harrison will improve the roster before next season

The Dallas Mavericks pulled off one of the most spectacular postseason runs in team history during the 2024 NBA Playoffs, but Dallas isn't satisfied with a second-place trophy. Everyone in that locker room and front office wants to win more than anything, and a big reason for Dallas' midseason turnaround this season was due to the moves that Nico Harrison made at the trade deadline.

Harrison traded for P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford to solidify the Mavs' frontcourt, and he is always looking for ways he can improve the Mavericks roster. This will be no different this summer, and I could see Harrison making some big-time moves to ensure that the Mavs build off of their spectacular season.

The Mavs are no longer in a position where they need to make big moves like they did for Washington and Gafford, but they do have some smaller needs that need addressing. Dallas' need for a third scorer has been pressing for months considering the struggles of Tim Hardaway Jr., and it wouldn't be a shock if they shop him this summer.

Hardaway Jr. has been in trade rumors for some time now, and this summer may be the year that they finally find a trade partner for him. He is on an expiring contract, and a fresh start may be what's best for him.

It should also be noted that Dallas has the No. 58 overall pick in the draft later this month, and the Mavs have done well over the last few years in the draft. In this situation, the Mavs would be able to grab the best player available player on their board rather than allowing them to sign with someone after the draft.

Harrison will likely be exploring all avenues to improve the roster this summer, and he has always done at well at bolstering the team, even with limited resources.