The Dallas Mavericks want to build an annual title contender around superstar Luka Doncic. They unexpectedly reached the conference finals last season, and they have the hardest piece of the championship puzzle to acquire. Dallas just needs more talent and the right fits around their 23-year-old superstar.
The Mavs bolstered their frontcourt this summer after losing Jalen Brunson. They traded for Christian Wood and signed JaVale McGee to be their starting center. Dallas has more depth and versatility, but they are not done upgrading their roster.
Heavy.com polled two executives, who named six under-the-radar trade targets for this season, and Kyle Kuzma was linked to the Mavericks. Will the Wizards look to move on from the 6’9 forward? Will the Mavs pursue him? Here is a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks are looking to upgrade around Luka Doncic
General manager Nico Harrison and the front office continue to search for upgrades, and they will keep doing so through February’s deadline. The Mavs would love to add a second star, another ball-handler, and wing depth, but it is all about finding the right moves.
Harrison and the Mavericks' decision-makers have a franchise-altering decision to make. They owe their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks with a top-ten protection. If it conveys next summer, Dallas would have all their first-rounders available to trade, which puts them in the running for a star player. Do the Mavs choose a short-term upgrade over chasing a second star in the summer of 2023?
Kyle Kuzma appears to be an available upgrade the Dallas Mavericks could target, but should they?