The Dallas Mavericks have been bold and aggressive in upgrading their roster since Nico Harrison took over as general manager and president of basketball operations in the summer of 2021. Harrison traded Kristaps Porzingis, Josh Richardson, and four other players because they did not fit.
The Mavs want to build an annual title contender around superstar Luka Doncic. They have the hardest piece to acquire, but Dallas is searching for the right fits that make them an elite team. The Mavericks were in the conference finals last year, and they are looking to build on that run this season.
Harrison and the front office will explore the trade market up until the deadline, and fans should bet against their roster stagnating. Can they find a deal that works? If so, who would Dallas be looking to move to match salary? Here are three players who won’t last the entire 2022-23 season with the team.
Player who won’t last the entire 2022-23 season with Dallas Mavericks: 3. Dwight Powell
Powell is most likely to be traded because of his $11 million expiring contract. The Mavs used the majority of their mid-level exception to sign JaVale McGee, and head coach Jason Kidd immediately named McGee the starter. He will take Powell’s place in the rotation, which leaves DP fighting with Christian Wood, Maxi Kleber, and Davis Bertans for backup minutes at the five.
Powell is an outstanding rim roller and lob target that plays with energy, but he offers little else. His rebounding and rim protection are below average, and DP struggles to defend in space. Could the Mavs trade Powell for another ball-handler as the deadline approaches? It is a move that would interest the Mavericks if they can make the financials work. Luckily, Dallas has some larger contracts to offer in the deal.