The Dallas Mavericks made their goal clear starting on media day that they want to win the championship. Their new leadership eyed title contention entering free agency. They were hoping to land another star, but the Mavs had to settle for adding role players to help round out their roster around Luka Doncic. Was it enough to take the next step?
New head coach Jason Kidd is bullish on the team’s chances. He is empowering Kristaps Porzingis to showcase his entire skill set in hopes of regaining his All-Star form. KP becoming the team’s second star is a key piece of the Mavericks vaulting into title contention.
If Dallas plans on contending for the championship, they will be looking to add the finishing pieces before the trade deadline, but who could be available? Here is a potential wish list for the Mavs.
Looking ahead to potential Dallas Mavericks trade deadline wish list
The three biggest names that come up in these discussions are Ben Simmons, Damian Lillard, and Bradley Beal. Simmons has not reported to training camp and is likely to be dealt well before the trade deadline. Beal and Lillard appear set to give it another shot with the teams they have played for their entire careers, which eliminates them from this list.
The Mavericks will likely be targeting players on rebuilding teams or options on expiring contracts. Terrence Ross, Buddy Hield, Eric Gordon, and Kyle Anderson could all be moved prior to the deadline, but none of those four made the top five on the Dallas Mavericks potential trade deadline wish list.