After three days of free agency, the Dallas Mavericks have been fairly quiet as they haven't made any huge moves.
Their best move so far was re-signing Kyrie Irving, but they haven't made any other game-changing moves. To return to contention, Dallas has to sign a defensive-minded wing and find a new starting center.
After re-signing Dwight Powell to a three-year deal, Dallas now has four centers on their roster. They have to find a way to move JaVale McGee's contract so their center rotation can be Powell, Dereck Lively II, and Richaun Holmes.
Could this denied trade offer for star center ruin the Dallas Mavericks' offseason?
This 3-man center rotation isn't bad, but it's not great. None of those players are starting-caliber centers. The Mavs haven't had a quality starting center in many years, and it looks like they could have the same problem next year.
If the Mavs don't make a trade, they could end up with the worst starting center in the Western Conference. Last offseason, they signed McGee, thinking he would be their answer at center. They promised him a starting spot before the season, but he ended up nearly unplayable.
They need a center that will protect the rim, switch on defense, rebound, and catch lobs at an elite level. None of their current bigs move the needle for this team unless Lively II comes in ready to start immediately.
The Mavericks had the chance on draft night to add an elite center, but they denied the trade offer from the Phoenix Suns.
Here we break down that trade offer, explain why Dallas should have accepted it, and explain the consequences it could have.